Best Thrift Shop in LA
August 17, 2017
In honour of National Thrift Shop Day, I wanted to share with you my absolute favourite thrift shop in Los Angeles. There’s nothing more rewarding than scoring a great item from a second-hand shop that you know you’ll wear time and time again (ideally #30wears!). I used to be a thrift shop junkie in high school. The thrill of finding something that I loved, and then having my friends ask me where I got it from, was just so satisfying. I think moving around (a LOT) post-high school made searching for that perfect gem too overwhelming. To be fair, I also started becoming more of a fast-fashion lover post-high school. I disregarded any thrill of digging around thrift shops and aimed for anything I could find on sale to add to my wardrobe. Boring.
Fear not, Los Angeles is probably one of the best cities (humblebrag) to find the perfect thrift store. After much research and exploring, I landed upon this beaut – Wasteland. The fact that this thrift shop has a (neat) website probably already lets you know that it’s above the rest. It’s hard-to-miss exterior, on the corner of Melrose Avenue and N Vista Street, pulls you in and has you wanting more!
You know how some girls have an obsession with bags, others with accessories, etc.? Well, mine’s shoes. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the perfect pair to fit these boat feet of mine, so had to keep exploring!
Reformation dresses? Yes please! Reformation is an Eco-Age approved, sustainable clothing company. They probably have one of the most LA-style vibes of the ethical companies. Their tagline is “Being naked is the #1 sustainable option. We’re #2.” Reformation can be on the pricier side at times, so I was particularly excited to find quite a few solid affordable options in Wasteland.
What I was particularly keen for in Wasteland, was a decent pair of pre-loved Levis. Since these are typically a hot commodity, there were slim pickings. I did, however, manage to find a couple options that I thought might work!
Super soft tees were available by the plenty! I had fun sifting through this rack.
Wasteland supplies quite a few luxury brands in store like Dior, Celine, Chanel, Prada, etc. However, I had fun looking for the brands I particularly love (read: ethically sourced) where possible. If I couldn’t find them in store, I was happy to give a non-ethical, previously loved item a new home. Reuse and recycle, people! #30wears.
I tried on a pair of Levis and soft white tee and was in love! There’s just something about a good fitting pair of Levis (not to mention what they can do for your bum you’ve neglected all summer long! Starting workout routine stat!).
Sold on the tee and jeans, I got my purchases and headed home before I spent any more money! I’ll absolutely be back to Wasteland once I’ve saved up a few more pennies. Shopping here was probably the most expensive thrift shopping experience I’ve had, but by far the most fun, rewarding and definitely diverse store I’d been to. Not many thrift shops supply the brands I’m gravitating towards with my new mission in mind.
If you know of any similar thrift stores in Los Angeles that I should check out, please let me know!