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Eco Fashion

Vintage and Second-Hand Shops Offer Opportunity to Build Your Wardrobe While Helping Save the Planet

Dressing fashionably doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Whether your personal style is fun and funky, frilly and feminine, understated and sophisticated, or something entirely different, the Oklahoma City metro area is rich in second-hand clothing, vintage and thrift shops that offer something for just about anyone.

By purchasing recycled clothing and accessories, you have the added satisfaction of knowing you’re helping save the planet.

Many of the shops also allow you to get back some of your investment in clothing and accessories by purchasing those items you no longer like, have no further use for, or that don’t fit.

We’ve compiled a list of just a few of the places you may wish to check out. It’s not an exhaustive list; we included places that were recommended and that offered a more upscale inventory. However, know that there are many other options out there, including thrift shops that specialize in helping out those members of our community who need a helping hand. Know that your donations to these shops are much needed and appreciated—just not the focus here.

01 Plato’s Closet

PlatosCloset.com

1282 N. Interstate Drive

Norman, OK 73072

321.7300

Plato's Closet buys and sells gently used clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories for guys/girls in their teens and twenties. They carry many top-name brands and styles at up to 70% less than regular retail prices. Plato’s Closet also pays cash on the spot for gently used items that are in current style and in great condition. According to the Plato’s Closet website, only 15% of clothes is recycled; it takes 2,000 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans; and shoes take 30 years to decompose. So do the planet a favor (as well as your pocketbook) and check out their great offerings.

02 Clothes Mentor

Edmondok.ClothesMentor.com

3208 S. Broadway

Edmond, OK 73034

285.8867

The proprietors of Clothes Mentor in Edmond believe that “we can all be the difference in the world.” Their website states, “By recycling and reusing current fashions, we are creating a sustainable lifestyle that you will be proud to be a part of. At our stores you can find like new designer clothing at up to 70% off mall store prices. All of our clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories are gently loved, and actually like new. We only buy pieces that are in great shape, on trend, or classic and timeless.” The shop’s inventory comes from customers with beautiful designer and name-brand pieces in their closet that just don’t get worn. Clothes Mentor offers on-the-spot cash for women’s clothing sizes 0-26, shoes, accessories and handbags.

03 Uptown Cheapskate

UptownCheapskate.com

#uptownfinds

1724 24th Ave. NW

Norman, OK 73069

701.8850

Uptown Cheapskate buys what you loved yesterday and sells what you want today. Bring in your gently used clothes, shoes, bags and accessories for cash on the spot, and snag amazing deals on the brands you love. Selling to Uptown Cheapskate also is easy! Bring in your clean, stylish clothing, shoes and accessories, and their trained buyers will select the items they wish to purchase and make you a cash offer or 25% more in store credit on the spot. Any items they are unable to purchase, due to style, wear or condition, they will donate to a local charity on your behalf (or you can take these items back with you).

04 Out on a Limb Boutique

OutOnALimbBoutique.com

1751 NW 16th

Oklahoma City, OK 73106

887.1333

Located in OKC’s historic Plaza District, Out on a Limb sells clothing, jewelry and accessories, as well as home goods, house plants/pots and stationery.

05 Bad Granny’s Bazaar

On Facebook

1759 NW 16th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73106

528.4585

This thrift, gift and consignment store also is located in OKC’s Plaza District. It offers a selection of vendors selling vintage, retro, modern hip and other curious goods.

06 Jack and Jill on Etsy by Elizabeth Wheat

Etsy.com/shop/JackLovesJillVintage

Also on Instagram

Look to this site for upcycled/vintage clothing and accessories (shoes, purses, belts, hats, scarves, etc.) for adults and children, as well as housewares—all sourced here in Oklahoma. 

 

AND SPEAKING OF VINTAGE…

In researching this piece, we learned about a few antique and vintage shops offering a wide variety of fun merchandise, including houseware, furniture, artwork and clothing/accessories, that we thought we’d share with you. Again, this isn’t an exhaustive list—the metro area has numerous such shops (as do towns only a short drive away, like Purcell), but hopefully this will whet your appetite to seek out a few of these often hidden gems. Whether you’re looking to add interest to a room in your house or seeking a one-of-a-kind gift, you can feel good knowing you are helping the Earth by repurposing and recycling yesterday’s goods.

Artifactory

Artifactory-108868.square.site

106 East Main St.

Norman, OK 73069

640.5397

Artifactory is described as a place to embrace the past through art—an art studio, shop and gallery, this is your one-stop shop for everything art and vintage.

The Vintage Rose

On Facebook

219 W. Main St.

Norman, OK 73069

397.3709

Antique, vintage, repurposed and lots of unique treasures.

S & J Marketplace

210 E. Gray St.

Norman, OK 73069

321.1242

Walk through the past at this vintage and antique market, featuring multiple vendors’ booths. Just a few of the items you’ll find: antique/vintage jewelry and housewares, books/magazines/comics, posters, and multigenerational collectable figurines.

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