Celebrated every August 17, National Thrifting Day or Thrift Shop Day is a chance to leave our fast fashion retailers behind and support thrift shops both online and in your local area. The fashion industry is one of the most wasteful industries on the planet and it’s more important than ever to reuse, donate, and thrift our clothes to avoid having them up in a landfill. Unsurprisingly, the thrifting industry both from chain and individual retailers is a white-saturated market despite it being an important cultural touchstone and economic necessity for many BIPOC communities, including Latinxs. Today, continue the tradition and try making double the difference by purchasing reused clothing from a Latinx-owned vintage or thrift shop! This is not an exhaustive list but a starting place whether you’re an experienced thrifter or are just embarking on your thrifting journey. Read on to learn more about 11 Latinx-owned vintage and thrift shops that you should support for National Thrifting Day.
LA Retro Girl
Want to make a unique and fun fashion statement? Look no further than LA Retro Girl, an online vintage shop specializing in ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s fashion and founded by Peruvian mom Monique Gatillon! This is your one-stop shop for heels, purses, dresses, jackets, coats, bodysuits, and more, all with unique styles, patterns, and fits for casual and fancy wear. From Dalmatian heels to a 1950s shoulder bag, Each piece is dry-cleaned and ready to wear. You can shop directly via their website and Instagram or DM with your preferred order. They even offer custom styling services.
Pop Up Home
For all your house makeover and vintage furniture needs, Pop Up Home is the place to be. Their furniture pieces pack both a punch and a statement, offering one-of-a-kind small items like leather mirrors, wood spice grinders, iron candle holders, and porcelain bowls. The shop was founded in 2009 by Tricia Benitez Beanum who had developed a reputation for her estate sales before founding Pop Up Home. They also offer interior styling, rentals, and consignment.
Located in downtown Pomona, California, Debutante Clothing began as a vintage style blog started by owner Sandra Mendoza in August 2005. It is now a brick-and-mortar vintage shop with clothes ranging from the 1920s all the way to the ’90s. Whether you’re looking for a 1940s sweater dress or an authentic pair of Levi jeans from the ’80s, Debutante Clothing has it all. If you’re not in the area, items are also available to shop for online and you can also make a private appointment to shop.
Founded by retail business expert and entrepreneur Carmen Lopez in 2007, Current Boutique carries modern and vintage clothing, all from high-end designers at more reasonable prices and pre-loved qualities. She wanted to create a community for people who love vintage and pre-loved designer pieces as much as she does. Shop here for Versace tops, Manolo Blahnik shoes, Kate Spade dresses, and much more for all kinds of occasions. Also keep an eye out for Louis Vuitton bags and other label jewelry, hats, wallets, scarves, and belts. You can sell your clothes on consignment at the shop, whether you want to drop them off in-person at their Northern Virginia or Washington, D.C location, mail them in, or have them picked up in just a few simple steps. Clean out your closet, save your clothes from the landfill, and earn money back too!
Founded and run by Jamie Espino, Poorly Curated is made for the Gen-Z shopper in mind. Curating a clothing collection from the 1940s and onwards, the shop offers a wide array of one-of-a-kind tops, dresses, lingerie, jewelry, shoes, pants, and more. This is the only place where you can get ’80s fringe pants and a Christian Dior bralette at the same shop. In addition to offering online retail, Poorly Curated also organizes pop-up shops for in-person shopping.
Love Street Vintage
Housed in San Francisco, Love Street Vintage is owner Graciela Ronconi’s love letter to the city after closing then re-opening her business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specializing in unisex fashion from the 1920s to ’90s, the shop offers everything from diamond-studded belts to fit and flare ’50s dresses, as well as skirts, pantsuits, lingerie, and jewelry. Be sure to also keep an eye out for designer pieces like Givenchy chokers and Ralph Lauren suits. In addition to its physical location, online shopping is also available.
Owned by twin Latina sisters, Vanjane LA is the place to shop for colorful and eclectic clothing from no-label and designer sources. Here, you’ll find bright fuzzy cardigans, fringed bralettes, wool skirts, and lace blouses, as well as everyday items like cotton tops, band tees, and overalls. Shop online or if you’re near their brick and mortar store in downtown LA, book a private studio appointment to their showroom for in-person shopping, or attend a pop-up.
There isn’t a better place to do some high-end vintage and designer shopping than Pechuga Vintage, founded by Salvadoran fashion lover and historian Johnny Valencia in LA after graduating college in 2010. His carefully curated collection includes designers like Vivienne Westood, Gucci, Dior, and Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld. Customers can get a chance to match the styles of celebrities who have worn pieces from their archive on the red carpet and magazine covers like Ice Spice, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, and Beyoncé. You can also check out their fashion-focused podcast, The Fitting Room with Stylist Brooke Llewellyn.
The Plus Bus
Thrifting is for every type of body, which is why we love the mission of The Plus Bus to curate plus-size clothing and accessories, whether brand-new, consignment, or secondhand. It was founded by Jen Wilder and Marcy Guevara-Prete in 2015 as a way to sell their own clothes and make fashion accessible and inclusive to plus-size fashion lovers. They opened their first brick-and-mortar store in Highland Park in Los Angeles the following year. Here you’ll find modern pieces from brands like ASOS, Fashion Nova, and Forever 21a as well as Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, and Dolce & Gabbana, all in sizes 12+. With a brand-new inventory update every week and daily Instagram Live sales, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your budget and style. They also offer clothing trades, online and in-person styling appointments, photoshoots, a hiking club, yoga, and in-person shopping via their two LA boutiques.
LunaSol Mexican Vintage
LunaSol Mexican Vintage is a specialty store for all things Mexican vintage including jewelry, art, dishes, clothing, books, and more. It was founded by Janelle Gonzalez in 2004 in the tradition of her family’s legacy of running small businesses and artisanal shops. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved ones, you’ll be sure to find something beautiful and unique like Frida Kahlo paintings, flower crowns, vintage earrings from the ’50s, as well as bold dresses. Shop via Instagram or visit their Uptown Whittier store in Los Angeles County in-person by making an appointment. They also host artwork from new and indie artists, as well as book signings and art shows.
Based in Texas, Fresa Thrift is fun and accessible vintage. It was founded by Anisa Gutierrez before the COVID-19 pandemic that she then turned into her full-time job through social commerce marketplaces Poshmark and Depop. Expect to find pre-loved vintage clothing and accessories at reasonable prices like vintage band tees, Levi jeans, aprons, faux fur coats, belts, and all kinds of eye-catching tops and dresses from the ’40s and onward. And bonus – whether you love vintage but don’t know where to start or you want to change up your current look, be sure to shop her curated style bundle boxes. Just fill out the form with your measurements, theme, and clothing and accessory preferences, and wait for your new look to arrive at your door.