By: Andrew Silverstein

Thrift stores are great places to find an incredibly wide selection of items ranging from furniture to clothing and seemingly everything in between.  If you need something on the cheap and don't want to shell out for a brand new version of whatever you're looking for, thrift stores are a great option.  Even if you're just browsing with nothing in mind, a walk through a thrift store can be quite the interesting adventure.  Clearwater's definitely got its fair share of them.  Here's five great thrift stores in Cleawater.

HEP Thrift Store - Benefitting the Homeless Emergency Project (HEP), this thrift stores boasts 13,000 square feet of used and treasured items rife for the picking.  Their "Sweet Boutique" section offers the latest fashions and vintage items for women.  Other selections include men's and children's apparel, furniture, books, movies, and much more perfect for shopping on a budget in Clearwater.

Gulf to Bay Resale Mart - Gulf to Bay Resale Mart is a large-scale consignment shop in Clearwater specializing in pre-owned, gently used furniture and much more.  If you're looking for a unique addition to your home without breaking the bank, the Gulf to Bay Resale Mart is a great place to look.  In addition to furniture, they also sell used artworks, books, collectibles, and more.

Plato's Closet - While it's cool browsing these shops and finding unique, used stuff, sometimes you need to be on the other end and rid yourself of all the clothes that's been lingering in your closet for years.  If you're looking to gain a little cash while doing this, then head to Plato's closet.  Trade in your gently-used name brand clothing for cash or browse their wide selection and find a great deal today.

Consign Mint - Consignment is the largest consignment shop in Clearwater and the Pinellas County area.  Choose from a wide variety of items including furniture, wall art, decor, and more.  Consign with them and they'll come and pick your items up free of charge.  Not a bad deal.

Salvation Army Thrift Store - Easily the most recognizable thrift store brand in the country, Salvation Army Thrift Store is a great destination for used, vintage, and hard to find items.  By purchasing items from this store, you help the charitable causes, social services, and distaster relief programs the Salvation Army provides throughout the world.  Browse their diverse selection of gently used clothing, furniture, electronics, books, and more.

These are just a few thrift stores in Clearwater.  Explore this beautiful city today and find your favorites today!