Four of Our Favorite Thrift Stores in Pittsburgh
Find your personal style this summer while learning about sustainable fashion.
One of the most all-inclusive thrift stores in Pittsburgh, Clothes Minded in Bloomfield has a wide variety of hidden gems. From work blazers to casual wear, you can find something for just about any occasion. Josh Fedorski opened Clothes Minded nine years ago. Since then, he says he has seen his business steadily increase, despite closing for several months in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re not niche, we try to embody everyone versus one certain person,” says store employee Copelend Liddell. “A lot of stores don’t resale, or they stick to clothing intended for their targeted audience or person, but we try to incorporate everyone.”
Clothes Minded gets all of its products from customers, who receive 30% of the resale rate in cash or 45% in store credit when their clothing is sold. The store is open from 12 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Clothes Minded, 4740 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield; 412/960-0246, clothesmindedpgh.com.
If you’re looking to rock out in a ‘90s T-shirt and vintage boyfriend jeans, head to B-Sides. Located in Millvale, the home-like, retro shop will not only give you satisfaction from its color-coded racks, but let you enter a time warp.
Owner Alec Munson says he found his passion for sustainable clothing four years ago. He would go to big thrift warehouses and dig through bins of clothing just to find that one specific T-shirt or pair of denim jeans to fit his aesthetic or to share or sell to others.
Today, he finds his merchandise everywhere from flea markets and wholesalers to clothing warehouses — and he still has the same dedication to finding that one unique piece.
“I was just tired of going to stores and being like everything is $50, or everything is so expensive,” he says of why he opened his store. “That’s why I named my store B-Sides, because it’s like a record, like the side that wasn’t the hit. There’s just some average, cool everyday stuff here and you can come in and get a whole outfit for $50. That was always the idea.”
While B-Sides’ retail location opened last June, Munson has been selling vintage clothing online for four years. B-Sides customers may buy, sell and trade in items. The resale rate is 40% in cash and 50% in store credit. Store hours are from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
B-Sides, 214 Grant Ave., Millvale; bsidespgh.com.
If you’re looking to stay on trend with high-quality, vintage clothing then Fifty One Ten Vintage in Garfield is one of your best bets. The store carries a wide variety of hand-picked clothing and there’s a constant flow of new items to choose from. Nina Lang runs the store while her husband, Michael Lang, finds the clothing to sell.
“Whether it’s true vintage or Y2K, there’s a little bit for everybody,” Micheal says.
Micheal says he got into the thrifting and vintage clothing business 11 years ago while volunteering at East End Community Thrift Store. He then began wholesaling items out of his apartment in Lawrenceville before opening Fifty One Ten Vintage last October.
Fifty One Ten stands out from your average thrift store in that their items are curated by the owners to fit their standard of quality, Nina says.
“It’s not like we just get donations and put anything out there,” she says.
Fifty One Ten features major sales periodically, which can come in handy when you are looking to spice up your wardrobe. There’s also a wide range of price points, including a $5 T-shirt rack.
The shop also boasts a gender-neutral setup. Instead of traditional men’s and women’s sections, items are grouped by category or size. Fifty One Ten Vintage is open from 12 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday
Fifty One Ten Vintage, 5110 Penn Ave., Garfield; 412/404-8715, fiftyonetenvintage.com.
One of the more higher-end vintage stores in Pittsburgh, quality and aesthetic comes first at Senseless in Garfield. Brothers Javed and Romie Watson created their brand and business name when they were still in high school — and today know how to find the best and most valuable items for their store.
“We don’t even consider ourselves a thrift store,” says Javed. “We’re taking vintage clothes, and more so archiving and finding pieces that havent seen light in like 20 or 30 years, and putting them on a pedestal of higher fashion.”
The constantly changing store — which customers can find rare or valuable items — features a wall of vintage Nike shoes and another section with vintage tour T-shirts. Javed says they get their products from a variety of sources, including their own customers.
“There’s people that are cleaning their mom’s house and bringing stuff in, and say, ‘Yo I had this shirt when I was a teenager,’ and they’ll come and sell it to us,” Javed says. “Since the pandemic, there’s been a lot of Instagram live auctions, and people are going on there and selling stuff. So we’ll go on there and get a few tees sometimes if the price is good and if we want to auction or not.”
Prior to opening their Penn Avenue storefront in 2016, the brothers sold items on Instagram and then operated a small retail location on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Up next, they plan to work on their own brand, dubbed “Dummy by Senseless,” and opening a second location. Senseless is open from 12 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Senseless, 5124 Penn Ave., Garfield; 412/363-8080, senselesspgh.com