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The cheap-but-chic shopping guide 

Rag-O-Rama, Clothing Warehouse, Lucky Boutique and more

HOT PICK: RAG-O-RAMA

A cheap, trendy and organized (finally) take on the traditional thrift store, Rag-O-Rama is the kind of shop you leave bragging about what you spent. It has everything from $2 earrings to $28 men's suits. Orange tags signal items discounted 50 percent, dropping some men's dress shirts to $4 and some T-shirts to $3. Both men's and women's pants, shorts and tops can be found for less than $15, but plan to do your back-to-school shopping in September when the store hosts its annual $1 sale. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. 1111 Euclid Ave. 404-658-1988. www.ragorama.com.

CLOTHING WAREHOUSE A little more expensive than larger thrift stores, but the colorful array of vintage T-shirts and dress deals such as buy-two-get-one-free make it worth a visit. Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. 420 Moreland Ave. 404-524-5070. www.theclothingwarehouse.com.

FILENE'S BASEMENT A discount department store with two levels of reduced clothing; a must-stop for men. Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 3535 Peachtree Road. 404-869-4466. www.filenesbasement.com.

GOODWILL The nonprofit organization's seriously cheap store. Talk with employees for store-specific sales and new merchandise schedules for maximum bargains. Multiple Atlanta-area locations. Downtown: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 888 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. 404-755-6440. www.ging.org.

LAST CHANCE THRIFT STORE Stocked daily with thousands of pieces of used clothing. As with every thrift store, good finds can take some searching, but it's worth it. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. 1709 Church St. 404-296-1711. lastchancethriftstore.com.

LUCKY BOUTIQUE At this jazzed-up consignment shop you'll find vintage belt buckles, funky earrings and $5 sunglasses among an eclectic mix of men's and women's clothing. Regular hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Buying hours: Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-817-7715. www.luckyexchange.com.

SALVATION ARMY Half-off Wednesdays make the traditional thrift store stand out from the crowd. Multiple Atlanta-area locations. Downtown: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 740 Marietta St. 404-522-9785. www.satruck.com.

VALUE VILLAGE Persistence and a sharp eye can yield inexpensive finds at Value Village. The store offers both new and used items as well as vintage treasures. Multiple Atlanta-area locations. Downtown:Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 am.m-6 p.m. 1320 Moreland Ave. 7770-840-1783. www.valuevillageatlanta.com.

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