Top thrift stories for college students in Las Vegas

A look inside Alt Rebel located on S Connerce St in Las Vegas. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

Finding sustainable and fashionable clothing is a difficult goal to achieve especially on a college student budget, which is why many students elect to go thrifting. 

There are plenty of thrift stores to choose from in Las Vegas, but there are only a few that offer a wide variety of options, are gender/size inclusive and affordable. In no particular order here are five of the top thrift stores in Las Vegas. 

First off, there is Alt Rebel on South Commerce Street downtown. This women-owned second-hand store is a buy, sell, trade style store. If you are in need of a wardrobe cleanout bring in your clothes and receive cash or trade in for pieces from the store. 

“I have found my favorite Harley Davidson tees there along with vintage concert tees and jackets for less than half price,” UNLV student Trace O’leary said. 

The staff hand picks pristine pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories from brands like Dr. Martens, Zara, Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney, Vans etc. All garments are size inclusive, in good condition and laundered before being placed on the shopping racks. You might even get lucky and find a piece with original tags.

The Salvation Army is widely known and most accessible with 12 locations throughout the valley. Womens, mens and children’s clothing are found in their stores along with toys, art, bookbags and household items. All items are donated by locals at Salvation Army donation centers.

Their clean stores are color coordinated and provide deals like 50% off or $1 for their already affordable clothing. 

Buffalo Exchange, located on South Main Street in the Arts District, is another way to buy and sell your closet. Buffalo Exchange also has handpicked clothing, shoes and accessories from trending brands that are in great condition.

“They even have the mannequins with outfits that help spark inspo and help me find new staple pieces to add to my wardrobe,” Las Vegas local Ali Pressler said. 

It is easy to be inspired by the wide range of clothing items that can become a staple item for your style. These items are priced lower than retail prices which helps us college students out. 

“I found a cute UNIF sweater once and it still has a big place in my heart especially since I can’t afford to buy the actual brand,” Pressler said. 

Deseret industries are large thrift stores located in North Las Vegas and on the east side of the Las Vegas Valley. Similar to the Salvation Army, their pieces are donated from locals. Thrift stores get a bad reputation for being disorganized, but Deseret Industries is known for being a clean and organized space. 

The store includes clothing from head to toe for the entire family. Along with kitchen items, furniture and crafts. 

Besides clothing and accessories, there are various antique shops in Vegas. The one that stands out the most is Antique Alley south of Main Street. It is a curated mall with over 12,000 square feet of antique and vintage items. 

Antique Alley attracts artists, designers and collectors to their mall because of its versatility and reasonable prices. Instantly be greeted by gentle shop owners and transcend into (what seems) endless rows of antiques. Toys, clothing, furniture, decoration, novelty items and so much more are offered at the mall. 

Thrilling discoveries await at our local thrift and antique stores. Whether you are on the hunt for a flashy pair of pants or a vintage lamp shade. The versatility of these thrift stores match our city’s diversity.


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