I consider myself a thrift store expert. For the last 10 years I have made my second income from Ebay and visited hundreds of thrift stores in 30 states. I usually visit at least 2-3 thrift stores a week, sometimes even 2-3 a day! Here is my Bis-Man thrift store round up, if I missed a spot, email me and I will get it on my list!
Arc Thrift Store
Arc is a clothes-heavy thrift store meaning they have clothing as more than half of their items, if you are a thrifter that skips clothing, this may not be the stop for you. They do get a lot of toiletries and larger furniture items. The best thing about Arc is that you can clearly see their mission reflected in their employees, they hire people with all kinds of challenges. Because they do pickups and are well known, they turn over a lot of donations. This is one thrift that you can’t walk in once and see what they have to offer, you need to check back frequently.
1211 Park Ave, Bismarck, ND 58504
This resale store has strict rules about what they take in for trade so you will find the most up to date brand name clothes and accessories here. The prices may be a bit higher than some on the list but Clothes Mentor is a step above because they only take the best of the best in their selection process unlike a traditional thrift where they take everything that is donated and try to sell as much as possible. If you have nice name brand clothes that are fairly new you can bring them in and get a credit for your shopping trip. Shopping here is almost like shopping at a retail clothing store, the salespeople are helpful and you can put together an entire outfit.
100 W Front Ave
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
This is the thrift store for people that don’t like thrift stores. It’s bright, clean and doesn’t have that thrift store smell. They get a lot of new goods with the tags still on from Target. I frequently find multiple items with the tags on in all sizes making it a great place if you are trying to get your different sized kids matching clothes on a budget. This is also the best spot for shoes. There are plenty of new shoes in childrens and adult sizes. They also have a nice selection of book although they are higher priced than the other stores. Dakota usually has a lot of new makeup and toiletries and more new accessories than anywhere else. I find the clothes to take up less than half of the store. This thrift benefits the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch and since I am such a frequent shopper I have also seen young pregnant girls with children come in with vouchers to get items for themselves and their babies so while I am not sure how that particular program works, I have seen some very grateful young families benefit by getting clothes and shoes for free. That is an organization that is worth supporting.
1335 Interstate Ave, Bismarck, ND 58503
Every major city has a Goodwill, this one is a little different if you are used to others. There aren’t colored tags that get marked down here on different days. There are also no coupons or frequent sales. I feel they are a little less flexible than other Goodwills. They have more than half of the store for clothes, it’s closer to 75% clothes. It is a very good selection of name brand items, although the prices can be a bit higher. Out of all of the thrifts, if I had to find a dressy women’s outfit, this would be my top choice. They have fewer children’s and men’s clothes though.
421 S 3rd St, Bismarck, ND 58504
Later Gator Kids Sale and Later Gator Kid’s Consignment Sale
Ok, this isn’t an everyday thrift store but this is a sale that happens twice a year for kids and once a year for women. It features women’s name brand and designer clothes, many with the tags still on, unused beauty items and furniture and home decor in the womens sale and toys and name brand clothes for the kids, all at up to 90% off retail prices. The kids sale stretches out 4 days twice a year but the womens sale lasts for just 2 days once a year. The Kids sale is at the 4H center and the womens sale is at the Kirkwood Mall. If you want to get a chance at thousands and thousand of items from hundreds of families this garage sale on steroids is the place to shop.
Womens Sale-Kirkwood Mall
Kids Sale-4H Center
Nearly New Shoppe
Some call this Bismarck’s best kept secret and others call it the best thrift store in Bismarck. Either way at this consignment store you will find name brand women’s, kid’s and men’s clothes and accessories displayed like a retail store. There are also select household items. If you like name brand clothes at a fraction of their prices, make sure you stop in.
505 Riverwood Dr
Bismarck ND 58504
An upscale thrift with the younger consumer in mind, Plato’s closet is a junior version of Clothes Mentor. They only select the best and most current name brand clothes and accessories and their stores and fitting rooms are laid out much like a retail store. You can bring clothes here and get a credit for new purchases. Expect to pay between 50% and 70% off retail prices. When the seasons change or they have too much stock there can be even bigger sales.
204 W Front Ave
Bismarck Nd 58504
Repeat Performance Clothing
This easy to miss store is tucked inside of Gateway Mall. It has a large selection of name brand new and lightly used women’s and children’s clothes and accessories. They also take items for resale and are set up like a small department store with display mannequins. They have an active Facebook page that features clothes and current sales. They have a large selection of maternity, prom and formal wear for all ages.
2700 State Street inside Gateway Mall
Bismarck ND 58503
This newer entry on the thrift scene has something for everyone. Since they are newer they don’t have old inventory that is years old and they are clean and organized. They have a lot of clothes and accessories and some furniture and home decor items along with toys and books. Prices are good and you will find a large variety of ever changing items. They occasionally advertise sales on Facebook, the link is below.
555 Memorial Highway
Bismarck ND 58504
Second Chances Thrift Store
This is a thrift store with purpose. The store is run by Teen Challenge and purchases help their goal of sobriety. The store has everything from furniture to books and the stock is constantly changing. They have one of the more active Facebook pages of any store and you can see their frequent sales there. Your money goes a long way here and you know you are supporting a good cause.
1717 E Broadway Ave
Seeds of Hope
This is the largest mega thrift in Bis-Man. 2 stories of awesomeness. There is something for everyone. Its around 50% clothes and 50% everything else, but there is a lot of everything else. Luggage, linens, fabric, furniture, it’s all here. This is the store you can bring your teen to and they won’t mind shopping with you. I know because my teen always finds an armload of clothes here. You will probably find more vintage items here than any other thrift. The prices are a bit higher but the quality is good and they have a large and far reaching mission. Sometimes they open a room and fill it with donations and allow people to come take what they need.
520 E Main Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501
The Owl Bookstore
If you like books, this is the place for you. This longstanding store has a huge selection of books. If you are looking for something specific, it’s probably here. They have many series books and a little bit of everything else. They will buy books and have frequent sales when they have too many books. This is the best lace if you have kids and want a lot of cheap books or they are reading a series that you don’t want to drop a lot of cash on. Inventory is always changing and they will help you find what you need. Like most other thrift stores their Facebook page is very active and you can see new items and sales here.
1107 S 13th St
Bismarck ND 58504
Okay, if we are honest, there aren’t as many thrift stores in Mandan but the ones that are there are worth checking out.
I love this place, I love the people that work here. They have such an energetic and helpful vibe that you can’t help but love them. It’s a small shop, there is a little of everything and about 50% clothes. After Seeds of Hope, they have the most vintage clothing items. The prices are very reasonable. They also have a very good selection of books, almost as good as Seeds but less expensive. They also have a weekly half off sale that can’t be beat. You can see the help they give to people through the food shelf and financial assistance. If I had people visiting from out of town, this is exactly where I would take them. I would hit Aid and a few other shops downtown and then grab a burger at Station West and go across the street to the park and depot. Its a picturesque walk and the downtown is getting more vibrant all of the time.
314 W Main Street
Mandan ND 701-663-2122
Hard to find, across the highway from McDonalds, tucked into the storage facility
This is one of my all time favorite thrifts of all that I have ever visited. You SERIOUSLY never know what is going to be here. I can’t tell you what you will find here, it’s never the same twice but she is on Facebook and adds videos and you can get a feel of what is currently there. I think Theresa gets a lot more furniture and decorative type home items and she decorates very nicely and does room settings.
312 Bisman Ave SE
Mandan ND 701-425-8837
Hard to find, across the highway from McDonalds, tucked into the storage facility.
This longtime local favorite is open again! Make sure you stop in to show them some love at their new location brimming with books.
Great deals on all kinds of used books including the unusual.
105 1/2 3rd Ave NW
While not a traditional thrift store, the Market West store features many vendors with a wide selection of upcycled and vintage items. Instead of buying new consider buying their repurposed items. They also have some cute new items with a local emphasis.
103 4th Ave NW and 500 1/2 W Main