Thrift Store Chains

Today the thrifty way of life has turned into big business for the national thrift store chains. With the downturn in the economy, people are catching on to the huge savings that thrift offers. Those that practice a thriftier and greener way of life — from adults dressing and decorating their first apartment to baby boomers on a fixed budget to collectors and thrift aficionados — scour the thrift stores.


Arc Thrift Stores

The Arc Thrift Stores are a Colorado-based chain that provides funding to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities within the community. Their services include:

  • Advocacy for Children and Adults
  • Training
  • Vocational and housing services
  • Community Organizing
  • Public Awareness
  • Educating Legislators
  • Their stores are currently Colorado-based and provide the same large-scale thrift environments, running sales throughout the week and monthly specials.
    • Tuesday: Senior’s Day 50% Off
    • Saturday: 50% Off

Visit their website for a list of all Colorado locations:

DAV (Disabled American Veterans)

Founded in 1920 for those inflicted in World War I, this charity it has become the voice of the nation’s disabled wartime veterans and their families.

DAV thrift shops are peppered across the United States, and most hold great promotional sales on a regular basis. Check in your area for the savings events that are promoted.

In Denver the DAV color codes all their items.  Every Monday one color is 99 cents, except furniture.  There are tremendous bargains to be had for a buck; clothing, lamps, art, tools, décor, and linens.

People line up fifteen minutes before the doors open.


Goodwill is one of several national or international chains that offer a thrift environment with strong corporate direction making the retail mechanisms consistent across the country.  Like most secondhand stores, Goodwill offers a variety of used goods with specials offered weekly and monthly.  On a weekly basis one color is 50% off.  Once a month they offer 50% off the entire store.  These are great ways to get thrift merchandise at even lower rates.

Salvation Army Thrift Stores

The Salvation Army, founded in Great Britain in 1865, started as a religious movement known for its social and charitable work.  Today the retail stores are peppered across the United States, still funding help for the poor, the destitute and hungry.

Most of the stores are well-lit and merchandised nicely, and run 50% off days where a certain color or select merchandise is offered at a great discount.

The Discovery Shop

From my research it appears that The Discovery Shops were founded and located in California. This resale enterprise is run by the American Cancer Society.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift

Proceeds from the sales of this national chain support the Society’s mission to serve the poor in communities across the nation. A listing of St. Vincent de Paul’s assistance programs:

  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Food Programs
  • Emergency transportation
  • Disaster relief and victim services
  • Rent/mortgage assistance
  • Low-cost housing
  • Shelters for the homeless
  • Shelters for the abused
  • Assistance for victims of AIDS, substance abuse, and crime
  • Free pharmacy services
  • Employment services
  • Job training
  • Counseling/Information
  • Referral service
  • Education programs (GED)
  • Homemaker services
  • Budget counseling
  • Nutritional education
  • Youth programs
  • Camp programs
  • Social justice programs
  • Advocacy
  • Twinning, foreign and domestic
  • Ministry
  • Halfway houses for ex-offenders
  • Burial of the indigent
  • Embracing the lonely, forgotten, and alienated
  • Service to anyone in need

To find a resale store in your area click here.



Launched in 1954 this for-profit thrift enterprise operates in the United States under the trade names Savers and Value Village, and in  Canada as the Value Village Store, is the largest for-profit thrift store chain.

Barb Tobias
Author, Coach, Speaker, Thrift Specialist