Buying for loved ones can be tricky and tedious, but if you are thoughtfully trying to find that perfect gift, perhaps a little perusing patience through thrifting can uncover that showstopper gift while supporting local this season. (Maybe even save a buck or two!) Here are eight places you can gift by thrift for those timeless, rare, retro, vintage, and/or antique finds:
Located in Sharpsburg, Second Harvest Thrift Store focuses on selling gently used items from the Fox Chapel Area School District with a mission to use their profits to reinvest living wage jobs and local grants that help existing neighborhood efforts and community programs. Currently, the nonprofit thrift store is hosting a Twelve Days on Thriftmas promotion, in which individuals can receive bargain deals on different items throughout the store. From shoes, trendy attire, furniture and housewares, there’s something to discover and place under the tree this year.
With all proceeds benefiting the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Thriftique Pittsburgh has fashionable finds, home goods, seasonal décor, and more. Ravish through the racks and find something unique while knowing that money spent here goes back to the community. The store also provides a platform for member volunteerism, community service projects, internships, and employment opportunities for at-risk women moving towards self-sufficiency and young adults with special needs as per their multi-layered mission.
Thiftsburgh LLC gains popularity with its vintage and colorful retro items. Ranging from rare Pittsburgh-inspired items, sports figures and collectibles, video games to video game systems, there is a lot to peruse and purchase for the that visionary collector. Plus, find vintage hats, sports jerseys, t-shirts, toys, crewnecks, and jackets.
Conveniently located on Ohio River Boulevard, Antiques on Ohio River has three levels to seek that special oddity or vintage item. All is fair game in what’s to discover, and the place has more than 30 dealers. While browsing the floor, walls, and nooks, be sure to check out their vinyl for sale, too. You never know what you could find!
Take a mini road trip to The Antique Emporium in Beaver Falls. With thousands of treasures awaiting, find anything and everything in between this haven for antiques. Clocks and watches, collectibles, vintage signs, and new arrivals, find something new for that person that appreciates the gift of something older that tells a story.
Check out dune modern, an Instagram handle that prides itself on its desert-style aesthetic and midcentury modern vintage items. One-of-a-kind furniture pieces, bowls, glassware, lamps, and more, be sure to check this profile on a regular basis as items sell fast! Plus, appreciate the details, background, and time periods behind some of the pieces being sold by watching dune modern’s history highlight.
Located in Millvale, Vintage 416 is a boutique with vintage and eco-friendly clothing items ranging from the 1920s to 1990s. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm, shop an array of sleek looks and accessories. Chic and affordable, this store is a must visit to uncover something distinctive for the fashionista in your life.
Sanctuary Pittsburgh is a one-stop-shop encompassing vintage & antiques, an art gallery, and a tattoo parlor space. Find regal and retro items and set up a tattoo appointment while you’re at it! Antique books, apothecary jars, seasonal collections, purses, belt buckles, and a whole lot more, you’ll find something truly unique. Be sure to shop online to see everything Sanctuary Pittsburgh has to offer.
Other notable places include Kinsey Vintage Market, Freshman Vintage, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, House of Thrift, East End Community Thrift (Thrifty), Three Rivers Vintage, and Red, White and Blue Thrift Store locations on route 65 and route 51.
Have a place worth mentioning? Throw it down in the comments!This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.