Secondhand shopping can be a thrilling way to find unique pieces in Dallas! "It's the thrill of the hunt" might sound cliché, but sometimes clichés are what they are for a reason. Finding great deals on like-new pieces you've been searching for while breaking the typical cycle of fast fashion just feels good. Whether you're looking for one-off stunning vintage pieces, designer bags at a discount or thrifted band tees, you can find a little bit of everything if you know where to look.
When someone asks you where you got your coat, do you proudly proclaim "thanks, it's vintage" with beaming pride? Wander through these three shops to find one-of-a-kind pieces from decades passed that you'll adore this year and beyond.
Flea Style - 3009 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
Inside this beautiful Deep Ellum store, you'll find unique vintage, handmade and one-of-a-kind wears from more than 80 local makers and collectors. While at Flea Style, you cannot miss their incredible new Hat Bar! Pick out a (brand new) hat and have the Flea Style team help you adorn it with the coolest vintage hat accessories that bands, matchboxes, feathers and more.
Dolly On Bishop - 1916 N Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Located in the Bishop Arts District, Dolly carries men's and women's vintage clothes, hats, jewelry, and cowboy boots. I think any travelers' goal when visiting the Lone Star State should be to purchase cool vintage cowboy boots from Dallas, Texas. Talk about a unique souvenir!
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My Secret Closet - 11661 Preston Rd #236, Dallas, TX 75230
My Secret Closet curates a great selection of pre-owned high-end designer labels for women's clothes and accessories. For those looking for fancier fines, My Secret Closet carries gowns, furs and designer heels as well.
To Be Continued - 5600 W Lovers Ln #130, Dallas, TX 75209
This stop feels like the opposite of most people's ideas a thrift shop. With a comparable vibe to gorgeous high-end stores like Forty Five Ten and Neiman Marcus, To Be Continued is home to very gently used designer items that look brand new without a "brand-new" price tag. If Louis, Chanel and Birken are your besties, set a date to check out this stop on Lovers!
Are thrift shops more what you're looking for? (Cue Macklemore circa 2012, but please don't pop any tags.) For those who love a good deal as much as you love new clothes, check out these budget-friendly options.
Uptown Cheapskate - 5400 E Mockingbird Ln # 104, Dallas, TX 75206
Buy and sell gently used clothes at this cute resell shop on Mockingbird Lane. Come in to shop for a gently used trendy piece from popular brands like Anthropologie, J. Crew and Urban Outfitters, or you can bring a bag of your own pre-loved items to sell back for extra shopping money. Their trained buyers select what they want to purchase and give you a cash offer or 25% more in-store credit on the spot. (Plus, what they don't buy can be donated to charity.)
Out of the Closet - 3920 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75329
This self-proclaimed "world's most fabulous thrift store" is located in the heart of Oak Lawn on Cedar Springs Road, the most colorful street in Dallas. Waltz across the rainbow crosswalks into Out of the Closet. They sell loud and proud clothing, books and housewares and 96 cents of every dollar collected at the store fund HIV/AIDS services provided by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Now that you know where to go, here are some tips to win at secondhand shopping:
- Search Pinterest for style inspiration. Make a pinboard of looks you love, then find the overlapping pieces you love in each. Shopping with goal pieces in mind will help you hunt down the perfect item to add to your wardrobe.
- Think about shopping off-season! I've purchased authentic leather jackets that became winter staples for only $10 a piece in the heat of the summer simply because of seasonal discounts. For deals you'll love for a long time, make sure to search for classic pieces with a more timeless style.
- While shopping, always check for off-kilter seams, holes, and discoloration. Try on as much as you can and don't rely on the size label as not all stores size the same. Keep in mind what are easy fixes! Scuffs on otherwise perfectly good shoes are often easily removed with a magic eraser.