If you don’t follow @palmbechthrifters (Ambie Hay) on Instagram, you are definitely missing out. And if you don’t live in South Florida it can be painful to scroll by all the treasures they find in your Instagram feed from several states away, knowing that even if you could figure out how to get the amazing vintage rattan dining table they posted for $50 home from West Palm Beach, it would likely be gone by the time you even tried. So, when my husband and I recently planned a vacation to Cuba (flying out of Fort Lauderdale), we decided to drive down the coast from Charleston and hit up some of their famed Florida thrift shops along the way. We certainly didn’t hit every one on the list and we opted not to rent a U-Haul as the expense of a round trip Uhaul trip was steep and we don’t actually *need* that much more stuff, but, in hindsight I might need a do-over. Having no truck might have been a mistake. Anyway, sharing some highlights of the trip and our favorite stops along the way:
Vero Beach was ur first stop on the way down the coast. If you are looking for a couch, the Indian River Habitat Restore had the most impressive inventory fabulous, floral Florida couches I have ever seen. There was also an amazing old Florida breakfast spot called Kountry Kitchen With Love that was the perfect place to fuel up for shopping. It had one of the best slices of Key Lime and Coconut Cream Pie I have ever had! (pictured below).
Habitat ReStore 4580 N US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Kountry Kitchen With Love 1749 Old Dixie Hwy, Vero Beach, FL 32960
About an hours drive South of Vero Bech Stuart was a treasure trove of vintage furniture spots. We found a gorgeous wool rug (not small) several lamps and an occasional table. We were not, on this trip, shopping for much in the way of jewelry or clothes but there are definitely treasures of that variety found at some of these stops as well.
Human Society – Treasure Coast 1099 NW 21st Street, Stuart, FL
Treasure Coast Hospice Shop 2160 Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL
Bloom Again Consignment 137 SE Monterey Rd. Stuart, FL
Habitat for Humanity Restore 2555 SE Bonita Street Stuart, FL
House of Hope 2525 SE Federal Hwy Stuart, FL
And, just outside West Palm Beach in the JUPITER/TEQUESTA area, there were a few final stops that are worth adding to your list:
Our Sister’s Place 580 U.S. 1, Tequesta, FL
Pennies for Heaven 400 Seabrook Rd, Tequesta, FL
Habitat For Humanity of Palm Beach County Thrift Store 1635 N Old Dixie Hwy, Jupiter, FL 33469
Goodwill 1280 W Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, FL 33458
There were a number of other places we had planned on stopping at in West Palm (World Thrift, Habitat Restore) but by then we were officially out of space in our car and it was time to check in at our hotel in Palm Beach, a vintage treasure in it’s own right, The Colony Hotel. With floating pink swans and bikes to rent for a leisurely tour around the Island, it was the perfect bookend to a full day of treasure hunting. Likely, there will be a sequel to this adventure because my best friend just purchased a new house outside of Palm Beach…unfurnished!