If you tend to eschew “fast fashion” and big-box stores for thrift and secondhand shops, you’re not alone. More and more shoppers are discovering the thrill of the hunt (that zing you get when you score a high-quality find for waaaay less than retail) and spending more sustainably by shopping at resale and vintage shops. In Denver, there are dozens of places to find gently used treasures. Here are six you won’t want to miss.
Delightfully uncluttered, yet still filled with treasures, Plum Consignment’s Stapleton shop is bright and impeccably organized. A recent visit turned up several Anthropologie second runs, Burberry flats, 7 for All Mankind jeans and dozens of other desirables. Because the store tends to only accept consignment goods that are no more than a couple of years old, the inventory tends to be very on-trend or classic.
How disappointing is it to fall in love with something at a consignment shop and then discover its three sizes off? Athena’s Closet is designed to lessen that scenario for plus-sized women, specializing in beautiful clothing in size 14 and up. The shop’s buyers have an especially good eye for handbags and accessories — so shoppers of all sizes may want to check it out.
Common Threads isn’t just one of the best consignment shops in town. It’s one of the best women’s clothing shops in town, period. Score Isabel Marant, Vince, Tory Burch and other normally stratospheric designer brands at down-to-earth prices. In a smartly organized and expertly curated place on South Pearl, you’ll be hard pressed not to walk out with a new handbag, heels, blouse, jeans or…one of each.
A unique concept under the Goodwill umbrella, Déjà Blue gathers the non-profits best brand-name donations to create a higher-end (but still low-priced) shopping experience in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Instead of sifting through racks of junk, expect to zero in on current trends and coveted brands.
In Denver’s historic Golden Triangle Creative District is one of the most elegant secondhand shops around. In fact, so selective is Meek’s owner, you might not believe these are thrifted items. You’ll find a mix of clothing (Levi’s, earth-toned jackets and sweaters, super-soft flannel shirts) and home goods (rugs, wall hangings, indigo-dyed throws).
A real-deal vintage shop with styles from every era, this colorful, bursting-at-the-seams South Broadway boutique has racks of 70s slinky sequined jacket and 50s-era hourglass frocks. Plus, plenty of merchandise that’s less costume-y. If you need a perfectly broken-in vintage concert T-shirt, this is your go-to place.