If you’re longing to spruce up your wardrobe with unique pieces that don’t break the bank, stop wishing and get thrifting. Baltimore is overflowing with off-beat options for vintage styles and designer tags for a fraction of the price. The art of thrifting is much like a treasure hunt—what will you find tucked away in a shop, and where in the city will you wander to get it? Let us guide the way.
Bottle of Bread, 216 W Read St
One man’s “Killer Trash” (602 S Broadway) might just be your next treasure. This thrift shop has been buying and selling fun retro clothing in Baltimore for over 25 years. You may not find your average Friday night get-up here, but you’re set for a costume party or a bold statement. Likewise, at The ZONE (813 N Charles St), it’s all about the 80s vibes right now. Their collection features bright colors, sterling silver jewelry, and an extensive collection of hats. Dare to tease out your perm, and you’re set.
Traveling Thrift Shop
If you’re in desperate need of flower power throwback threads, you’re going to have to catch them on-the-go around Baltimore at Gogo’s Retread Threads. ‘Elsa’, a super-groovy refurbished school bus, transports some equally-groovy fashion inside her psychedelic walls. You can peruse their collection every Sunday at the JFX Farmer’s Market and Bazaar, or on festival days around town.
Fashion Through the Years
When Bottle of Bread (216 W Read St) says they sell vintage clothing, they mean it. The shop features pieces dating back to the turn of the century, all the way up to the turn of the millennium. They also emphasize locally made goods and products, including home goods and cosmetics. But if you’re looking for something a little more fresh off the runway, 2 Chic Boutique (761 Washington Blvd) specializes in clothing from high-fashion designers like Calvin Klein and Chanel for consignment. Check out their new or nearly new top-quality clothing, for a fraction of the retail price.
Good Finds for a Good Cause
For those craving a wide selection and the feeling of diving into an unknown treasure trove, it’s tough to beat Goodwill (222 E Redwood St). There’s tons of hidden household finds and classic styles just waiting to be uncovered by curious shoppers. And of course, it’s all in the name of a worthy cause.
If you’re not looking to venture outside Federal Hill, there’s plenty of quirky vintage shops right in our neighborhood as well. Our city has certainly got an appreciation for fashions of the past and a good deal. Whether you’re looking for throwback threads from your favorite decade or a great price on today’s trends, you can find it on the thrifting circuit in Baltimore.
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