Our History

30 Years of Thrift Experience

history

Founded in 1984, by Buford Salmon, America’s Thrift Stores is a for-profit thrift store and operates in the southeastern United States. The company is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama and operates stores in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. America’s Thrift Stores employs over 1,000 employees and pays over $4 million to its non- profit partners annually, as it turns donated items into revenue for their missions.

A timeline of our history is below:

1985

  • Opened the first store in Midfield, AL.
  • Partnered with Christian Service Mission to collect gently used goods for resale.

1987-1990

  • 4 more stores opened in Alabaster, Pell City, Jasper and Huffman, AL.

1992

  • Opened our first store outside of Alabama in Biloxi, MS.
  • We began our partnership with Home of Grace.

1994

1995-1996

  • America’s Thrift Stores opened stores in Norcross, Riverdale and Marietta, Georgia.

2002

2003

  • First store opening in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

2006

  • Teen Challenge was contracted to collect donations for our Baton Rouge, LA store.

2007-2013

  • We opened 7 new stores.

2013

  • We opened a store in Prattville, AL.
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Ministries and Charities We Support (Click to learn more)

King's Home Home of Grace Mission of Hope Teen Challenge International Teen Challenge Mid-South Grace House American Family Foundation Children's Heathcare of Atlanta