8 of the Best Thrift Stores in Albuquerque

Kori Williams - Author

May 30 2023, Published 10:40 a.m. ET

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To save money and help cut down on clothing waste, lots of people go thrifting. Over the years, it has become more popular with all kinds of stores popping up across the U.S. Of course, some stores are better than others.

Since the merchandise available is typically from the local community, each thrift store is unique to its area. If you're in New Mexico, here are the eight best thrift stores in Albuquerque, N.M.

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G.E.M. Thrift

Address: 3711 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

G.E.M. Thrift is a family-owned business that sells clothing, furniture, and other goods for your home. It also sells artwork from local artists.

Joy Junction Thrift Shoppe

Address: 4012 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Not only is Joy Junction Thrift Shoppe a store, but it's also a nonprofit that services the homeless population of Albuquerque. According to its mission statement, it provides "food, shelter, clothing, recovery programs, and life skills training" to help get people back on their feet.

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The Common Good Thrift Store

Address: 2902 Eubank NE Albuquerque, NM 87112

The Common Good Thrift Store is a venture by East Central Ministries. The store has clothing and accessories donated by the local community. Along with the store, there are other programs like the Urban Farm which sells plants and seedlings and One Hope Clinic which helps people receive health care.

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Menaul Book Exchange

Address: 9409 Menaul Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, NM 87112

The Menaul Book Exchange is a used bookstore specializing in mystery and romance novels but that's not all they have. Along with the typical sections like children's and YA, they also have a good amount of Westerns and military fiction. If something you're looking for isn't in store, just let the staff know and it can be ordered.

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Thrift Town

Address: 3900 Menaul Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

Thrift Town has a number of locations in Texas but its large operation means customers can shop online and there's probably a larger selection available here than at other businesses. Plus, there are coupons and discounts regularly.

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Family Thrift Center

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Address: 1201 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Family Thrift Center carries all kinds of clothing brands, books, and more so there's something for everyone here. But they also have a large jewelry selection where more than 100 pieces are added every day.

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Habitat for Humanity Restore

Address: 4900 Menaul Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

Habitat for Humanity's Restore is a great place to get furniture and fixtures for all your home needs. There's also a selection of atypical thrift store finds like refrigerators, freezers, ACs, air humidifiers, purifiers, and more. When you shop here, you support the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Albuquerque.

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Outdoor REGear

Address: 4520 Alexander Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87107

This is the perfect thrift shop for those with a sense of adventure. Outdoor REGear has backpacks, boots, sports gear, clothing, and more. There are options for people of all ages and options for all skill levels. So while planning your next outdoor trip, everyone can grab their gear from here.

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