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    Speedway Outlet, Beacon’s among best thrift stores in Tucson

    Kyle Wasson
    Kyle Wasson / Arizona Daily Wildcat Tucson native and UA economics student Tim Snyder enjoys some play time at the Tucson Thrift Shop.

    Tucson is a magical town that is all about trading in your old stuff for cooler old stuff you didn’t already own. Bookmans or Buffalo Exchange, both founded right here in Tucson, are a testimony to the thrifting spirit of the city. Here are the five thrift shops you will need to visit this weekend, as selected by Briana Brewster, East Side Tucson local and thrift-master blogger. Her main word of advice when it comes to thrifting is this: “I always like to tell people to take things they find at thrift stores out of context and imagine them in your own wardrobe or house, because that’s something that holds a lot of people back. Also, [thrift stores] wash everything they sell, so don’t be skeeved out.”

    Speedway Outlet

    Location – Northwest corner of Speedway Boulevard and Craycroft Road
    Prices – Higher than most, between $1-$50
    Deals – Always has markdowns
    Downside – Sometimes they will overvalue their items
    Epic Finds – Yellow velvet chair $15, brown leather boots $10, and black leather motorcycle jacket $10

    22nd Thrift Store

    Location – Just east of Pantano Road on 22nd Street
    Prices – 50 cents to $15 for clothing
    Deals – 50% off coupons available on website, daily colors 50% off
    Downside – Out of the way, unless you live on the East Side
    Epic Finds – Kimchi Blue flats (originally $40) for $4, vintage leather Coach bag $10, and Forever 21 party dresses for $5 each

    Beacon’s Value Village

    Location – On the east side of Stone just south of Glenn
    Prices – Some of the lowest
    Deals – Savings Wheel, which you spin and get a random discount; 99 cent clothes rack
    Downside – Doesn’t usually have new clothing
    Epic Find – New sense of pride in self because a portion of the proceeds go to the Beacon Foundation
    1st Rate 2nd Hand

    Location- Speedway Boulevard east of Rosemont Boulevard
    Prices- Average
    Deals- Good prices on vintage clothing
    Epic Find- Authentic hippie hand-stitched peasant blouse $6
    Tucson Thrift Shop

    Location- 4th Avenue
    Prices- Higher than average, but higher quality
    Epic Finds- Holographic Virgin Mary, canvas messenger bag $10, and cat mood ring.
    Downside- Lack of parking around 4th Ave

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