6 thrift stores in Birmingham to shop with or donate to in 2021

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Shopping secondhand AND supporting a local thrift store with a great mission? It’s a win-win! Photo via Lovelady Thrift on Facebook

If you’re cleaning out for the new year or looking for more ways to shop secondhand in 2021, you’ll want to check out these six local thrift stores in and around Birmingham. The best part? Each have amazing selections AND important missions you can support simply by shopping or donating.

1. King’s Home Thrift

King’s Home is one of my favorite thrift stores to visit in the area. They do a wonderful job of keeping items organized and their stores clean. From clothes and shoes to decor and home goods, they stock a great selection of secondhand items. 100% of every purchase and donation goes towards supporting abused youth, women, and adult moms with kids in need.

Bonus: Mark your calendars! The entire inventory at all three locations will be 50% off on January 1st.

  • Locations: Eastwood — 1569 Cooper Hill Road, Irondale, AL 35210 | Hanceville — 306 Main Street SE, Hanceville, AL 35077 | Pinson — 4496 Center Point Road, Birmingham, AL 35215
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 8AM-8PM (shopping) + 8AM-5PM (donating) *for all locations
  • Better Bin Locations | Schedule a Pickup 

2. Lovelady Thrift

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If you’re looking for a unique lamp to light up your space, Lovelady has lots of options. Photo via Lovelady Thrift on Facebook

Lovelady’s mission is to empower women through faith-based initiatives so they can reenter society and support themselves. Both thrift stores help them continue to support women in our community. They have racks of clothes, shelves of home goods and a ton of unique furniture finds.

3. The Foundry

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Want to read more in the new year? The Foundry’s Fairfield location has you covered. Photo via The Foundry Thrift on Facebook

The Foundry’s selection of secondhand items is vast and includes new and gently used items. From household necessities to trendy clothing and accessories, there’s something for everyone and every budget.

The Foundry has an array of programs to help folks in our community through addiction, food insecurity and more. Shopping or donating to their thrift stores is a great way to support the important work they do in and around Birmingham.

Bonus: Each week at all locations they have colored tag sales with deals of 25%, 50%, and 80% off select items.

  • Locations: Cullman — 1636 2nd Ave SW, Cullman, AL 35055 | Fairfield — 6550 Aaron Aronov Dr, Fairfield, AL 35064 | Pelham — 3592 Pelham Pkwy, Alabaster, AL 35007
  • Hours: Cullman + Fairfield — Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM | Pelham — Mon-Sat 9AM-9PM
  • Orange Box Locations | Schedule a Pickup

4. Vapor Thrift 

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The floral sofa looks like the comfiest spot to curl up on. Photo via Vapor Thrift on Facebook

Vapor Thrift has a little bit of everything, but their home decor always catches my eye. I’m always impressed with how the stores are organized and love seeing how they display their most unique items. When you donate or shop with Vapor Thrift, you are helping people and communities all over the world. Read more about Vapor Ministries and their mission. P.S. They’re also hiring—Apply online here.

Bonus: This coupon for $10 off any $50 purchase is valid thru the end of Dec.

5. Coming Soon: The Friendship Circle’s Upscale Resale Store

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Have name-brand or vintage clothing you’re getting rid of? Donate it to The Friendship Circle’s new resale store. Photo via The Friendship Circle’s website

The Friendship Circle is a local nonprofit that “provides children with special needs a full range of social recreational experiences, provide their parents with respite and support, enrich, inspire and motivate teens through sharing of themselves with others.”

They recently announced their latest project: an upscale resale women’s boutique where they will provide employment opportunities and work skill training for adults with disabilities. They’ll occupy 1,000 square feet in the Levite Jewish Community Center and offer name-brand apparel, vintage clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes, jewelry and more. Follow them on Instagram for updates on their opening.

6. Alabama Goodwill

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Have gently-used items you need to donate? Drop them off at an Alabama Goodwill. Photo via Alabama Goodwill

If you’re cleaning out, consider donating to an Alabama Goodwill store. Each donation helps them continue their mission to create employment opportunities for folks in our area. They have multiple locations around Birmingham with greeters ready to assist you.

Want to visit more secondhand shops in Birmingham? Check out these recent guides to local antique, consignment and vintage shops in the Magic City:

What’s your favorite secondhand shop in or around Bham? Share it with us on social at @BhamNow on Facebook and Instagram, or @Now_Bham on Twitter.

Hannah Chambley
Hannah Chambley
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