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A new look at old clothes
April 1, 2022
In an age where fashion trends come and go, you barely have enough time to know what’s in style before it’s not. Second-hand shopping has become a beacon of light through an endless cycle of fast fashion. Thrifting is the knight in a shining Y2K Juicy Couture tracksuit storming to the rescue to save you against an army of $50 PacSun t-shirts. With your sanity in mind, TKC set out to find the best thrift stores to fill your wardrobe with the perfect eclectic vintage pieces.
6392 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO
Price – $$$ / $$$$$
Clothing Variety – 7 / 10
Service – 6 / 10
Location – 9 / 10
Avalon Exchange, located in the Delmar Loop, has the perfect combination of modern and vintage clothes. The neatly-organized racks make it easy to find many hidden gems. Avalon is known for being a little overpriced, especially for a thrift store, but while we were there we got a new $88 Free People shirt for only $12. Avalon is the best store for fun oversized graphic tees, they have the largest assortment of them that we have seen. There are open dressing rooms so you’re able to make sure you like what you’re buying. Our only complaints are they don’t have a huge selection of jewelry and it can feel cramped because it is always busy. Even with that, you can never go wrong when shopping here. You will leave Avalon with your wallets empty, but your closet full.
6325 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO
Price – $$ / $$$$$
Clothing Variety – 5 / 10
Service – 4 / 10
Location – 9 / 10
Found. Vintage, located in the Delmar Loop, is exactly what you would expect a trendy thrift store to look like. This was the most organized store out of the three we went to and there was a huge variety of clothing. With racks of leather jackets on one wall and a row of letterman jackets on the other, it was hard for us not to spend every penny we brought. The authentic vintage pieces were more expensive than the modern ones but still, you couldn’t argue with the prices. The employees didn’t make a huge effort to talk to us when we were there, so if you don’t want to get overwhelmed while thrifting, this is the perfect place for you. They have so many interesting items it is guaranteed you will find at least one thing you need to buy.
Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage
2214 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO
Price – $$$$ / $$$$$
Clothing Variety – 8 / 10
Service – 6 / 10
Location – 7 / 10
Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage lives up to its name with the store being filled with eccentric pieces for every style. Located off of Cherokee Street, Cherry Bomb Vintage did not disappoint with its originality. This store has a wide range of options with eye-catching dresses hanging along the walls and hats filling each corner, begging you to try them on. Cherry Bomb Vintage unleashes your inner creativity, like wearing a slip dress with a dog sweater on top to go along with your platform Doc Martens. You’ll find many one-of-a-kind pieces each ready to be styled to take on the world of Forever 21 and Shein. Though it’s definitely the most expensive out of the three stores, each item is purely authentic and perfect to add to your unique wardrobe. If you want to be transported to the first Vogue Fashion Week held in 1943, this vintage phenomenon is for you.