11 Albuquerque Thrift Stores In the Colorful State of Consignment
We knew we should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque…thanks Bugs Bunny.
Fortunately, Albuquerque has made itself a fun place to stick around in, partially due to the abundance of locally owned thrift stores.
In addition to chain giants like Good Will and Buffalo Exchange, Albuquerque thrift stores are chock full of new-to-you treasures—whether you’re looking for local art and furniture pieces or some unique clothing finds.
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Don’t forget to float your way down to the bottom of the article to learn why thrift shopping in Albuquerque puts the sustainability ABCs into ABQ.
1. G.E.M. Thrift
About G.E.M. Thrift Store Albuquerque
Standing for Green Earth Matters, G.E.M. Thrift is certainly a jewel among ABQ thrift stores.
Featuring the artwork of a selection of local artists as well as thrifty finds, G.E.M. sells a regularly rotating selection of secondhand clothes, household items, books, and furniture.
All clothes are a dollar, and all books are 25 cents, giving you an ideal place to shop for a sustainable wardrobe on a budget—and make tallying your total as you do simple.
G.E.M. exists to promote the importance of recycling and reusing resources, and their location in a historic home in the North Valley community emphasizes those values.
The store is run entirely by the owner, so swing by and say hello from Sustainable Jungle!
Location: North Valley
2. Joy Junction Thrift Shoppe
About Joy Junction Thrift Shoppe
Joy Junction is a non-profit that serves the homeless population of Albuquerque through services, supplies, and shelter, and their Joy Junction Thrift Shoppe helps to support their mission.
The store gives a free clothing allowance to residents in their housing program, and also distributes vouchers to community organizations to provide to needy families to come in and get free items.
Selling clothing, furniture, household items, baby supplies, and more, every purchase—from colorful costume bangles that will transport you back to the 90s to practical furniture—goes to support needful members of the Albuquerque community.
3. Colibri Clothing Revival
About Colibri Clothing Revival Second Hand Store Albuquerque
Albuquerque? More like Albu-quirky.
A clothing boutique specializing in consignment, Colibri Clothing Revival stocks all the funky, colorful, pre-loved clothing you could ever need to live your fabulous sustainable dream.
Colibri is a go-to store for statement pieces, and stocks unique and custom items that are bound to wow—other clothing stores in Albuquerque just can’t compare.
Want to spice up your sustainable work clothing with some orange and yellow colorblock Oxfords?
Look no further. The owner regularly travels to find new pieces, so the stock is constantly changing, meaning fresh finds every time.
Location: Nob Hill
4. Outdoor REgear
About Outdoor REgear Consignment Store Albuquerque
Outdoor REgear is your one-stop specialty consignment shop for all your adventure supply needs, and they’re ready to help you venture into the great outdoors.
One of only two outdoor second hand stores Albuquerque has, you’ll find eco friendly sleeping bags, performance shoes, sporting equipment, and anything you need for your weekend camping trip in the Sandia Mountains.
Looking to sell old gear you aren’t using any more, so you can try a new sport?
Ask them about what they’ll buy—they’re always looking for new stock.
5. Avenger’s Vintage
About Avenger’s Vintage Thrift Store ABQ
No need to Hulk, er, skulk about for premium vintage clothes—Avenger’s Vintage specializes in vintage clothing and accessories from the 20s through the 90s to help you save the world from fast fashion.
Located right on Historic Route 66, their racks and walls are quite literally covered with color coordinated clothing, like 60s floral shift dresses for your upcoming Summer of Love.
For people wanting a unique piece but not looking to buy, Avenger’s has a vintage clothing rental service, designed to help costume creative projects and themed events.
Looking for thrift stores near Albuquerque, NM but don’t want to leave the house?
Check out Avenger’s online store.
Location: Nob Hill
6. Your Other Closet
About Your Other Closet Albuquerque Consignment Shop
Your Other Closet is popular with locals for the high quality, classic pieces that it has on rack.
Their original focus was on women’s clothing, which is why you’ll find quality, on-trend pieces—but they’ve since expanded to accessories, sustainable home decor, and furniture.
All items are either in “new,” “like new,” or “excellent” condition, adhering to Your Other Closet’s strict quality standards.
Check out their “Chickadoodles,” “Nic Nacs,” and “Whatchamicallits” sections for some unique finds, like complete trading card books and other rare collectibles.
You can also shop their entire collection via their website.
Location: Academy Hills
7. Menaul Book Exchange
About Menaul Book Exchange
Book lovers beware: if you walk into Menaul Book Exchange, you may never come out again.
Women owned and operated since 1975 and one of the oldest bookstores in Albuquerque, Menaul is chock-full with a self-described “warren” of used books from all genres.
They specialize in mysteries and romance novels, and also carry harder to find western and military fiction.
The store is dog friendly, so feel free to take your pet pooch with you to wander the stacks.
For every $2 you spend, you can pick a free book from the overflow shelf.
Location: Conchas Park
8. Grapevine Furniture
About Grapevine Furniture’s Used Furniture Albuquerque
One of the few furniture consignment stores Albuquerque has, Grapevine Furniture sells antique, vintage, and retro furniture well suited for a variety of styles.
Family owned and operated, Grapevine is always looking for consignment furniture Albuquerque residents want to pass on to new owners.
With reasonable prices and high quality pieces, there’s something for everyone at Grapevine—from simple, eco-friendly coffee tables to an executive power desk made of form gorgeous cherry wood.
Location: Fair Heights
9. Assistance League Albuquerque
About Assistance League’s Thrift Shops Albuquerque
Assistance League Albuquerque is a local, entirely volunteer run non-profit that spearheads and supports community programs.
Their thrift shop helps to support this effort, offering used clothing for the whole family as well as accessories, home decor, and housewares.
Featured within the thrift shop is their Program Room, which holds a rotating selection of seasonal and specialty items that don’t fit under other departments. Make sure to check it out to find unique treasures and holiday decor.
They offer a frequent shopper card for purchases over $10—collect 10 stamps and get $5 off your next purchase of $10 or more.
Then check out their sister Shop on the Corner next door for second hand designer women’s clothing.
Location: Fair Heights
10. Thrift Smart
About Thrift Smart Thrift Store Albuquerque
Passionate about caring for critical-needs senior citizens in Albuquerque, Thrift Smart sells clothing, furniture, and household items to help support the mission of Silver Horizons, their parent organization.
Just because the shop benefits the elderly doesn’t mean their wares are old hat—unless we’re talking actually old hats, like a woven raffia cowboy hat to keep that hot New Mexico sun off your face.
You’ll find an eclectic mix of antique and modern clothing, books, furniture, and home wares of excellent quality. Everything is very clean and organized.
Locals report that the store smells distinctly like apple spice, so you’ll have to go investigate to find out for yourself.
11. Antique Co-op
About Antique Co-op Second Hand Shop Albuquerque
For vintage wares and furniture consignment, Albuquerque’s Antique Co-op has an eclectic selection of vintage and antique furniture, knicknacks, housewares, and clothing, all with a New Mexican flair
During fall, they have a wide selection of Dia de Los Muertos decorations, costumes, and accessories to get into the sustainable holiday spirit.
Through the rest of the year, they feature special New Mexican themed booths, as well as works from local artists.
Make sure to pop in and get a peek at their rotating wares and Albuquerque furniture consignment options.
Location: North Valley
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Why Go Thrifting In Albuquerque?
Every year the City of Albuquerque runs a Recyclothes event, a drive that encourages local citizens to donate gently used clothing to Locker 505, a clothing bank that helps to clothe thousands of Albuquerque students every year.
The event is an example of how communities can both reduce waste and support each other through mindful recycling and donation, but different community groups experience different needs throughout the year that one clothing drive just can’t address.
Shopping second hand stores in Albuquerque helps to support community members who are either making a living off their store or donating the proceeds to those in need.
Final Thoughts On Albuquerque Thrift Stores
Get your kicks on Route 66—and while you’re at it, get some new-to-you secondhand goods to carry the spirit of your classic American road trip with you forever.
Land of hot air balloons and iconic chili, Albuquerque consignment stores and thrift shops are steady companions for any New Mexican with a flair for the sustainable.
While we always encourage shopping locally when possible, if leaving the house is difficult, check out these online thrift stores, or the online boutiques offered by some of these ABQ thrift stores.
Whether you call Albuquerque home or have plans to “motor west [on the] highway that is best”, make sure to share this list with your thrifting or road trip buddy, so they can be inspired, too.