Tired of the same-old, same-old? When the clothes in your closet look just like the garments on store racks and webpages, it’s time to change up your shopping routine.
Fortunately, it’s not hard or expensive to add pizzazz to your wardrobe. The first step is knowing where to find unique clothes and accessories that will update outfits you already have. You are in the right place, too. Below is a list of place to find one-of-a-kind pieces to help you express your individual style.
Your quest for unique fashion pieces could start at thrift stores. These venues are fantastic treasure troves where you will often find rare and vintage clothing unlike any available elsewhere.
Physical consignment stores and resale apps like Poshmark and Thredup are another route you can take.
While thrift stores generally carry super-cheap pieces, consignment stores often deal with higher-end pieces. If you love a good designer logo or the trendiest jean from five years ago — and you can handle some wear and tear — consignment stores have you covered.
Grand openings of stores or re-openings of previously closed stores often signal a great opportunity to snag unique and interesting garments and accessories.
Retailers will stock the shelves with various new arrivals during these events, since they don’t yet know definitively what their customers want. Openings can also offer promotional pricing, so you may snag some savings in the process.
You can see a calendar of openings and re-openings in the U.S. at Openings24. The site constantly updates its listings, so you can visit regularly to stay posted on openings near you.
You can also find bespoke pieces by shopping directly with independent designers. These undoubtedly will be unique and limited-edition options that truly stand out. Generally, the craftsmanship and artistry of independent designers’ pieces will be topnotch, too.
The downside here is cost. You’ll pay more for designer pieces than the other options on this list.
You can browse indie designer pieces at Asos Marketplace, Garmentory, and Space to Show.
5. Artisan fairs and craft shows
For lovers of all things handmade, artisan fairs and craft shows are rife with opportunities. These events can feature gorgeous jewelry and accessories that you’d never see in a mall or on Amazon. You can have fun pairing your themed pieces with wardrobe basics like jeans and sweaters — for your very own street style look.
6. Estate sales
Be on the lookout for estate sales in your local area, as they are widely known for unbeatable vintage findings and antique pieces that retain their ageless charm. You will have to browse a bunch before you buy, as the quality of estate sale items varies dramatically. But your efforts will be rewarded when you find a 1950s polka dot dress or uniquely designed heirloom brooch.
7. Online marketplaces
Within the nooks and crannies of the internet, you’ll find many venues selling unique fashion items. We all know Etsy is an incredible source for personalized, custom, handmade, and vintage pieces. But there’s also these:
- Amazon Handmade
- Ruby Lane
All three are lesser-known sources of rare fashion gems. Even better, you can shop them with from your couch, with a glass of wine in hand.
Pop-up shops are another golden ticket to finding unique clothes. These temporary stores often carry exclusive items that are available for a limited time before they disappear again.
Do not underestimate the potential of a good swap meet.
Swap meets can be goldmines for unique and fun fashion. They bring together people from diverse backgrounds, which creates a massive range of styles to shop. You might find a retro jacket or an out-of-the-box accessory — all while happily munching on a churro. What could be better?
Keep your eyes peeled when you’re driving around town for swap meet signs near you. Or visit SwapMadness.com for a look at events happening in your locale.
Creating your style
Unique clothes and accessories are a must-have when you prefer developing your own style vs. following the trends. Unfortunately, the big retailers cater to the masses — which means you’ll look elsewhere to find pieces no one else has.
Be open to shopping used, as that delivers the most value for your dollar. You can also shop independent designers, online marketplaces, and pop-up shops as your budget allows. Just be ready with a witty response to the question your friends will inevitably ask: “Where did you get that gorgeous scarf?!”