Thrift Shopping in Bethesda: Best Places to Find Secondhand Items


May 31 2023, Published 3:57 p.m. ET

Exploring a clothing rack at a thrift shop in New York City
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According to thredUP, the global secondhand market is expected to nearly double by 2027, reaching over $38 billion in sales. And while the pandemic had a positive impact on the secondhand shopping industry, resale and thrifting had already taken the retail industry by storm due to sustainability, affordability, uniqueness, and nostalgia.

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Today, sustainable fashion and circular systems are two huge trends in retail as shoppers are better informed about the industry’s impact on the environment. And while fast fashion isn’t going away, the buzz that surrounds thrifting continues to get louder.

Hunting for rare finds? We've rounded up the best thrift shops in Bethesda — a town in Maryland that borders Washington, D.C.

These are the best thrift shops in Bethesda and the surrounding area.

As more people lean into the economic and environmental benefits of buying used items instead of new, you'll continue to see the secondhand industry capture the most market share in the U.S. with resale driving the growth.

Whether you live in the Bethesda area, or you're planning a trip this summer, here are the best thrift shops that should be on your radar. And don't worry about driving, Bethesda is just a quick 15-minute subway ride away from downtown.

Reddz Trading

A personal favorite to score amazing designer deals, Reddz Trading located at 7801 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, also has a location in Georgetown on Wisconsin Avenue. This higher-end consignment and resale boutique offers designer and contemporary clothing, shoes, bags, and jewelry by Louis Vuitton, DVF, and David Yurman at unbelievable prices.

Whether you're on the hunt for a new-to-you outfit for the evening, or you'd like to make a few extra dollars by consigning your old duds, Reddz has got you covered.

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Urban Thrift

A tried-and-true thrift shop, Urban Thrift located at 10730 Connecticut Ave, Kensington, is on a mission to support a very worthy cause: The Arc Montgomery County. At Urban Thrift, not only will you find amazing deals on like-new and gently used clothing, accessories, linens, housewares, furniture, and electronics, but you'll also help children in need.

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Remix Recycling Company

Offering new and used clothing, jewelry, and accessories, Remix Recycling Company (formerly known as Mustard Seed) has been a mainstay in the used fashion scene in Bethesda for years. Located at 8121 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, this consignment and resale boutique offers a fresh mix of lightly used designer must-haves and brand-new pieces too. Whether you're on the hunt for Lululemon leggings, or you'd like to make a few extra dollars on unused items, Remix is here for you.

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Look Again Resale Shop

Whether you’re shopping for new-to-you pieces or donating gently-used home goods, you’re supporting a very worthy cause: the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. Many of these community-based programs are supported through Look Again resale shops in Maryland (at 3716 Howard Ave, Kensington) and Virginia which accept donations of household items like antiques, furniture, home decor, clothing, books, and more. Inventory changes daily, so you never know what you'll find.

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Rita G's Chapter Two Boutique

Chapter 2 Boutique located at 4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, has been delivering in-demand designer brands at affordable prices for years. Specializing in the consignment and resale of women's luxury designer shoes, bags, clothing, jewelry, and accessories for less, you'll find everything from Gucci bags to Louis Vuitton wallets, and Tiffany & Co. jewelry. A tried-and-true consignment store, Chapter 2 is accepts vintage, gently used, or brand-new pieces by top designer brands.

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New4You Thrift Boutique

Recently recognized as a 2023 Best of Bethesda finalist by Bethesda Magazine, New4You Thrift Boutique (located at 4909 Cordell Avenue) is helping those in need with every purchase made., The boutique was founded in 2020 to fill the void left by the Montgomery County Thrift Shop, and this nonprofit shop provides high-quality, gently-loved clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, furniture, electronics, bridal gowns, and more for those in need.

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St. John's Opportunity Shop

The Opportunity Shop located at 4504 Walsh Street, Chevy Chase, is a nonprofit consignment and thrift shop sponsored by the St. John's Norwood church. The thrift store offers great deals on used and vintage pieces such as art, silverware, China, children's toys, clothing, rugs, furniture, and more. The Op Shop is an Outreach Ministry designed to benefit local charities and communities.

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Sunflowers Consignment

Sunflowers Consignment located at 10307 Kensignton Parkway is a cute little one-stop resale and consignment shop for contemporary designer clothing, bags, shoes and accessories for teens and women.

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