Friday, April 3, 2009

used is good

These days it's difficult to afford (or buy without guilt) expensive, brand-name clothing. I saw a blurb about high-end Baltimore thrifts in Urbanite magazine and thought I'd pass it along. Sorry, these are all in Baltimore. I'm sure there are plenty of gems wherever you live!

Sometimes the greenest clothes have already been worn. Value Village’s most-loved location is at 800 W. North Ave.; others include 5013 York Rd. in Govans and 3424 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown.

Village Thrift in Middle River (10 Stemmers Run Rd.) gives weekly discounts on high-end labels.

The Clothing Warehouse recently expanded its vintage empire with a Baltimore franchise (1211 S. Charles St.; 410-244-6554).

The Fashion Attic sells—and buys—gently used women’s fashions from brands such as Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, and Betsey Johnson (1926 Fleet St., Suite A; 410-276-0817;

A group of Federal Hill moms started the children’s consignment shop Ladybugs and Fireflies (1049 S. Charles St.; 410-244-0472;

The Baltimore Free Store sets up shop at various locales around the city (

Baltimore also has a chapter of the national network, a Craigslist-esque enterprise that connects people with free stuff (


Goodwill recently opened up a Goodwill Boutique (photo from Urbanite's website; by Tasha Treadwell) here in Balto (1 N. Poppleton St.; 410-244-6210). Apparently everything from Dior to Gucci has been through the door.

Happy bargain hunting!


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