Sabrina Sampson, UVA Office for Sustainability Student Employee

Second-hand stores offer a sustainable, fun, and often more affordable way to shop while mitigating waste and promoting a circular economy. If you’re in the market for school supplies, clothes, furniture, home goods, vintage items, accessories and masks, outdoor gear, and more, check out Charlottesville’s many second-hand stores! 

*Please follow physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask when shopping. Make sure to stay home if you are feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. 

ReThreads

ReThreads is a local consignment store offering used clothes and shoes, local jewelry, handmade masks, greeting cards, and gifts. The store has a cozy atmosphere with several rooms including a room with only vintage and dressier pieces. I particularly enjoyed browsing the displays of local, handmade goods throughout the store. They also offer online shopping and shipping services for those who don’t want to shop in person. 

a collage of 6 photos including the following: colorful, funky patterned button up shirts and boxer shorts; a display of shoes, a countertop with local items on top and purses displayed on hooks on the side; racks of clothes; a display of locally handmade jewelry; a mannequin with a wig, sunglasses, and a handmade protective cloth face mask, all from ReThreads
 a collage of 6 photos including the following: A rack of clothes outside Twice is Nice with a sign marking the items "summer clearance $2" ; the interior of Twice is Nice with displays of furniture including a blue ikat-patterned rug, a blue plush chair, a wooden desk, and wooden cabinets; a circular rack of shirts, sweaters, and other tops with a sign marking the items "50% off men's suits and blazers"; a cropped photo of a woman modeling a ruffled long-sleeved purple patterned top from Twice is Nice; a c

Twice Is Nice

Twice Is Nice is a local donation-based upscale second-hand boutique offering clothing, accessories, decor, furniture, and collectibles. Proceeds benefit programs supporting senior citizens in the greater Charlottesville area. I love being able to find wearable and funky vintage items for very low prices. The accessories and shoes section is always so clean and the items are great quality and feel like new. A great find was a pair of leather cowboy boots and a psychedelic patterned skirt from the 70s. There are actually two different stores located almost across the street from each other, so make sure to check out both!

Circa

Local, family-run shop Circa has several rooms full of furniture and shelves of antique home goods, decor, jewelry, books, and more. Because items are handpicked and almost all are vintage or antique, prices tend to be higher than a typical thrift store but the variety and quality of items makes Circa a must-visit. You can spend hours making your way through the rooms of furniture and compact displays of decor, glassware, dishes, vintage postcards and posters, books, vintage electronics, jewelry, and more. I made several winding passes through the store and kept discovering new pieces. I bought a vintage gold pin with a locket to dress up a fluffy black coat I found at the Salvation Army thrift store. 

a collage of 5 photos including the following: a black fluffy jacket from the Salvation with a gold pin from Circa that has the word "Mother" in cursive with a heart-shaped locket hanging down from the word; a display of chandeliers, lamps, chairs, shelves, and art in Circa; white shelves with various glasswares marked for sale for $1 each; a room with yellow walls full of furniture and art; a doorway connecting two rooms in Circa with a taxidermy deer head and a framed poster of a woman depicted in a light
a collage of 5 photos including the following: a display of backpacks and hiking packs at HighTor Gear Exchange; racks of shirts and clothes; a display of aquatic outdoor gear including clothes, wetsuits, and life jackets; a display of camping gear including tents, sleeping bags, and cooking wares with a display of children's clothes to the right; shelves of shoes and hiking boots

High-Tor Gear Exchange

If you love the outdoors and active recreation, High-Tor Gear Exchange is a great spot to check out. High Tor is a locally-owned and operated business offering a variety of clothing, shoes and hiking boots, backpacks, camping supplies, aquatic gear, and more. They also provide rental gear for camping trips, a great option for students who are unable to purchase or store items like tents, backpacks, and sleeping bags.

The Habitat Store

If you are looking for used furniture, home decor, and rugs and want to support a great cause, the Habitat Store is a great option. They also offer light fixtures, sinks, toilets, hardware, and building supplies. With two floors and a spacious open floor plan, the Habitat Store has a huge inventory of furniture for every room, as well as a selection of framed art and mirrors. They also have locally made face masks. All proceeds from sales benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.

a collage of 5 photos including the following: a display of backpacks and hiking packs at HighTor Gear Exchange; racks of shirts and clothes; a display of aquatic outdoor gear including clothes, wetsuits, and life jackets; a display of camping gear including tents, sleeping bags, and cooking wares with a display of children's clothes to the right; shelves of shoes and hiking boots

UVA ReUSE Store and ROSE 

The UVA ReUSE Store and the Reusable Office Supplies Exchange program are both located on Grounds and are operated by UVA Facilities Management. The ReUSE store sells a wide variety of surplus furniture for affordable prices, currently by appointment only. ReUSE offers primarily office furniture like desks, desk chairs, filing cabinets, as well as some bedroom furniture such as wardrobes and drawers. They also have some miscellaneous items like poster frames and mirrors. 

ROSE offers a variety of used office supplies and assorted items like books, mugs, and vases, all for free. ROSE also accepts donations; call UVA Recycling at (434) 982-5050 if you are interested. Both the stores are located at the end of Leake Drive. ROSE is part of the UVA Recycling warehouse across from 1490 Leake Drive and the ReUSE store is located at 580 McCormick Drive. 

a collage of 5 photos including the following: a photo of the Hoos ReUSE store in relation to McCormick Road and the Lile-Maupin dormitory with arrows pointing out the three locations for reference; a hand holds up an empty 8" by 10" frame in front of a shelf with other frames and posters on it; two wooden rolling office chairs; stacked displays of cabinet doors, file cabinets, shelves, and chairs
a collage of 5 photos including the following: the UVA Recycling warehouse where the Reusable Office Supply Exchange (ROSE) is located; orange shelves full of empty binders; a bookshelf with various books; a box of self-inking stamps; an orange shelf with four heavy-duty staplers
a collage of 5 photos including the following: a man wearing a cloth face mask looks at a display of board games at the Salvation Army thrift store; a view of the Salvation Army store with a couch in the foreground, two chairs at a table set with dishes and home goods in the mid-ground; and more furniture and clothes in the background; a woman wearing a cloth face mask holds up a white t-shirt with the words "ice cream" on it with a red, a green, a purple, and a blue fox circling the text; at Goodwill, a ha

Salvation Army and Goodwill

The Salvation Army and Goodwill are two well-known, conventional thrift store brands. While not locally-owned, these are great options for finding used goods at very affordable prices. Both offer clothing, home goods, decor, entertainment, and items for babies and children. My roommate and I were able to find some board games and puzzles, a classic, fun quarantine activity that doesn’t involve screen time. I also found a cute unbranded shirt that says “ice cream” with foxes circling the text. There are also lots of books and cookbooks to look through. I found one that had a focus on using local, in-season produce.