Savvy shoppers know that thrift stores are the best place to get fashion items. With new finds arriving every day, it’s a treasure trove of unique clothing, shoes, accessories, and more.
Saving money also has the added benefit of giving new life to old items that would otherwise go to landfill, helping the planet and your wallet at the same time. Evanston is home to a variety of resale and consignment shops to meet every budget and fashion need, from the perfect blazer for a job interview to a dazzling bridesmaid’s dress.
Classy Closet Consignment, 701 Washington St.
This neighborhood consignment store offers a wide selection of men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, shoes, and other luxury goods in good condition. New and lightly used pieces are accepted by reservation and will be paid 50% of the selling price. Customers can browse dozens of racks on the main floor, where they’ll find Michael’s dresses and Gucci handbags, complemented by vintage jewelry and Native American silver. I can.
Basement also has a plethora of discounted items at 50-70% off, and customers can also shop online at Etsy, Poshmark, Depop, and Ebay. Owner Emanuel Wilder took over his store in 2003, and has established a loyal following, with most of the employees locally hired.
“We have a strong customer base from all over Illinois and out of state, including young people who appreciate classic, classy style and older people who take pride in dressing up when going out. ” he said. “When you shop at a thrift store, you get high-quality clothing for $1. You may never find the same item again.”
Crossroads Trading, 1730 Sherman Ave.
Crossroads, a curated thrift store, promotes sustainability in fashion through the buying, selling, and trading of vintage clothing and accessories. Shoppers can score a Patagonia hoodie or the latest Anthropologie dress and matching rainbow earrings in just one visit.
The store sells new and gently used clothing, takes 30% cash or 50% trade-in, and offers up to 70% consignment on high-end designer items. General Manager Liz Merdinger says it’s great to be a part of the Evanston community.
“We have all kinds of customers, from local families of all ages to Northwestern students and faculty,” she wrote in an email. “We strive to maintain affordable prices to encourage shopping. Crossroads welcomes all ages and stocks the latest, trendiest, seasonal inventory in great condition. I am.”
Goodwill Store and Donation Center, 1916B Dempster St.
Evanston Goodwill offers a wide range of donated items, stocked daily, at affordable prices. With the help of shoppers and donors, Goodwill keeps millions of pounds of clothing and household goods out of landfills.
Goodwill’s mission is to “connect people to jobs.” “Preparing People for Life,” every purchase and donation helps the nonprofit help people build career readiness skills, find employment, and connect with employers in their local communities.
Goodwill supports more than 43,000 people in Illinois and Wisconsin through jobs, programs and services, said Kevin Connolly Aker, retail regional manager for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago. says.
“When you shop at Goodwill or donate to Goodwill, you are helping improve the lives of individuals through the power of work. When individuals are empowered, families and communities are also strengthened. ,” he wrote in an email. “Our commitment goes beyond providing a great shopping and giving experience. Through meaningful work and essential job readiness training, placements and support services, we are committed to supporting goodwill in the Evanston community. I am proud to be able to demonstrate this.”
Junior League of Evanston North Shore Thrifthouse, 920 Chicago Ave.
A community cornerstone for more than 80 years, all proceeds from Thrift House benefit the Junior League’s mission to transform communities through volunteerism, with an emphasis on promoting jobs and supporting families.
These are known for their high-end designer and vintage clothing and accessories for women and men, but at lower prices than other stores. Associate Billy Atwell says the resale model benefits the entire community.
“We’re more of a charity than a business, so people feel good about shopping here, and we’re doing important work with the money we raise,” Mr Atwell said. “Our loyal customers know our cycles and donate everything they don’t sell to Connections For the Homeless. When you buy used, you get better value for less than at an authorized retailer.” You get quality and fight the excess, waste and pollution found in fast fashion.”
Minouchic Boutique Resale Specialty and New, 1706 Dodge Ave.
This upscale boutique features new, resale, and vintage clothing and accessories for women and men. The store also stocks authentic dresses and Kufi hats from Nigeria, Ghana and Congo.
Haitian-born owner and Evanston resident Mary Toussaint has operated the store for 10 years and has extensive experience in retail management. She said that the quality of her old attire is much better than today’s attire.
“Second-hand and vintage clothing is timeless, classy, and stitched with exquisite detail and excellence,” she said. “In contrast to today’s clothing, which is designed to be worn once and thrown away, this is made to last. When you buy used clothing and accessories, you get better quality and value for your money while also , supporting local communities and the wider environment.”
Stepping Out in Faith, 1632 Orrington Ave.
A traditional consignment store with a unique flair, Stepping Out on Faith buys and sells new and gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories for men and women. Customers can find everything from J Brand jeans to professional suits, and can accessorize with a wide selection of handbags.
The store receives 60% of the profits from consignment sales and the owner receives 40%. The boutique just celebrated its 15th anniversary, and owner Vivian Killebrew says it’s been difficult to find new ways to promote her business since the pandemic, but having college students nearby has been an asset.
“This generation understands that,” she said. “They want to save the planet and give back through thrifting, saving and recycling. We all need to rethink the way we live to help others in our communities. , shopping at thrift stores is one easy way to do that.”
YWCA Shop for Good, 820 Dempster St.
This resale boutique, along with its sister store in Wilmette, showcases new and pre-loved women’s clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories, with all proceeds going directly to the YWCA. Shoppers can find Lululemon sportswear and Steve Madden strappy heels, as well as professional wear and evening wear. Store Manager Joanne Silvano says shopping at YWCA Shop for Good has a positive impact on both the local community and the planet.
“The money we raise in our stores helps ensure that women and children have a safe place in shelters when they need to escape domestic violence,” she said. “YWCA’s programs help provide lifelong skills to become self-reliant. Buying items from thrift stores benefits the environment and the world at large. It’s an important way to support your local community and make an impact in the world.”