Saturday, August 17, 2013
Pop some tags: 5 great thrift shops in DFW
Say you only got $20 in your pocket. We gotcha covered.
DALLAS Dallas is speckled with inexpensive stores where you can turn someone else’s hand-me-downs into a fashionable outfit in the here-and-now. So let’s say you’re gonna pop some tags, but you only got $20 in your pocket. Try one of Dallas’ thrift, resale, consignment or vintage shops. It’ll be thrifting awesome.
- 1516 S Westmoreland Rd, Dallas, 214-337-897
- Neighborhood: Oak Cliff
- Vibe: Quiet
- Price range: Low
- Popular brands: The Limited, Gap, Levi’s
- Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Out of the shops on this list, Thrift Town is closest to hip-hop artist Macklemore’s idea of thrifting. With $20, you really can buy a whole outfit here -- including shoes -- and take home some change. For the bold and beautiful, Thrift Town has denim overalls, shoulder-padded blazers, sequined dresses with puffy sleeves and other recognizable pieces from the ’80s and ’90s. More mainstream shoppers will find jeans, shorts and T-shirts for men, women and children from the present decade. Modern blouses and dresses will be hard to find here.
Similar: Salvation Army: 8787 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, 214-920-3651, Thrift World: 3046 Forest Ln, Dallas, 972-481-7800, Urban Thrift: 9850 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, 214-341-1151, Goodwill: 1606 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, 214-824-4351
BENEFIT THRIFT STORE
- 3419 Knight Street, 214-520-6644
- Neighborhood: Oak Lawn
- Vibe: Orderly
- Price range: Medium
- Popular brands: Armani Exchange, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Neiman Marcus
- Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Benefit Thrift Store hardly feels like charity. You’ll shop their designer brands as hip-hop and pop music play quietly over the speakers. Clothes are gently used and organized by color and size. Shoes are organized by color. There are high-end brands (see above), but expect to spend time sifting if you want only modern looks. You can feel good about your purchases, as proceeds go to various charities, like Genesis Women’s Shelter, which houses victims of domestic violence.
Similar: Soul’s Harbor Thrift Store: 201 N. Main Street, Ferris, 972-544-9001, 204 S. Kaufman Street, Seagoville, 972-287-9298
- 3424 Greenville Ave, Dallas, 214-826-7544
- Neighborhood: Lower Greenville/Northeast Dallas
- Vibe: Urban
- Price range: Medium
- Popular brands: Forever 21, H&M, Neiman Marcus, Levi’s
- Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tweens, teens and 20-somethings swarm here for good deals on gently used, modern clothing. The small store is packed with racks, and the clothes are organized by gender, piece (tees, blouses, shorts, etc.) and size. If you’re looking for the urban chic styles of Forever 21, H&M or Urban Outfitters, Buffalo Exchange will give you plenty of discounted options. Keep on the lookout for occasional small tears, stains and missing buttons, as some of the pieces are more than “gently” used.
Similar: Plato’s Closet: 8430 Abrams Rd Dallas, 214-342-2204
- 1916 N Haskell Ave, 214-887-3434
- Neighborhood: East Dallas
- Vibe: Vintage/Grunge
- Price range: Medium
- opular brands: Levi’s (not many brand name items, more vintage wear and antiques)
- Hours: Sunday-Monday, noon - 5 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Dolly Python exudes the aroma of vintage -- that distinctive whiff you get from cracking open your grandpa’s encyclopedia. Concrete floors and flashing neon signs give the shop a loft feel as you peruse their odd wares, like mounted wild game heads and kitschy knick-knacks. They have a great selection of vintage boots, dresses, aprons, shirts and slacks, as well as antique jewelry and decor from individual vendors. You’ll pay about $30 for a cotton, floral print dress from the 1960s. And why not? Celebrities like Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Palmer have shopped here.
Similar: Pandemonium: 2726 N. Henderson Avenue, 214-370-5677, Lula B’s (furniture and decor): 2639 Main St, Dallas, 214-824-2185, Vintage Martini: 1106 W. Main Street, Carrollton, 972-466-4400
- 6105 Sherry Lane, 214-696-8634
- Neighborhood: Park Cities
- Vibe: Calm
- Price range: High
- Popular brands: Michael Kors, Coach, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Banana Republic
- Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 6 p.m.
Clothes Circuit and its neighbor Clotheshorse Anonymous have been in the Dallas upscale resale business for more than 30 years. Clothes Circuit plays slow, mellow tunes at a low volume, and the staff is very friendly. The clothes, nearly all designer labels, are organized by season and sale price, and the price tags list dates corresponding to decreasing prices. Clothes that hang on the rack past their season are donated. (Some spring and summer clothes were on their last hurrah on the $5, $10, $15 rack when we visited this week.) The clothes are in excellent condition and less than two years old.
Similar: Clotheshorse Anonymous: 11661 Preston Road, Dallas, 972-233-7005, Uptown Consignment: 4152 Cole Avenue, Dallas, 214-528-4400, My Secret Closet: 390 Preston Rd, Dallas, 972-267-1144
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