Thrifting in Winston-Salem
With the push for sustainable, affordable, unique, and vintage fashion, “thrifting” has grown from simply trying to land a good deal to an in-demand shopping experience. Local thrift stores range from national, household names (like Goodwill or Uptown Cheapskates) to niche, second-hand businesses and vintage enthusiasts (like the longtime locally owned Snob Shop). They often provide a perfect solution for the broke college kid, trendy young professional, resourceful parent, or the uniquely-styled Winstonian.
Don’t have time to try them all out and see for yourself?! Well, when the itch to thrift hits, we’ve got you covered with the “must-see” thrift shop and consignment gems of Winston-Salem. Read below for the best spots in town.
Updated June 2023
The “vintage and handmade emporium” houses 150 vendors and artists and emphasizes unique and one-of-a-kind products. Design Archives is one of the best spots with vintage (men’s and women’s) fashion, antique art/furniture/books/homeware/records, and interesting vendors that offer everything from jewelry and sunglasses to plants and camping gear.
Open Sunday/Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: 12-6 PM and Friday/Saturday: 11-8 PM. *Closed Tuesday*
Located on the main strip of West End, Yours Truly is an upscale consignment shop founded in Winston-Salem over 25 years ago. The shop offers new and gently used designer/name brand women’s clothing and accessories.
Open Monday-Saturday: 11-5 PM
Locally owned since 1974 and the first-ever consignment store in the Twin City, the Snob Shop offers consignment womenswear and an excellent selection of gently used furniture (dressers, tables, lamps, art, dishware, etc.) Unique to the Snob Shop is its discount system! Throughout the shop, price tags are based on date – the longer it sits, the cheaper it gets – ensuring the best deals for customers and a quick profit for consignors. Plus, they have a super friendly and helpful staff!
Open Tuesday-Saturday: 10-6 PM. Check out their website for details on consigning with them.
Shop casual and business women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories with inclusive sizing and great seasonal wear options. Style Encore operates under the same umbrella as Plato’s Closet and Play It Again Sports and is a one-stop shop for gently used women’s fashion. They also offer cash to consignors for clothing in good condition.
Open Monday-Saturday: 10-8 PM and Sunday: 12-6 PM. No appointment is needed for consignors.
Located near Hanes Mall, Uptown Cheapskates is a great option if you are looking for trendy and stylish clothing without the retail mall price. You’ll find aisles and aisles of women’s and men’s fashion, inclusive sizing, and a great shoe selection.
Open Monday-Saturday: 10-8 PM. Accepts clothing for consignment up to an hour before close.
The Winston-Salem Journal Readers’ Choice 2021 award winner was founded over 26 years ago and is home to 28,000 consignors. The Etc. Consignment Shoppe has an always-changing selection of clothing for the entire family: handbags, shoes, and accessories; home accents; furniture; etc. Plus, check out their website for online shopping!
Open Monday-Saturday: 10-5 PM. See their website for details on consigning. They are currently not accepting framed art, rugs, and antique glassware, and are limiting dresses.
In addition to its own brick-and-mortar shop, this vintage store has a booth in both Design Archives Vintage and Handmade Emporium. Still Grimey is a go-to spot for individuals looking for vintage clothing such as old college sweatshirts and band t-shirts. The clothing is color-coordinated on racks throughout the store – making it easy to find what you are looking for and aesthetically pleasing.
New to the scene, Off the Rack, or OTR, is a family-owned vintage clothing store downtown. The owners carefully curate their selection of shoes, hats, and clothing to appeal to a wide variety of customers. Their store is decked out in 80’s and 90’s decorations including Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant posters and graffiti art. Their selection is separated by topic (music, sports, cartoons, etc.) and color-coordinated within each rack.
Open Tuesday-Thursday 11-8 PM, Friday-Saturday 11-9 PM, Sunday 1-6 PM, and they are closed on Monday
Although they have only been open since 2021, Happy Hour Vintage has already become a popular spot to find stylish vintage clothing. They occasionally do clothing swaps or pop-up markets, and if you’re looking for a great deal, you can check out the many sales racks in their colorful, fun, and adorably decorated shop!
Open Wednesday-Friday: 1-6 PM, Saturday: 12-6 PM, and Sunday: 1-5 PM
Elevated Weirdo has tons of cool vintage clothes for sale. They often have hand-decorated items, which they call “wearable art,” band t-shirts, tie-dyed clothes, t-shirts from old TV shows, and other unique pieces of clothing.
ADDITIONAL VINTAGE SPECIALTY SHOPS