Chicago’s Best Thrift Stores

From vintage clothing to unique antiques, Chicago’s thrift shops have it all. But with 313 different stores in the city, how do you know which ones are the best? Bargain hunting is easier than ever using this handy guide.


From artwork to clothing, this place has it all. Like any good thrift store, Knee Deep will make you dig, but the huge selection makes the chances of finding a gem very good.

You can find Knee Deep Vintage at 1425 W 18th St.



via Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities

PETA supporters might want to steer clear of this resale store, which specializes in taxidermy and anatomy pieces that are conversation starters, if nothing else. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything, it’s fun to visit this unique store.

You can find Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities at 1513 W Foster Ave.



via Thrift & Thrive

Thrift & Thrive is just the sort of community-minded store that we love to support, with a strong focus on reducing environmental impact by using gently used items instead of new ones. They sell everything from clothing and jewelry to furniture and housewares.

You can find Thrift & Thrive at 6025 W Irving Park Rd.


This is actually a local chain resale shop that sells anything and everything. Whether you’re looking to rifle through cheap records, buy a vintage dresser, or get your hands on some retro clothing, this is the store for you.

You can find The Brown Elephant at 5404 N Clark St and 3020 N Lincoln Ave.



via Luxury Garage Sale

If you want to score designer threads without breaking the bank, head to Luxury Garage Sale. This store is a bit pricier than your average thrift shop, but you’ll find plenty high-end items in excellent condition.

You can find Luxury Garage Sale at 1658 N Wells St.


3 thoughts on “Chicago’s Best Thrift Stores

  1. No “thrift” stores on the list. Therese are all resale shops. Resale shops buy stuff from thrift stores and mark it up.


    • We feature both thrift stores and resale shops on this list, but our main goal was to highlight these businesses as community-minded and unique. While resale shops often do handpick their items and a markup is generally standard, they fall within the definition of a “thrift store” and still offer far cheaper prices than firsthand stores. Thanks for taking the time to comment!


  2. These are NOT thrift stores, they are vintage shops,BIG difference!! These shop owners strive to make sure they have great pieces,don’t lump them into thrift stores which generally get everything from junk to occasionally vintage pieces.


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