Looking for a vintage dress or maybe an affordable piece of furniture? The best buys are often repurposed products bought from thrift shops. The Las Vegas Valley has a large selection of thrift stores operated by local charities. These local stores offer the best of gently used products and homemade items that help support those in need.
Opportunity Village Thrift Store
390 S. Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Opportunity Village was started in 1954 by a group of families in Las Vegas looking to support children with intellectual disabilities. The thrift store is just one of the many business entities of the non-profit organization that helps provide a better life for those affected. Money raised from the thrift store goes directly to support vocational training, job placement, art and life skill training, advocacy and social recreation programs. You’ll find everything from clothing to furniture in the store.
6029 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
The Dinosaurs and Roses thrift shop serves two purposes. The first is to support local charities from the sale of donated goods and also to support culture in Las Vegas by offering art exhibition space. The second story of the thrift store serves as a de facto gallery, highlighting works from local artists. A portion of all the art sold at Dinosaurs and Roses is donated to local charities. For a sample of items available, check out the Dinosaurs and Roses ebay store.
480 W. Bonanza Road
Las Vegas, NV 89101
The Las Vegas Rescue Mission was started in downtown Las Vegas in 1970. The mission provides food, shelter and recovery services to men, women and children in Las Vegas. It is one of the only organizations that provides housing for single fathers with children. The money from items sold in the store goes right back into the programs at the the mission. To visit the store, drive to the security gate and let them know you are visiting the thrift store.
4840 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Catholic Charities is the premier organization in the valley catering to the basic needs of people in crisis. The non-profit provides emergency food and housing, social services, adoption services and even immigration help. Catholic Charities administers the WIC Program (Women Infants and Children) as well as Meals on Wheels for Seniors. Funds from both of the charity’s thrift stores go right back into providing more services for the needy.
Studio 8 Ten
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Studio 8 Ten is a downtown gift shop and art studio operated by the non-profit Transitions Services. The shop is an integral part of Transitions Services’ efforts of training and employing people with disabilities. The staff at Studio 8 Ten makes cards, bath and body products for humans and dogs and furniture made from wood pallets. Studio 8 Ten also serves as a gallery for local artists and space for birthday parties and corporate events.
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