While many people think of Martha’s Vineyard as a playground for the rich and famous, there are places for every taste and budget, and frugal finds all around if you know where to look. That’s right, you can actually spend a day discount shopping and scoring great deals all over Martha’s Vineyard, without ever having to pay full price. From scouring our local thrift stores to salvaging unwanted goods and discovering brand name labels at bargain prices you’ll be amazed at how much you don’t have to spend shopping on Martha’s Vineyard. Here’s a list of some of our favorite spots to save big and score big.
Martha’s Closet, Vineyard Haven
Conveniently located in the Tisbury Marketplace in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Closet is the only consignment shop on Martha’s Vineyard. You’ll find a plethora of women’s clothes, shoes, and accessories as well as a few finds for men too. Don’t be surprised if you pick up a North Face jacket or a pair of Frye boots. While the selection varies from day to day there are always gems to discover. Not only can you go to Martha’s Closet to shop, but you can sell your clothes there too (depending on the season and space available). Just bring in your unwanted goods and a sales associate will determine what they will try to sell. 60% of the sale price reverts to you as store credit or cash once sold. So clean out your closet or suitcase and head on down to Martha’s Closet to find your new favorite piece today.
Trader Fred’s, Edgartown
Martha’s Vineyard’s only true discount store, Trader Fred’s is a treasure trove of name brand clothes and accessories located at the Edgartown Triangle. It’s all about the hunt here, and you’ll never know what you’ll find at this quirky store that’s always filled to the brim with things you might need and things you never knew you needed. From clothes to shoes, beach umbrellas, sunglasses, sporting good equipment and even cigars, you’ll want to head to Trader Fred’s if you’ve forgotten a vacation staple or just want to take home some bargain souvenirs. It’s worth browsing the store just for fun, but chances are you won’t leave empty handed.
Chicken Alley Thrift Shop Supporting Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
If you want to make a day of it shopping for a cause then you’ll want to be sure to get to Chicken Alley Thrift Store too. This beloved shop is one of the largest streams of ongoing financial support for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, which provides a variety of programs and services for adults and children, including Island Community Counseling, CONNECT to End Violence, disability services and early childhood programs. Chicken Alley is a beloved hidden gem amongst Islanders and visitors alike. It is considered a social gathering place as much as it is a store. Many people visit multiple times a day and the inventory is always moving and changing. So go for the deals and stay for the camaraderie. From bargains and treasures, to unexpected finds Chicken Alley should be your go-to spot before ever paying full price. Not only do they carry clothes, shoes, accessories, homegoods, and appliances but they sell large furniture and jewelry too. Plus, they’re always accepting saleable clothing, furniture, kitchenware and the Art and Collectibles Sale which takes place annually on the second Sunday of August is a can’t-miss event.
Second Hand Store Benefiting The Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, Edgartown
Want to shop and give back to the local Martha’s Vineyard community? You’re in luck - The Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club Second Hand Store generates funds to support the programs of the MV Boys and Girls Club, which provides quality programs, education, and services to the Island-wide youth population. For this cause the Second Hand Store accepts tax-deductible donations of quality used goods including (but not limited to): furniture, art, clothing, jewelry and housewares. These donations are sold at reasonable prices and the proceeds benefit the boys and girls of the Island. Now that’s a shopping spree you can feel good about!
Dumptique, West Tisbury
You know what they say, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure” and this couldn’t be truer than at Dumptique, the Island’s only free ‘store.’ That’s right, everything at Dumptique is free for the taking! Located at the West Tisbury Transfer Station, where it’referred to as the ‘recycling shed,’ Dumptique is packed with books, small household items, clothes, shoes, linens and more. Dumptique is also the place to go if you have items to donate, and the volunteers working are generally more than happy to accept most things that come their way. Good finds don’t last long here so be sure to go early if you’re on a treasure hunt and hours are limited so plan accordingly. Discover something new-to-you without paying a dime? Now that’s the ultimate deal.
Estate Sales and Yard Sales
Martha’s Vineyard is a very transient place, and people are always coming and going, which means their stuff is too. There are also a lot of people with very expensive taste that are often looking to pass it on, which means you’re in luck! For some of the best bargains on-Island you’ll want to hit local estate sales and yard sales where you might just find some incredible deals straight from the person parting with them. Not to mention you might just get to explore amazing (and sometimes quirky!) homes in the process. For a round-up of yard sales in high season check out the MV Times classified page here.
Great deals await, happy hunting!
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