Recycling clothes is a great way to help save the environment. I personally love 80s vintage clothing. Since I moved to Charlotte, my thrifting game has been leveled up and you can find some fantastic vintage finds.

Nasty Gal published a new study revealing the most searched fashion era in each US state. With demand for ‘vintage clothing stores’ has increased by +400% over the past year in the United States, the vintage fashion industry has seen a surge in popularity in recent years.

The most searched vintage fashion era across America was Y2K fashion. Y2K fashion was the most popular era in most states overall, including New York, Texas, and Washington. With over 5.1 billion views of the #y2k hashtag, it seems that Gen-Z and nostalgia-loving millennials are the driving force behind the demand for clothing from the era. 90’s fashion was the second most popular vintage fashion era, followed by 80’s fashion.

  • Nasty Gal Thrifty Cities for Vintage Wear

    Nasty Gal Thrifty Cities for Vintage Wear

  • North Carolina's Favorite Vintage Clothing Era

    North Carolina loved the Y2k fashion era. It may be hard to believe that the 2000s is now considered vintage, but the era of low-rise jeans, velour, crop tops, and bold prints is America’s most popular trend. 21 US states have Y2K as their favored era. These statement looks are a blend of noughties pop culture, alongside the optimism of a new century, allowing creativity to thrive. You can see more on the Y2K style here.

  • Map of Thrifty States

    Map of Thrifty States

  • The Top 5 Thriftiest States in America

    Based on Google searches, these are the top 5 thriftiest states in America. Nasty Gal looked we looked at the search volume for popular thrift shops and the number of vintage stores within the most populated city of that state. North Carolina ranked number 17 on the list.

  • 5. Massachusetts

    Massachusetts makes the top five when it comes to the love of vintage, despite its small size. The Bay State had the fifth-highest average search volume for ‘thrift shop’ in our study, showing that it loves a good preowned deal. In addition to 9,736 (out of every 100,000) searching for popular pre-owned clothing sites online. One of the most populated cities in the country, Boston, has 129 thrift stores – that’s quite a collection of bargains!

  • 4. Wyoming

    Wyomingites searched for eBay more than any other state last year, and Wyomingites were also the top searchers for thrift shops. As you can visit thrift stores such as Plato’s Closet in the city’s most populated city, Cheyenne, you can see the love of pre-owned fashion and vintage eras. Known for their affordable style, anyone who loves vintage and bargain clothing should visit.

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  • 3. California

    Californians seem to love a bargain, as the most populous city of LA is home to a staggering 240 thrift stores. Must-visit vintage stores include SquaresVille located on North Vermount Avenue, where you can not only discover statement pieces, but you can also sell or trade items you already have! The true beauty of thrifting in California? Not only will you stumble across ultra-stylish pieces and designer discounts, but some items may also even have been previously owned by a big-name celebrity!

  • 2. Oregon

    Thanks to a massive 240 thrift stores in the most populated city, Portland, Oregon takes silver in our ranking of the thriftiest cities. Over 1 in 10 people searching for popular thrift apps. The study found that Oregonian’s favorite fashion era is Y2K (the 2000s), so fans of the noughties trends are sure to find the perfect piece.

  • 1. New York

    New York has come out as the thriftiest state in the US. New York City is home to 239 thrift stores and over 11,606 (for every 100,000) New Yorkers searched for popular pre-owned clothing sites. The Thrifty Hog, located in Manhattan is home to carefully curated vintage clothing, whilst providing jobs for homeless moms. This is a true must-visit thrift store.

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