Denver love affair Part 2: Thrifting! Yes…well worth a trip just to buy others people crap!

It’s no secret I have a special place in my heart for Thrift Stores! It’s kind of sort of a weekly adventure. Hey…it goes with the job title! As a creative gal on the hunt for trash to treasure finds and other inspiring things I’ve grown accustom to thrifting! I know exactly how to tackle my favorite Thrift Stores! I do the same exact loop. Starting in the furniture section first, then the yard, Knick knacks, books, shoes, and cloths! It’s a lovely routine I must say! Some times I score loads and other times I just get to stretch my legs!

My sister in law, Karrilynn, has been tempting me for years to come to Denver! She talked of thrifting like no other! There was actually a thrifting season in Denver and I finally made plans to catch the tail end of it!

Holy Mecca of all thing thrift worthy!

We had our two days mapped out in a loop. Hitting three stores on day one and a handful more on day two! We ditched the kids and hit the streets like professional shoppers on a mission!

These stores were incredible! A few known for selling new, unused clothing from stores like Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, American Eagle and more and most of the clothing still had tags on them! Most of the shoes were all new and in perfect condition many still with Nordstrom tags still on them! New Toys, Dishes, and brand name gently used items had my eyes bugging out of my head!

Leadpad Learning systems for $2! GAP jacket for $6! I was in Heaven!!!!!



Brand new Hush Puppies and Nine West Shoes for $10! I bought two new pair of Crocks for $3 each and a pair of new Kenneth Cole Shoes for $4!

This was our cart after two hours of thrifting joy! It was hilarious! When you thrift your mind switched gears… If you were in Banana Republic and you found a Jacket for $8 you’d never let it go right? But our minds were in cheap mode and it was so funny to hear us talk ourselves out of a great $8 find becasue everything else was so cheap! Man I loved that!

So once again Denver knew how to draw me in! First with amazing food and secondly with Thrift stores that now grace my dreams and beg me to come back!

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  1. 1

    boy, that looks awesome and fun! wish i lived closer or we had a great thrift store like that! glad you had fun and a good time!

  2. 2

    Enjoying your Denver posts (well, I enjoy ALL your posts) as I live just north of Denver. I'd love to know which thrift stores you went to. I make the rounds of at least three ARC stores on Saturday mornings. Also, I had no idea there was a thrift season, can you share a little more about what you mean by that?

    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Jeanne

  3. 3

    What fun! I'm the same way when I find a big yard sale full of wonderful things I have to have and at prices I can afford. Our Thrifts are horribly overpriced. Can buy new for the same prices. Wish I was closer to Denver!!

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    Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] says:

    Sounds like some AMAZING deals!
    I live in CO Springs… an hour or so south of Denver, and I'd love to know where you were thrifting!

  5. 5
    Polly @ Make Mine Beautiful says:

    Becca, I lived in Denver for the past 14 years, so I found all the great thrifting places. We've recently moved to KY, and I can't tell you how much I miss it.

    So, for all of you are wanting to know where to find fabulous stuff in Denver, here you go:
    1. Goodwill downtown, at the intersection os Broadway and Asher.
    It's a 2 story one, and the wholes downstairs is all furniture.

    2. The Goodwill off of Columbine over in the Ken Caryl area. It's a smaller one, but I always found new Target stuff there, still in the box. They always have great furniture pieces (if you're a DIYer), and usually a lot of great linens.

    3. Goodwill on Broadway just south of Hampden. ALWAYS great furniture finds. Not so much anything else at that one, but definitely the furniture.

    Most of the other Goodwills are so-so.

    4. The first Saturday of the month, April-October, there is an open air market called The Paris Street Market in Littleton. FABULOUS!!!!!!! It's in the parking lot of Aspen Grove Shopping Center on Santa Fe, just north of C470.

    5. In Castle Rock, about a 25 minute drive down the interstate south of Denver, there is a place called The Barn. It's on Perry Street. ABSOLUTE LOVE!!!!! It's a 2 story barn full of booth vendors, and they all have great things. MY favorite shopping spot.

    6. Downtown Littleton has tons of great little specialty shops and antique markets and cafes.

    7. The South Gaylord area has plenty of unique shops and cafes. Check out Pearl Street, and especially 5 Green Boxes.

    8. Down in Wheat Ridge, there is an antique mall named Stagecoach. My #2 favorite love of all times!! Never walked out of there empty handed. Look them up in the book. I can drive there, but I can't remember the street they're on.

    9. On Broadway in Littleton there's another antique mall named Colorado Antique gallery. Lots of great stuff. Most well known antique mall in CO.

    (OH MY GOSH, I MISS DENVER!)

    10. Downtown has over 100 antique stores on Broadway. As you come into town, you'll see a sign that says "Antique Row". Great shops, but prices aren't great at all. More for collectors, not resellers.

    11. AND, if you have a fabric addiction, here are a few fantastic shops you have to see.

    -Denver Fabrics, on Santa Fe, west of Broadway

    -Interior Fabrics (fantastic prices!), at University and broadway in the Olive Garden center.

    -Home Decorator Fabrics – in Littleton. At the corner of County Line and University. Display heaven.

    -Heritage Fabrics in Denver—–don't bother.

    12. Oh, I forgot about the ARC store at 1st and Broadway area. They usually have really good stuff, and the Big Lots around that area always has good things the other stores don't always have.

    That's all I can think of right now, but I hope that helps for those of you in the area. If I think of more, I'll come back and let you know, or you can email me specific questions.

    Oh, oh, I almost forgot about Lakewood Antique Mall on Colfax in Lakewood, and then the Brass Armadillo. Forgot what street that's on, but they're in the book.

    Oh yeah, and don't even bother with Mile High Flea Market. Seriously. It's awaste of time. Full of hundreds of people selling the very same things they buy from warehouses to resell. Not a thrifter's place at all.

  6. 7

    How absolutely fun. That sounds like my kind of day!

    Blessings!
    LaVonne

  7. 8

    We don't have thrift stores like that in Miami. WOW!

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    Connie Babe says:

    where is this store? when we hit a big city, denver is one of our choices (it's a 4 hour drive, but when you're in the middle of nowhere, that's okay!)… my hubby and i usually hit all the D.I.'s in salt lake, but i'm willing to go have a few days off in denver… :)

  9. 10

    Wow Polly! What a great Thrifting map of Denver! Those were all the great stores we hit up! Thanks for sharing such a detailed list! because I was an out of towner I had no idea where I was the entire time!

    and as for the Thrifting season, It's basically Spring and summer! They say everyone does amazing Spring cleaning and purges a ton. While the weather is great the thrifting is great! Come Fall and winter people start hunkering down and stay put. By the time Spring comes everyone is so tired of looking at all their stuff they get rid of it!

    Becca

  10. 11

    wow, that place looks and sounds like it is/was amazing! way to grab some amazing deals!

  11. 12

    You're taking me with you next time. That's not a question, by the way.

  12. 13

    When we pass through Denver each summer we try to hit the Mile High Thrift Store on Hwy 2 east of town. We always find something there.

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    PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    Holy Moly! I'd be in heaven!

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    Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says:

    That looks like crazy amounts of fun!!!!!

  16. 17

    Okay, I REALLY want to know the name of that store you are pictured in. I want to go. If you won’t give me the name, can you give me an address?, a hint?, a clue?, GPS coordinates?, something, please?

    Thanks!

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