Buffalo Exchange, South Side
A chain of vintage shops? Sounds blasphemous. Yet, this $100 million company with dozens of locations nationwide seems to do good business on the South Side, and it’s very big. Prices are all over the place, and so is the selection. To sell “closet clean-outs” you’ve got to book an appointment.
Slacker, South Side
This used to be the punk/hellion/weirdo supply store, and maybe still is, even after decades of different countercultures have come and gone. It’s not primarily a vintage clothing shop, though they do have that — but rather a vast, curated array of weird stuff, from underground books and magazines to denim patches and stickers.
Highway Robbery Vintage, South Side
With an amazing name, this boutique is a flagship store of the South Side’s surprisingly strong vintage clothing contingent. Well organized, the shop runs a website that’s constantly updated (a rarity!) to show new arrivals that are professionally photographed. They carry way more women’s tops and dresses than anything else, but there’s a small selection of men’s clothing too. Some items are “reworked” to give them a more contemporary look.
Zenith, South Side
This is one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and best vegan restaurants, housed inside a vintage/antique store that you could get lost in. There are some nice vintage clothes (especially costume jewelry), but they are overshadowed by the sheer amount of furniture, tableware, weird dolls and other unusual stuff — much of it from the ’50s-’60s and even earlier.
Mt. Lebanon Trading Post, Dormont
Yes, it says Mt. Lebanon right there on the sign, but this small, nonprofit consignment shop is located in the heart of Dormont on Potomac Avenue. Run by volunteers, the shop carries men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and shoes, as well as toys and seasonal knickknacks. Sales benefit charities such as Animal Friends and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Zicknacks Community Thrift Store, Whitehall
A massive thrift store, with everything from furniture to racks upon racks of low-priced clothing of all styles and eras.
Community Thrift, Green Tree and North Hills
Here you will find clothing, of course, but tons of other stuff: Everything from paintings to musical instruments to ‘80s toys to KISS memorabilia. Donations accepted.
Antique Mall Ohio River, Bellevue
Look for the big, purple building — you can’t miss it. Inside, you’ll stumble upon everything from clothing (all eras and styles) to vintage James Bond movie posters, to mid-century modern furniture, to glass oddities, even sometimes records.
Red White & Blue Thrift Store, Bon Air and Avalon
These gigantic thrift stores on Ohio River Boulevard and Saw Mill Run have a ton of space, and actual inexpensive clothing — though you have to really dig to find the good stuff, of course.
St. Vincent de Paul, Coraopolis, Castle Shannon, Monroeville, Penn Hills
The Society of St. Vincent De Paul operates four gigantic nonprofit thrift shops in the Pittsburgh region, with massive amounts of affordable clothing, furniture, books, records, DVDs and everything you can imagine that people have used at some point. Donations are always accepted. Tip: While at the large Castle Shannon location, be sure to check out the excellent Pittsburgh Antique Shops and Everyday Eclectic boutique nearby.
Salvation Army Thrift Stores, many locations
From the South Side to Irwin to West Mifflin, the Salvation Army is everywhere, and is still a good place to trade stuff in and to find bargains.
Goodwill, many locations
The South Side location, across from SouthSide Works, is grocery store-sized, and has almost every kind of clothing. But there are about 10 other locations to choose from.