Oahu’s Best Thrift Shops


Olivia Vela

Green Gypsy Thrift Shop is a one-of-a-kind spot.

Once you experience the thrill of finding a gorgeous piece of clothing sold at a more than reasonable price, it becomes difficult to spend money at any other store rather than at a thrift shop. For those who live on Oahu and experience anywhere from a mild to severe thrift shop addiction, or simply thrift for the pure joy of it, here are some of the island’s finest thrift shops to satisfy your fix:

Plato’s Closet, 1161 S. Beretania St., Honolulu
This spot is the best thrift shop for finding brandname clothing items at a reasonable price. Because it is located in Honolulu, its swimsuit collection is superb. But what sets Plato’s apart from every other store is that it focuses more on teens and young adults. Much of the clothing comes from stores such as Forever 21, PacSun, Lululemon, etc. Another great aspect to consider while deciding where to shop, is that Plato’s Closet buys clothing. So for those looking to make a little extra cash, selling your lightly used items to the store is a quick and easy way to do so. 

Savers, 1505 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu
If there were ever a place that undoubtedly lived up to its name, it is Savers. There are multiple locations on island, however, the Honolulu Savers is my go-to. This second-hand store is the best when it comes to sales. On top of great pricing, Savers specializes on the deals. Every Monday, all Super Savers Club members earn 20 percent off their entire purchase. Then, on Tuesdays, seniors can enjoy an extra 30 percent off. Finally, there are the occasional 50 percent off sales, such as the Labor Day sale. 

Goodwill, 3638 Waialae Ave., Honolulu
There are multiple Goodwills on the island, but the Goodwill on Waialae trumps them all. This shop is one of the more organized spots, which makes sifting through mountains of clothing a lot less overwhelming. The content is also noticeably better. There is a wide variety of clothing, shoes, home decor, and even vinyls and books. For any students looking to save an extra buck or two, the best day to stop in would be Sundays because all students get an extra 20 percent discount on their items. This location also accepts donations, which provides a great way to give back. 

Green Gypsy Thrift Shop, 66-935 Kaukonahua Rd., Waialua
This hole-in-the-wall vintage thrift shop is truly a hidden gem. It is by far my favorite because of its location and old-fashion feel. One can expect to find items such as: jewelry, hats, shoes, clothes, swimsuits, and even wetsuits. Upon walking into the store, there is a crystal and rock shop to the left which is a must see. The Green Gypsy Thrift Shop lives on the second floor above a cafe, which serves as a perfect place to get refreshed after a thorough thrifting session. Neighboring the cafe is one of Oahu’s most underrated bakeries, the Paalaa Kai Bakery. Because of its unique content and undeniably great location, this thrift shop makes for an irresistible pit stop after a long drive from town into Haleiwa.