My all-time favorite places to shop are those where I get a double-whammy of feelgoodery, for both saving money, and recycling: used clothing stores.

We have so many shops filled with gorgeous previously owned clothing in great condition, just waiting patiently for us to give them a second chance, I thought I’d help them. Hold tight, Anthropologie skirt I saw at Simply Chic – I’m coming for you! Here’s a breakdown of the places you need to be looking for your next stellar look:

If You Don’t Mind a Little Digging

Simply Chic (739 4th Street)

This shop is a Santa Rosa institution and is jam-packed with high-end and boutique-brand clothing, plus tons of cashmere, furs, and an eye boggling inventory of boots – cowboy and otherwise. Whenever I go to Simply Chic, I give myself a decent amount of time to peruse, because there’s a LOT of stuff, and always something new to discover. In addition to taking clothes locally, the owner, Rita, heads to LA on the reg and brings back some incredible inventory. Their unique, hot brands make me swoon, and their prices are more than fair.

Crossing the Jordan (501 4th St)

A newcomer to Santa Rosa, Crossing the Jordan carries more mainstream labels – think Forever 21, Old Navy, Target, with some Gap and Banana Republic thrown in, and the very occasional higher-end item. What they do have going for them is a children’s section (scored some jeans for my little, woo hoo!), a huge selection of formal dresses (think prom), and menswear. The whole family can shop, which is a big bonus. Another perk: they are a non-profit which assists those struggling to make a positive transition in their lives.

Plato’s Closet (1914 Mendocino Ave.)

Close to both Santa Rosa High School and Santa Rosa Junior College, Plato’s Closet inventory caters to that younger, more ‘fashion-forward’ (whatever that means) crowd. I once tried to sell some clothes to them and they let me know with tact but in no uncertain terms that my items were “more mature” than what they carried. Which was fine, I proceeded to shop there anyway, because they have some dang cute stuff. Sure, I stumbled upon many an item which made me mutter “psh, this looks just like what I brought in here!” because have you seen me?! I am super hip, you guys!
Just kidding. I dress like your older uncle who goes through a midlife crisis and tries to look cool in jeans and t-shirts again. Hey – it doesn’t work on him, but it does on me, okay? Moving on.

If You Want Everything Laid Out All Nice For You

Paper Dolls (748 Montecito Ctr)

This adorable little shop in Santa Rosa’s Rincon Valley has a fun vintage vibe in their decor, and styles ranging from super high-end brands to party-ready ‘Ugly Christmas Sweaters’. Or, as my mom calls them: ‘sweaters’. They also have great sales. Can you guess who got some $5 Minnetonka moccasins to replace the slippers her brother’s dog recently ate? THIS GIRL!

Sisters Consignment Couture (2700 Yulupa Ave, Suite 6)

Out in Bennett Valley, those looking for those ‘more mature’ (ahem) clothes will find the perfect thing at Sisters Consignment Couture. Originally opened in Sonoma in 2007, this shop moved to Santa Rosa in 2016 and are quickly making themselves at home. They also carry some new items, like fun cozy socks, and some one-of-a-kind, upcycled items like large bags made from colorful rugs, and gorgeous Bohemian-style clothing made from bright silk scarves, by designer Indie Ella.

Gypsy Sisters (631 4th St, Suite E)

Back downtown and just down the block from Simply Chic is Gypsy Sisters, a much smaller shop which might be more up your alley if you prefer a quicker peruse – but not too quick, as clothing is arranged by color rather than size, which is aesthetically pleasing but takes a little more time to look at labels. This space is set up like a boutique, with sweet details and space to let the more special items shine.

If you’re looking for a more vintage look, don’t miss Hot Couture and Skirt Chaser, both in Railroad Square. Most of the stores mentioned will also either buy or consign your used clothes, but since every shop’s policies are different, you’ll want to ask before bringing in your items.

Did I miss your favorite used clothing spot? Share your shopping knowledge in the comments!