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Best Stores With A Cause In The Atlanta Area

There are numerous thrift stores and upscale resale shops in Atlanta. Many of the thrift stores make it easy to give back to the community you live in. Today, buying with purpose has become second nature to philanthropist, environmentalist and animal rescue organizations because of the variety of charity shops. Some of the best thrift stores and upscale resale shops are using profits from the store to fund a charity or charitable programs. Make your purchases count by supporting some of the best stores and shops with a cause in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Step-Up Society Thrift Store
733 Monroe Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 892-3392

The men and women who serve our country in the armed forces are significant and deserve help when needed. This thrift store was established to help veterans recover from drug and alcohol addictions, homelessness and domestic violence. The profits from the store fund Atlanta Step-Up Society's four shelter homes that house the veterans in recovery, counseling, case management, referral and employment services. This non-profit organization does a lot to help the community and its thrift store manages to offer usable clothing, shoes, furniture, electronic devices, books and other household goods. The two-story thrift store offers anything needed for the home or self at prices as low as $1.

Second Life Upscale Resale
1 N. Clarendon Ave.
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
(678) 974-5671

Second Life has one mission, and that is to give animals a second chance at life. The shop offers shoppers consignment shop-quality clothing, furniture and home decorations at thrift store prices. While providing great customer service and an amazing shopping experience, the shop uses the profit to fund charities that protect and rescue animals. The funds from Second Life Upscale Resale support Royal Potcake Rescue, Ahimsa House, LifeLine Animal Project and Friends of Dekalb Animals. These charities rescue, spay/neuter and house abused and homeless animals.

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Wellspring Treasures Upscale Resale
784 N. Highland Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-9797

This well-known shop has four locations within the state of Georgia and has been providing shoppers with some of the biggest names in fashion since 2004. Wellspring Treasures is the epitome of upscale, offering brand names such as Guess, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Jimmy Choo. The upscale resale shop prides itself on customer service and quality used clothing and accessories. With 25 to 30 percent of its profit from all retail locations, Wellspring Living is able to fund its programs that help women and girls that have been victims of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation. Through training, awareness and treatment programs, this non-profit organization gives women and girls long-term healing of the mind, body and soul needed to be successful in the future.

Attic Treasures Thrift Shop
3534 Broad St.
Chamblee, GA 30341
(770) 458-2038

With clothing priced between $3 and $10, Attic Treasures is one of those shops that provides families with whatever is needed to maintain. The shop offers gently used clothing, accessories, furniture, books, home goods and collectibles. The owners and operators of this thrift shop are women who volunteer all over Atlanta, known as The Assistance League. With monetary, clothing, furniture and other household goods donations, this nonprofit organization is able to give 80 percent of its profit to many philanthropic programs. The members of the league serve and fund the following programs: Bears for Children, Links to Education, New Beginnings, Operation School Bell, Shepherd Center Patient Support, Wee Help and Waste Not.

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LeQuisha Gray is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on

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