Updated: Feb 19, 2019
Just a few miles east of Charlotte you can find a few thrift store treasures nestled in the small towns of Matthews and Monroe. With the opening of the new Monroe Expressway, the commute to and from Charlotte is much easier. However, I prefer to dodge the Expressway, taking the more scenic route to hit my favorite stores every now and then. There are so many to choose from but, of course, I have my favorites for various reasons.
Good Stewart Thrift Store is probably by far my favorite of those listed. While it may not be the most visually appealing store, I tend to have the most luck there. A lot of the inventory is new with tag or in like-new condition. Clothing is sized and prices are fair. During one of my last visits, apparently, a donor donated her entire Dooney & Burke collection in like-new condition. I'm not really a DB type of girl (more of a Kate Spade) but found what is now my new favorite crossbody bag - all red, perfect size, great strap length and leather! (I love the scent of 100% leather!) They don't have a rewards program but they do have lots of sales - item sales, tag sales, holiday store sales, etc..
Goodwill - Monroe is one of my favorite Goodwills in all of the Charlotte metropolitan and surrounding areas. This location receives a lot of Target donations. And this, I love! Basically, Target will donate items to Goodwill they don't have much success moving from their shelves after clearance mark downs! I also tend to find really nice shoes and home décor at this particular Goodwill location.
Charitable cause highlights:
ZABS Place is located in the heart of historic downtown Matthews. It's the most adorable thrift shop I've ever stepped foot in. I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa, whose son the store is named after. One of my favorite things about the store is that they up cycle, repurposing items like spoons for hooks and shutters for doors in the fitting room area. Inventory is rotated every week. If you spotted something from the previous week but don't see it the next, you should definitely ask an employee as items are occasionally rotated to the basement. They also receive regular inventory from a furniture showroom in High Point, NC. And how cool is this... the children's books are organized by age group! What I love the most is that they train and employ young adults with special talents. Some of these adults have some of their very own handcrafted items for sale in the store. For more information, visit www.zabsplace.org.
Matthew Help Center & Thrift Shop is also located in the historic downtown Matthews area. This non-profit organization has been operating and serving the local community for over 40 years. While the store is hidden from the hustle and bustle, it's definitely a treasure - merchandise is placed thoughtfully around the store, the staff is friendly and overall, the store is cozy and welcoming. For more information, visit www.matthewshelpcenter.org.
Profits from Second Chance Boutique by Turning Point - Monroe & Second Chance Home Décor benefit Turning Point, a charitable organization focusing on ending domestic abuse, sexual assault, and child abuse through safe shelter, advocacy, prevention, and social change. The boutique and home store are located only a few feet away from each other. However, each bears its own personality and vibe. You're sure to find something at each of these stores. For more information, visit www.turningpointnc.org.
Below is a listing of all of the thrift stores I've visited in the area:
Matthews Help Center & Thrift Shop
The Salvation Army Family Store
Goodwill - Weddington
Goodwill - Monroe
Good Stewart Thrift Store - E Sunset Dr
Good Stewart Thrift Store - W Roosevelt Blvd
Second Chance Boutique by Turning Point - Monroe
Second Chance Home Décor by Turning Point
Happy thrifting in Matthews and Monroe!