It’s sometimes intimidating how fashionable Charlestonians are, even during the end of times. To make matters worse, it’s not easy to keep up with trends or buy duds from high-fashion stores when you’re on a college student budget. Luckily, there are several places in the Charleston area that offer solid options for upping your wardrobe without spending all of your leftover graduation money.

Children’s Cancer Society Thrift Store

835 Savannah Hwy. West Ashley

(843) 766-8303

Make the trek out to West Ashley to hit this gem. They boast a huge inventory that includes books, appliances, furniture, and a bunch of clothes, of course. You can feel good about getting good stuff on the cheap and your money going to a good cause, too.


326 King St. Downtown

(843) 722-7768

OOPS! isn’t so much of a thrift store as it is a discount store. They sell factory irregulars and extras of name brand clothes at lower prices than the stores, and nothing is so irregular that you wouldn’t want to wear it. It’s just the slightest bit off but still works, and what could represent college life better?

Ensemble Consignment Boutique

24 Ann St., Suite B. Downtown

(843) 670-9269

If you’re looking to get higher-end clothing while still saving your coin, hit Ensemble. They stock designer clothes on the cheap, consigned by locals trying to make a buck off of clothes they don’t want anymore. Since they have everything from jeans to cocktail attire, this could be your move when shopping for that semi-formal you were invited to.

Stylez Exchange

1836 Ashley River Road, Suite L. West Ashley

(843) 637-4453

Stylez Exchange is yet another thrift store in Charleston offering name brand clothes at low prices. What really makes it worth it, though, is their promotion for first-time customers. If you text the word “stylez” to 51660, you get 20 percent off your whole purchase. That’s pretty hard to beat.


Multiple locations

Last but not least is the ultimate go-to. You can always expect Goodwill to have a good selection of whatever you need at all times. Since they have locations all over the region, you’ll never need to stress about finding the perfect pieces to finish your Halloween costumes again.

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