There are a number of thrift stores in Durham, but some of them just rise above the rest if you're looking for kids' stuff: clothes, toys, bedding, equipment. It feels good to help the environment by reusing things, while sending your money to help others.
This is the newest of the Durham thrift stores, and benefits the Durham Rescue Mission. It's huge. I regularly have friends report finding items with original tags still on. The store is well-stocked, well-lit, well-organized.
Rescued Treasures Thrift Shoppe
Hours: Monday thru ,
The Goodwill Store is an old standby, which benefits to help adults get access to job training and employment. Durham has two locations, and the Garrett Road location is conveniently close to Target so we usually check it out before buying anything new. The kids' clothes are well organized, and there are also discount bins for smaller items like onesies and sleepers, as well as bedding, stuffed animals, etc. The merchandise changes quickly! And if you know how to sew, get your $0.59 pillowcases here for your little girls' pillowcase dresses.
Goodwill Durham Donation Center and Store
4318 Garrett Road, Durham
Hours: Mon- . .
The Habitat ReStore benefits Habitat for Humanity's efforts to build housing for the poor. The thrift store gets a lot of larger items. They have partner contractors who bring their jobsite scraps there: leftover lumber, used cabinetry, shutters, siding, carpeting, etc. But I mention it here because I often find bicycle trailers for kids there, and that's quite a find. Also, if you're handy and want to build your own playset, this is a nice place to start.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6