Guide to Thrifting and Antiquing in Mountaineer Country

Thrifting explained, locations, and tips in Mountaineer Country

Animal Friends Thrift Shoppe

Are you an avid thrifter? Or have you never stepped foot in a thrift shop? No matter your experience with thrifting, this guide will give you all the second-hand shops and thrifting information in Mountaineer Country.

What is Thrifting?

Thrifting is best explained as purchasing second-hand items, primarily clothing, for a lower price. It is often associated with well-known charitable organizations such as Goodwill or The Salvation Army. However, thrifting covers a wider spectrum of items and hobbies, such as antiquing, vintage clothing, upcycling, and so much more. All these activities have one thing in common— they are previously owned. The opportunities to thrift are endless. From furniture and décor to books and electronics, there is a world of second-hand items waiting to be loved right here in Mountaineer Country.

Photo courtesy of @dcracerx

Are Thrifted Items of Less Value?

Not always. Some items have been well preserved over the years or are good to new conditions, so their integrity is not lessened despite having a previous owner. Items’ value can decrease over time due to high quantity and low demand, while others increase due to low quantity and high demand.

Uptown Cheapskate

What Should I Expect?

Every thrift store offers a unique experience. However, at all traditional thrift stores, you can expect to find hidden treasures if you look hard enough. Thrifting can take time and determination to find quality items. Be prepared to diligently sift through every rack, dig through every bucket, and check the nooks and crannies–respectfully. Every store has amazing finds, it just takes effort. Some of the most common thrift store finds include vintage clothing, vinyl records, unique knick-knacks, kitchenware, accessories, linens, and furniture.

Photo courtesy of @cskoloski_farms_antiques at Eloquence Antiques & Artisans

In more recent years, vintage stores have popped up across the country, blessing Mountaineer Country with a few of our own. Vintage stores save the time and effort of sifting through clothing; they have been handpicked by the owner, and collections have been curated to ensure every piece is authentic vintage and of high quality.

Gallery 304 Vintage Shop

Thrifting has also modernized to include online storefronts, mobile shops, and vintage-specific events. Facebook Marketplace, a feature on Facebook that allows users to discover, buy and sell items, is in and around Morgantown. From neighbors to strangers, you can find previously owned items in Mountaineer Country, all while sitting on your couch. One vintage store in Preston County has a van that travels to festivals, markets, and more. If you are looking for a bigger and more diverse selection, check out WV Vintage Fest or the Arts Walks. WV Vintage Fest is a recurring event held by Gallery 304 at altering locations. This growing event has over 30 vintage clothing vendors in one building, complete with food trucks. Main Street Morgantown hosts monthly Arts Walks in Downtown Morgantown from March-October. At this event, you can find vintage vendors and locally crafted goods! You can thrift without even going to the store!

Ramblin’ Van Vintage

Thrifting can provide a different experience based on the store. By visiting a few different types of thrift stores, you can find your preferences and which experience fits your needs most.

Sanders Antiques

What Should I Look for?

You should look for what you currently need in your life, whether it is furniture, clothing, shoes, accessories, kitchenware, decorations, etc. It is essential to ensure the item is durable and will fulfill its needs. Some people prefer to look for brands they recognize when purchasing clothing, hoping to find good deals and quality items. Oftentimes, there are designer brands hiding on the racks or in the bins for a very discounted price.

If you are furnishing an apartment or house for the first time, a great place to start looking for furniture or kitchenware is thrift stores. There are also a few restorations thrift stores that specialize in restoring used furniture so it’s fully functional again. Whatever you decide to buy, be sure to inspect and clean it thoroughly before bringing it into your home and putting it to use.

Lazarus Restoration

I Am Ready to Take on Thrifting in Mountaineer Country. Where Can I Find Thrift Stores Near Me?

Now that you learned the basics of thrifting or got a brush-up, it is time to try thrifting in Mountaineer Country. Visiting thrift stores gives a glimpse into the past, and you never know what you might find. Below is a complete list of thrift and antique stores by county:

 

Monongalia County:

Animal Friends Thrift Shoppe

5000 GreenBag Road, Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 291-5825

https://www.animalfriendswv.org/thrift-shoppe/

 

Cool Kids Consignment

1706 Mileground Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 292-7467

 

Eloquence Antiques & Artisans

5000 Green Bag Road, Morgantown, WV 26501

(724) 880-1506

http://www.facebook.com/eloquencewv

 

Furnishings For U

117 Pleasant St, Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 374-8762

 

Gallery 304 Vintage Shop

327 High St, Morgantown, WV 26505

https://www.gallery304.com/

 

Goodwill Outlet

6540 Mall Rd, Westover, WV 26501

(304) 241-1960

 

Lazarus Restoration

5000 Green Bag Road, Morgantown, WV 26505

https://lazarusrestoration.com/

 

Modern Throwback

360 High Street

Morgantown, WV

https://modernthrowbackwv.com/

 

Once Upon A Child

7100 Willie G Ave #104, Morgantown, WV 26501

(304) 322-2446

https://www.onceuponachild.com/

 

Plato’s Closet Morgantown

6504 Mall Rd, Westover, WV 26501

(304) 983-6020

https://platoscloset.com/location/morgantown-wv

 

The Ranch Community Store

255 Don Knotts Blvd, Morgantown, WV 26501

(304) 381-2606

https://www.ranchstore.org/

 

The Salvation Army Thrift Store

1264 University Ave, Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 296-3525

http://www.salvationarmy.org/

 

Sanders Antiques

399 Grafton Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508

(304) 212-5412

https://facebook.com/SandersAntiqueMallWv/

 

Uptown Cheapskate

5001 Mid Atlantic Dr, Morgantown, WV 26508

(304) 381-4568

https://uptowncheapskate.com/location/morgantown

 

The What Not Shop

245-269 County Rte 857, Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 290-9970

 

Preston County:

Beth’s Garage Sale

3151 Zinn Chapel Rd, Reedsville, WV 26547

(304) 216-0619

 

Delano’s Trading Post

204 W State Ave, Terra Alta, WV 26764

(304) 680-4950

 

Hospice Care Thrift Shop

RR 7, Reedsville, WV 26547

(304) 864-4010

 

Loved Again Consignment Llc.

115 S Price St, Kingwood, WV 26537

(304) 694-6835

https://loved-again-consignment-llc.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral

 

Preston Hope House

Boswell St, Tunnelton, WV 26444

(304) 598-2194

https://www.facebook.com/Preston-Hope-House-102859958770464/

 

Ramblin’ Van Vintage

213 East Main Street, Kingwood, WV 26537

(304) 376-8130

https://www.facebook.com/Ramblin-Van-Vintage-235528827247152/

 

The Roberts Family Store

19001 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Kingwood, WV 26537

(304) 698-6508

https://www.facebook.com/therobertsfamilystore/

 

The Salvation Army of Preston County

123 S Price St, Kingwood, WV 26537

(304) 329-1245

 

Taylor County:

Goodwill

1 Harmans Plaza, Grafton, WV 26354

(304) 903-8038

 

Goodwill

50 Southland Dr, Fairmont, WV 26554

(304) 363-3155

 

Gypsy Wagon

55 W St Charles St, Grafton, WV 26354

(304) 841-6446

 

Kimberly’s Simply Southern and Reloved Vintage

202 Front St, Grafton, WV 26354

(304) 677-8582

 

Salvation Army

111 Beech St, Grafton, WV 26354

(304) 265-3565

 

Salvation Army Family Store

501 Blueville Dr, Grafton, WV 26354

(304) 265 5975

https://salvationarmyfamilystore.business.site/

 

Roberts New & Used

1105 W Main St, Grafton, WV 26354

(304) 672-5951

https://www.facebook.com/robertsnewandused

 

* If you know of a thrift store that is missing from this list, please email [email protected]