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The main goal of local thrift stores is to make fashion easily accessible and affordable, which is perfect for college students on a budget.
“There are a billion reasons to save. If you’re looking for big name brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, American Eagle, and Hollister, you can find them in good condition and sometimes new with tags at a fraction of the price. You can also find one-of-a-kind original pieces that you can’t find anywhere else,” said Sara Kitchen, assistant manager of the Eureka Thrift Store.
Thrifting has become quite popular in the border community. In recent years there has been a rise in new local thrift stores like Plato’s Closet, THRFT Store Vintage, Uptown Cheapskate and Eureka Thrift.
“Save your money, things are getting expensive, gas prices are going up,” said Maria Casas, a retail associate on the east side of Uptown Cheapskate. “Saving, in general, gives you a more unique look. You don’t have to buy super expensive things to make yourself known. You can save some and make it yours. You never know what you are going to find when you are buying second-hand items. Everything you find in a thrift store has a story.”
Plato’s wardrobe, 9507 Viscount Blvd., is open from 10 am to 9 pm throughout the week. Although it is a retail chain, it sells fashionable second-hand clothing for teenagers and young adults. Customers are also encouraged to bring their gently used brand-name clothing and accessories. An employee will then review the items and pay cash for the items you are interested in. Plato’s Closet also has a website that customers can use, platocloset.com.
New thrift stores have been popping up in downtown El Paso. THRFT Vintage Store opened a couple of years ago at 321 E. San Antonio Ave. It’s open from 1-8 pm Monday through Saturday. The store sells many different vintage brands like Guess, Nike, Levis and many more. There are many different styles of clothing for one to mix and match their style. There is a vintage drop every Tuesday at noon. Customers can shop in person or on their thrftstore.shop website.
At 315 S. El Paso St. it is Eureka Thrift Store. Eureka is one of El Paso’s newest local thrift stores, opening July 29, 2021. Cleverly named for the Greek word for ‘I have found,’ there is something here for everyone. The store sells men’s and women’s clothing in different styles. Its hours of operation are from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays they are open from 10 am to 8 pm.
“We sell a little bit of everything in men’s and women’s clothing,” Kitchen said. “It’s young adult to adult clothing. We have everything from casual wear to formal wear, jeans, shirts, dresses and just about anything else you could possibly need.”
It’s an affordable alternative to the mall, and the store constantly advertises deals with certain labels cost 99 cents. You can find different vintage pieces and make your own style. The store also hosts sales events that can be found on its website thrifteureka.com. Customers can also donate clothing if they wish. Clothes that the store does not accept are donated to Candlelighters.
“Our price point is what makes us unique, we try to keep it affordable for everyday use. We are also more selective with what we choose to put out, we check the condition of each item of clothing,” said Kitchen.
Look cooler with a new grunge aesthetic street style or any style you want in one of Uptown Cheapskate’s locations. Its stores are located at 2900 N. Mesa St., Ste B and 1225 Wedgewood Drive. Both are open from 10 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturday. On Sundays they open from noon to 6 pm.
Uptown believes in the impact of upcycling, which consists of consuming less, reusing more and choosing what is used. His mantra is to make a better, cleaner and more sustainable world. They encourage customers to reduce their carbon footprint by donating unused old clothes and buying second-hand clothes. In Uptown you can bring your unworn clothes and get compensated if they pick your clothes.
“We go through the clothes and see what’s been trending in the last two years,” said Kevin Kellog, a sales representative at the Uptown Cheapskate location on the east side. “The main demographic we are targeting is a younger, hip audience, but there is something here for everyone. We check for style and condition when choosing clothes that people want to sell to us. We take clothes that have been trending in the last two or three years and also go on fashion excursions with customers.”
To learn more about these thrift stores, follow them on Instagram @pcelpasoeast, @thrftstore, @thrifteureka, and @uptownelpaso.
Alyson Rodriguez is a contributor and can be contacted at [email protected]; @alyson_rod1127 on Twitter.