Kings, queens, knights, thieves, minstrels, dukes, and dames — we know, you’ve got to dress the part. In Charleston, the key is to acquire the most day-to-night outfits you can find that will shield you from the heat while dually showcasing your creative side. Luckily, this kingdom has a slew of locally owned, vintage, and resale stores that will turn the heads of even the most fashion-forward dwellers.
624-H Long Point Road
For all you warrior princesses looking for a new bag to stash your coins and arrows, look no farther than Butterfly Consignments, which specializes in purses. While you’re at it, check out their label-orientated fashions — think BCBG and Tory Burch — as well as their shoe section.
Community Thrift Store
5300 Rivers Ave.
Sometimes seeking awesome outfits takes strength and endurance. Summon the same energy you used to outlast the evil Lord Farquaad while you sift through the goods at Community Thrift Store to find the treasures amongst their aisles. Like most thrift stores, their items are ever-changing, from T-shirts to sofas, dresses and pants. Stop by frequently and take some fashion risks — those overalls are definitely a win.
1610 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
For all those ladies in waiting, Consign Charleston is the place to fake it until you make it. Meander through the store and pick up everything from decorations and antique furniture to an ever-rotating variety of cheap, good-as-gold finds. They have shelves stocked with Levis, Wranglers, Converse, and a slew of name-brand duds for the ladies.
1220 Ben Sawyer Blvd.
3516 Shelby Ray Court
Don’t be a novice and overlook Goodwill. Sure, it’s where you donate your old tunics, but they’ve got gems there for you to find. And we have a feeling that searching Goodwill’s racks for a great outfit will only sharpen your skills as a ranger.
House of Sage
51 George St.
You don’t need to be a sage to shop at this house. Within its walls, you’ll find modern wear that’ll have you leaving your chainmail behind for the almost equally tough denim the store stocks for both men and women.
441 King St.
Little known fact: Hobbits love beaches but hate the sand. Their feet are perfect for walking across the beach, but the sand gets all up in their hair and that’s no bueno. But with Las Olas at least they’ll always look good — whether they’re wearing boardshorts, T-shirts, bikinis, or sundresses.
87 Hasell St.
1256 Ben Sawyer Blvd.
At Mellow Mood you’ll find treasure chests of breezy, loose-fitting, pattern-heavy sundresses that you’ll be happy to wear when that walk to class feels like a slug through the Dothraki desert. Plus, if you’re looking for dorm décor, a psychedelic tapestry will add just the right amount of color and flair to your otherwise boring chamber walls.
7800 Rivers Ave., Ste. 1290
Just like a traveling pack of orcs, trends move quickly. Stay ahead with Plato’s Closet. The resale shop buys fast fashion and sells it for cheap, meaning you can rock your Forever 21 and Gap garments and trade them in faster than a band of orcs can sack a village.
Reinvented Upscale Resale
847 Savannah Hwy.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the fairest fashion of them all? For some folks, that’s Reinvented Upscale Resale. With their motto, “If it’s not becoming to you … it should be coming to us,” Upscale Resale will make sure you have the best outfits to choose from and will pay you for the ones you don’t want. The shop looks for designer goods and gently worn fashions, so you can walk out looking like royalty.
72 Wentworth St.
Remember the days when traveling merchants would set up shop and hawk their goods in your local village. That’s how Sam’s Closet started. Samantha Molgren, a 2009 University of South Carolina graduate, would bring her wares to college towns where shopping was limited. In Charleston, Sam’s Closet set up a brick-and-mortar store even though major retailers are just steps away. Sam’s offers the maidens of the land a variety of reasonably priced brands and on-trend finds, from Dolce Vita footwear to Plenty by Tracy Reese tops.
445 King St.
For those who want to look like they have ventured to the far corners of the globe, head into Seeking Indigo, which gets regular shipments from Bali, so their goods are the real deal. Plus, the boutique doubles as a wellness center. Hidden behind the treasures from afar are rooms for reiki, massages, facials, yoga, and more. Shopping is stressful, so treat yourself to a couple of hours of mind and body relaxation.
875 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
For all you Highlanders, Uptown Cheapskate has the plaids to let your fellow classmen know your clan. They’ve also got metallics, prints, and bags for all your fall needs. Brands include J.Crew, Michael Kors, BCBG, Ralph Lauren, Express, and Banana Republic.
92-B Folly Road Blvd.
920 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Ste. A-8
For all ye gents in the realm, this one is for when you want to trade in your riding pants and flowing shirts. Worn carries a little bit of everything to suit the college-age, well-dressed Charleston dude, from the casual to the high-end. They have button-downs, polos, cufflinks, hats, ties, shoes, and basically anything considered business casual. Plus, they have a slew of designer jeans that look barely worn for much less than you’d pay at a department store. Worn has two locations, one in West Ashley and one in Mt. Pleasant, so whichever realm you reside in, you don’t have to stray too far off the beaten path for the right felt hat or perfectly broken-in pair of penny-loafers.
Stay cool. Support City Paper.
City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.