Chicago >Second Hand Goods > Salvation Army Thrift Store
2270 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061441.922804 -87.666297
Neighborhoods: DePaul, North Side
Be prepared for it to be dingy, but there are great finds!
Wear tights or leggings so you can try pants and skirts on.
Salvation Army Northside Chicago – I here there are more underpaid workers in the back room of the second floor of this store. Lots of illegals or workers making under minimum wages between 7hr or 7.50hr and no union. The store rakes in millions and the directors are pocketing under the table moneys. Largely donations from corporate sponsorships are being side track to several pockets. This store is said to make 5-7million a year which is pure profit only to have it run like a third world country. The climate is that the moneys funded rehabilitation efforts from past addicts. Nonetheless, the rehab workers work for room and board and $20 a week. Sounds like the new prison industry or another form of corporate greed by a non for profit. another ponzi scheme in the name of religion.
excellent shop but parking lot security... – On Friday Oct. 14, 2011, between 12pm and 1:30pm, at the Salvation Army Thrift Store 2270 N Clybourn Ave, my Honda Civic was broken into in the parking lot. After leaving the lot I noticed that the coin compartment door was broken off (and taken?) and a shopping bag with with various computer cords, adapters and an Apple mouse was missing.
The thief appeared to gain entry to the locked car by "jimmying" the driver's side door lock as it was damaged.
Fortunately the thief overlooked an IPOD.
When I called the SA they informed me that there was another theft in their lot on that day when someone lost their car radio.
I like the store, the staff is very friendly and there is nothing like finding a bargain these days. The recession has brought in a lot of customers that you wouldn't expect to see in a thrift store.
However... customers should take proper precautions when parking in the lot.
Thieves! – I am a frequent shopper at Salvation Army Thrift Stores, particularly Clybourn and North Avenue and Karlov. I have witnessed managers and cashiers allow family members to purchase two full carts of clothing and shoes for $25! The managers and cashiers ring a $2 item as $.02!
Jugo (former manager for North & Karlov) would charge friends and relatives half price for each item purchased (I always watch the register and the actual price of the item). Salvation Army is no longer a place for poor people to shop because of the astronomical prices.
Big Selection, Great Prices, Way Too Crowded! – I'm a big thrift store shopper. So, while visiting Chicago, I had to check this place out. On the positive side, there is a huge selection - almost too much of one. The clothing racks are so jammed that you can easily miss something great. The prices were great, I didn't pay more than $6.00 for an item. But, this place is not for the weak of heart! It is crowded with racks, and even in the middle of a weekday, enough people were there to make it difficult to negotiate the narrow aisles. It is a great place to work on your upper body strength, because pushing the clothes aside to pull something out or carry your future purchases because it is too hard to negotiate with a shopping cart can be daunting. In addition, there are no dressing rooms, so I couldn't buy any pants, because they are a must try on item. I would suggest wearing skintight clothes so you can try on in the aisles. The lighting is bad, so it is hard to check for stains, tears, pulls, and wear. The checkout counter is a mob scene, with no good place to form a line, so it is a free for all. I ended up buying a few things: Two jackets, three shells, and a bag for sightseeing in Chicago. It helps to be looking for something specific here, or it can be overwelming to even the most hardy thrift store shopper.
Great selection, location, value – I have a flexible schedule, so do most of my shopping weekdays. I went on Cyber Monday - part of the Thanksgiving day weekend, when it was probably busier than usual, but not terribly crowded.
I literally found every specific item I was looking for, and more: long, neutral colored trench coat with a removable liner; zip up lightweight athletic jacket to wear inside other jackets; 4 white salad plates; a lightweight brown suede jacket; 2 sets of excellent rust colored pillow shams to match a sofa cover; an embossed neutral coverlet for a bed or sofa; and a 300 thread count sheet set in a gorgeous chestnut color. All for around $40. The coat alone is one that would probably sell for around $200. And, because it had a green tag which was the color of the day, I got it for 1/2 off at $9!
This is my first go-round at a thrift store in Chicago since I relocated back. I can see that it will be tough to beat this one.
If you can be open minded, take the time to browse and really look - you can find some awesome stuff here. Patience is what you need when you go thrifting, and you are usually rewarded in the process.
Best quality...cheapest prices! – I love this store! I've been to a lot of thrift stores and this has the best prices and a lot of good clothes/shoes.
I regularly find long-sleeve silk sweaters from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Gap for $4-5. And Gap jeans can be gotten for $6. Lots of outside jackets and coats for $8 and up - many name brands but those may cost you $12-$15.
There's no place to try on the clothes but for these prices you can afford to make a few mistakes and still come out way ahead... The aisles are close together and the store can get crowded with shopping carts.
The upstairs is where you'll find housewares which is generally a shambles but you'll also fine decent old electronics and shoes - it's worth a look to go up!
Definitely check out this store!
Stocked exclusively with donated goods, thrift store contributes all earnings to Bible-based rehab programs throughout the world. – In Short
The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian organization that devotes billions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours each year to disaster relief, social services and other charitable causes worldwide. With proceeds going directly to adult rehabilitation centers, the Army's many thrift stores play an important role in furthering the organization's mission. Patrons of the stores pick through a diverse selection of moderately worn clothing, as well as second-hand furniture, electronics, books and toys at bargain prices.
Thrift seekers dive – I went to the Clybourn store which stays open until 9-9:30pm. The location is not great for those without a car, unless you live in the area, since at least one CTA transfer is required. It is also tucked away off the street in an odd intersection of Clybourn Fullerton & Ashland. I went with an open mind, so I was neither disappointed nor suprised. The location has two full floors, the first floor is mostly clothing, the second is housewares, furniture, kids clothes and shoes. Despite the location, the place draws a crowd, but it is still comfortable enough to browse.
Floor 1 - The clothing Jungle. Upon entering, be prepared for the smell of old, dusty clothing... you might want to wear gloves. I am sure they do not wash anything. Still, there is tons and tons of clothing to look through.. many name brands still in good condition. There are even nice enough to sort stuff by colors & types. If you dont mind an intense search, you will come up with many great finds. Also note the lighting is not great, so check very carefully for stains & holes before buying. They also have a bunch of furniture sitting outside the store... but it was cold and raining so I didnt bother to browse.
Floor 2 - Natural Disaster. This floor looks like the aftermath of a hurricane. Definite quantity, but almost impossible to browse through since the shelves are stacked with layers of random stuff. Pricing has no logic either. Some items are priced almost at retail, while others are dirt cheap. Watch out for broken glass on the floor, there is always something falling off the shelves and breaking... but not much effort is made to clean it up.
Overall, great finds provided you bring protective gear, and you know which prices not to pay. Disorganized atmosphere, but a fun counter culture of families, sunday market resalers, thrift store & vintage addicts, and occasional early release mental patient all looking for a bargin.
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