Brands: J. Crew, Madewell, Anthropologie, and familiar boldface name apparel from shops like Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Elizabeth and James, as well as unique '60s-'70s vintage items that match today's trends.
Don't be surprised to find: Vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases, Adidas Yeezy Boosts, vintage sterling silver jewelry and Southwest jewelry.
Tips: BYOB, as in Bring You Own Bag. Buffalo Exchange is a green store that encourages its customers to donate to local charities with its Tokens for Bags program. Guests receive tokens valued at 5 cents that they can give to one of the store's sponsored charities on a donation wall. Optimal times are Friday and Saturday, when many sellers unload their clothes and the turnaround time for newly stocked items is under an hour.
Crystal Fowler wears a mint trench coat from Rag-O-Rama in Little Five Points with a silk navy blue shirt from Papaya and slacks from Macy's. Fowler accessorizes with hoop earrings and a dome ring from a flea market.
Credit: Alison Church
Credit: Alison Church
Where: 1111 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, Little Five Points; 6500 Roswell RD NE, Sandy Springs
The rundown: A favorite among hipsters — naturally, the first Atlanta location is in L5P — Rag-o-Rama specializes in men's and women's gently used vintage and contemporary apparel. The buy-sell-trade store's mixed bag inventory includes casual wear, like edgy pop culture T-shirts, tops and shorts, and some items that blur the lines between costume (perfect for theme parties) and '80s kitsch.
Price range: $15-$20
Brands: Levi's, Ann Taylor, Umbro, Betsey Johnson, Polo, Gap and manufacturers found in Urban Outfitters.
Don't be surprised to find: Alexander Wang and boldface name accessories from Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton.
Tip: BYOB, Bring Your Own Bag. Like Buffalo Exchange, guests receive tokens valued at 5 cents that they can give to one of the store's sponsored charities in lieu of paper or plastic.
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Labels Resale Boutique
Where: 3202 Paces Ferry Place NW (main store); Buckhead
The Rundown: With brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin and more upmarket designers, Labels is an apt name for this boutique that has several bungalow-style specialty shops lining Paces Ferry Place. Satellite stores focus on menswear, jewelry, shoes, dresses, and casuals and separates.
Price range: $15-$500+.
Don't be surprised to find: Vintage Versace sunglasses, Alexander McQueen dresses, Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo heels, and Chanel earrings.
Tip: Unsold inventory is moved to the Labels Vinings outlet (4199 Paces Ferry Road SE), where prices are slashed even further.
Where: 212 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE; Midtown
The rundown: Luck has everything to do with the bounty of vintage and vintage-inspired threads at this Midtown thrift shop. Authentic to the past, Lucky Exchange opts for timeless silhouettes like sheath dresses and wrap-skirts instead of retro kitsch.
Price range: $15.99-$99.99
Vibe: Authentic retro
Brands: Old favorites like Members Only to contemporary designers like Tori Burch and Prada.
Don't be surprised to find: Concert tour and '80s T-shirts, sequins, statement jewelry and a large selection of cowboy boots.
Tip: Check out Lucky Exchange's Facebook page for coupons and alerts on deals like BOGO (buy one, get one) dresses and clearance sales.
Where: 428 Moreland Ave., Little Five Points
The rundown: Part costume shop, part vintage store, the independently owned (since 1993) gem in Little Five Points has two floors of used and new fashion.
Price range: $15-$65
Vibe: Kitschy casual wear
Brands: Betsey Johnson, Banana Republic, Gap and lesser-known, but unique labels.
Don't be surprised to find: Go-go boots, tutus, costume jewelry, tribute T-shirts and tie-dye shirts.
Tip: Visit the Psycho Sisters' website for coupons and monitor the store's Facebook page for more.
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Goodwill of North Georgia - Buckhead
Where: 3906 Roswell Road; Buckhead
The rundown: Shop for a good cause at Goodwill of North Georgia, Buckhead. The non-profit organization provides job-search resources and skills training to help put Georgians back to work. This location boasts large aisles and a variety of apparel options for men and women, particularly for suits, shoes and dress-to-impress job interview attire. Racks are restocked daily and every 21 days the sales floor is "refreshed."
Brands: Many current items from Gap, Kate Spade, Anne Klein, Dooney and Bourke, Brighton, Cole Haan and contemporary budget-friendly labels.
Don't be surprised to find: Lily Pulitzer, Juicy Couture and Anthropologie.
Tip: Weekends attract large crowds, so aim for weekdays. Seniors enjoy an extra discount on Tuesdays. Weeklong sales include 50 percent off items designated with a "color of the week" sticker, but the best finds are at the beginning of the week.
Salvation Army Thrift Store - Midtown
Where: 746 Marietta St. NW; Midtown
The rundown: Near Georgia Tech, this Salvation Army location has no shortage of Yellow Jacket gear for football fans. College students looking to de-clutter their dorm rooms unload gently used casual wear and shoes, as well as men and women's formal wear. As a bonus, your purchases go to a good cause. Best known for its Red Kettle Christmas campaign, the non-profit is a religious-affiliated organization that offers rehabilitation, prison ministry and veterans affairs services.
Don't be surprised to find: Low cost furniture (including $15 sofas), home goods and art.
Tip: Go early on Wednesdays to beat the crowd for 50 percent off specials.