Sustainability is a 2020s buzzword thrown around all too much. Everyone from your favorite clothing companies to your parents is trying to be more sustainable, or at least they’re saying that they are. If you want to walk the walk and actually try to lower your carbon footprint, buying your clothes second-hand is a great place to start.
When you shop second-hand, everyone wins. It’s better for the environment and your budget, and the thrill of finding a unique piece of thrifted clothing can be exhilarating. Before you hit Depop or Poshmark for your fashion needs, the second-hand fashion you seek is already here in State College!
Uptown Cheapskate and Plato’s Closet
These two stores make cleaning out your closet and filling it with new pieces you love enjoyable and affordable. Uptown Cheapskate and Plato’s Closet are second-hand stores that work two-fold. Not only will they buy your clothes, but you also buy theirs!
When you bring in a bag of clothes, the store associates can buy your items that they feel are stylish or in good enough condition to resell. Both stores sell clothes for people of all genders, and they sell tons of Penn State apparel perfect for game day.
Plato’s Closet is located at 1526 N. Atherton St., and Uptown Cheapskate is located at 176 Rolling Ridge Drive.
Goodwill is perhaps one of the most well-known second-hand stores around, and they have a location here in State College at 387 Benner Pike.
Goodwill not only has clothes, but they also have just about anything! You can find furniture, kitchenware, appliances, electronics, art and tons of great clothes. You can find decor for your dorm or apartment here while you shop for a new look.
Sometimes, there’s a stigma that thrifted clothing is cheap or of poor quality. Love It on 1356 E. College Ave. describes itself as an ‘upcycle boutique.’
They particularly curate their clothing racks for a more upscale eye, reselling tons of designer brands. So, if you’re looking for that perfect dress or pair of trousers for VALLEY’s Launch Party, or maybe a new luxury bag to show off, check out Love It!
St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store
This chain thrift store ran by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at 1300 Benner Pike sells just about any clothing or houseware you could imagine: hand tools, vintage clothes, musical instruments, holiday decorations and more. If you’re looking to donate to their thrift store, check out their list of items and guidelines for donating.
What’s your favorite thrift store in State College? Send in a picture of you in your favorite thrifted outfit to @VALLEYmag on Instagram to be featured in a Fit Check Friday post!