Give Or Get: 7 Awesome Chi-Town Resale Shops

There are a number of reasons why we love resale shops: the obvious bargain and the rush of finding a one-of-a-kind item, to start.
Since not all thrift stores are created equal, we've scouted out seven of the best in town for your shopping ease. Whether you're looking for some affordable wares or unique finds for your pad, this is one spending spree that's completely guilt-free.
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The Brown Elephant

You have to do a little digging to find the hidden gems here, but isn’t that part of the fun? Much more than just clothing, shoes, and accessories (though we did score a killer vintage jacket), you can walk away with everything from books to book shelves for a song. Even if you decide to ditch your goods later, the money you spent goes to a good cause, the Howard Brown Center.

The Brown Elephant, 5404 North Clark Street (between Balmoral and Rascher avenues); 773-271-9382.
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We love a good thrift store, but we don't always love that musty smell. Luckily, Encore is anything but a dingy spot. The shop is well organized, and the goods (from T-Shirts to vintage) are in great condition, thanks to a rigorous screening process before anything is put out for sale. The selection is huge, but the space is not, which makes it a bit easier to keep your eye on the prize.

Encore, 1553 East Hyde Park Boulevard (at Lake Park Avenue); 773- 324-1111.
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The Bottomline

Students aren’t the only ones who flock to this University Village shop. With vintage and slightly used clothing, shoes, and accessories from designers like Bottega Veneta, Coach, and Prada, this is one place any Chicago gal can score a solid wardrobe staple or two — like a Moncler jacket under $200. Yep. What are you still doing here?

The Bottomline, 1236 South Halsted Street (between 12th Place and O’ Brien Street); 312-733-9742.
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Thrift and Thrive

You’ll find a little bit of everything (Clothing! Records! Home goods!) at this Portage Park gem, but it’s well-organized and neat as a pin. If you happen to have a little one in your life, there’s also an impressive selection of slightly used children’s clothing and toys that are worth checking out.

Thrift and Thrive, 6025 West Irving Park Road (between Austin and Mc Vicker avenues); 773-283-1653.
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Mr. And Mrs. Digz

As the name suggests, you can bring your man along for the shopping experience — and not just to hold your potential purchases. You’ll find it all here, including new, handmade, consignment, and vintage, thoughtfully curated by store owner Emilia Dlugolecka, recognized as one of our most inspiring shop owners last year for her amazing entrepreneurial spirit — and great taste.

Mr. And Mrs. Digz, 5668 North Clark Street (at Hollywood Avenue); 773- 447-8527.
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Store B

You won’t find anything made after 1970 at this neat little Wicker Park respite, but rest assured all of its goods (even the ones from the ‘30s) are in tip-top shape. Owner David Ginople (who also owns Findables) started up shop with more than 2,000 pieces of clothing and accessories from the estate of a well-to-do Chicago socialite. Now, you’ll find an expanded selection offering shoes, home goods, hats, handbags, and more.

Store B, 1472 North Milwaukee Avenue (between Evergreen Avenue and Honore Street); 773-772-4296.
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Buffalo Exchange

Though it can be hit or miss, you can’t visit BE too frequently, as new items (Tory Burch bag anyone?) sell out almost on the same day they are put out on the floor. Prices are reasonable, there are a slew of designer brands represented, and you can occasionally score a sweet vintage piece.

Buffalo Exchange, 1478 North Milwaukee Avenue (between Evergreen Avenue and Honore Street); 773-227-9558.