7 of Boulder's Best Thrifting Hot Spots


Jun. 16 2023, Published 1:06 p.m. ET

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Do you enjoy the thrill of searching for and finding just the right statement piece for a special occasion? Or scouring thrift stores for secondhand furniture that's ready to be refurbished? Whether you're a hobby thrift shopper or looking for specific items while avoiding fast fashion, exploring the thrift stores of Boulder, Colorado could be perfect.

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Some of these Boulder thrift stores specialize in designer brands at bargain prices, while others feature a more eclectic mix of furniture, accessories, home décor, electronics, and more. Plenty of them give back to deserving organizations, too!

Rags Consignments

Rags Consignments is found at 3129 28th Street in Boulder. One woman started it from her basement in 1995, and it's since expanded to two physical locations (the other is in Cherry Creek) as well as an online store. The store even donates items that were consigned but not sold to organizations like the Boulder YWCA, Denver's Dress for Success, and more.

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Common Threads

Located at 2707 Spruce Street in Boulder, Common Threads is a popular boutique consignment shop you need to check out. Scour the store for luxury and high-end brands like Prada and Balenciaga at much more budget-friendly prices. There's a location in Denver, Colo. as well.

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Pig + Pearl Secondhand

Pig + Pearl Secondhand, previously known as Ares Thrift Store, is found at 5320 Arapahoe Avenue. The shop tells customers that it's both Earth-friendly and animal-friendly, as roundups on purchases at Pig + Pearl benefit local animal rescue organizations. Shopping in-person is available Fridays through Mondays, and there's also 24/7 shopping online at the eBay shop.

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Greenwood Thrift Shop and Consignment Gallery

At 3600 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, the Greenwood Wildlife Thrift Shop and Consignment Gallery offers two fun stores under the same roof. Find bargain clothing, décor, books, and more at the Thrift Shop, while the Consignment Gallery contains art, jewelry, and other high-quality consigned items for sale. Plus, proceeds from thrifting there benefit the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center!

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The Lafayette Flea

Just about 11 miles from Boulder is The Lafayette Flea, where over 175 vendors are onsite with a huge selection of vintage items for you to peruse. It's at 130 E. Spaulding St. in Lafayette, and offers you a different kind of thrifting, with so many vendors selling unique types of items.

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Art Parts Creative Reuse Center

Who wouldn't love the chance to stock up on art and DIY supplies at steep discounts, while keeping those supplies out of landfills? Art Parts Creative Reuse Center is a nonprofit at 3080 Valmont Road in Boulder that sells donated art supplies like beads, fabric, yarn, paints, and tools. What a great way to foster sustainable creative expression!

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TRU Hospice Thrift Shop

When you go thrift shopping in Boulder, check out TRU Thrift Shop at 5565 Arapahoe Avenue. At this thrift store, your purchases will help support the community by benefiting TRU Community Care's programs. These programs guide community members through stages of advanced illness and loss.

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