Your Ultimate Guide to Buffalo’s Consignment and Thrift Shops

City Guide, Shopping


Written by Francesca Bond

Published on August 17, 2018

Second Chic Buffalo // Photo x Francesca Bond

Updated February 2020

Over the last few years, thrifting has spiked in popularity. Besides the obvious reasons of saving boatloads of money and buying something unique that nobody else has, shopping secondhand is good for the environment and can even help you make money if you have some things lying around that could be sold (and who doesn’t?).

Buffalo is home to many gems in the secondhand department. Whether you’re shopping for clothes, accessories, home goods or records, these Buffalo shops have got you covered.



1. Second Chic

810 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo + 5454 Main Street, Williamsville // Website

Second Chic is the holy grail of consignment shops. With a trendy atmosphere, perfectly-dressed mannequins and racks and racks of curated secondhand clothes, you’re bound to find something you love. The staff at Second Chic are picky with what clothes they accept, resulting in a selection that you almost wouldn’t even know is secondhand. Both locations have slightly different vibes, the Elmwood storefront carries more vintage pieces while the Williamsville location has preppier clothes and more designer items. Whether you’re looking to score a killer wardrobe without shelling out a lot of cash or are looking for a designer item to complete your wardrobe, Second Chic is your go-to consignment shop.

Pro tip: Second Chic always has a sale going on. Each week, different colored tags will be either 25% or 50% off. Check the chalkboard in the front or ask one of the staff about the sale colors of the week.


2. Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor


Plato’s Closet and Clothe’s Mentor have locations all around Buffalo suburbs, from East Amherst to West Seneca to Tonawanda. Usually spotted next to each other, these two consignment shops carry much different items. Plato’s Closet carries a selection of teenage clothes and is catered to younger people. Clothes Mentor carries more professional clothing while also still carrying cute, casual clothing. Plato’s Closet is a little bit like Clothes Mentor’s daughter shop. Also, if you’re cleaning out your closet, bring in any good-condition clothes to Plato’s Closet and come out saying you MADE money on your shopping endeavor! These two popular stores have a large selection of clothing at very low prices and they have huge sales often. One popular sale is filling a bag full of clothing for just $15 (you can’t pass that up).


3. Scoop Shop Consignment

648 Auburn Ave. (right off Elmwood Ave.), Buffalo // Website

Scoop Shop Consignment has the charm of a vintage shop and a prime location right off of Elmwood Avenue. Outside the storefront, you’ll see a line of high heeled shoes pointing you in the direction of the store, like breadcrumbs. Once inside, the shop is small and quaint but packed with goodies. This is a great shop for vintage pieces, accessories, or jewelry.



Hertel Home Consignment // Photo x Facebook

4. Hertel Home Consignment

1390 Hertel Ave., Buffalo // Website 

This home consignment shop is a newer addition to Buffalo. Hertel Home Consignment (HHC) opened its doors and has been greeted with open arms. Home decor can get pricey, especially nice furniture. HHC boasts that they have high-end home decor at affordable prices. Stop in here to decorate a space in your home with vintage decor or for a unique piece that no one else will have.


5. Ritzy Rags

4060 Union Rd., Buffalo // Website

Ritzy Rags has a mix of vintage and current clothing but is definitely a go-to spot for vintage pieces or more formal dresses. They have a large variety of furs, eclectic dresses and unique heels. Ritzy Rags is full of clothing and has a lot to look through, but you’ll find something quite different and unique, and the perfect addition to an outfit.



6. The Painted Lady Consignment

3147 Delaware Ave Suite A, Kenmore // Website

The Painted Lady’s specialty is decorations. While this secondhand shop has some decor and vintage clothing, it’s most known for its one-of-a-kind antiques. Looking for an old decoration from the 50s? The Painted Lady is the place to check out. This shop is perfect for antique lovers and collectors as well as those who love seasonal decorations. Their seasonal section is not only huge but just walking into the store will make you feel festive.


7. Walk-In Closet

650 1/2 Main St Rear Entrance, East Aurora, NY 14052 // Website 

From their closet to yours! Stop in for good quality clothing for good prices! Since new management has come in, the customer service kills the game and guides you through their  closet with hopes it ends up in yours!


8. Jeddo Mills

10267 Ridge Rd, Medina, NY 14103 // Website 

Jeddo Mills specializes in quality antiques , collectibles, primitives & more! Stop in today to find your next treasure.

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Francesca Bond</a>

Written by Francesca Bond

Francesca was a Step Out Buffalo intern in 2017.
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