31 of the best places for vintage shopping and thrift stores in Pittsburgh

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The heyday of saving – and selling great clothes at rock bottom prices in vintage stores – was supposed to be over, due to the rise of internet shopping sites like Etsy and eBay.

But no one said so in Pittsburgh. There are more vintage shops in Pittsburgh than ever before. (The prices, well… they’re not as cheap as they used to be).

Of course, visiting vintage / second-hand clothing stores for the first time in a while was a bit of a shock – I’m still not sure that the ’80s,’ 90s and even the 2000s have become ” vintage ”.

For this story, I got additional help from Jennifer Baron of NEXT, an all-vintage collector (and the longtime marketing director and co-organizer of Pittsburgh’s cutting-edge giant craft fair, Handmade Arcade, as well as the founder of the group, The Garment Quartier).


There are also a host of special events for vintage shoppers (as well as online vintage sellers), including the excellent Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer (profiled by Rick Sebak), Neighborhood Flea in the Strip (the upcoming one). is September 12) and the Made + Found Marketplace.

Those events aside, here are the best places to shop for vintage clothing in Pittsburgh. We’ve organized the list by neighborhood, so you can view more than one at a time.

Vintage denim from Mello & Sons.

Mello & Fils, Lawrenceville
Lawrenceville is pretty much the place to be for a vintage clothing store, with its gigantic, bustling Butler Street business district and a diverse mix of shops and restaurants (again) mostly chain-less. Neal Mello moved here from Brooklyn and created the best place in town for vintage denim – jeans, jackets, even cuts, distressed or not. There is also a great selection of T-shirts, jackets and even children’s clothing.

Boutique Phoenix, Lawrenceville
It is a second-hand shop where old clothes come back to life like the mythical Phoenix. Lots of high end designer brands, with everything from dresses and handbags to boots and sunglasses.

Thriftic, Lawrenceville
A major thrift store run by the National Council of Jewish Women, this store helps support efforts to meet the needs of vulnerable people in the area and improve the lives of women, children and families. They are always looking for clothing donations of all kinds, and for volunteers.

Spirit Clothing, Bloomfield
Best pun on the name of the store, bar none. Clothes Minded buys, sells and trades. High-end dresses, handbags and accessories dominate here: Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, etc. “NO HOLDS,” their Instagram says, so make your choices boldly.


1960s bathrobe and 1980s robe set from Kula Industries.

Kula Industries, Bloomfield
A new spot offering particularly elegant women’s clothing from the 40s to the 90s. The mission: “Hand-picked for their happy quotient, their ability to combine and their lasting appeal. “

Second Harvest Community Thrift Store, Sharpsburg
This brand new thrift store replaced a beloved, now closed shop run by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Sharpsburg. It’s bright, clean, modern, and quite large at 6,500 square feet. There are all kinds of clothes, jewelry, even furniture and musical instruments. It quickly became a favorite neighborhood hangout and a way to help low-income residents meet their basic needs.

Vintage 416. Photo courtesy of Instagram.

Vintage 416, Millvale
As Lawrenceville rents go up, Millvale across the river has started to receive a nice cluster of second-hand clothing stores. Vintage 416 presents itself as a sustainable and affordable alternative to fast fashion, the current unnecessary and environmentally harmful paradigm for new clothing. The store sells clothing from the 1920s-90s, which is quite varied – from a gray-striped Nancy Greer shift dress from the 1960s, to a purple Gloria Vanderbilt swan-handled umbrella. Mister Rogers and Mac Miller’s religious candles are pretty cute, and there’s a Marky Ramone t-shirt on their Instagram page that I sort of need.

Savings House, Millvale, Ross
With two locations, this store accepts almost everything – from shoes (heeled boots), dresses and kitchen utensils to power tools, cassette players and typewriters. Come for shiny floral scrubs or inexpensive jewelry, take home a 1960s wooden stereo cabinet.

Vintage B side. Photo via Instagram.

Vintage B-side, Millvale
It’s a trendy place with walls covered in weird posters and a chair in the shape of a giant hand. The selection of t-shirts here is wild, ranging from concert t-shirts (The Cure, AC / DC, Neil Diamond) to cartoons (Ren & Stimpy), sports (Barry Bonds-era Pirates and Mario-era Penguins ).

Avalon Exchange, Squirrel Hill
If you want to look like you stepped off a yacht in 1982, like a long-lost Rose relative on “Schitt’s Creek” or just wear a Canadian denim tuxedo, you can probably find the threads to do it at Avalon. The signature boutique recently moved a few doors into a massive new space. Avalon probably isn’t going to take your old, filthy and unwanted T-shirts (unless, of course, they’re old and weird enough to be trendy) and resell them; they just want the right things.

A child’s (and adults’) wardrobe, Squirrel Hill
This place has been buying and selling children’s clothing since 1994, in a weird little corner all along Murray Avenue. You will find many items for toddlers, teens and adult clothing. Brands like Ralph Lauren, American Eagle, and Vera Bradley are preferred if you are selling.

Retro 8, Homestead
Along Mondays, don’t miss this cornucopia of wild and kitsch mostly 70s-style produce – everything from a Barcelona-style twin chair, to a 1Kodak Baby Brownie 930s Bakelite Camera, at the Muppets’ lunch boxes. They also feature clothing, but be prepared to have your eye drawn to everything else.

Hats at Freshman Vintage. Photo via Instagram.

Freshman Vintage, Farm
Eighth Avenue in Homestead is ready to explode (any decade now), but for now, it’s just the right price for a store like Freshman Vintage. Under the watchful eyes of Tupac and Biggie, this bright, clean spot with white walls offers an urban streetwear aesthetic with 80s, 90s and 2000s stuff. Whether you want a satin jacket from the Lakers or the Celtics, or a DMX tank top , or an Ozzy t-shirt, this is your home.

Thrift / Thrifty from the East End community, Garfield
Run by social justice activists at the Thomas Merton Center, Thrifty is a volunteer store selling second-hand clothes at low prices in the neighborhood, which still has many pockets of poverty despite the rebirth of the Penn Avenue business district. A portion of the donated clothing is used to resolve Crisis Services, Sojourner House and Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.


Eons Fashion Antique, Shadyside
One of Pittsburgh’s iconic vintage clothing landmarks, this tiny store is curated by Richard Parsakian as a movie set, with everything from men’s leather shoes to a 1960s pink chiffon and lace dress, in going through a wild selection of unique rings, apparently sought after by costume designers for the movies.

Hey Betty !, Shady side
Another place that’s been around forever: Hey Betty has curated a surprisingly eclectic variety of clothing from many eras, from a 1980s silk coat to a 1970s floral maxi skirt. This place digs a little deeper and goes up again. a little further than most of the others. There you will find many shoes and dresses from the 60s and earlier.

Fifty-one Ten Vintage, South Side
It was the era of oversized sweatshirts with extravagant graphics… why do I feel like I’m going back to college here? This shop specializes in casual vintage clothing, especially from the 70s to the 90s. I love the weird T-shirts, and the 7-11 Slurpee Brain Freeze T-shirt and the Cat Neuter & Spay T-shirt on the website are wonderfully weird.

Three Rivers Vintage, South Side
A mainstay of the vintage clothing scene, there are a century of changing fashions here, from 1870s accessories to a recent large collection of 70s disco shirts, mini dresses, and cuffed stockings.

Zeds, south side
Specialist in streetwear, this store offers many shoes for sneakerheads in particular. You’ll also find plenty of vintage baseball caps (like a West Virginia University corduroy snapback hat), jackets, and a wild collection of t-shirts, from a vintage Pizza Hut shirt to a Pens shirt. Stanley Cup Champs 1991.


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