When looking for the perfect clothing thrift store there can be lots of options. Here we list the stores with the best curation of vintage clothing that you may not find a local goodwill. If you’re in the market for thrift finds other than clothing check out our article on San Diego’s best Antique and Consignment stores.
1. Day to Day vintage
Day to Day vintage is located in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. With a large selection of vintage T-shirts and jackets this is a great store to shop at if you are willing to spend a little bit more. As the name implies Day to Day Vintage specializes in true vintage clothing and curates their inventory to match. Day to Day Vintage does buy their inventory instead of taking donations, so you may find some more in style or higher end finds here at a great price! It is also worth nothing that Day to Day Vintage has a perfect 5-star rating on Google, so you know when you come here you can expect excellent customer service.
Location: 3063 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104
Hours: Daily | 11am-7pm
2. Honest thrift studio
Honest Thrift Studio is a beautifully eclectic shop full of great finds. Their storefront in the heart of Old Town is small but incites a fun hunt. It’s sister business, Garden Coffee is right next door. Grab a coffee and walk around the shop if you find yourself looking for something fun to do in Old Town. This store is FULL of great deals – the one that stands most has to be the $2 clothing rack though! Honest Thrift Studio will also do super fun deals like $3 dollar mystery bags as well. Honest Thrift Studio boasts a perfect 5-star rating on Yelp, and with their excellent customer service it is no surprise why.
Location: 2609 Congress St. San Diego, CA 92110
Hours: Vary check Instagram @honestthriftstudio for up to date information
3. Vintage Threads and Grails
Another coveted vintage store on our list is Vintage Threads and Grails in Pacific Beach. They specialize in vintage clothing items from the 80’s and 90’s. These old fashion styles are making a huge resurgence on the fashion forecast for 2022. As the name implies if you’re a collector of 90’s clothes this store may hold your holy grail! We also think its worth noting that Pacific Beach where the shop is located is one of the most iconic places to grab a drink in the world. Turn thrifting into a full day experience with your girls and check our some of the best bars Pacific Beach has to offer.
Location: 1031 Garnet Ave San Diego, CA 92109
4. La Loupe vintage
La Loupe Vintage in San Diego is a must-visit for those who love vintage clothing and accessories. This shop offers a wide range of vintage items at affordable prices, and has something for everyone, no matter their style. If you are a fan of western wear, La Loupe is the perfect place for you. They have a huge collection of vintage jeans and biker-inspired t-shirts, which are perfect for creating an edgy, vintage look. In addition to their western wear, they also have a wealth of other vintage gems, with items dating back to the 1960s. Whether you are a vintage fashion enthusiast or simply looking for a unique item to add to your wardrobe, La Loupe is the perfect place to shop.
Location: 3337 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116
5. Home Start Thrift boutique
Home Start Thrift Boutique is a more standard thrift store compared to the vintage consignment shops on this list. Although the inventory is still very curated and has a large selection of well priced high quality consignment clothes. They are also the only non-profit on this list and donate their proceeds to local charities. If you’re in the mood for more of a hunt to find good clothing that isn’t necessarily vintage, do some good and visit Home Start.
Location: 3611 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116
Hours: 10am-6pm Tue-Sat
San Diego Thrift Store FAQ
In short, yes current fashion will be found at thrift shops in San Diego. This is for two reasons: retro styles are hot right now, and San Diegans are also known for being trendy. You can definitely find those trendy styles that are coming back to life as well as new styles that have been donated to local thrift stores.
Yes, you should definitely wash thrift store clothes. Although most donators wash the clothes, most second hand resellers will not wash the clothes before putting them in the thrift store. For your safety we always recommend washing clothes you acquire from local San Diego thrift shops.
Prices at thrift stores can be very affordable, especially compared to prices at new retail stores. However, prices can vary depending on the type of item and the condition it is in.