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Discover what vintage styles are best to pick up in the thrift store to ensure you always buy high-quality second-hand items.

The Best Clothes To Buy Vintage

Any avid vintage shopper knows it’s possible to find almost anything at the thrift store. But sometimes that’s the problem—there are often too many options. When people visit their local second-hand shop, they can get overwhelmed by all the choices. And if this sounds like you, don’t worry. We’ve put together a guide to make thrifting easier.

This guide is for anyone who is looking to become a savvy vintage shopper. And the first item you should always pick up is…

Any Vintage Denim

From pants to jackets, do not make the mistake of skipping high-quality items made from denim. Brands like Levi’s and Gap are famous for producing jean products that last for years. If you’re looking for something that’ll live in your wardrobe for a long time, look no further than something denim. This usually means jeans or a denim jacket, but occasionally you’ll come across more unique items like dresses, skirts, or hats. When you do, be sure to pick them up.

No matter what style it’s in, denim is one of those fabrics that will always be in style. And if dressing trendy is something that’s important to you, know that any denim piece you purchase will be a fashion-forward option in your wardrobe for years to come.

Blazers & Cardigans

Denim isn’t the only item that’s almost always in style. Both professional blazers and cozy cardigans are classic wardrobe staples you can buy vintage at the thrift store. Blazers are great because they quickly add a professional touch to any outfit you’re currently wearing. With a blazer, it’s easy to turn jeans and a t-shirt into a business casual look—now that’s powerful. Cardigan sweaters are great because they can pair with pretty much any outfit. They’re a fashionable way to stay warm.

When it comes to picking out vintage blazers and cardigans don’t be afraid to pick bold styles. Sure, you should invest in both neutral versions of both. But the thrift store is the best place to find these items in bright colors or unique patterns. Plus, it’s the easiest way to ensure you’re the only person around rocking your one-of-a-kind style.

Vintage T-Shirts

Many people don’t realize that the thrift store is one of the best places to build your graphic t-shirt collection. Sure, you could go to a big retailer and pay $25 per t-shirt. Or you could spend a fraction of the price and get way more at the thrift store.

And you’ll be surprised by how many interesting designs you can find on thrift store t-shirts. Most vintage shops carry everything from retro band t-shirts to sports teams and even college t-shirts. Just be sure to shop with an open mind—it’s more fun to see what gem you might discover than to shop for something too specific.

Holiday Sweaters

The trend of throwing and attending “Ugly Holiday Sweater” parties continues to grow stronger every year. And while most big retailers will offer holiday sweater options, nothing can beat the authenticity of a genuine, vintage ugly holiday sweater.

Best of all, you won’t pay an arm and a leg for your sweater during the same time of year you’re already stretched thin for extra cash. The best time to shop for holiday sweaters is during the off-season, like summer, because no one else is thinking about the holidays yet. That way you don’t have to compete with other shoppers for the best holiday merch.


Accessories are like the icing on the cake of any outfit. With the right accessories, you can take a good outfit and make it stunning. But unique, timeless accessories can be hard to come by at big retail stores. Big retailers usually focus on accessories that are trendy and cheap to make. But that usually translates to a poor-quality product.

On the other hand, second-hand accessories like costume jewelry, belts, shoes, and even purses are always great options at the thrift store. Sometimes the accessories are higher quality and they’re usually less expensive too. Just make sure you’re choosing accessories that pair well with your current wardrobe.

So next time you’re at the thrift store, look for these must-get items—you won’t regret adding anything from these categories to your wardrobe. 

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As the flowers bloom, so do our deals! Step into spring with style, savings, and fresh new finds at our thrift store.