by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
While there are some discount stores that you might want to avoid (Aldi), you can save big at some of Atlanta's overlooked spots on used goods that are super-affordable and kick-ass. We've got ten stores that guarantee quality finds for your home or wardrobe, whether you're looking for a set of vintage cocktail glasses (try Scarlett Loves Rhettro) or that rare UK version of "Hard Days Night" (check Wax `n? Facts, pictured).
Updated: November 29, 2010
Landing somewhere in between over-priced Clothing Warehouse and thrift-tastic Value Village, Rag-O-Rama makes you dig a little more than neighboring boutiques, but finding items by Ben Sherman and Marc Jacobs makes scavenging seem like a fun treasure hunt. Shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, hats and belts round out the already impressive selection of guys' and gals' retro threads.
Scarlett Loves Rhettro is a long, slender boutique with a little bit of everything nostalgic from the last several decades. Knickknacks, vinyl records and relics of vice such as vintage bar sets litter the space for those who come looking for nostalgia. Bonus: it's located next to sister store the Fainting Couch.
The musty smell upon entering this old-house-turned-bookstore nearly knocks you over, but that's the way all the best used bookstores smell. Books of all types are packed into every inch of this old house off Highland Ave, ranging from classics in paperback to vintage coffee-table books. It's tough to navigate at times, but like an old record store, the staff is friendly and helpful.
Everything nostalgic about record stores of old can be found at this time warp: new releases on CD, vintage vinyl albums, random local releases on 7-inch, a staff that's a little reserved but sweet and introspective. Dig through bargain bins for really choice finds priced $5 or less.
For the clothes hound who wants to stay on top of the trends without breaking the bank, look no further than H&M. Like an IKEA for clothes, this Swedish superstore has everything from formalwear to of-the-moment accessories, all for ridiculously low prices. Just make sure you try on your find before you buy it, as there can be a lack of consistency in sizing.
Three words: Two Buck Chuck. And while it might not be the wine to serve at a dinner party, it does the simple trick for nights in or starting a small reserve for drinking emergencies. Besides specializing in uber-affordable vino, Trader Joe's brings the cheap thunder when it comes to basic (but quality) grocery goods.
Don't laugh. We're serious. This might seem like a low-quality monster chain on the surface, but we love Target for their low prices on clothing accessories, home decor, greeting cards and even appliances. From umbrellas to shag rugs, their tasteful basics allow you to stock up for cheap.
Like an old school general store for new school Atlantans, Richard's Variety has everything you can possibly imagine under one roof. Reasonably priced items include unique greeting cards, kitchen accessories, novelty gifts, costumes, books? even furniture. It's like a giant, cheap treasure chest for adults.
For those who don't want to go the vintage (Rag O Rama) or poorly-made-but-cheap-and-trendy (H&M) route, we direct you to Nordstrom Rack. This offshoot of the parent store has all the high-quality brands typically seen in Nordstrom, but at reduced prices. Lucky for Atlantans, we actually have two locations, one in Buckhead and one in Buford.
You won't find any better bargains on electronics and home appliances than at Brandsmart USA, the bizarrely bright mega-store on the perimeter. You get true bargains because they allow customers the opportunity to haggle for a lower price than advertised.