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From vintage gems to upcycled materials and bargain finds, Pittsburgh is filled with a variety of businesses to satisfy everyone looking for a good deal.
Calling all bargain hunters and sustainable fashionistas, Pittsburgh is the place to score neat things, ranging from clothes to art supplies and everything in between, at great prices. Read on for some ideas of where to thrift in Pittsburgh.
The first stop in Pittsburgh for any vintage lover must be Hey Betty! Vintage Clothing. Filled with an exclusive, selection of men’s and women’s vintage clothing and accessories, Hey Betty! receives regular visits from actors and costume designers filming in the Pittsburgh area. Hey Betty! has had celebrity visits from Oscar winner Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr., Dakota Fanning and more. And, the story features an ever-changing assortment, so you’ll be sure to find something new during ever visit.
Avalon Exchange, located in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, is a vintage clothing store where you can buy, sell and trade your goods. The store has everything from shoes to workout gear and business wear. Don’t miss out on Avalon’s Dollar Sale, where everything with a specialty marked tag is, you guessed it, $1!
Located on Penn Ave. along the border of Bloomfield and Garfield, you’ll find Fifty One Ten Vintage. Specializing in laidback vintage gear from the ‘70s-‘90s, Fifty One Ten Vintage is filled with a variety of t-shirts, sweatshirts, records and cassettes. And, you can even browse and shop the store’s inventory online, which is updated regularly.
Ranging from every day, casual wear to high-end designer clothes, furniture, home décor and more comes Thriftique. Thriftique is a nonprofit store, operated by the National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh, filled with plenty of gently used finds at an affordable price. And, mark your calendar for the annual Designer Days fundraiser event, typically held in the fall, where the best-of-the-best secondhand designer clothing, bags and accessories are extremely discounted.
If you’re casually browsing for a good deal, you won’t want to miss Zicknacks Community Thrift. Zicknacks features a variety of furniture, in addition to clothing and other items, that includes typical items like couches and tables to unique finds like a phone booth bookshelf and antique trombone.
Visit the all-volunteer-run thrift shop, East End Community Thrift a.k.a. Thrifty for quality, low-cost used clothing and household items. Thrifty is a project of The Thomas Merton Center, Pittsburgh’s Peace and Social Justice Center, and accepts donations of gently used products.
Whether you’re working on your next big house flip or an art project, Pittsburgh has some pretty cool places to check out for recycled materials. Located in Pittsburgh’s East End comes Construction Junction and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, the stores are literally neighbors and equally awesome. Construction Junction is a 30,000-square-foot warehouse filled with surplus and second-hand building materials, home furnishings and appliances at extremely discounted prices. You’re sure to find an extra item you didn’t know you needed, “old” cabinets or even church pews awaiting a second life.
Be sure to stop at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse for creative inspiration and to pickup a variety of art and craft supplies. Browse from items like yarn, extra fabric, beads, buttons, paint and so much more. A stop at the Creative Reuse is perfect for art lovers, teachers and families looking to gather items for the next craft project.
The Free Store 15104, located in Braddock, receives surplus donated goods and redistributes the items to neighbors in need. As an engaged organization within the community, Free Store 15104 invites anyone in need to take what they need or to donate new or gently used goods.
Free Ride Pittsburgh is a DIY Bicycle Collective on a mission to save used bikes from landfills. The organization is run by volunteers and offers three key services: accepts bike donations, provides bike-repair workshops and sells bikes. Want to get more involved with biking? Visit Free Ride Pittsburgh and meet the team; they’re happy to help answer any questions and share biking knowledge.
We hope you have as much fun thrifting as we did writing this piece. Don’t forget to share your find with us on social using #LovePGH. Happy Thrifting!