Tuesday, 29 January 2019 14:39

Sustainable Shopper: Secondhand shopping in West Michigan saves the planet and your wallet

Written by  Kelly Brown
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From beautifully curated antique booths to dusty aisles filled with the ghosts of last year’s Spring Cleaning and this year’s KonMari purge, West Michigan is bursting with places to shop second-hand. Thrifting saves you money, helps our planet by keeping items out of the landfill and often supports our community through establishments run by charitable organizations. 

Home Goods

Lost & Found - Treasures of Old and New
445 Century Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

This industrial loft building is a mid-century dream that will make you want to sip cocktails and lounge forever. Filled with two floors and multiple rooms of themed, curated merchandise, Lost & Found is one of the best antique stores in the area (in our opinion).

Blue Door Antiques and Elements
946 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids

Speaking of curated collections, Blue Door Antiques is not your typical thrift shop. The owners have taken great care to curate their store with beautiful sconces, signs, European light fixtures and more. The store is filled with refurbished furniture and vintage wall hangings that you won’t find anywhere else.

Warehouse One Antiques & Collectable
449 Century Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

You’ll need a couple of hours to make it through the incredible number of rooms in Warehouse One — the entire space is 25,000 square feet of antiques from more than 100 dealers. 

Y.E.S.S. Thrift
3516 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

A hidden gem in West Michigan, Y.E.S.S. Thrift is an estate liquidation warehouse that has two rooms of beautiful antiques and modern home goods at half the price. If you’re willing to sort through tables of someone else’s trash, you’re bound to find your own treasures. 

Reinspired Treasures
2417 Eastern Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

This adorable Joanna Gaines-esque store is still relatively new to the Alger Heights neighborhood. Mixing handmade and local fares with vintage home décor, this shop has everything you need to deck out a farmhouse in the city. 

Quality Vintage Collectibles
1501 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

Quality Vintage Collectibles is a smaller space that features a curated collection of mid-century antiques from its Grandville Warehouse Showroom. It’s a great place to pop in after a beer at Creston Brewery. 

Clothing

Audrey Lane
1005 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

From the outside you’d never guess that Audrey Lane is a resale boutique. The clothing displays and excellent customer service make you feel like you’re shopping in a retail boutique. The store carries women’s dresses, shirts, skirts and jeans, and even has a play area, changing table and kids clothing section.

Rock Paper Scissors
145 Diamond Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

Shop affordable, in-style pieces at Rock Paper Scissors. This local consignment store is home to on-trend, gently worn, style conscious pieces that will work with any wardrobe.

360 Consignment
4618 W. Main St., Kalamazoo

360 just wants to make shopping cheap and affordable, even if it is for stylish clothes. Clothing for all seasons is available year-round, and sellers don’t have to make any appointments. Just stop in and drop off your trendy clothes to make 50 percent back with ease.

Rosa’s Closet
2141 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids

Located in the Gaslight Village, Rosa’s Closet features name brands at half the price. Bring in your gently used, season-appropriate clothes for a chance to sell them back and make some cash. Plus, they’re dog-friendly!

IC Hair and Vintage
337 Diamond Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

One of the best places to shop for true vintage clothing in West Michigan, IC has a massive collection of jewelry and vintage design handbags, along with fur coats and apparel through the ages. 

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