Everyone loves a great deal, especially in these troubled economic times. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice fun and style just because you can’t afford to blow your whole paycheck. Bargain hunting is a fun way to spend a weekend and find something unique. These spots offer some of the best bargain hunting in Baltimore. Fulfill your craving for something new and wonderful without breaking the bank. — Amy Gardner Mcneal

DeBois Textiles

1835 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 837-8081

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday.

This is one of Baltimore’s best-kept vintage fashion secrets. In addition to a thriving fabric operation with a great selection of remnants, this family-owned warehouse in Pigtown has a huge, fabulous stock of used clothing and shoes. Those in the know shop here first before paying a fortune in a specialty shop for a vintage-style dress. Variety is the name of the game, in a well-organized atmosphere. Don’t forget to visit the Thrift Corner. Vintage finds abound, all at rock bottom prices. Shop here to find unique pieces to complement your style, and save a bundle.

U.S.1 Flea Market

7540 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 799-8301

Hours: Open weekends all year round. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Flea market shopping is one of the best ways to score a great deal. Whether you’re shopping for home goods, clothes, fresh produce or just looking for a bit of weekend fun, the U.S.1 Flea Market features dozens of vendors spread out in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Prepare to wheel and deal for some of the best bargain hunting in Baltimore. The food court offers delicious traditional and international options. The variety will surprise you, and the prices can’t be beat. This is not a vintage market, but a bazaar of deals on everyday items. From socks to sports gear, it’s probably here and definitely cheap.

The Book Escape

805 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 504-1902

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A good used bookstore is a beautiful thing. The Book Escape is a clean, well-organized shop in Federal Hill that carries a huge variety of used books on every subject. New and rare books are also available. Inside the shop you’ll find thoughtful displays and cozy reading areas, as well as great deals on books. The Book Escape also has author events and signings and a large selection of books by local authors. The friendly staff is happy to help with special orders or gift ideas. Browse the shelves and find something great to entertain or educate your mind, at a price that makes you happy.