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Staff Pick, Readers' Choice

Best Thrift Store 

Value World

Multiple locations, valueworld.net

There is perhaps no thrift store so vast, so well-organized, and so well-priced, as a thrift store in the Value World chain. Each of Michigan's 14 Value Worlds stands at more than 10,000 square feet, housing home goods, accessories, and thousands of articles of clothing. And much like any reliable chain, Value World has streamlined the experience of rifling through stuff that once belonged to someone else by ensuring that all of its stores adhere to the same organizational pattern. Split down the middle by gender — men's stuff to the right, ladies' to the left — with racks broken down by article of clothing and color, each aisle at Value World presents a rainbow of opportunity. Looking to score a trendy silk top on the cheap? Ditch the trip to Urban Outfitters and hit the intimates section in the back corner for a wide selection, all for $5 or less. There are no dressing rooms, however, so be sure to wear some kind of tight-fitting coverall if you wish to try before you buy. —Violet Ikonomova

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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