FORT WAYNE FIVE: Top 5 Fort Wayne thrift stores

No. 1: Goodwill, 6256 W. Jefferson Blvd., often has new clothing from Talbots with tags still attached to it. ( file photo)
No. 2: St. Vincent dePaul, has glassware. Short glasses. Tall glasses. Martini glasses. Margarita glasses. (File photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of
No. 3: Renew Upscale Resale, 6406 State Blvd., in Georgetown Square. We got some brand-new Etienne Aigner black-and-white loafers for $11. The store has a large selection of home decor items as well. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)
No. 4: The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center, 6031 Lima Road, is a good place to get men's sports coats. They make excellent wintertime wear for women, as well. ( file photo)
No. 5: Dove's Nest, 6603 Stellhorn Road, is a good spot for decor items. We got some vintage-themed metal tins to use as envelope storage. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The recession made us look for ways to save money. That led us to thrift stores, where pieces of clothing can be had for less than $5. A good deal if you tend to go up or down a size each year. We like to think of them as our persona+l shopper.

Looking for a specific color? Head to Salvation Army. Want to see what’s in your size? Go to Goodwill, where things are organized by size then color. Many of the stores have 50 percent discounts at the end of the month.

We haven’t been to every single thrift store in town, so here are the ones we tend to go to when the shopping bug strikes us and we’re not bidding on