While Macklemore’s 2012 hit “Thrift Shop” glorified thrifting in a way we’d never seen before — Grandma’s coat and all that — he actually had a good point. Thrift stores are the mecca of cool and cheap clothes, and there are plenty for the pickin’ in Charleston. If time is of the essence, head to a few of King Street’s chain stores like H&M, where you can grab the closest graphic tee or shift dress and know it will look just fine. And looking “just fine” is what college is all about. You’ll know what we’re talking about in a month or two.

Artisan Tees

47.5 A Spring St.
(843) 406-7904
Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Sat. and Sun. (but you can catch them at local farmers markets)

Artisan Tees is a tiny local shop with good prices and great quality shirts and dresses. Owner Andy Natsche personally designs the shirts, so if you want to wear something that no one else is wearing, Artisan Tees is the place to go. Dibs on the hypnotic cat tee.

Anthropologie Sales Rack

260 King St.
(843) 805-6982
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun. 12- 6 p.m.

This swanky clothing chain will break your bank if you let it, so bee line for the sales nook in the back of the store. The racks are always loaded with just-out-of-season pieces at reasonable(ish) prices. There are also books, candles, and housewares stashed back there for a heck of a lot cheaper than their front-of-store counterparts.

Exchange Factor

5128 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston
(843) 747-9625
Mon.-Sat. 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Not only can you find cool vintage threads and wacky costumes at this used clothing store, the Exchange Factor also pays you for your stuff. You heard that right. Cash money. Sell them what you don’t want anymore and peruse racks upon racks of gently used clothes. It’s a win-win, kind of like man babies. Right?


281 King St.
(855) 466-7467
10 a.m.-8 p.m.

H&M is like the Willy Wonka factory of clothing stores — there are a lot of things to try and only a few will fit your tastes. Hey, it can’t be cheap AND super high quality. Despite H&M’s misfires (no, you will not fit into those bootie shorts), they have so many items to choose from you’re sure to find something to rock.


Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun. 1-5 p.m.

326 King St.
(843) 722-7768

696 Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant
(843) 881-6935)

As its name suggests, OOPS! carries factory irregulars and overruns of brand name clothing items. While the store’s concept has evolved over the years — now they carry new items too — you can still find cheaper threads here than many of the places on King Street. They’ve got guys’ and girls’ clothes and gift items like our local fave, Rewined candles.

Tanger Outlets

4840 Tanger Oultet Blvd. Unitl 768
North Charleston
(843) 529-3095
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Outlet stores are a great option for on-brand clothes at a cheaper price than the normal locations. With over 40 apparel options at Tanger Outlets you can outfit your entire closet from shoes to formal wear to rain jackets (trust us on that one). Make sure to check online before heading to the stores — you can usually snag a coupon or two. Area Thrift and Consignment Stores

Children’s Cancer Society Thrift Store

835 Savannah Highway
West Ashley
(843) 766-8303
Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Community Thrift Store

5300 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston
(843) 554-3733
Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.


1220 Ben Sawyer Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant
(843) 216-8088
Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

Holy City Consignment

283 Meeting St.
Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Mon.

Thrift stores are wonderful mazes of cool stuff — you’ll never know what pair of vintage boots are waiting for you. While thrifting takes some time and effort, it’s almost always worth the trip if you can make away with a unique item nobody else has (or at least hasn’t had for years). College is the time of many theme parties and nowhere stocks more funky Hawaiian shirts than your local thrift store. Look for crazy hats and old wedding gowns, too.