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Discover the Bliss of Asheville's Thrift Stores and Other Inexpensive Shopping Venues

Best Asheville Thrift Stores

Asheville has many affluent and/or hip residents, so the "pickings" at many of the local thrift stores is exceptionally good.

Here are our favorites:

Animal Haven of Asheville Thrift Store

Goodwill Stores
There are 3 Goodwill stores in Asheville proper... and they are all excellent sources of a non-stop treasure hunting. The employees are not allowed to shop, so the offerings are not "picked over" ... so this makes for the occasional astonishing find. New merchandise is constantly being put out, so the addicted shopper can even shop a couple of times a day at the same store... and still find interesting goodies.

1011 Patton Avenue
(828) 252-7680
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1616 Patton Avenue
(828) 771-2192
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86 South Tunnel Road
(828) 299-3595
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Another store is in Fletcher, 15 minutes southeast.

3937 Hendersonville Road
(828) 687-0653
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All are open Mon-Sat 8:00-8:00, Sun 1:00-6:00.

Habitat for Humanity Home Store
has everything including the kitchen sink! Building supplies. Furniture. Books. Old vinyl LPs. Bric a brac. And a silent auction of higher-end merchandise. Check out the volunteer opportunities at Habitat. Located at 30 Meadow Road (just off of Biltmore Ave in the Biltmore section of Asheville).

Consignment Shops

Mine and Yours

Vintage Clothing Shops

Hip Replacements
"...Since 1997 Hip Replacements has been providing Asheville with stylish, affordable vintage clothing from the 1960's to the 1980's. At Hip Replacements we believe that good fashion is timeless, therefore all of our clothing is hand selected with a careful eye for that "classic/current" look. In addition to great clothing, we carry a large assortment of belts, buckles, wigs, hosiery, sunglasses and much more. We are located in the heart of historic Lexington Park in downtown Asheville...."

Discover the Bliss of Recycled Art and Art from Found Objects

Recycled Re-Seen: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap ".... folk artists all over the world are turning trash into treasure. Their found and recycled materials are reincarnated to create clothing, jewelry, toys, artworks, and useful household objects, such as a measuring scale made of two sardine cans. Focusing on the folk art practices of several cultures, this book is a celebration of the transformative genius of these artists, as well as an exploration of the diverse environments--from Ecuador and Mexico to Senegal and the U.S.--in which they live and work...."
Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects Into Art ".... takes readers behind the scenes to show them each step in the assemblage art process. It covers everything from gathering found-object materials to putting them together in a way that tells a meaningful story--all presented in the author's warm and humorous writing style. This book provides the perfect challenge for collage enthusiasts or anyone looking for a new way to express his or her creativity!..."
Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects: Creative Projects, Simple Techniques (Lark Jewelry Book) "...35 projects  showcased in this one-of-a-kind jewelry collection, you’ll never look at “found items” the same way again. There are countless suggestions for recycling everyday objects, from electrical wire to soda cans, and uncovering their vast potential for beauty.... Select from a range of surface finishing treatments, and find out about special skills often used for working with stones, shells, plastic, wood, and bone. The wildly creative pieces include a driftwood brooch, a bracelet with wooden game pieces, and a pendant featuring old boat charts...."
The Altered Object "... is bursting with photos of some of the best known and most accomplished assemblage artists working in the US today. While I really appreciate Mr. Taylor's inclusion of "A Brief History" of altered objects, pointing out that this artistic movement has been around for a good long time and shows no signs of imminent demise and the deliciously informative section on "The Basics", which includes everything from how to organize random bits & pieces, to making one's own ephemera, to a thorough adhesives guide..."
Altered Curiosities: Assemblage Techniques and Projects "... Don't let the sorta creepy cover fool you, this book will be a STAPLE in your creative library! As a mixed media collage artist, I was tickled to find so many new ideas all in one place! It is filled with so many techniques you will want to try out. Enough to keep you busy for months and months of happy tinkering and molding and painting and more! The pictures and descriptions are really clear as well so there is no confusion. Totally inspiring!..."

 

Best Sources for Low Cost Pets

Why spend many hundreds of dollars at a pet store for your next pet, when you can adopt a wonderful animal from a pet adoption agency.

Animal Compassionate Network
Shop online or at Petsmart on designated days. $75 includes up to date shots, wormings and micro-chipping.

Animal Haven of Asheville
Shop in person or online for all sorts of animals including roosters, pot belly pigs, goats, bunnies and more.

Asheville Humane Society
Tour their eKennel where at any given time there are usually 200 animals for adoption. $85 adoption fee includes shots, wormings, microchips and more.

Discover the Bliss of
Saving Money, Living Frugally, and Scrounging for Hidden Treasures
Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging "....In December of 2001 Jeff Ferrell quit his job as tenured professor, moved back to his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, and, with a place to live but no real income, began an eight-month odyssey of essentially living off of the street.
Empire of Scrounge tells the story of this unusual journey into the often illicit worlds of scrounging, recycling, and second-hand living. Existing as a dumpster diver and trash picker, Ferrell adopted a way of life that was both field research and free-form survival. Riding around on his scrounged BMX bicycle, Ferrell investigated the million-dollar mansions, working-class neighborhoods, middle class suburbs, industrial and commercial strips, and the large downtown area, where he found countless discarded treasures, from unopened presents and new clothes to scrap metal and even food...."
Art & Science of Dumpster Diving "...In step-by-step, illustrated detail, John Hoffman shows you how to use dumpster diving for food, clothing, appliances, furniture, books and other treasures. Discover how to dress for dumpster diving success, work your neighborhood dumpsters, dive a restaurant, use a "bag blade" and "dive stick", handle run-ins with the authorities, convert your trash to cash, and much more! While you are learning all these professional secrets, you will be entertained by outrageous anecdotes from a life-long master diver....'
Secondhand Chic "...In recent years, increasing numbers of people have become aware of something that impecunious but savvy folks have known for a long time: You don't have to be rich to wear high-quality, high-fashion clothing. You just need to know how and where to shop for it at incredible, bargain prices--secondhand, vintage, consignment, and thrift stores.
Christa Weil goes the whole nine yards here, explaining how to spot quality, understand labels (and fakes!), and find your size when labels are missing. She knows which flaws are easily fixed, how to organize your wardrobe, how to look "done" without looking "overdone," how to care for your clothing and accessory treasures, and even how to make money on your unwanted clothes...."
Thrift Score "... Al Hoff's #1 gift is her ability to bring to life the intangible thrill of the hunt that is the narcotic base of the thrift-store game. Her writing is so good that she could easily get by on style and no substance, but her #2 gift is to use the first gift to impart actual information. I learned more from this book than I ever knew I needed to know, both on practicalities like judging old fabrics and furniture and on esoterica like the history of big-eye paintings...."
Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence "...learn how to
  • get out of debt and develop savings
  • reorder material priorities and live well for less
  • resolve inner conflicts between values and lifestyles
  • convert problems into opportunities to learn new skills
  • attain a wholeness of livelihood and lifestyle ... and much more...."
Dining on a Dime Cook Book: 1000 Money Saving Recipes and Tips "....Great cook book! Lots of money saving tips and advice. Simple recipes that are easy to follow, quick, and made with ingredients that are simple and easy to find. This book even has recipes for items that are hard to find like crackers (great!) Gives wonderful craft tips and recipes for gifts, and bath and body care. I have never seen another cookbook like this one...."
The Complete Tightwad Gazette "...This is one of my favorite books and something that will be read over and over again. The Complete Tightwad Gazette is an incredible resource for the frugal minded and those who are not so frugal minded as well! She suggests amazing ideas to cut back on costs, while still living a full life...."
The Urban Treasure Hunter: A Practical Handbook for Beginners ".... Tompkins Square Park, in New York City's East Village, has produced coin recoveries dating back to the 1830s. A construction site in Philadelphia recently yielded ceramic perfume containers and embossed pipe bowls from the 1860s. "Urban treasure hunter" Chaplan explains how to find, unearth and identify valuable artifacts like these in this how-to manual.
He provides information on dealing with curious onlookers and fitting into a neighborhood (in "upscale" areas, dress like a jogger; in "tough areas," wear camouflage items and worn jeans), covers legal issues, provides a surprisingly scholarly and in-depth lesson in archeology and details how and where to search for and clean old coins, bottles and historical and prehistoric artifacts (he also gives tips on how to cash in on this hobby). Chaplan peppers his text with quotations from fictional and real adventurers, from Sherlock Holmes to Rudyard Kipling, and includes do-it-yourself instructions for building a sifter and even setting up an electrolysis device for cleaning unearthed metal objects. Chaplan's enthusiasm enlivens the extensive, solid factual information, and although his comparison of urban treasure hunters to history's swashbuckling explorers is a bit exaggerated, stories of his own hunting experiences in the greater New York area, as well as tales of discoveries of booty in unexpected places, prove his point that adventures and buried treasure are closer to home than most would expect..."

 

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