Kingston Area Shopping – Thrift and Vintage
Unleash Your Inner Treasure Hunter: Exploring Thrift, Vintage, Unique Boutiques, and Consignment Store Shopping in Kingston and Beyond
Get ready to embark on a shopping escapade like no other! From hidden consignment gems to vintage treasures, unique boutiques, and thrift store wonders, the world of ‘shopping local’ has never been more exhilarating. Buckle up and let’s dive into a whirlwind of style, nostalgia, and pure fun as we explore a variety of vibrant shopping destinations.
A Shopper’s Paradise: Vintage Voyages and the Thrill of Thrift
Who says style has to break the bank? Thrift shops — sustainable, eco-conscious and quirky — are your secret weapon for scoring fabulous fashion finds without emptying your wallet, and there some truly exceptional ones right here in Kingston. Rewind Kingston specializes in curated thrift, vintage, and upcycled clothing, art, vinyl, books, novelties, and local history.
Located in the heart of Midtown (in what was once Ye Olde Book Shoppe), the family
behind Rewind Kingston has deep local roots going back generations. They created their own fashion label, LoveCass, to honor a family-member who passed away, and routinely donate part of their proceeds to support local mental health initiatives.
Free to Thrift is another vibrant Kingston thrift store that gives back. With a wide range of items — from designer clothes and handbags to footwear, books, jewelry, household items and so much more, each month a different colored tag is completely free, AND since this women-owned business opened less than two years ago, they’ve already donated $28,000 to local charities and families. Just next store is another great vintage and thrift shop — One Last Tag, which includes a range of slightly higher-end items that are still a total steal.
And if you’d like to continue giving back to the community while seeking one-of-a-kind pieces, there’s also People’s Place and Ulster Habitat ReStore, great shops to unearth unique clothing, accessories and furniture that tell stories of days gone by. And don’t miss the Fairly New Thrift Shop (especially if you’re in search of Christmas decorations), an all-volunteer not-for-profit mission of Fair Street Reformed Church in Uptown Kingston, where the proceeds are donated monthly to charity.
Quirk Alert: Boutiques Beyond Ordinary
Hold onto your bohemian hats, because the unique boutiques here are about to take you on a journey beyond the mundane. Imagine strolling into a boutique that’s more like an art gallery, filled to the brim with locally-crafted treasures, designer labels, retro classics, and trend-setting pieces, all waiting for a stylish second act.
Lovefield Vintage and Capital Vintage are two spots in Uptown Kingston (practically across the street from one another) where you can step into the glamour time machine to turn heads and break the fashion mold. These upscale vogue boutiques hold the key to chic nostalgia and timeless elegance, and will have you twirling in luxurious fabrics, donning accessories that tell stories, and embracing the panache of eras gone by. Your Mom & The Swan, in Midtown, offers a blend of colorful vintage and designer clothing, thrifted items and kitschy tchotchkes — and it feels like stepping into the technicolor land of Oz when you walk inside.
Shopping locally is a real-life treasure hunt, where unexpected gems hide among the racks.
From quirky knick-knacks to pre-loved fashion that’s begging for a revival, thrift stores are all about surprise and delight.
Consignment Capers: The Hunt for Hidden Treasures
Picture this: you strut into a consignment store like a fashion detective on a mission. But not only can you peruse the racks as a shopper, you can also sell your own gently-used items for cash back or store credit. From snazzy clothing to stunning accessories, and even furniture with stories to tell, consignment shopping is like digging for gold.
Be careful at Kingston Consignments — you can get lost in there! Rooms and rooms of eclectic furniture, housewares, clothing, games and everything under the sun.
If you’re venturing outside Kingston, Uptown Attic, a consignment shop in Gardiner, has an amazing selection of pristine, fashion-forward items, Fool for Love, in High Falls, and Nettle and Violet, in New Paltz, are fantastic boutiques where creativity meets retail therapy. And for more distinctive shopping experiences amidst the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley, make sure you visit Rosendale for an unforgettable stop at Soiled Doves and Clubhouse Vintage.
Embrace the Adventure
Shopping isn’t just about the loot — it’s an adventure! It’s the thrill of stumbling upon that perfect piece you never knew you needed. It’s the laughter shared with friends as you try on outlandish outfits, and the stories you’ll tell about the quirky trinkets you found along the way.
So, whether you’re a consignment connoisseur, a vintage aficionado, a boutique enthusiast, a thrift store explorer, or simply a lover of all things unique, get ready to have a blast on your shopping journey.
Unleash your inner treasure hunter, embrace the thrill of the hunt, and let each shopping expedition be a story worth telling.