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Guide to: Vintage and used clothing stores

Make a statement with our guide to vintage and resale stores

July 13, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST

Smell the mothballs, and see the controlled chaos; Columbia’s vintage and resale clothing stores buy, sell and trade pre-owned clothing. Resale stores, of course, sell clothes that someone has either donated or sold to the store. Vintage stores are usually more expensive and offer clothing that was bought specifically for the store. Consignment stores take in clothes from individuals, and if they don’t sell, they are returned. A wide range of customers, including stylish college students and lovers of ’60s and ’70s fashion, shop at these quirky stores. With high-waisted jean shorts and bright colors coming back in style, these hidden treasures in Columbia will send you off in style.

Absolute Vintage
Address: 923 E. Broadway
Call: 875-8440
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Formal wear from the ’30s to ’60s hangs from the ceiling, and colorful garments line the bright turquoise walls of this vintage store. It’s only on their black-and-white checkered floor that you find racks of pin-up clothing. Everything including the shoes section is organized by size. This makes shopping easier and allows for more time spent on the wide selection of accessories such as retro sunglasses, hats and long gloves.

Blackberry Exchange
Address: 22 S. Ninth St.
Call: 499-0420
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Revamped clothing incorporating vintage materials and reconstructed T-shirts makes this two-story shop one-of-a-kind. Taking old Mizzou T-shirts or vintage fabric and patching them together to make a dress is this buy-sell-and-trade store’s specialty. Dollar finds are upstairs, and the mixture of vintage and modern clothing in all sizes is a tight-budget vintage shopper’s or college student’s heaven.

Address: 1405 Grindstone Parkway
Call: 442-4050
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This squeaky-clean store has everything from lamps and clothing to furniture and children’s toys. Prices for all the items in the store start at 50 cents. Suit jackets and jeans retailing from $4 and up are just some of the things you can find in the large store.

Leo’s Old Clothes
9 N. Ninth St.
Call: 449-2001
Hours: Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
Above Dryer Shoes and up the glittery yellow staircase, costumes, vintage clothing and army surplus supplies line the walls from floor to ceiling. The immense stock of clothes hides the windows that overlook the street. Leo’s has been around for more than 40 years and has thousands of items to peruse. The trunk of $1 scarves, a pair of retro lamps and a peacock dress are just some of the many hidden treasures you’ll find here.

Maude Vintage Clothing and Costumes
Address: 818 E. Broadway
Call: 449-3320
Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
During Halloween, Maude’s basement is the go-to place for costumes such as a belly dancer or Uncle Sam. The brick building also has current and vintage clothing based on modern fashion. Locally made jewelry and music can be purchased here, too. The vintage mannequins might look frightening, but Maude has some great finds for college students such as a rack full of deadstock (never-been-worn) clothing.

New Beginning Consignment Clothing
Address: 7 S. Tenth St.
Call: 449-5722
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tucked away in a small basement, this consignment store is so packed that necklaces and wallets hang from the walls near the low ceiling. Offering clothing items such as formal and casual clothes and exercise wear, New Beginning receives anywhere between 50 and 200 new items daily during its intake season. The store takes in gently used clothing from name brands such as Gap, Ralph Lauren and Hollister Co. From there, the clothes begin a new journey to someone else’s closet.

The Wardrobe Inc.
Address: 715 Park Ave.
Call: 442-3260
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon; Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for referrals only.
On Tuesdays, this nonprofit corporation gives clothes from its cream-colored butler building to individuals in need. Other than that, the store, run by volunteers, is open to everyone else. Used and new donated items such as clothes, coats, infant clothing, bedding, linens and household items are priced between 25 cents and $5. All profits go toward buying new children’s shoes for the needy in Boone County.

Plato’s Closet
Address: 2609 E. Broadway
Call: 817-8100
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Plato’s Closet offers many racks with hundreds of jeans for men and women. The wide selection of everyday steals includes denim pants from size double-zero to 16 at $8 and up. Recently, the store doubled in size and has trendy brands such as Forever 21, Guess and Gap. Plato’s will give cash on the spot for quality items brought in that are currently trendy such as bright tops for color-blocking.

Upscale Resale
Address: 1729 W. Broadway
Call: 445-4803
Hours: Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This resale store that only takes donations is run by the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, which puts all its money back into the community. Although there’s a long line on Wednesdays because they restock the store on Mondays, Upscale Resale offers great deals on clothing for adults, accessories, home goods, furniture and books.

The Salvation Army
Address: 23 E. Walnut and 1304 Parkade
Call: 443-2786
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Salvation Army strives to be current by employing people who know their name brands and fashion. They try not to put out ugly Christmas sweaters in the middle of July, although they are available in the store. The store also offers gowns and wedding dresses that are similar to those customers can find in downtown vintage stores, minus the hefty price tag. Salvation Army also offers other household items and takes donations six days a week. All profits go back to the community in the form of monetary aid for the shelter and pantry. Anything leftover will go to utility and rental assistance for the needy.

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