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Thrifting: 4 Great Places for Second-Hand Shopping in Lancaster, PA

Melissa Frost
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Thrifting has become somewhat of a buzzword lately. It might be the fact that wearing the same clothes as everyone else out there, and paying full price for it, isn't really tempting for the younger generation.

There's also the environmental aspect to it. The volume of clothing Americans throw away each year has doubled in the last 20 years, from 7 million to 14 million tons. If buying used can help, all the better. Here are 4 places in Lancaster County, where you'll likely find a great deal on something unique and characteristic.

Smilin' Gal Vintage Clothing

At Building Character, Lancaster city's largest retail destination for vintage, recycled and handmade goods, you'll find Smilin' Gal Vintage Clothing.

Here, you can fin everything from stunning 50s dresses to vintage athletic wear, classic 90s jeans, accessories, shoes, and so much more.

Address: 342 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Root's Country Market & Auction

Root's Market & Auction, among locals known simply as Roots is the oldest single family-run country market in the county. From a humble start as a poultry auction in 1925, they now offer an enormous variety of everything from fresh produce and baked goods, gems, antiques and plenty of second-hand items. If you or your family are into sports, some of the vendors sell jerseys at a decent price.

Address: 705 Graystone Road, Manheim, PA 17545

The Scarlet Willow

The Scarlet Willow is offering a little bit of everything; A large variety of vintage clothing, accessories, home decor, and more. The shop is run by Jodi Pabon who is focused on finding original and interesting pieces to share with the locals.

Everything you’ll find here is sourced, bought, and sold by Jodi with help from her team.

Address: 320 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Green Dragon Farmer's Market & Auction

Since its start in 1932, Green Dragon has grown to become one of the largest flea markets on the East Coast. The 60-acre spot is filled with everything from fresh vegetables and Amish-style baked goods to gems and second-hand treasures. If you're looking for a good deal, odds are you'll find it here.

Green Market is only open on Fridays, and it's smart to bring cash. Not all vendors accept cards.

Address: 955 North State Street, Ephrata PA 17522

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