Best Thrift Stores in Chicago

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Looking for something that you can be sure nobody else will be wearing. Thrfiting or vintage shopping is a great way to find unique gems. Wondering how to style them? Pop over to the GirlCrew app to join our fashion group to get styling advice. But for now, check out some of the best thrift stores in Chicago.

Wolfbait

Your neighborhood B-girls! Thanks for 12 years of support!

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Wolfbait is one of the best thrift stores in Chicago. OK so not *technically* a thrift store as all their pieces are hand-made BUT the store’s price points are so good and reasonable. Wolfbait & B-girls is a female-owned and operated independent business, started by Shirley Kienitz and Jenny Stadler. The thrift store showcases over 200 local artisans as well as Chicago-based fair-trade companies, Wolfbait highlights the city’s local talent. By shopping at this local boutique, you are helping the store donate regularly to charities, help protect the environment by purchasing second-hand pieces and taking pride in your local community.

Amazing Goodwill

Look at these stunning graduates in their outfits from Goodwill! Goodwill is the perfect place for budget-friendly looks that show off your unique personality – as captured by @colleenkubiakphoto . . Repost @colleenkubiakphoto ・・・ Today was the BEST. So excited to show you all how amazing these beautiful girls looked for the Class of 2019 senior shoot🎉 Special thanks to @amazinggoodwill_ & @platosbrookfield for allowing me to thrift these girls entire outfits this week, @sophie_gerhards for her mad makeup skills, & @thrild for making video magic for us✨ • • • • • #seniorportraits #portraitsMKE #instagood #MKE #exploreMKE #ig_milwaukee #MKEMYCITY #creativesofWI #MKE_illgrammers #DearMKE #fromwhereistand #discoverwisconsin #seeninMKE #thatsdarling #creativesofWI #mkeportraits #portraitstream #ssgmagazine #seniorlovin #featuremeseas #l0tsabraids #MODERNsenior #seniorchic #THEseniorcollective #seniorinspire

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Amazing Goodwill is just that, one of the many goodwill thrift stores in Chicago. Donating is very easy as staff are ready to help you bring in your items. There’s always a good selection of trendy, in-style pieces that would suit your workplace or casual wardrobe. By donating and shopping at Goodwill, you are helping the Goodwill thrift stores provide training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages who seek their own independence.

The Recyclery

Looking for a unique thrift store in Chicago? The Recyclery is an educational bike shop. They repair broken bikes, even teaching people how to fix their own and donate recycled bikes to refugees, people experiencing homelessness and low-income families. The store recently launched their first WTF Night ( Women, Trans, Femme ) in collaboration with Women Bike Chicago. This new program will be on the fourth Sunday of every month at the Recyclery. Check out their Facebook event for more info.

Family Tree Resale

Family Tree Resale is a local, family run thrift store in Chicago. They have a voucher programme that enables low-income families to shop at the store for free. Schools and organizations have teamed up with Family Tree Resale to help communities. The store has departments for women, men, and kids all organized by size and type. They also appeared in New City magazine, in their ‘Best of Chicago’ edition.

Brown Elephant

Brown Elephant thrift store in Chicago is a part of the Howard Brown Health organization. By donating to the thrift store, you are giving proceeds that benefit LGBTQIA+ health and fund care for the uninsured and underinsured at Howard Brown Health. The store accepts lots of apparel, all of which have to pre-cleaned before being donated. One thing they accept is furniture. Here is a great alternative, especially for your first place to buy cheap furniture and get something that is a bit different. A perfect conversation starter.

So what do you think? Where are the best thrift stores in Chicago? Where do you thrift? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to download the GirlCrew app. We’ve just launched the app in Chicago and are so excited! If you are looking for some fun things to do at night or places to eat, we got you covered.

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Ellie Smyth

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