In fact just take a walk down any number of streets in U.S. and you’ll probably be overwhelmed by both the quality and quantity of fashionable folks roaming the sidewalks. But do you ever wonder how people do it? How they can keep up with the joneses of trends and afford our ridiculous rents at the same time? Put aside the super rich for a moment. What about the rest of us regular people? Well, some pinch pennies and eat ramen for dinner BUT the smart ones… they shop second hand and vintage. The truth is fashion always repeats itself, right? This cyclical nature means you don’t always have to buy new if you want to have a fresh look.
America’s wealth of Thrift Shops is not exactly a secret, but it it can be pretty intimidating in its vastness. Thrift shopping is a classic pastime, and some shops are so amazing, you want to go back over and over again. So here is a list of best thrift stores U.S. to service your fashion needs
South Congress’s New Bohemia is known for its hipster-centric selection of women’s vintage wear, but what makes this store unique is its selection of the great anomaly known as vintage men’s clothing. Yes, New Bohemia wants to ensure that the gents get their fair share on the Austin fashion scene. Boasting one of the city’s best selection of 70s and 80s concert T-shirts, pearl snap button-downs and cowboy boots, this is where the fashion-conscious men (and women) go for a little bit of country and a little bit of rock’n’roll without the hefty price tag. And if this store isn’t testosterone-rich enough for you, check out its brother store New BROhemia at 2209 South 1st Street.
Add: 1606 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States
“Modern. Bold. Eco-friendly.” That’s how owner Carmen describes this stylish shop. But keep in mind, thrifting isn’t just about shopping. Current Boutique also pays cash for your gently worn clothing.
Add: 2529 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va. 1009 King Street, Alexandria, Va.
You can’t go thrifting in the city without stepping into what Vogue has called “the highest quality thrift shop in New York.” The shop is an adventure all in itself, with stacks of antique books, delectable vintage jewelry and beautiful clothing. Best of all, proceeds support the creation and design of costumes for new productions at New York City Opera.
Add: 222 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010, United States
If champagne tastes on a beer budget is your MO, check out the “couture consignment” shop Lovely Austin, located in a 100-year-old house in Austin’s bustling South 1st District. At Lovely, one can find pristine Jimmy Choo shoes for under $100, Calvin Klein couture for $25 and an assortment of other high-end designer names for a fraction of the price. The lovely ladies at Lovely offer a one-to-one service that will make you long for the days when customer service was a priority. Not only does the boutique offer the crème de la crème of upcycled high-end fashion, but it also proudly sells clothing and jewellery from local designers. And if you’re not in the mood to buy, bring your designer clothing, jewellery or accessories in to put on consignment.
Add: 1506 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, United States
Located in another kind of strip-a nondescript strip mall-the Charleston Antique Mall is everything you want in a secondhand emporium: tons of uniquely themed shops, or “booths,” stocked with affordable finds.
There are plenty of old-timey Las Vegas artifacts to score, including old Sam’s Town casino matchboxes for $2 and vintage gamblin’ chips for $2 or $3. But this isn’t merely an old-Las-Vegas hub. You can also nab pretty under-$10 jewels from dozens of sellers, a Vogue mirror for $25, and ornate wall sconces for $35. Even when things get a little pricier, they’re still rather reasonable. Oh, and there’s plenty of weirdo, out-there stuff, like the life-size Han Solo cardboard cut-out, a DIYed sequin dial phone, and stripper heels with gambling paraphernalia within the clear platforms.
Add: 560 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107, United States
6. Village Thrift Store
Village Thrift is organized pretty well, and it’s rather big-so allow yourself plenty of time to linger over everything. The shoes alone are a reason to travel here: amongst the rows (and rows) of options. The color-organized wall of purses is another reason Village Thrift totally rules-while there are plenty of designer imposters.Don’t only focus on accessories, though, because the clothes are great. Village Thrift has such a wealth of cute 90s velvet dresses it’s embarrassing, and the racks upon racks of button-up blouses are a can’t-miss attraction.
Add: 7533 S Crescent Blvd, Camden, NJ 08103, United States
Located in the Design District of Midtown Miami, the Lotus House Thrift Shop directly supports the Lotus House, a women’s resource center and transitional housing facility, providing shelter, wrap-around support services and access to homeless women and infants.
Add: 217 NW 15th St, Miami, FL 33136, United States
8. Kimberley’s Consignment
Opened in 1964, Kimberley’s is one of the oldest consignment shops in the country, and it even earned props from Woman’s Day magazine.
Add: 3020 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121, United States
If you’re feeling nostalgic about childhood days at your grandparents’ pad, check out Hog Wild Vintage on North Loop to send you skipping down memory lane. Hog Wild specialises in mid-century furniture, housewares and lighting with nostalgic treasures such as stereo cabinets, starburst clocks, rotary telephones, ceramic ashtrays and velvet sofas available for purchase and for staring at with longing. Items here are carefully selected, so don’t expect to find a stockpile of thrift-store junk: prices are marked with Antiques Roadshow precision. If browsing Hog Wild’s retro collection doesn’t make you feel Betty Draper enough, try on one of their chiffon and taffeta dresses while you shop.
Add: 100 N Loop Blvd E #A, Austin, TX 78751, United States
Nestled among the boutique shops and trendy restaurants of South Congress, antique and curios emporium Uncommon Objects has been an Austin must-see since 1991. This treasure wonderland doesn’t host your typical hodge-podge of random antiques; it’s a carefully curated collection of Pinterest-worthy finds. Looking for taxidermied baby chickens to adorn your fireplace mantle? How about two-feet tall signage letters to splay across your living room wall? Letterpress printing blocks, crystal chandeliers, commissioned family portraits of random people or your Great Aunt Stella’s collection of eye wear, Uncommon Objects has the sort of antique selection to get your creative mojo flowing. By the time you leave this store, you’ll be itching to sign up for the newest interior design reality show.
Add: 1512 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States