Second Time Around also stores “wish lists” for customers on its Website.
5770 Sunset Dr., South Miami; 1034 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
VINTAGE GOODS STORES
The Rabbit Hole
Those who wander off the beaten path can find a trove of vintage clothing down The Rabbit Hole. The North Miami Beach shop carries a variety of vintage items — from day dresses with far-out prints to retro belts, scarves and bowties as well as men’s trendy Western wear.
Shoppers can also find quirky old knickknacks for sale in display cases. They also find vintage handbags as well as The Rabbit Hole’s own brand of handbags made from Italian leather. Most items are from the 1950s-’80s, and prices tend to range from $20 to $60.
17032 W. Dixie Hwy., N. Miami Beach
Miami Twice, which has been around since 1985, has a large selection of vintage clothing, with more than 3,000 garments in a store of more than 5,000 square feet. Dresses can range from $50 to $600.
The store also sells vintage and designer handbags in addition to an assortment of nifty antique oddities and toys.
Retro-inspired new clothing, which appeals to those who seek a modern cut but who long for a vintage look, can be found here. And ravers can find some choice items in the back of the store near some of the ’80s items, including flashing LED rings and neon tutus. Every October, the store becomes a one-stop adult Halloween-costume shop.
6562 Bird Rd., Miami
The Children’s Exchange
Many parents share the frustration of buying their children nice clothes — only to watch their kids grow out of them a year later. Fortunately, there are places to make some money off of those lightly used clothes and pick up new, or at least new-ish, clothes that are the right size and price.
The Children’s Exchange, which has been in business for 35 years, sells high chairs, strollers, toys, DVDs and shoes, and brand-name and designer clothing for newborns on up to 14-year-olds. Shoppers can get good deals on children’s seasonal clothing, such as ski wear.
Parents may also want to check out Peek-A-Boo Children’s and Maternity Preloved Boutique, 1911 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, for designer children’s clothes and maternity wear.
1415 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables
Lotus House Thrift
All profits from The Lotus House Thrift go to the Lotus House Shelter in Midtown, which aims to help homeless women and children. Those staying at the shelter are also able to come by the store to pick up items they need to get back on their feet.
“Our goal is not a handout but a hand up,” director Constance Collins said. “Words like empowerment really means something and translate to everyday opportunity to build a new life.”
Shoppers at the Lotus House can expect to find nearly everything from designer clothing and shoes to records and household furniture. There’s even a room stocked with formal wear for proms, wedding and other events.
Program manager Irma Williams stayed at the Lotus House when she found herself homeless a few years ago. She said she looks at her job as a way to “pay it forward” by helping other women who are in a situation similar to the one she was in. “I love my job,” she said.
203 NW 36th St., Miami
901 E 10th Ave, Hialeah
Frugal fashionistas who are willing to dig for big bargains should head over to Flamingo Plaza, north of the airport in Hialeah. The strip mall is filled with several large thrift stores, so shoppers have plenty of choices. However, while the prices may be tough to beat, it may take substantial time and effort to find just what you’re looking for.