The Complete List of Thrift Stores in Madison, WI

The Complete List of Thrift Stores in Madison, WI

Published on March 8th, 2018
By Jennifer Oppriecht

Ready to pop some tags?  If you’ve only got $20 in your pocket and you need cheap apartment décor and furnishings — not to mention clothes, shoes and anything and everything else — check out our complete list of thrift stores in Madison, WI.

These listings are not ranked in order of best or worst – it’s simply a compilation of any store that stocks home décor and furnishings.  We’ll leave it up to you to share your opinions on who gets top billing in the comments section. Before we get to the listing, check out these tips for shopping at thrift stores.

What is the difference between a thrift store and a consignment store?

A thrift store typically takes donations of all types – clothing, furniture, books.  A consignment store will choose the items they stock, and may pay for some items. Both will give you a tax credit for donations. Typically thrift stores are run by charities or nonprofit organizations.  

It’s a great place to find bargains and dig for treasures.  But it does take some patience. We’ll get to some great techniques for shopping at thrift stores, but first, here’s our complete listing.  Please leave a comment if you know of another location that’s not listed here.

Our complete listing of thrift shops in Madison, WI:
Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin  

Goodwill accepts and resells donations, using the proceeds to help people with disabilities or other challenges.  The money raised stays local, which is an added boost. You’ll find clothes deals galore, but Goodwill also includes household items, too.  They even have online shopping and a rewards card!

Madison East:

2127 E Springs Dr (608-246-3147)

M-F: 9am-9pm, Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 10am-6pm

Madison West:

4530 Verona Rd (608-271-4867)

M-F: 9am-9pm, Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 10am-6pm

Madison North:

2901 N Sherman Ave (608-819-8082)

M-F: 9am-9pm, Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 10am-6pm

Monona:

2501 N Royal Ave (608-224-0781)

M-F: 9am-9pm, Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 10am-6pm

St. Vincent de Paul Store  

A longtime Madison fave, their used furniture includes an “ever-changing stock of tables, chairs, couches, rugs, framed art and…home décor.”  St. Vinny’s also features clothing and used books.

Their Dig & Save outlet, located just five blocks north of the Beltline, is unique among their stores. Dig through bins of clothing and tables of interesting objects. Clothing at Dig & Save is sold by the pound – half price every Wednesday.

Madison East:

1309 Williamson St (608-257-0673)

M-Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun: 11am-5pm

Madison West:

6301 Odana Rd (608-278-2924)

M-Sat: 9am-7:30pm, Sun: 10am-5:30pm

Dig & Save:

1900 S Park St (608-250-6370)

M-Sun: 10am-5pm

Agrace Thrift Stores  

Featuring quality apparel and home furnishings, with the proceeds used to fund Agrace hospice programs including charity care, clinical education, volunteer training and grief services.

Madison East:

2402 E Springs Dr (608-327-7200)

M-Th: 10am-7pm, F-Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 12-4pm

Madison West:

118 Junction Rd (608-833-4556)

M-Th: 10am-7pm, F-Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 12-4pm

Boomerangs Resale Store  

Winning our vote for best thrift store name, Boomerangs is located on Madison’s east side.  Established by the Door Creek Church to meet the needs of people in the Madison community, it includes “gently-used” household items.

Madison North:

1133 N Sherman Ave (608-268-0793)

M-F: 10am-6pm, Sat: 9am-4pm

Bethesda Thrift Shops

Donations and proceeds support the Lutheran Communities.  Bethesda features clothing, housewares, household goods, furniture, antiques and more.

Madison Southeast:

201 Cottage Grove Rd (608-223-1228)

M-Fri: 9am-6pm, Sat: 9am-5pm

Savers  

With housewares, furniture, and bed and bath items, you’ll find everything from the practical to the pointless.  Savers is self-described as a “leader and pioneer in the retail thrift industry.”  They have alliances with more than 140 nonprofits, so donating to their programs has community value.

Madison East:

2002 Zeier Rd (608-441-1380)

M-Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 10am-7pm

Iconi Interiors

While technically a consignment store, the proximity of Iconi Interiors to downtown Madison makes it an ideal location for used furniture shoppers.

Madison Downtown:

540 W Washington Ave (608-441-0077)

M-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 10am-6pm

ReThreads

More of a buy/sell/trade clothing store. Sells “quality apparel, jewelry and accessories.”

Madison West:

6664 Odana Rd (608-203-8123)

M-Sat: 11am-6pm, Sun: 12-5pm

BHA Resale Store Unlimited

Second hand store.

Madison East:

3365 E Washington Ave (608-298-7707)

M-Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 12-5pm

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

A nonprofit home improvement store and donation center, the ReStores sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, buildings materials and more.

Madison East:

4207 Monona Dr (608-661-2813)

Tues-Sat: 9am-5pm

Madison West:

5906 Odana Rd (608-442-9919)

Tues-Sat: 9am-5pm

SWAP (Surplus With a Purpose)

Operated by the University of Wisconsin, SWAP helps dispose of the UW’s surplus property in the hopes of reducing landfill waste.  You can buy in-house at the UW SWAP shop in Verona or at the Online Auction site. SWAP sells computer equipment, office equipment, household supplies, and miscellaneous items.  Visit the SWAP website for more information on how SWAP works. (There are special hours for UW Departments, Municipalities, Public Schools and State Agencies.)

Madison Southwest:

1061 Thousand Oaks Trail, Verona, WI (608-497-4440)

Public Hours:

Tues and Fri: 8am-2pm

2nd Sat of every month: 8am-2pm

What’s the best way to shop Madison thrift stores?

If you’re cash-strapped with daily expenses, don’t get discouraged about your apartment décor.  These Madison thrift stores have treasures galore. It’s up to you to unearth them.

Put together a general shopping list  

Thrift store shopping can be overwhelming, so develop a list of desired items.  Keep your options open, however. You never know when you’re going to stumble onto a gold mine!

Avoid projects  

If you tend to let things pile up around your house, then be careful about buying things you think you could repurpose down the road.  Too many projects can clutter up the apartment.

Shop with cash  

Impulse buying is easier when you’re only armed with a credit card.  Give yourself a cash limit, so you can stick to a budget.

Guard your potential purchase  

If you’re on the fence about a purchase, keep it in the cart as you shop around.  Don’t put it back on the shelf; another savvy shopper could swoop in for the kill.

Second-hand in, second-hand out  

As you bring in new thrift store items to your apartment, donate a few items in return.  Keep the clutter to a minimum.

Talk to the thrift store staff  

Tell them what you’re searching for, and how much you’re willing to spend.  The staff knows the store, and they may unearth a buried treasure.

Ask about sales  

A thrift store might sponsor a special sale.  Check out their websites or ask at the checkout counter.

There you have it!  Our complete list of thrift stores.  And if you can’t find what you’re looking for at any of those stores, take a look at our complete list of Madison area garage sales.  Happy searching!

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