How to Shop the Thrift Store and Dress your Best for Any Occasion

For any occasion, thrift stores in Columbus and Cleveland have what you need to dress your best.

We all like to look our best—but we can't always afford the pieces we want with the budget we have. The thrift store is an affordable alternative to get quality items for your wardrobe like unique statement pieces or reliable staples. No matter where you're going, you should be able to look your best while showing off your unique style. We want to help all of Columbus, Cleveland and beyond find what you need for any life event.

An Interview

Menswear: Head straight for the accessories; you need a tie. Ties are pretty much required for an interview, but they're pretty expensive, too. Unlike a department store, the thrift store is a gold mine for tie options at a low cost.

Womenswear: Adding a blazer to a dress or dress shirt takes an outfit to a professional level. Take advantage of the suit jackets and blazers that thrift stores have in stock any time of year—for less than $10. Once you find your blazer, find a pair of closed-toe shoes to match.

Date Night

Menswear: Everyone's personal varies, but you can't go wrong with a nice shirt for a date night occasion. The thrift store has rows and rows of sweaters, button-ups, or polos that will help you look your best for your date and will leave room in your wallet for dessert.

Womenswear: What better excuse to wear a beautiful dress than date night? There are dresses for all personalities and body types at the thrift store. From the little black dress to flattering A-lines, you can find a dress that makes you feel comfortable and confident. You can even grab a vintage clutch to take your dress to the next level—and serve as a conversation piece!

Coffee with a Friend

For men and women alike, the thrift store is the place to find the perfect pair of jeans. For a casual hangout, there's nothing better than a great-fitting pair of jeans that made your wallet smile.

Menswear: After finding a pair of jeans, the next item to pursue at the thrift store would be a casual pair of shoes. Boots, casual sneakers, and loafers are common finds on thrift store shelves.

Womenswear: There are so many, affordable tops to coordinate with your jeans at the thrift store, you will want one of each. But we suggest heading for the sweaters; it doesn't get better than a cozy, light sweater to wear while spending quality time with a friend.

Sunday's Best

Menswear: This is your suit and tie moment; when you get to the thrift store, head straight for the suit jackets. You can find various colors and styles that match your personality. Next, look for suspenders and cufflinks to top it off.

Womenswear: You also need a suit for your Sunday best. The thrift store carries varieties of women's suits, so you can find something that's flattering and shows off your unique personality. Even better, you might even be able to find a Sunday hat to match.

No matter where you're going, thrift stores in Columbus, Ohio have what you need to look your best.

Walk into any of these Columbus thrift store locations (9am - 9pm Monday-Saturday, and Noon to 6pm on Sunday) to find what you need:


3620 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214

1824 W. Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220


4280 Macsway Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43232


5640 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228

Not in the Columbus area? Find a list of all Volunteers of America thrift stores here.