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Best Thrift or Consignment Store 

Readers' Pick

First Place: Diversity Thrift

1407 Sherwood Ave.
353-8890
diversitythrift.org

Second Place: Goodwill Stores

Third Place: Clementine

Diversity Thrift opened on the Boulevard in 2000 as a project of the Richmond Gay Community Foundation to raise money to provide for LGBT nonprofits. The store was such a success that in a year it required a bigger space. After several years on Cary Street, in 2004 Diversity moved to its current location on Sherwood Avenue. At 15,000 square feet, the store offers a staggering array of books, clothing, furniture and CDs. The store also offers free pickup services for furniture. "We really like working with the customers to make sure they're getting what they want and we're getting what we want," manager Henry Winfiele says. "We try to price as fair as we can. We're really nice to our customers and our customers really love us." Richmond's Goodwill stores, with locations on Midlothian Turnpike and Cary Street, are part of a network of national but independently owned stores that, like Diversity Thrift, are as much about giving back to the community as they are about good, inexpensive items. Clementine in Carytown offers quality, brand-name women's clothes and accessories on consignment, and consignors receive 50 percent of the sale.

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