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Stylin’ on a Budget: Anchorages Consignment & Thrift Stores

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While a lot of us in Anchorage can afford to shop at fancy designer shops like Nordstroms or Banana Republic, there are also a lot of us that prefer self expression over name brand. Most of us even, simply choose to be thrifty and shop consignment because of quantity opposed to quality. We at 907Life personally believe, its not what you wear… its how you accessorize.

Which brings us to our posts, there are so many great thrift shops in Anchorage, from  the low-end (The Salvation Army) to high-end options like a Second Run. We love our diversity, which one would wonder why someone would choose to buy expensive designer clothes when one could easily get it done with a little thrifting (plus it makes for a great lil’ Saturday). So Style out with our list of a few of Anchorages Consignment & Thrift Stores:

 

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Second Run, located at 720 D St, Second Run is a thrift store and a consignment shop all in one. Catering mostly to designer clothes and accessories for women, Second run is an upscale resale store by definition.
Opening in 2004 in the heart of Anchorages SONO district, Second Run offers merchandise that is hand selected to include both high-end designer labels and popular contemporary labels that reflect current trends. When you sell clothing and accessories here you can either choose to get store credit or a check for your clothes.



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Value Village, 2 locations in Anchorage, Value Village is probably the most well-known thrift store in the Anchorage area. Popular for its Halloween inventory, but stays consistently busy throughout the year because of its selection. Its clean, bright and well the inventory is vast. Probably one of the things that makes this such a great thrift store is its organization.
Huge racks that are sized and coordinated, makes for easy browsing and adds in making a real shopping experience. It’s very low-end , but finding hidden gems is the whole point… you can find a lot of great things there.  They also sell furniture, old records and tons of household appliances.



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The Clothesline, located in Anchorage at  1441 W. Northern Lights Blvd is superb. On the heels of celebrating 10 years of business, the clothesline has a wide range of women  clothing items with an eclectic mix of styles, brands and sizes and proudly caries maternity clothing as well.
Reasonably priced and easy to find, this delightful store front also has monthly sales that are held on every first Friday and third Sunday. Shoppers will find many items throughout the store are discounted from 25%-75% off.



Bishops Attic, almost hidden in its Gambell location, the “Attic” is prolly our favorite Anchorage thrifting secret. Strange is a word that comes to mind when describing the types of items sometimes found here, but oh what finds they are when you do.
The Bishops is in no way a consignment or thrift store really, so much as a rummage room. While most other stores on our list cater to the clothing side of thrift shops, Bishops Attic caters more to older used furniture, books and knickknacks. For those in search of costume accessories or old vintage decorations this is an Anchorage gold mine.




Plain Jane
, one of the biggest compliments you can probably pay to a consignment store is saying “You won’t know you’re in a consignment store!” and while it boasts name brands like Furstenberg, Tracy Reese, Gucci and True Religion, it may not be far off.
But none the less Plain Jane consignment located off of W. Northern Lights Blvd is one of our best. Plain Janes cosigns womens designer clothing, shoes and handbags. The store leans toward more designer clothing items but offers plenty of responsible options.



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Mabel McKinley, with 2 Alaskan locations, one in downtown Anchorage and another in Juneau, the question is posed “Why be ordinary, when you can be remarkable?” Mabel McKinley is housed inside of a bright, colorful space full of items that vary from contemporary to extraordinary.
They also have great vintage jewelry and accessories. A cool feature the store offers is its women plus sizes up to 3x and a funky collection of scarfs leggings and boots. This place is great!



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The Salvation Army, 3 locations in Anchorage, The Salvation Army is probably one of the most well-known thrift stores in the Anchorage, better yet the US. It’s very low-end… like, hella. But the Anchorage stores will sometimes surprise you with a timeless gem.  You can find a lot of great things there, if you look… alot of the clothes are donated, but the condition varies.

 

Do you have an eye for a great deal?  Do you thrift shop often? Where do you shop?  Whats your favorite second hand items to buy? We’d love to hear about it… lets us know in the comments or message us about your favorite thrift stores and purchases from these locations.

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