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Shoes at Goodwill Industries in East Northport. (March (Credit: Newsday/Lauren R. Harrison)

Shoes at Goodwill Industries in East Northport. (March 2012)

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.

Quirky items like these rain boots are just
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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)

Clothing for all ages, sizes and seasons are
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Clothing for all ages, sizes and seasons are available at the Unique Thrift Store in Westbury. (Mar. 29, 2012) (Photo by Nancy Borowick)

With thousands of items lining the shelves and
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With thousands of items lining the shelves and racks at Unique Thrift Store in Westbury, customers go down each aisle, sifting through the hundreds of clothing items while looking for good finds, at good prices. (Mar. 29, 2012) (Photo by Nancy Borowick)

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One of the toy and game aisles at
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One of the toy and game aisles at the Unique Thrift Store in Westbury overflows with affordable donated items. (Mar. 29, 2012) (Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Bright lights and wide aisles encourage shoppers at
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Bright lights and wide aisles encourage shoppers at the Unique Thrift Store in Westbury to explore the contents of the store, which is open seven days a week. (Mar. 29, 2012) (Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Rex Albrecht, 3, searches the aisles for a
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Rex Albrecht, 3, searches the aisles for a good deal at the Unique Thrift Store in Westbury. (Mar. 29, 2012) (Photo by Nancy Borowick)

With thousands of items lining the shelves and
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With thousands of items lining the shelves and racks at Unique Thrift Store in Westbury, customers go down each aisle, sifting through the hundreds of clothing items while looking for good finds, at good prices. (March 29, 2012)

Unique Thrift Store in Westbury carries everything from
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Unique Thrift Store in Westbury carries everything from clothing to exercise equipment, restocking the floor with newly donated items daily. (Mar. 29, 2012) (Photo by Nancy Borowick)

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Golf clubs run for as little as two
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Golf clubs run for as little as two dollars at the Unique Thrift Store in Westbury. (Mar. 29, 2012) (Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Salvatore Ferragamo shoes at Unique Thrift Store, 525
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Salvatore Ferragamo shoes at Unique Thrift Store, 525 Old Country Rd., Westbury. (March 2012)

Rex Albrecht, 3, searches the aisles for a
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Rex Albrecht, 3, searches the aisles for a good deal at the Unique Thrift Store in Westbury. (Mar. 29, 2012) (Photo by Nancy Borowick)

Tuleh designer canary button down jacket at Unique
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Tuleh designer canary button down jacket at Unique Thrift Store, 525 Old Country Rd., Westbury. (March 2012)

A wall of handbags at Unique Thrift Store,
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A wall of handbags at Unique Thrift Store, 525 Old Country Rd., Westbury. (March 2012)

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Exterior shot of Savers, 188 Hempstead Tpke., West
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Exterior shot of Savers, 188 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead. (March 2012)

Rack of jeans at Savers, 188 Hempstead Tpke.,
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Rack of jeans at Savers, 188 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead. (March 2012)

Cowboy boots on display at Savers thrift store
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Cowboy boots on display at Savers thrift store , 188 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead. (March 2012)

Women's department of Savers thrift store, 188 Hempstead
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Women's department of Savers thrift store, 188 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead. (March 2012)

BCBG gold slingbacks at Community Thrift Shop, 274
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BCBG gold slingbacks at Community Thrift Shop, 274 New York Ave., Huntington. (March 2012)

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Women department of Island Thrift, 700 Suffolk Ave.,
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Women department of Island Thrift, 700 Suffolk Ave., Brentwood (March 2012)

A rack of women shoes at Island Thrift,
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A rack of women shoes at Island Thrift, 700 Suffolk Ave., Brentwood (March 2012)

Angel Thrift Store exterior in West Hempstead. (March
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Angel Thrift Store exterior in West Hempstead. (March 2012)

Women's clothing aisle at Community Thrift Shop, 274
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Women's clothing aisle at Community Thrift Shop, 274 New York Ave., Huntington. (March 2012)

Costume jewelry in glass case at Island Thrift,
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Costume jewelry in glass case at Island Thrift, 700 Suffolk Ave., Brentwood (March 2012)

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White House Black Market top at Community Thrift
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White House Black Market top at Community Thrift Shop, 274 New York Ave., Huntington. (March 2012)

Racks of shoes at Community Thrift Shop, 274
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Racks of shoes at Community Thrift Shop, 274 New York Ave., Huntington. (March 2012)

Barneys New York suit at Angel Thrift Store
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Barneys New York suit at Angel Thrift Store located at 166 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead. (March 2012)

First floor level of Angel Thrift Store, located
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First floor level of Angel Thrift Store, located at 166 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead. (March 2012)

Betsy Johnson espadrilles and blue flats at Angel
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Betsy Johnson espadrilles and blue flats at Angel Thrift Store, located at 166 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead. (March 2012)

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Shoes at Goodwill Industries in East Northport. (March
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Shoes at Goodwill Industries in East Northport. (March 2012)

A rack of jeans at Goodwill Industries in
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A rack of jeans at Goodwill Industries in East Northport. (March 2012)

Jewelry hangs inside Selden Thrift. ( March 2012)
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Jewelry hangs inside Selden Thrift. ( March 2012)

Exterior of Selden Thrift. (March 2012)
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Exterior of Selden Thrift. (March 2012)

Hot pink strapless special occasion dress hangs inside
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Hot pink strapless special occasion dress hangs inside Selden Thrift. ( March 2012)

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BCBGMaxAzria and Ann Taylor Petites blouses at AMVETS
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BCBGMaxAzria and Ann Taylor Petites blouses at AMVETS in Copiague. (March 2012)

Chinese Laundry red ankle strap shoes and Jessica
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Chinese Laundry red ankle strap shoes and Jessica Simpson black shoes at AMVETS in Copiague. (March 2012)

Alfani dress at Goodwill Industries in East Northport.
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Alfani dress at Goodwill Industries in East Northport. (March 2012)

Chico's silk print jacket at AMVETS in Copiague.
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Chico's silk print jacket at AMVETS in Copiague. (March 2012)

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