Top 5 Thrift Stores to Visit in LA

Top 5 Thrift Stores in LA

Are you looking to expand your wardrobe uniquely, or just trying to find a fun pastime or hangout with friends? Thrifting, or second-hand shopping is an eco-friendly, affordable, and fun way to do so. Personally, I have found some of the most unique and valuable items in my closet from a second-hand shopping joint. Here are the top 5 local thrift stores in LA (not in order).

The first thrift store is Jet Rag located on 825 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA. This thrift store has a lot of vintage items for reasonable prices and tons of hidden gems! I love the large selection of affordable, vintage graphic tees at this store. I also like the collection of beautiful 1970s-1960s dresses however, they are more on the pricey side. The thing I love most about Jet Rag is that on Sundays they have a $1 sale! These sales are generally an attraction to DePop sellers so just as a warning, be prepared to dig and get there early!

Next up is Buffalo Exchange! This is a chain thrift store, meaning it has multiple locations in various places including three in LA. This thrift store is quite trendy and definitely on the more affordable side of thrift stores in Los Angeles. They have a really cool system where you can exchange your old clothes for cash or store credit! If you are planning on visiting Buffalo Exchange, make sure to bring some clothes you’re looking to donate!

My next recommendation is American Vintage located on 7575 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles. This thrift store has a very affordable price range for a Los Angeles thrift store and has lots of vintage clothing from the 1930’s-1990’s. This thrift store has similar prices to Goodwill (in some sections) and it offers even better clothing! This is one of my favorite thrift stores in LA because you can get really good deals. Overall, it’s a great store, and I highly recommend checking it out.

Next is Wasteland located on 12144 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 and 7428 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles. Though this store is technically considered vintage shopping as it is definitely on the pricey side, it has some very cool clothes. The selection is highly curated, so that’s why it’s become so expensive. However, if you have a larger budget or are looking to buy only one or two very nice items without having to sift through tons of clothing. This store is really fun to look at even if you’re not going to buy anything.

Last but not least, I will be talking about Avalon Vintage located on 106 N Ave 56, Los Angeles. This store has very cool and trendy vintage items that’s price is described as “reasonable for the vintage”. My favorite thing about this thrift store is it has a shelf dedicated to vintage records/vinyls! Make sure to give Avalon Vintage a visit if you get the chance!

All in all, shopping second hand is so much better for the environment, especially compared to the fast fashions prevalent today. You can get some really cool vintage items often at a low price, if you just take the time to look.
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