Denver

Give Your Wallet a Break at Denver’s Best Thrift Stores

Shopping vintage boutiques is one of Denver's favorite pastimes.

Meek Vintage
Meek Vintage
Meek Vintage

Some cities develop a reputation for their thrift stores, while others don’t. For Denver, thrift-shopping might as well be a national sport. Sure, Broadway is a well-known hub of secondhand shops, consignment boutiques, and selective vintage stores, but Denver’s wealth of thrift spreads far beyond Broadway to shops across town with unique vibes and an array of price points. No matter if you’re a monthly browser or daily bargain-hunter, here are Denver’s finest thrift stores to help you score good stuff without spending a fortune.

Garage Sale Vintage
Garage Sale Vintage
Garage Sale Vintage

Garage Sale Vintage

Larimer Square
Come for the incredible thrifting, stay for the vibes. No, really: In addition to racks and racks of too-cool thrift finds, a stocked bar and good music make it so you can really vibe while you shop. Pick up a vintage Broncos jacket, a vibrant jumpsuit, or even check out a selection of records. Then take your loot to the bar for a margarita or house-infused shot.

SecondLove

Berkeley
One of the perks of this shop is that, in addition to finding your next favorite outfit, you can also sell gently loved items of your own for cash or store credit. Bring in a bag of (laundered) items on the designated days, and SecondLove’s buyer will go through them. After the consignment period, you’ll get paid for the items sold, or you can scoop up anything that didn’t sell. In between drop-off and pick-up, check out the racks of boutique blouses, dresses, and accessories like hats and jewelry to make good use of that future store credit.

Meek Vintage
Meek Vintage
Meek Vintage

Meek Modern + Vintage

RiNo
If mid-century modern coupled with a dash of contemporary fashion and goodies is your vibe, this is your spot. A trip here can score you a few outfits, a new-to-you glassware set, a houseplant, and maybe a coffee table, too. Find an outfit for every occasion, from more casual, old-school t-shirts to stunning gowns or the perfect negligee or bralette.

Common Threads
Common Threads
Common Threads

Common Threads

Platt Park
Some thrift shops source their collections from anywhere and everywhere; others hone in on the brand names that truly make vintage-shopping a thrill. The latter is true of South Pearl’s Common Threads, where happening upon a Chanel bag, Prada oxfords, or some Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Off White is more than likely. This place is for the devoted vintage thrifter who is more focused on the end game prize than the price tag. That said, casual shoppers, or those looking for a special occasion splurge, will also enjoy this spot.

Goldmine Vintage
Goldmine Vintage
Goldmine Vintage

Goldmine Vintage

Baker
For anyone who feels they were born in the wrong era, this aptly named Denver favorite fits the bill. Truly a goldmine, you’ll find the grooviest ‚Äė70s jumpsuits, ethereal ‚Äė60s maxi dresses, gowns from the ‚Äė30s, and the coolest vintage tees, all in excellent condition (and reasonably priced, to boot). Wander beneath the bright lights and vivid red walls (that sort of make you feel like you’ve stepped into a rock star’s closet) and browse to your heart’s content.

Decade
Decade
Decade

Decade Gifts

Speer
Women’s clothes, men’s clothes, furniture, baby items, and so much more await at Decade. Organized into themed sections, from “Lodge” to “Nautical” to “Women’s Empowerment,” you really can find just what you’re looking for based on your unique vibe. There’s even an area fully dedicated to Colorado items, perfect if you’re shopping for that out-of-town friend. There’s no doubt a section just for you at Decade Gifts.

Regal Vintage
Regal Vintage
Regal Vintage

Regal Vintage

Platt Park
Stocking a curated selection of eclectic vintage clothing and other goods since 2007, Regal is the epitome of unique thrift fashion for those who want to stand out. Think: bright colors, sequins and rhinestones, and of course, just cool stuff by way of graphic tees and anything that falls under the denim category. Bonus? The staff is always friendly and helpful, guiding you to your next favorite statement piece (or entire wardrobe refresh, your choice).Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Erica Buehler is a Denver-based freelance writer. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more updates on Denver food and other Mile High shenanigans.

Denver

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Denver This Year

For a successful St. Patrick's Day, hit these parades, barcrawls, parties, and festivals.

VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER

Grab your green and your Guinness-St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and there’s fun to be had. In addition to being the first big celebratory holiday after New Year’s, St. Paddy’s is also a signal of spring; more hours of sunshine, T-shirt temps, and filling Blake, Market, and Larimer with drunken revelry make up a particularly Denver type of equinox. However you plan to celebrate-with family friendly activities or for those over the legal drinking age only-there are parades to be watched, playful drinks to be sipped, and a whole lot of shamrock-ing to do.

Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits

Dance a jig or two at Mile High Spirits’ Shamrock Shenanigans

March 17
If you’re ready to put your dancing shoes to good use, wiggle your way on over to Mile High Spirits-doors are opening at 12 pm and there’s no cover ‚Äėtil 10. Enjoy MHS’ drinks, big dance floor, and even bigger outdoor patio for all the Irish pride and shenanigans you can handle.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Whip up steak for a St. Paddy’s Date Night

March 17
Cook Street’s special St. Paddy’s Day class involves making the perfect steak while sipping on Irish whiskey. On Friday only, learn about proteins, cooking methods, and choosing side dishes carefully while cooking up traditional Irish cuisine.

Crawl around town. You know, figuratively…

March 17 – 18
Is it a drinking holiday in Denver if there aren’t a handful of bar crawls happening? Probably not. St. Paddy’s Day is no different; you can start crawling from a number of bars, but a few in particular have everything plotted out for you (for a small fee). Start at the Ginn Mill and receive a map of over 10 pub locations you’ll be crawling to either Friday or Saturday, plus drink special vouchers. There’s also a crawl departing from Nola Jane (Friday only) with its own food and drink specials, plus a scavenger hunt and some St. Paddy’s merch, too.

The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat

Visit one of Denver’s Irish Pubs

March 17 – 18
If you can’t think of a better place to spend St. Paddy’s Day then at a local Irish pub, we salute you-just be prepared to throw a few elbows making your way to the bar. Denver’s got several good ol’ pubs from Broadway to Larimer Square that’ll be in full swing this weekend, pouring fresh pints as far as the eye can see. Check out Scruffy Murphy’s, Nallen’s, The Irish Rover, Finley’s, The Celtic on Market, or the Fainting Goat for that SPD revelry you know, love, and trekked out for.

Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square

Sip and savour St. Paddy’s themed bevvies

Through March 17
Everyone pulls out the green food dye and mint flavouring for St. Paddy’s, but there are some other creative drink specials to sample, too. The OG’s got a boozy milkshake for the occasion, aptly named “Who’s Your Paddy,” a mix of vanilla ice cream, Cr√®me de Menthe, Tullamore Dew, Bailey’s, and whipped cream. BEZEL’s Irish Matcha Man is pretty unique, with Teeling Small Batch whiskey, lime, thyme-infused honey, and matcha powder. And then Slater’s 50/50 takes it to another level (unsurprisingly) with its Lucky Mint Green Shake: mint-flavored ice cream in a frosting-rimmed glass with Lucky Charm marshmallows, rainbow stripe sour strips, whipped cream and green sprinkles. Other notable specials can be found at Poka Lola Social Club, Dairy Block’s Moo Bar, and Seven Grand.

Sing along and cheers to live music

March 17
Denver’s The Monkey Barrel is known for its regular live performances, and this St. Patrick’s Day you can tune in to Elijah Petty & The Part-Times and other musical guests if you’re in search of a chiller spot to sip your Guinness. Or, have one of the best burgers in town while relishing the shenanigans and live music of Cherry Cricket Cherry Creek this St. Paddy’s Day. Food and drink specials will also be available through the holiday weekend, so leave extra room or wear your stretchy (green) pants.

HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series

Show your St. Paddy’s spirit by‚Ķ running?

March 18
Feeling restless? Or maybe you’re itching to get a few laps in before hammering down several pints this Saturday? Either way, Highlands Ranch is hosting its St. Patrick’s Day 5K where finishing the race gets you St. Patrick’s Day merch, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, and of course, a complimentary pint courtesy of Living the Dream Brewing.

Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company

Drink and do good at Holidaily Brewing Co.

March 17
This St. Paddy’s Day, Holidaily and the Gluten Intolerance Group are putting on their Raise a Pint, Lend a Hand fundraiser. A special glitter and green Firkin tapping is happening at 4 pm at both taprooms, with special (and gluten-free) treats available at the Golden location, thanks to Farmhouse 5280 and Waive the Grain bakery. 10% of all St. Patrick’s Day sales will be donated to the Gluten Intolerance Group.

Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery

Party at a local distillery

March 17 – 18
Talnua Distillery is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day bash to remember this year, featuring food trucks, live music, special themed cocktails, and more. Limited bottles of Talnua’s exclusive Olde Saint’s Keep whiskey will be available for purchase, which you can hang onto while you dance along to pipe bands or eat a brat or two from El Jefe’s.

Watch some Irish step dancing

March 17
Head on over to Stanley Marketplace to witness the talent and skill of the students at the Wick School of Irish Dance at 12 pm, and follow it up with a green cerveza at Cheluna Brewing Co. Of course, plenty of tasty lunch and dinner options are available around the marketplace so you can soak up a bit of that beer.

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Erica Buehler is a Denver-based freelance writer and editor. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more updates on Denver food and other Mile High shenanigans.

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