The intent of Saturday’s National Thrift Shop Day is to save money by purchasing second-hand, repaired, or simply cheaper goods – as if we needed another excuse to go shopping. Thrifting is a no brainer: it’s more eco-friendly, no one will ever know you paid $10 for a $300 leather jacket, and of course, there’s Macklemore.
We checked to see if you felt the same way, and noticed that thrift shoppers on Stylitics have almost a tenth of their closet vintage. So, while some will thrift to save money, others will hit the shops on Saturday for the thrill of the hunt. If you’ve “only got $20 in your pocket,” then you need to check out these 7 must-shop thrift stores:
1. New York City, NY
Shopping in New York City can be notoriously expensive, but Manhattan is in fact packed with thrift shops! Vintage Thrift, for example, is more like a museum than a store. It’s been Zagat’s highest rated New York thrift shop for four years running, and houses amazing vintage accessories, antiques, and furniture. Need another reason to check it out? All proceeds benefit The United Jewish Council of the East Side.
Some other thrift shops worth the trip include Angel Street Thrift Shop, Shirley + Alice, and Amarcord Vintage.
2. Los Angeles, CA
Jet Rag is a vintage and used clothing landmark of Los Angeles — and you definitely don’t want to miss it. Every Sunday, Jet Rag holds a $1 sale on their driveway. But if you want to get a laundry basket to hold all of your items, you might want to get there early. Other great thrift stores to visit while you’re in town include Wasteland, Squaresville, and St. Vincent de Paul.
3. Miami, FL
If you appreciate the chance to find something unique and save money, then you need to check out some of the amazing thrift shops in Miami. Sobe Thrifty, for example, carries a wide selection of designer goods for a fraction of the retail price — and it’s just a mile away from the trendiest part of Miami Beach!
Also, Douglas Gardens Thrift Stores has just about everything… in a store so gigantic that you might need a map to get around. Clothing of every kind, furniture, and household goods are the top contenders, but you can also find accessories, artwork, and more. Vintage department store Miami Twice is another great spot to hit while in town.
4. Chicago, IL
The Windy City has an abundance of seriously chic and under-the-radar consignment shops worth visiting. The Haute Spot was launched by a longtime Chicago stylist and carries contemporary brands such as Calypso, Vince, J.Crew and BCBG. Also, Luxury Garage Sale carries more than 600 women’s and men’s items at any given time. For those Wi-Fi obsessed shoppers, LGS also has an eBay store that’s easily accessible.
5. Boston, MA
One thrift shop in Boston that you should definitely check out is Buffalo Exchange. This chain store has a location on Harvard Ave, and carries trendy clothes that urban fashionistas toss when their closets are maxed out. While this store is a little more expensive than Goodwill or Urban Renewals, the quality and styles tend to be much better. Other Boston favorites are Boomerangs, Closet Connection, Second Time Around, and The Closet.
6. Minneapolis, MN
The odds and ends are up for grabs at a variety of thrift shops in Minneapolis. At Arc Value Village you’ll find more than just gently used clothing. Check out their household items, from small appliances to linens to home décor, for buried treasure. Speaking of, Hidden Treasures is another Minneapolis must-see, as well as Stone Soup and ReUse ReStyle.
7. Austin, TX
Whether you’re looking for a coffee table, a flapper dress, music on vinyl, or a cheap pair of Manolos, Austin has an enviable array of vintage and second-hand stores. Uncommon Objects has been an Austin must since 1991, and is carefully curated with a collection of Pinterest-worthy finds. Room Service Vintage is filled with vintage furniture, apparel, jewelry, and knick-knacks, all with an emphasis on mid-century design.
What are your favorite spots for second-hand shopping? Tell us in the comments below!
Written by Emily Malis, Marketing Intern for real-time trend insights company Stylitics. Emily is a daily Starbucks visitor, an Anthropologie addict and an Atlanta native.