We've been getting a ton of good tips from readers lately, with our new Neighborhood Guides and store submissions for our Marketplace, so we thought we'd mine a few past posts for everyone's favorite thrift and vintage shops. Here are recommendations from enthusiastic readers in sixteen cities — add your local favorites in the comments!
Readers in this post recommend this shop whole-heartedly. Pamjb says, "they specialize in mid century. The inventory is always changing and the diverse number of pieces — including lights, desks, sofas and glassware always make it a memorable trip. Highly recommended."
Aqua-Velvet says, "One of the best treats in SoCo this place. Well, in Austin at large or the universe frankly. Jam-packed with fantastic quirk and diversity. Plus great proprietors. Have found many an uncommon object there over the years including a fab vintage bag that is lovingly carried to the point of being a fashionable appendage."
Barry says they have a "smorgasbord of vintage and retro items that sell for at or below garage sale prices. I kid you not, I've found Vitra, Steelcase, Herman Miller, Weiland, Knoll, Kimball, d_SCAN, Haworth, AllSteel and a ton of older American and Danish lines there."
Reader RachelOM recommends this vintage shop and says, "Owner is Margie and she is a doll!!! She just had a Heywood-Wakefield 5-piece dining set for $375!!!"
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Jamie suggests checking out this "retro/urban, mod/vintage flea market open the first Friday weekend of each month."
A.B. in Knoxville says, "Rala is a brand new store that's a consignment art shop. They have gorgeous dinnerware and stunning prints and postcards, all locally made by Knoxville artists. This is my favorite new shop! Local arts show their stuff and it is always fabulous, and the window displays are the best."
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The Vintage Thrift Shop and City Opera Thrift Shop
Meret recommends these two: "The Vintage Thrift Shop, featured by Zagat's as Best Thrift Store in New York (286 Third Ave btw 22nd St & 23rd St, $ benefits United Jewish Council of the East Side) and City Opera Thrift Shop, featured in Vogue as "The highest quality thrift shop in New York," (222 East 23rd St. btw 3rd & 2nd Aves.)"
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
State Fairgrounds Flea Market
Quatrefleurs says, "the State Fairgrounds Flea Market in Raleigh is fantastic — always great deals there and for those who like to shop local there's a green living (carless) Chapel Hill Etsy vintage seller who's offering deep discounts to buyers who will give her a ride there on any Saturday morning (early!)."
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Bitsandbobbins recommends this shop and says, "It's hands down, one of the best thrift stores on the planet. All the Goodwills in SF are pretty superb too. I wonder what makes SF/bay area thrifts so amazing?"
Silhouette Antiques & Gifts
Lesley recommends it and says, "This cute shop is full of unique and lovely things. The woman who owns it has been running this shop for 35 years — we love to buy things from her and do our part to keep this neighborhood treasure around!"
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