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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 winners Frances McDormand and Helen Mirren as well as Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Lee Curtis, Ewan McGregor and more. And, the store features an ever-changing assortment, so you’ll be sure to find something new during ever visit.
Located in the South Side, Highway Robbery Vintage has hip finds for men and women from the 50s-90s at an affordable price. Their reworked section of patchwork jeans, cropped tees and hand dyed apparel ensures you will have the most unique look no matter where you go.
B-Sides Vintage is a hip vintage retail store located in Millvale, just five minutes north of the city. B-Sides has a great selection of goods at fair prices including Y2K, band tees, vintage boyfriend jeans, old school Pittsburgh sports jerseys and more! There is no telling what you might find at B-Sides! Be sure to follow their Instagram because the good stuff tends to go fast!
Vintage 416, also located in the Millvale neighborhood, is your one stop shop for unique clothing from the 1920s-1990s. Vintage 416’s mission is to challenge the status quo of the fashion industry and unfair fast fashion practices. The pieces at Vintage 416 are carefully curated and truly timeless. If you’re stopping to shop, be sure to bring a treat for Louie the store manager/bulldog!
Find luxury handbags from Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and more at Clothes Minded in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood. You won't realize you're shopping vintage here, as the looks are always in-fashion and in-season with displays that look more like a high-end boutique than thrift shopping.
Need some retail therapy? Phoenix is an upscale women's consignment boutique that sells designer clothing, jewelry and accessories at an affordable price. Their inventory offers high-end designer pieces and trendy clothing items -- everything from Levi’s to Chanel to Louis Vuitton, you will find what you're looking for! At Phoenix, the staff will go above and beyond your average retail services by providing their clients with appropriate outfits for any occasion.
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!