Buying vintage or thrifted clothing and home goods is a great sustainable practice because these items already exist, meaning that there isn’t any new energy consumption or environmental impact like there is when purchasing something new.
In fact, by buying or repurposing existing pieces, you can reduce items that end up in landfills. From a fashion and personal style aesthetic, it’s also a way to maintain your individuality. Most fast fashion pieces are only worn up to seven times before they are donated or thrown out. If you can wear a garment 30 times or more, not only does it become cheaper over time than a fast fashion piece you might wear twice, but you’re making a positive environmental impact. Scroll through to discover our Los Angeles Vintage and Thrifting Go-to list.
Los Angeles has a wide array of vintage and thrifting options from shops to flea markets to thrift stores. We’ve gathered our favorites here – a mix of vintage and thrifting places across LA.
L.A. Flea Markets
LA has flea markets every single weekend, depending on when and where you are in Los Angeles. All locations offer an amazing assortment of vintage and handmade goods. They rotate throughout the weekend, mostly on Sundays. Plan to make a half or full day outing at any of these fleas.
L.A. Vintage and Thrift Shops
106 N. Ave 56 Highland Park, Los Angeles. Avalon carries both vintage records and clothing so it’s a general crowd pleaser. Highland Park is also rapidly becoming a cool spot to grab a coffee, a drink or meal and window shop along Figueroa or York streets.
825 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Offers up a major retro inspired selection of clothing. They also have a $1 sale every Sunday in their parking lot for those ready to roll-up their sleeves and find a great deal.
3318 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Not only can you find great vintage and western pieces at Fox Hole in Silverlake, but they offer recycled denim services, by up cycling or altering denim you have and giving it a second life.
1721 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For the ladies only, you can peruse beautiful gowns and dresses from an amazing vintage collection. Girls only so you can try on where you’d like in the store.
1317 Palmetto St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. If you’re looking for well edited, curated pieces with a unique 60s and 70s spin, go to the Corner Store.
1382 Locust St. Pasadena, CA 91106. A go-to place for treasure hunting. This is a thrift store so get ready to sift through racks of clothing, shoes and home goods. This isn’t a polished high-end vintage shop, but a great spot if you’re looking to do some hunting and find a great deal.
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Amanda is a writer and marketer, based in Los Angeles, CA. Amanda enjoys treasure hunting for great vintage finds and recently launched Jean Franklin, a sustainable, ethical and vintage online store carrying clothing and home goods. You can find Amanda walking her rescue pups, Noodle and Nellie or whipping up some tasty home-cooked meals.