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How To Be A Conscious Fashion Consumer By Shopping The Best Vintage And Thrift Stores Around the world

2 girls sitting in white vintage dresses laughing
Tavin Boutique Vintage Shop Photo

Looking to refresh your wardrobe while making an eco-friendly choice? Shopping at thrift and vintage stores is not only a fun and adventurous way to find unique pieces, but it also contributes to a more sustainable and earth-friendly fashion industry. By choosing secondhand items, you help reduce waste and the demand for new resources, all while discovering hidden gems that add character to your style.

In this article, we explore some of the top thrift and vintage stores around the world. Whether you're hunting for trendy finds, designer pieces, or simply love the thrill of the treasure hunt and creating your own look, these stores offer a wide variety of high-quality items to suit your taste. Determining the "best" thrift stores can be subjective, as it depends on personal preferences, location, and what you're looking for. However, here are some thrift stores known for their variety, quality, and unique finds to help you be a more conscious fashion consumer by shopping vintage and thrift stores from around the world- find one near you (or find online!)

image of Buffalo Exchange store front
Buffalo Exchange Store Front

Top Thrift and Vintage Stores:

Goodwill: With thousands of locations worldwide, Goodwill offers a wide range of clothing, accessories, household items, and more, making it a go-to for thrift shoppers.

Salvation Army: Operating globally, the Salvation Army's thrift stores provide affordable clothing, furniture, and household goods.

Buffalo Exchange: Known for its trendy and curated selection of secondhand clothing, Buffalo Exchange has stores in various major U.S. cities.

Housing Works: Based in New York City, Housing Works sells clothing, accessories, books, and home goods, with proceeds supporting the fight against homelessness and HIV/AIDS.

Value Village/Savers: Offering a large selection of secondhand clothing, accessories, and household items, Value Village (U.S.) and Savers (internationally) are popular for their affordability.

Oxfam: Oxfam operates thrift stores in several countries, selling donated clothing, books, and homeware to support their charitable work.

The Red Cross Shop: Run by the Red Cross in various countries, these shops offer a variety of secondhand goods, with proceeds supporting their humanitarian efforts.

Crossroads Trading Co.: Known for trendy and high-quality secondhand clothing, Crossroads Trading Co. has stores in several U.S. states.

British Heart Foundation Shops: In the UK, these shops sell donated clothing, furniture, and electrical appliances, with proceeds supporting heart disease research.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores: Found in various countries, these stores offer a range of donated goods, supporting their charitable work.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shops: These thrift stores sell secondhand clothing, accessories, and household items, with proceeds supporting cancer research and patient programs.

Green fuzzy jacket on model from Beacon Vintage Thrift shop NYC
Outfit from Beacon Vintage NYC

Here are some of our favorite vintage and thrift stores in specific cities:

New York City, USA:

  • Beacon's Closet: Known for its eclectic and trendy selection of secondhand clothing and accessories.

  • L Train Vintage: a wide range of vintage clothing, including unique pieces from various eras.

  • Vintage Thrift: Features a curated collection of vintage and designer clothing, accessories, and home goods.

London, UK:

  • Beyond Retro: a vast selection of vintage clothing from different eras, including unique pieces and accessories.

  • Rokit: for its extensive collection of vintage clothing and accessories, with multiple locations across London.

  • Blitz London: A large vintage department store offering clothing, accessories, and homeware from different decades.

Paris, France:

  • Kilo Shop: customers to buy vintage clothing by weight, offering a unique shopping experience.

  • Free'P'Star: a wide selection of affordable vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories in a thrift store setting.

  • Thanx God I'm A VIP: for its high-end vintage and designer clothing, including rare finds from top luxury brands.

Tokyo, Japan:

  • Chicago: A popular vintage store in Tokyo's Shimokitazawa neighborhood, offering a mix of clothing, accessories, and collectibles.

  • Flamingo: for its curated selection of vintage clothing, including items from Japanese brands and designers.

  • BerBerJin: a diverse range of vintage clothing and accessories, with a focus on unique and statement pieces.

Berlin, Germany:

  • Humana Second Hand: A chain of thrift stores offering a wide selection of secondhand clothing, accessories, and household items.

  • Garage: Known for its curated selection of vintage clothing, accessories, and homeware in a cozy setting.

  • Made in Berlin: Offers a mix of vintage and secondhand clothing, with a focus on unique and alternative styles.

image of models in vintage clothing from Squaresville shop in LA
Squaresville Vintage Shop LA

Los Angeles, USA:

  • Wasteland: A popular vintage and designer consignment store offering a curated selection of clothing, accessories, and footwear.

  • Squaresville: Known for its eclectic mix of vintage clothing and accessories, with a focus on retro and alternative styles.

  • American Vintage: A wide range of vintage clothing and accessories, with a focus on Americana and denim.

  • Best Vintage Stores In Los Angeles:  Check out this article with great listing in LA

Image of interior of my baby Jo vintage clothing shop in LA
My Baby Jo Vintage Shop in LA

Checking out thrift and vintage stores is more than just a shopping spree—it's like embarking on a cool journey towards a more sustainable and personalized wardrobe. When you go for those secondhand gems, you're not only adding unique and timeless pieces to your style but also doing your bit for the environment. The stores mentioned in this article have a variety of options to suit different tastes and needs, so you're bound to discover something special no matter where you go. So, the next time you want to spruce up your wardrobe, think about hitting up a thrift or vintage store—you might stumble upon your new favorite outfit while helping out our planet. Happy hunting!

Are you a sewer, crafter or aspiring designer? Consider upcycling your 2nd hand finds! Another great way to spruce up your wardrobe and create your own designs! Want to learn more on this? Check out these articles:

Moïra Cristescu Paris working on a design on a dress form
Moïra Cristescu Paris.

Do you have a favortite thrift or vintage shop in your neighboorhood? Please let us know! We love to support local businesses- let us know in the comments!

Thanks for reading today!


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