By Aundrea Murray
Who knows how to turn a penny into a fortune more than frugal college students? The majority of us hustle funds in order to survive the frantic lifestyle. Food, books, board – not to mention a social life – can run pockets dry in a blink, so a clothing budget is required for most. Sweatpants, leggings, oversized sweatshirts and flannels are some of the most prominent types of clothing seen at school…Where can one go to find the clothes they want for the price they need? Thrift shops. What makes fashion interesting is how formless, limitless and ever-changing it is. Style has no price tag.
I have formulated a list of vintage stores, antique boutiques and consignment shops in Hartford County, all worthy of a visit.
1. Panache, West Hartford.
Panache is one of the fancier consignment shops in Connecticut. Most people envision racks of worn out and worthless clothes when thrifting comes to mind. However, this place is sure to impress you more than even most places in shopping malls. Their vast collection includes tailored blazers, high-waisted jeans, slacks, vests and coats in nearly every size. What brings me back here at least once a month is their expansive collection of accessories. It’s the perfect place to grab a reasonably pried gift for yourself… and for someone else.
Karma’s Closet, Newington.
This store requires a bit more patience, but may be worth the looking around. Karma’s Closet offers a vast array of popular brand names at completely unexpected low prices. I once scored a 100% vintage Chanel handbag. The wear and tear was a bit noticeable, but still makes for a great makeup bag. Shoppers should schedule at least an hour to give this place their undivided attention, but are left with the possibility of leaving with jaw-dropping deals and/or items. Many of my distressed jeans have been found in-between the racks, just hiding out waiting for the right owner.
Antiques On the Farmington, Collinsville
I was recommended by a professor to shop here after I fell in love with a 50’s inspired, vintage letterman jacket he was wearing. The style of the coat was nothing compared to the price: a measly 7 bucks. It’s a little bit of a drive from Central, but well worth the commute. The store offers more mature pieces which are perfect for interview gear or even when you need a pair of leather loafers. It’s almost hard to believe that Antiques On the Farmington is selling used items.
Elite Repeats, Cromwell
Similar to other antique stores, this one manages to showcase an abundance of options for cheaper clothing. One of the highlights of this store is it’s shoe collection. Most people could not imagine buying already-been-worn shoes. However, if you need a new pair of gym sneakers or some last minute heels, this store is perfect.
Vintage Chic by Design Studio, West Hartford
Have not been to this one just yet, but rumors have been flying around the university about how great of a place it is. They are notorious for their prices and selection being versatile. Check it out and feel free to tweet The Recorder with how you liked it!