Thrifters take note: There is a goldmine near the Miami airport that makes bringing (and paying for) an extra bag worthwhile. It’s called The Flamingo Plaza and it is home to what is arguably the best Red White & Blue Thrift Store in the continental US. I have never gone to Miami without making a pilgrimage to this spot and it has never never let me down
The Red White & Blue, for the uninitiated, is a chain of gigantic thrift stores not unlike your Salvation Army, but with a generally better selection of merch, especially when it comes to clothes and shoes. And this particular outpost benefits from being in southern Florida, where there are all kinds of treasures being unloaded by the minute. It is also GIGANTIC, and beautifully organized not only by category (men’s sweaters, women’s pant suits, etc) but by color, which makes for an esthetically pleasing shopping experience – not always the case when frequenting these establishments.
I had an extremely limited amount of time this visit, and was barely able to scratch the surface, yet I emerged victorious with a pair of smart blue pumps, a linen sundress and a wool houndstooth skirt, plus a cute, handmade summer dress for a certain little girl we at Krrb hold near and dear. All for about $30 total!
My husband might have purchased an entire collection of Architectural Digest magazines from the 70’s and 80’s had we any easy way of getting them home to NYC. And I didn’t even go near the vinyl records, for fear of what I may have found.
This is a spot not to be missed, and what with Spring Break in full swing, there is a good chance that you all may find yourselves down in that neck of the woods with a little time on your hands. So go check it out, tell ‘em Krrb sent you, and then hit us back and share your prize early springtime finds with us!
The Red White & Blue Thrift Store
(at The Flamingo Plaza)
Hours: Mon-Sat from 9am-6pm
901 E 10th Ave Hialeah, Florida