Fashionable finds to fill your closet but not empty your wallet 

Nifty and Thrifty

Help dress this guy

Illustration by Scott Suchy

Help dress this guy

When it comes to building your college wardrobe, King Street might not be the most budget-friendly place to shop. Here are some thrifting gold mines where you can find an array of funky fresh outfits without breaking the bank.

Butterfly Consignment
482 King St.
(843) 577-8404

624 Long Point Road
Mt. Pleasant
(843) 884-8577

Sometimes you want to find a deal without having to search for hours, and we get that. So does Butterfly Consignment. They have personal shoppers that will help find what you're looking for and what's most flattering on you. Butterfly has a range of brands too. J. Crew and White House Black Market shares shelf space with Gucci and Prada. Want some red-soled beauties known as Louboutins? Frequent this shop and you may find some.

Community Thrift Store
5300 Rivers Ave. Suite 2
North Charleston
(843) 554-3733

The Community Thrift Store resembles Goodwill in the sense that it has racks upon racks of thrift-a-licious attire. With a store wardrobe that changes weekly, this shop is sure to keep you surprised each time you enter. Though it might take some digging to find what you're looking for, the search could lead you to that one article of clothing you will love. Don't be afraid to try on some totally outrageous ensembles — you never know what will end up looking fabulous. Beyond clothes, the shop has some knick-knacks, kitchenware, and furniture in stock, all for low prices.

Consign Charleston
1119 Wappoo Road
West Ashley
(843) 225-9055

This resale space offers a bunch of modern, high-end finds for pocket-happy prices. Their shelves have stocked Brooks Brothers oxfords, Jack Rogers flats, Tory Burch sandals, Kate Spade purses, and Calvin Klein and Common Threads dresses. Is that enough name-dropping to interest you? They also boast handmade decorations, really nice furniture, and a constantly changing variety of eclectic-cool finds. Though this place may be a little more than your charity shops, it still offers great, discounted prices on some really nice pieces.

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Exchange Factor
283 Meeting St.
(843) 965-5559

5128 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston
(843) 747-9625

At the Exchange Factor, "recycling is always in style." Trade in the outfits you're tired of for some fabulous new threads. These thrifty finds include some awesome vintage styles that will set you apart from your contemporary classmates. Besides old-school finds, the Exchange Factor offers modern touches that will keep you on trend. Brands in stock include Express, the Limited, and Hot Topic, along with other quality clothes that you can save 50 to 75 percent on.

652 Coleman Blvd.
2818 N. Hwy. 17
Mt. Pleasant

Goodwill is the go-to hipster haven. Hand-me-downs are totally retro, and Goodwill has some freaky fashions to keep you looking one-of-a-kind. The Goodwill locations over in Mt. Pleasant always have super nice stuff for super cheap, and the best part is they color-coordinate. So, if you're looking for that little black dress, you don't have to sort through 500 racks. Just go straight to the color of your choice. The price tags on some of these barely-worn clothes will boggle your mind, especially their assortment of pea coats and oversized sweaters, almost all under $5 a pop. Thrifting heaven, for reals.

Reinvented Upscale Resale
847 Savannah Hwy.
West Ashley
(843) 769-8110

With their cutesy motto, "If it's not becoming to you, it should be coming to us," this upscale resale boutique is obviously looking for you to bring those clothes that just don't fit right anymore into their store. This store opts more for designer goods, which will bring you the most profit and fit in nicely with the name brand items already in the store. Rather than getting a handful of cash, your goods will stay in the store until they are sold. That's when you'll receive 40 percent of the selling price in the form of a check. But don't just go to sell. If you're on the hunt for some nice pieces to add to your clothing collection, shop around a bit.

Uptown Cheapskate
875 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant
(843) 216-1416

If you're moving from home into a dorm room, chances are you're going to have to downsize. Instead of throwing away all your threads or leaving them behind to sit and collect dust, head over to Uptown Cheapskate in Mt. Pleasant, which will buy your gently worn name brands in exchange for some cold hard cash. While you're there, check out the clothes they have in stock. The store gets a lot of good quality stuff, which they post on their website for you to check out before you go. Recent designer wear in stock included Michael Kors and Nine West bags, Lilly Pulitzer and American Apparel dresses, and Costa sunglasses. It's definitely a must-sift.

92 Folly Road
West Ashley
(843) 225-6950

920 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant
(843) 606-2450

The ladies aren't the only ones who like to look nice. Guys, this place is exclusively for you. Worn is a consignment store that offers you both a chance to bring in your clothes for some extra change or pick up something new, which is perfect if you need a little extra swagger but aren't too keen on blowing your beer money on a new wardrobe. Check out the styles this place features, which include J. Crew, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, and Banana Republic. It's sure to up your style game, which here in Charleston is kind of a big deal for everyone. If you want to win over the ladies, you better be dressing to impress. <

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