Good morning, Raleigh. RALtoday intern Phoenix here. 👋 Today is National Thrift Shop Day, and with school starting again, it might be time to refresh your wardrobe.
In the spirit of supporting local businesses + being more sustainable, we’ve compiled a list of 9 local shops we recommend to find your next thrifted gem.
Add some groove to your life by going on your next thrifting adventure. Can ya dig?
🛍️ A-Z Thrift
📍 1621 N. Market Dr.
If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, we recommend this thrift shop, which specializes in houseware, furniture, toys + apparel with monthly sales to choose from. Run by volunteers, this shop supports the philanthropic efforts of the Triangle’s Assistance League chapter, which provides college scholarships + clothing to local elementary school students.
📍1634 S. Saunders St.
📍1657 N. Market Dr.
Awarded as Indy Week’s 2017 Best Consignment Shop in Wake County, at CFP you can find an array of furniture, clothes, accessories, footwear + even some furry critters looking for their forever home. Purchases at the CFP Thrift Store directly support the organization’s mission as a non-profit working to protect and find homes for displaced animals.
📍 213 W. Main St., Durham
This shop blends the quirkiness of true vintage pieces, contemporary gift items + works by local makers. Dolly’s only curates apparel items that are more than 20 years old in order to accurately capture the style of a unique fashion era. For those who are environmentally conscious, wearing true vintage clothing is the epitome of sustainability, plus you can own your very own piece of history.
📍 302 S. West St.
Since its founding in 1997, Raleigh’s first mid-century shop has been the go-to spot for retro furniture — even helping to decorate actress Hillary Swank’s New York apartment. Tucked away in the Warehouse District, owners Brian and Kiyomi Ownbey’s shop features some majorly-sought-after retro pieces — including decor, vintage clothing, or vinyl records — without the sticker shock.
📍 2028 Cameron St.
Looking for your next designer item without the designer price tag? Awarded Indy Week’s 2019 Best Consignment Shop in Wake County, Fifi’s specializes in name-brand and major designer apparel + accessories including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Free People. Shopping for luxury in the triangle at consignment prices means savvy shoppers can avoid breaking the bank.
📍 2821 Brentwood Rd.
📍9650 Strickland Rd.
When buying from North Raleigh Ministries’ selection of clothing, one of a kind floral creations, jewelry + housewares, shoppers are supporting the NRM’s Crisis and Development Center. The thrift shops are the primary funding sources for the center that provides individuals in the community with housing and food essentials. Plus, you can find daily specials and deals on the items on the organization’s website.
📍 18 Glenwood Ave.
Named by Vogue as one of the best vintage dealers to follow on Instagram, for the past 10 years, this shop has offered vintage clothing + accessories while keeping modern trends in mind. Their collection of jewelry, home goods, and apothecary feature both modern and vintage items. The shop’s mix of retro to contemporary cool is sure to spice up any wardrobe or home.
📍 122 Glenwood Ave.
For the past 12 years, this shop has been a staple of Downtown Raleigh’s retail market. Revolver specializes in gently used designer + vintage resale items servicing both consignors and shoppers. Aside from clothing, you can find jewelry, accessories, and handbags from brands including Burberry, Kate Spade, and Phillip Lim for a fraction of the retail value.
📍 2501 University Dr., Durham
📍106 N. Graham St., Chapel Hill
Rumors opened in Richmond, VA in 2007 (hey, RICtoday 👋) and became the city’s first thrift boutique, before opening up a shop in Chapel Hill in 2013. The store specializes in vintage, unique, and trendy pieces, and opened up a third location in Durham in 2019. Besides just clothing, Rumors has an eclectic collection of shoes, stickers, jewelry, and sunglasses.
Contributed by Phoenix Berman