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Shopping doesn’t always have to break your wallet-you can still look chic, even if you’re on a budget. That being said, thrift shops aren’t only shops; thrifting is an experience.  You’ll never know what you’re going to find, which definitely makes them a hit or miss. However, at thrift shops, you might be able to find designer clothing discounted to almost nothing, one-of-a-kind, vintage pieces, or even realize that the denim floral romper totally isn’t your style, but you want to switch it up and buy it anyway. Not convinced? Let’s break it down:

1. Thrift shops are affordable. Forget paying $30 for a basic white t-shirt at Zara, you can find basics at a thrift shop without walking out the door with shame because of the ridiculous amount of money you’ve spent on simple pieces.

2. They’re unexpected. You’ll never know what you’re going to find! I feel as if this really adds to the thrift shop experience. You may stumble upon pieces you never thought you’d purchase.

With all of that being said, here are some of my favorite thrift shops:


Salvation Army

There are multiple Salvation Armies throughout the United States. The Salvation Army has affordable pieces that can range from vintage to modern. The Salvation Army is one of the more reasonable thrift shops, in my opinion. You can also donate your unwanted clothing, as well.

Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange is definitely one of the more pricier thrift shops. You’ll find more modern clothing here, with brands such as Urban Outfitters or Forever21. I love how organized Buffalo Exchange is—it’s organized by clothing item and size, as opposed to just size.


Goodwill is yet another affordable thrift shop! If you do not have a Goodwill location near you, I recommend going to, where you can purchase used clothing for cheap.

  • Another alternative to shopping at thrift shops would be purchasing from sites such as or browsing Instagram shops. There are also many other thrift shops out there such as Housing Works, Beacon’s Closet, and other local ones around your area. Look around!

Here’s to affordable, chic fashion! Happy thrifting!

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