Where to Get Your Thrifty Essentials


New things are nice, but things that have been around for awhile? They have character AND they need a home outside of a landfill. Instead of purchasing something mass-produced, why not see if you can find a new-to-you item first? There's a great Goodwill on South Clinton that even has a drive through drop-off for donations and a Salvation Army on West Ave, but if you're looking for a shop with a little more history and flair here are 5 additional thrift stores around the city selling vintage, antique, and hidden-gems just waiting for a new home.

Historic Houseparts

Historic Houseparts has been in the South Wedge for over 30 years. It was "established in 1980 in response to the abundance of "rehabbing" that had begun in our area... The main source of inventory at Houseparts is salvage of pre-1940 buildings that are being demolished in the western New York region. We also buy merchandise from individuals and contractors who are renovating older homes. We offer on-site restoration services for stained and leaded glass, lamps and light fixtures, and hardware" (via website).

Want to add some personality to your home, make it unique? How about antique doorknobs, drawer and cabinet pulls, or other vintage finds?

Useless Objects

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A new shop to the scene is Useless Objects, which opened back in December on Park Ave. The owner is always on the look out for vintage and antique goods and already has quite the collection. Books, dishes, desks, odds & ends, furniture and much more.

Rochester Greenovation

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We've mentioned Greenovation once or twice before on the Rochesteriat as it's always a good place to spend some time perusing. Furniture, picture frames, wood for making any number of things, antiques, and lots of useful objects that would otherwise.... sit in a landfill.

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Treasure Trove Vintage

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Alright ladies, this one's for you (or men... if you're shopping for your lady). Inside Treasure Trove Vintage you'll discover a curated collection of clothing, hats, shoes, and accessories ranging from the early 1900's to the 1990's. Each piece is in excellent condition, no holes or stains here. Keep and eye on the Facebook Page to see the latest acquisitions.

Jane Vintage (formerly Far Out Vintage)

Perusing clothing racks for the perfect piece can be a lot of fun. Have you been to Jane Vintage yet? You'll find men's and women's clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. Follow them on Facebook to find out what's new.

So, next time you head out the door to buy a new outfit or a piece of furniture, explore one of these stores first. You never know what treasure you'll find.

(Post revised February 2016 after Far Out Vintage became Jane Vintage).

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She loves exploring places like Greenovation and Useless Objects. Antique and vintage pieces tell a story more than any mass produced item will. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow on Twitter.