• Thu. Sep 22nd, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Savings in Denver

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Aug 18, 2022

It’s over with the new and with the old, because saving has become a increasingly popular fashion shopping in Denver and nationwide.

While major vintage outposts on Broadway as well as thrift stores occupying rural corners of Colorado have long repurposed merchandise, dozens of new stores and entrepreneurs selling second-hand clothing and home furnishings have made their appearance around Mile High City in recent years. Alongside the new brick-and-mortar stores, many local vintage enthusiasts are now creating “shoppable” Instagram accounts, garnering thousands of followers and selling their thrifty finds via recurring weekly or monthly “drops”.

It’s easy to see why outlets have become so popular: not only do these vendors stock unique items that are coming back into fashion (anything mid-century modern is hot right now, e.g. ), but they are lightly used. parts are also significantly cheaper. And reuse is a sustainable alternative to constantly buying new products that are often made cheaply using environmentally harmful practices and materials.

“[The thrifting lifestyle] is to share sustainability exposure in any way [we can]says Tristan Bego, who co-founded the Capitol Hill thrift store, the Common Collectivewith partner Jenny Nears, in 2021 after seeing overwhelming interest in their posts on social media which showed how she styled recycled pieces. Bego hopes to teach Coloradans how easy it is to change their drinking habits to create a ripple effect. “If you take 10 people you can influence – from Instagram or otherwise – on sustainability, how many other people can they affect with the same [sustainable] state of mind?”

To help you find your own thrift treasures, we’ve rounded up some tips from Bego and tapped into our own personal experiences for how best to navigate Denver’s growing world of thrift stores. Plus, we show you where to find the best homewares and vintage yarns along the Front range for every budget and style.


Photo courtesy of Common Collective

Be consistent and patient. Bego says you’ll want to commit to shopping at thrift stores as often as you would at the mall or, okay, online. You’re not going to find a gem every time you browse. It’ll be piece by piece, which may seem slow, but it’s the only way to start building a durable (and super cool) closet.

Follow local Instagram-based stores and turn on notifications when they post. The unique nature of saving can sometimes make snagging that iconic coin — or winning the occasional bidding war — feel like a competitive sport. Enabling story and post notifications for your favorite accounts will give you a leg up on the competition when new articles drop.

Be kind. For some sellers, finding and delivering recycled products is their full-time job. For others, it’s just a passion project. Either way, saving is basically running a small business, even if you’re only doing it part-time, so stick to auction rules, community guidelines, and each seller’s time. (And be nice to your fellow stewards too!)

Share your favorite finds loud and clear. Post that new blazer or pair of oval sunglasses on social media. There’s no need to keep your sweet finds sustainable!

Don’t miss the large-scale pop-up markets that take place every month in the metropolitan area. The list below of stores only includes a fraction of Coloradans selling one-of-a-kind second-hand items, so hitting the shelves during the city’s frequent schedule of collaborative savings events is the easiest way to find out. new finds. (More on that below.)

For clothing and accessories

Vintage garage sales
Sustainable shopping becomes a complete experience at this vintage retail concept, where you can sip margaritas at the full-service bar (don’t miss happy hour, Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m.) and gamble to Pac-Man, all while perusing the vinyl collection and buzzing around a sea of ​​’70s patterned silk blouses, retro Nuggets jerseys, nostalgic enamel pins and other original jewelry from dozens of local vendors. Garage Sale, which opened its flagship in Larimer Square two years ago, has since expanded to Lakewood, Edgewater and recently disappeared at national scale.

On BeatVintage
Founder Lydia Peacock selects only the finest fabrics for the On Beat pop-up, which lives in the boutiques of local jewelry brand Saro’s Boulder and Cherry Creek. Whether you’re drawn to perfectly weathered cowboy boots and a western fringed leather jacket or a silk scarf with a tweed, a Chanel-style blazer and a pair of Prada heels, Peacock offers vintage yarns that are guaranteed classics. More shopping options and custom style packs are available at onbeatvintage.com.

Show Vintage Pony
Welcome to Y2K heaven. Filled with all the kitschy hair clips and graphic tees from your favorite childhood cartoons – all the rage right now – Show Pony is the savings destination for the stylish Gen Xers and millennials. The store opened near the University of Denver in early 2022 and is home to a rotating community of thrift sellers and their 80s, 90s and early memorabilia. Browse the Show Pony shelves to find your next band tee, Denver Broncos bomber jacket, Instagram-worthy neon matching ensemble, and more.

The common collective
This year-old Capitol Hill space, founded by Tristan Bego and Jenny Near, is your one-stop-shop for black- and women-owned small businesses selling everything from gender-neutral, sustainable clothing to handmade, ceramic candles. and other handicrafts. Don’t miss TCC After Dark, a monthly after-hours event that takes place on the third Saturday of every month, to get 20% off storewide.

For furniture and household items

Here in vintage paradise

Close that tab with the online CB2 cart you’ve been looking at and head to Nicole Balgley’s chic, shoppable showroom in Cap Hill, where decorative disco balls and houseplants galore inspire the way of style refurbished mid-century modern furniture and decor in your own space. Think coveted Cesca chairs, Art Deco glassware and mirrors, and elegant antique brass shelving.

Resting Thrift Face
Looking for more of a hippie-dippy, granola aesthetic? Shop upcycled Boho-style homewares for any down-to-earth abode by bidding on @restingthriftface_’s frequent Instagram sales, or browsing the Resting Thrift Face pop-up in person inside the market of antiques in Hampden Street, where artisan rugs, hand-woven macrame and rattan chairs abound.

thrifty farm
Collect all the eclectic decor you want without any consumer guilt at Boulder-based Thrifted Homestead. Shop weekly story sales on her Instagram account, @thrifted_homesteador via the website to find funky side tables, camp-y ceramics, pop culture collectibles and other retro tchotchkes that will be a conversation starter on any coffee table.

For clothing, household items and more

Freckle and Fringe
A solo show from Wheat Ridge, Freckle & Fringe owner Maia Burke has sparked a cult following on Instagram during the pandemic for its vintage runs, including stunning neoclassical decor, ornate jewelry cases, and timeless apparel (see: unisex buttonholes, vintage denim, and gold chains). Browse the new Freckle & Fringe website where new finds are added weekly, and don’t forget to turn on notifications when Burke hosts the occasional story sale.

cult of savings
From Gunne Sax dresses and cowhide clutches to marble tables and Wassily-style chairs, two-year-old Thrift Cult has a rotating supply of everything so hot right now. Shop stylish clothing and stylish homewares curated by Founder Carlye Tomasello from design collective RiNo modern nomad 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Pop-up markets and events

intruder chip
This free Friday night market takes over RiNo’s Infinite Monkey Theorem winery once a month (the next event is August 26, 5-9:30 p.m.) with DJs, local bites, and a rotating cast of food vendors. resale and Colorado artists creating paintings and other art on site. Find information on upcoming events via @indtruders_flea on Instagram

Tags N Tats
Shop markdowns on vintage merchandise and get a flash tat (a simple pre-made permanent tattoo design artists’ offer for walk-in customers at a flat rate) from a local artist while you’re there during this new “monthly market for spontaneous people.” Launched Spring 2022 by Sydney Swing of Manic Pixie Thrift, a local thrift store and styling service, each pop-up party hosts two featured tattoo artists and more than a dozen clothing and accessory vendors, as well as live tunes, drinks, food trucks and entertainment. other treats. The next Tags event is August 28 at 3 p.m.; free entry ; follow @manicpixiethrift for information on upcoming events

Founded in Denver in 2019, this annual convention — which now hosts events in six other cities, including Philadelphia, Atlanta and Los Angeles — draws hundreds of vendors to the National Western Complex each spring for a full day of vintage and thrifty groceries. The group also hosts recurring Thrift-Pop Markets outside Denver’s Central Market on the last Sunday of every month. Find updates on 2023 dates and upcoming Thrift-Pop events at thriftcon.co and @thrift_con on Instagram