Outside of Anchorage, shopping can get a little sparse—especially when fishing or cruise season is over. Fortunately, thrift stores offer both a bargain and an alternative to online shopping when you don’t have time to drive to the nearest mall or big-box retailer. Here are some of our favorites in Alaska.
Folks in Seward love UKANUZIT. Because the store picks its inventory carefully and turns it over often, folks are constantly returning to see what sorts of treasures a new week will bring. The general consensus is that if you can’t find what you’re looking for at this “funky boutique”-like shop, you probably don’t need it.
Bargain hunters in the capital city will appreciate the clean, orderly Juneau Treasures Thrift Store. Its super-friendly staff stacks the racks with extremely well-priced—but gently-used—name-brand clothing, shoes, housewares, and all manner of miscellany.
Clearly catering to the college crowd in Fairbanks, Bad Mother Vintage sells a carefully-curated selection of clothing and accessories at affordable price points. From flannels and sweaters to belts, books, and their own label of craft fragrances, Bad Mother Vintage will keep you looking good without breaking the bank.
Thrifty outdoor enthusiasts will swoon over The Hoarding Marmot. They sell gently used outdoor gear and clothing for folks who don’t want to get out into the great outdoors without paying through the nose to do it. You’ll find tents, climbing gear, packed, technical wear, ski and snowboarding gear, and just about anything else you’ll need to experience Alaska safely and in style.
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In a place where fortunes rise and fall with the fishing—and the off-season often feels awfully long—a thrift shop can be a boon. In Kenai, the Bargain Basement is the place to hunt for well-priced treasures when you’re hoping to spend less than retail. They stock everything from clothes and military surplus to books and electronics.
Turn a Leaf is a thrift store that’s been operated by Valley Charities for more than half a century. When you shop in the bright, clean store, you help fund programs that help local families experiencing hardship. But you also get awesome clothing, accessories, and household goods at awesome prices.
TWC Thrift Store is a small thrift that serves the village of Bethel. All proceeds from the store are plowed back into community programs like Tundra Peace and the Women’s Coalition. Their inventory ebbs and flows with donations, so it pays to pick through their treasures on a regular basis.
The Eagle River area has developed a reputation as a tag-popper’s paradise. One of the main reasons for this rep is Pretty Thrifty: A 5,000-square-foot, upscale thrift and consignment shop with merchandise on three levels. It’s definitely worth the trip from Anchorage.
Archangel Attic Thrift Store stocks new merchandise almost daily. Their inventory always includes a number of unique and interesting items, but their best deals can be found on clothing. Proceeds from the thrift store help to fund the programs of St. Benedict’s Parish, including Lumen Christi High School.
Whatnot Consignment Shop is another of the destination-thrifting establishments in Eagle River. The store excels at curating a wide array of inventory that includes furniture, tools, and antiques. They offer layaways and military discounts, as well.