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Quirky items like these rain boots are just some of the many unique finds around the AMVET thrift store in Copiague. (Mar. 29, 2012) (Photo by Nancy Borowick)(Credit: Photo by Nancy Borowick)

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Bargain hunting at Long Island thrift stores

Want your spring shopping budget to go further? Head to your local thrift store. Whether warehouse-sized or smaller, community-run operations, Long Island's many stores are stuffed with finds. You might unearth '80s peplum blouses en vogue again, designer handbags (without the designer prices) or bold statement jewelry. Avid thrifters say the allure is in the hunt. Here's a look inside some Long Island stores that offer a reliable selection at low prices.