With posts recently popping up all over social media showing purchases of Louis Vuitton purses and Gucci coats for less than the price of a Happy Meal, thrift stores have become increasingly popular as people are flocking to their local thrift shops in search of vintage clothing and other cool finds for cheap. And now that the colder seasons are approaching, it’s that time of the year to find cute, unique sweaters and flannels for a good price.
We all know about Goodwill and Salvation Army, and there is lots of great stuff to be found there, but here are a few unique thrift stores in Orange County that you may have never heard of before:
Located in the trendy, hipster LAB Anti-mall in Costa Mesa, Buffalo Exchange is relatively small compared to a Goodwill or a Salvation Army, and the prices are higher as well. Don’t expect to find any clothing there for a price of under $10. Shirts usually range from $10‒$15, while jackets usually start at $20.
The quality of the items available, however, is much higher than what is available at other thrift stores. You’re not going to find any stained undershirts and torn sweatpants here. The store has a great selection of high-end outerwear, with real leather jackets, vintage bombers and raincoats and parkas. Come in on the right day, and you can find shoes like Jordans and Nike Flyknits available.
What is unique about Buffalo Exchange is that they buy clothing and resell them. You can bring in any piece of (clean, undamaged) clothing and they will buy it off you for cash or store credit. Whenever you stop by, bring an old sweater or hoodie and use the store credit to buy something else new.
Located 10 minutes down the street from Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet is similar to Buffalo Exchange in the fact that they have higher quality, brand name items located in their store. Plato’s Closet also buys used clothing, but don’t expect to get as much money for your items than you would at Buffalo Exchange. These lower prices, in turn, make the items in their store a lot cheaper to buy, and the store is a lot larger and has a wider selection than Buffalo Exchange does.
These two stores are just a small selection of all the great thrift stores present in Orange County. Check them out for some interesting finds, or go exploring and find thrift stores that are appealing to you.