The Future of Fashion is Thrifty: Best Thrift Stores in San Diego

Today’s Fashion Scene is THRIFTY AF

Stop the Madness – Stop the Retail Shopping

As a materialistic society (don’t roll your eyes you know it’s true) we’re constantly searching for the latest trends in fashion, and there’s nothing that you can’t order online and have delivered to your door within a couple of business days.

But is that really what we should be doing as a society?

Should we really be spending our hard earned cash on retail material items from Nordstrom, Nieman Marcus, Macy’s, Forever 21… even going deeper into household items such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Bath and Body Works… I could write an endless list of retail stores. And don’t get me started on Amazon…

Be Thrifty and Shop at Thrift Stores

More and more people are making the switch and going the thrift store approach to stop the madness of crazy high price tags and supporting the overabundance of sweatshop support and overpopulation of material just… excuse my French… shit.

So why should you shop at thrift stores you might be asking? – Well, let me share with you some awesome reasons why thrift store shopping is of great benefit:

1. Thrift Store Shopping is Better for the Environment

That’s right my fellow environmentally aware friends – thrift store shopping is better for the environment.

We have enough junk floating around causing more and more pollution. People shop on the regular, outgrow stuff (physically and emotionally), and then simply decide to discard or donate the items. And where do you think those items go?

SCIENCELINE did a study on The Troubled Second Life of Donated Clothes of where donated clothes wind up, and the results shouldn’t surprise anyone: while some of our donations are able to be re-sold at Thrift Stores, the others are shipped off to other countries or end up in landfills.

2. Thrift Store Shopping is Good on Your Wallet

Thrift stores, like I hit on before, carry donated items that are seen as holding value to modern day consumers.

Some popular brands I’ve been able to stumble upon at thrift stores include Madewell, True Religion, Free People, Anthropologie, Calvin Klein… and all for a fraction of the price!

So not only are you helping with the reuse / recycle mentality to keep items from being dumped in the laps of other countries or from winding up in a landfill, but you’re also helping purchase quality items that don’t break the bank!

And hey! The longer these items are able to be passed from hand to hand – because let’s face it, you’re going to grow tired of the items at some point likely and end up donating them back into the stream – the longer they stay out of the trash.

3. Thrift Store Shopping Sparks Creativity

How tired do you grow looking at advertisements from The Gap and Old Navy?

They seem to put out the same dull “designer” look no matter what year we’re in or fashion trend seems to be going on. Like, hello, where’s the creativity?

Thrift stores are full of gems waiting to be unearthed and incorporated into your wardrobe!

Trends are always coming back around and into fashion. Use high waisted / super-tapered pants for example! Extra low-rise pants are a total thing of the past and high waisted is so in again. Just wait, bell-bottoms aren’t too far away from becoming mainstream again – I’m calling it!

And that’s what’s great about thrift stores: you never know what you’re going to find, but wouldn’t you rather find it at a thrift store for the fraction of the price knowing you didn’t contribute to the landfill down the road or worse the landfill across the pond?

San Diego’s Best Thrift Stores

So, without further ado, I want to share with you the best thrift stores in San Diego based on their selection, mission, and other fun factors that make them the best thrift stores to shop at.

Flashbacks Recycled Fashion


Photo from Yelp

Flashback Recycled Fashion is a thrift store located at 576 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024.

This thrift store wins major points for… you guessed it… flashback items!

Talking to creativity this thrift store is never a miss. This thrift store carries wigs, costume jewelry, wacky and business appropriate belts, and off-the-wall-where-did-you-find-that clothing / shoes / accessories / jackets… you name it!

Whenever I’m in the mood for something different to really set the tone for my wardrobe I think of Flashbacks Recycled Fashion thrift store.

Thinking about going to that fun costume party your neighbor was talking about the other day, rave in the desert you’ve been wanting to attend, or general outfit face-lift you’ve been meaning to undergo… look no further than this thrift store. You’re bound to find something that’ll give you the extra edge you’re looking for!

AMVETS Thrift Store

Team Amvets Thrift Store is a thrift store located at 3441 Sutherland St #2031, San Diego, CA 92110.

Now, there are many Team Amvets thrift stores throughout San Diego County, but this specific location is by far my favorite for nick knacks, trinkets, and household items.

Need a set of plates or glasses? Looking for some board or video games? Trying to furnish your apartment, house, guest house, or vacation rental? I recommend checking out the AMVETS Thrift Store.

Furthermore, proceeds from purchases at AMVETS thrift stores go towards supporting veterans my providing programs and services.

Buffalo Exchange


Photo from Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange is a thrift store located at 1079 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109 in the Pacific Beach neighborhood.

Whenever I’m looking to sell and buy I look to Buffalo Exchange as my primary thrift store.

They will buy gently used shoes, clothing, and accessories such as handbags that are vintage, trending, or seeming to sell well (like high-waisted pants, shorts, and skirts).

This thrift store offers 30% of the selling price for those who want to keep the cash and bounce, or they offer 50% of the selling price for those who wish to receive store credit or go shopping same day.

If you are interested in selling I highly encourage you to go during the week. If you can’t go during the week because you work a 9-5 M-F grind like myself, I suggest you arrive early and plan on waiting a while… like at least an hour.

And don’t be discouraged if they don’t choose to buy your items from you – styles and what they’re buying change on the regular. Either keep the items for another day, put them for sale on Poshmark, or simply drop them off across the street at The Goodwill.

Now YOU’RE Thrifty AF

Consider making the change to thrift store shopping. You’ll be doing the environment, your wallet, and your creative fashionista personality a thrifty service.

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As always, say yes to experiences that present themselves to you! Life is full of fun and wonder – don’t be stuck at home wondering what life could be like, should be like, would be like… drop that nonsense! Get out there, say yes, and never look back!

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As a disclaimer, I was not paid by any of the above linked sites. This review is solely mine without any monetary compensation. I will however receive a kickback from the affiliate links if you choose to make a purchase.

Published by yesmaamaly

Aly Bonomini is the creator of the blogs Yes Ma'am! & Cheesy Vegans. She is an avid adventurer, experience enthusiast, and motivator who lives her life by the motto: "Just say yes!"

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