With the holidays in full swing, the shopping frenzy has begun. According to reports, Americans have already spent over $70 billion dollars in the last month on holiday gifts — that’s both in-store and online. But, there are some who may choose to avoid the traditional path for shopping and opt to buy, sell, or trade for items.

I personally, am all for skipping the malls and heading straight to my local thrift shop.  One of the biggest thrift markets is actually making its way to Charlotte. ThriftCon is a giant traveling fashion market that will set up shop Sunday, December 3, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at The Park Expo and Conference Center on East Independence Boulevard. Read more here.

The concept of selling secondhand items isn’t new. It has evolved over the years. From society’s perspective, there was a time when receiving secondhand items was frowned upon and was viewed as an option for the less fortunate. Now, American culture has adopted a more environmentally conscious attitude.

There is more concern about the impact fashion has on the environment. So why not help protect our environment through the sustainable use of clothing? I can still enjoy fashion by repurposing items, thus bringing new life to older pieces of clothing without the hefty price tag of a new piece.

Here are a few thrift shops I find worth the visit in Charlotte.

  • G.W. (A Goodwill Boutique)

    My new favorite boutique where you can grab a vintage jacket and pick up some lunch. A cafe is conveniently located next door, so that you can grab a bite before or after your thrifting haul.

  • J.T. Posh

    A great little spot in south Charlotte with all “the things” that make holiday shopping perfect! This is my go-to or holiday attire — from cute holiday sweaters to glitzy holiday glam.

  • Stash Pad

    What I like about this spot is it isn’t just for the ladies. I managed to snag a nice ensemble for my brother. I wanted to add a little more flare to his style!

  • East 8th Vintage


    This shop is vintage at its best! A little leather number here caught my eye! And my cousin who is a reading enthusiast, I’m sure would fall in love with the variety of books here.


  • Assistance League of Charlotte


    Now, THIS is  more of my mom’s speed. It has items of sophistication like a fur coat, mixed in with some really cool furniture and dining ware. I think I saw some ‘real’ china!

  • Hush Consignment

    Nothing ‘quiet’ about this thrift shop. It has all the makings of something special for that lady in your life. From clothes, handbags, shoes and jewelry

  • Uptown Cheapskate

    I actually discovered this gem in my hometown of Greensboro quite a while ago, but glad it’s closer to home. It’s amazing some of the treasures you can find in here and I get to bring my vintage items in to trade, too!

  • Moxie Mercantile

    This is my go-to for cool accessories as gifts. Candles, unique vintage jewelry, vases, art and even sexy martini glasses are here for the gifting!


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