7 Charlotte spots for value shopping: thrift, consign or rent

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GW boutique jeans.

You can be stylish on a budget. Why burn through your credit cards to be fashionable when there are plenty of local options to shop where you do not have to compromise style for price?

With options including thrift and vintage stores, consignment stores or even places where you can choose to rent or buy a one-time-wear item, there’s rarely a need to pay full price or buy brand new items unless you want to.

Here are seven stores in Charlotte that sell vintage to designer merchandise for a fraction of the price you would normally pay.

(1) Buffalo Exchange

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Buffalo Exchange.

1521 Central Ave.
Category: Vintage/Thrift
Key item: On trend separates

If you want to stay on trend with both current and vintage styles, your needs will be fulfilled at Buffalo Exchange. Every day, people line up with tote bags of gently used merchandise for sell or trade, so you can be sure that new items are constantly hitting the floor.

You can complete an outfit or create an entirely new one from scratch for a fraction of retail prices. If you’d like to save even more, bring in some gently used items of your own to trade in toward new clothing and accessories. You will receive 50% of the selling price or 30% cashback on items sold, so it’s a win either way.

(2) Dressed

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415 E Woodlawn Road
Category: Rental
Key item: Cocktail and formal dresses

If you are tired of wearing the same dress in your closet to every special event, than Dressed is best for you. Dressed is a rental company that allows you to rent both cocktail and formal dresses ranging from size 0-22.

You can shop racks full of stylish looks, try them on and rent, reserve or purchase all in the same day, making this store perfect for last-minute shoppers. Every dress is cheaper than regular retail, and even better, the store will dry-clean it for you, so just drop it off when you are done.

(3) GW (Goodwill boutique)

3609 South Blvd.
Category: Vintage/Thrift
Key item: Denim jeans (photo above)

GW is a Goodwill boutique that offers a curated shopping experience. Specializing in denim, Levis, 7 for All Mankind, True Religion, Paige and J. Crew are just a few of the name-brand jeans you can find at GW.

When you shop Goodwill, you’re not only saving money, but you’re giving back to your community. Every purchase creates opportunities for people to get back to work and career-ready through free training programs. Mark your calendars, as the staff is opening a new location in Fort Mill on June 7.

(4) Jilson’s Men’s Consignment

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Jilson’s Men’s Consignment.

117 Middleton Drive
Category: Men’s designer luxury goods for less
Key item: Men’s casual shirts

Once you realize that you don’t have to pay full price for quality designer clothes, why would you? Jilson’s is a men’s consignment shop that offers gently used men’s apparel and accessories. Not only will your dollar stretch further, but you are welcomed into a comfortable and relaxing shopping experience similar to that of your favorite clubhouse.

The store always carries a great selection of patterned and solid button-ups that work well for all types of personalities and lifestyles. Have a favorite color? Surely they’ll have it.

(5) J.T. Posh Consignment

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J.T. Posh Consignment.

2400 Park Road, A2
Category: Women’s designer luxury goods for less
Key item: Blouses

J.T. Posh offers designer women’s clothing, shoes and accessories at a small fraction of the original retail price. Every season you are guaranteed to find a stylish designer blouse for work or to pair with jeans to rock during the weekend. Speaking of weekends, they are the busiest time to shop. So if you want avoid a “blouse battle,” try stopping in during the week.

(6) Kitsch-y-Cool Vintage

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Kitsch-y-cool Vintage.

4450 South Blvd. (Inside Sleepy Poet)
Category: Vintage/Thrift
Key item: Leather and boots

If you are a lover of all things vintage, Kitch-y-Cool Vintage is the place for you. The shop is located inside of the Sleepy Poet, a warehouse-sized antique store that you could spend an entire day exploring. Every time you shop you are sure to find cool vintage leather and cowboy boots.

There are few vintage shops in Charlotte that can match the variety of items you can find at Kitch-y-Cool. You can’t miss the shop — just look for the sign that says “BOOTS.”

(7) Zest Marketplace

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Zest Marketplace.

519 Fenton Place
Category: Rental
Key item: Fashionable jewelry

The days of searching the mall or scouring the Internet for the perfect outfit accessory are over. Zest Marketplace offers eye catching women’s earrings, necklaces, bracelets and handbags that you can rent for your special event — or just because.

If you are a bride to be, check out the “Something Borrowed” program, where you can rent accessories for all the wedding and honeymoon events on your calendar. No longer will you need to purchase jewelry that you’ll only wear once. Rent the styles you love from Zest and return them when you are done.


  1. Assistant League of Charlotte has a great Thrift Shop 3405 South Tryon, cloths, furniture, kitchen supplies. Run entirely by volunteers and all money goes towards clothing and feeding students at CMS. Check them out.

  2. Check out — CHURCH MOUSE KIT-N-KABOODLE RESALE STORE, 9010-D Monroe Road. Mission store for St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church. Everything is donated by parishioners. All proceeds go to funding mission projects locally, regionally and abroad.
    You will find designer clothes (women, men’s, and children’s), shoes, housewares, toys, jewlry and much more! Incredible prices!


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