Ever since Macklemore’s song Thrift Shop came out in 2012, it seems as if everyone has started making other people’s trash their new treasures. I’ve always enjoyed thrifting and consignment shopping, but now the trend seems to have taken on a life of its own. In the Lehigh Valley there are many thrift stores, consignment shops, and vintage shops for students to choose from. Obviously there’s your basic Goodwill or Salvation Army. The Valley is home to both of those. Goodwill is in the AMC and YoFresh shopping center on Broadway so you get the best of both worlds. Cheap clothes and knickknacks and froyo and entertainment. The Salvation Army is in Whitehall about five minutes away from the Lehigh Valley Mall. It’s huge! Sometimes large thrift stores can seem daunting, but not to worry everything is visibly marked and easy to find. I went last year with a group of my friends and we actually found some really cute kitchen items like cute mugs and cups that we used in a White Elephant exchange. Media and Comm professor, Tony Dalton, also recommends the American Family Thrift Store in Hellertown. He says there’s a promotional deal on Wednesdays where you can fill a bag of merchandise for under $3.
However, I know the idea of wearing or using something that someone else has used can seem weird to some people so I’m offering a few more upscale options. There’s The Attic in Bethlehem, Manayunk, and Kutztown, which is a consignment shop. A little bit pricier than a thrift store, consignment shops generally care more about selling items that reflect a specific season or trend in fashion. At the Attic you can find brands from American Eagle, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, etc. Prices range from $5-$60. The Attic has a small selection of vintage items that are a bit pricier due to their age and condition. Along with clothes, shoes, and accessories they also sell knickknacks and other collectibles. I stopped into the Attic yesterday while I was in Bethlehem and took some pictures while I looked around. Check them out in the gallery and like them on Facebook for promotional events and contests! http://www.atticclothes.com
There are also annual events like the Muhlenberg Costume Sale and the Huge Garage Sale at the Allentown Fairgrounds that should be mentioned on a thrifting post. I went to both of those events this year—the costume sale was in September and the Garage Sale at the Agri-Plex was last weekend. There were some really interesting finds and it’s easy to leave with a full bag of items without emptying your wallet. I personally like thrifting because of the experience and the novelty of buying used items. It’s so much more interesting to talk about finding one priceless item at the bottom of a bin than to buy conspicuously manufactured items, in stores and online. While those items have their own merit, it’s so cool to think that you’re using items that may have been around long before you were! Try some of these thrifting or consignment outlets today!
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Gallery photos taken and provided by Molly Israel.