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Back to School Thrifting

An early Saturday or Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to take a break from school by going on a shopping trip. Columbus is considered a top fashion city right after NYC and LA (seriously, look it up), so there’s an abundance of merchants. Thankfully for students on a budget, there are also plenty of affordable shops and thrifting opportunities near campus.


There are shops just within walking distance from your dorm room. Did you know that OSU has its own thrift store on campus? Located in the lower level of Converse Hall (near Fisher College of Business), Buckeye Bargains has actually been around since the late 1960s. The shop is maintained by Ohio State’s University Women’s Club and their proceeds are turned into a scholarship fund. According to a 1974 article from The Lantern, it was originally created to help international students find affordable items. Now accepting donated clothes, appliances, and household goods, this shop is open to the public on Wednesdays and is truly one of the campus’ coolest hidden gems. South campus is home to Clothing Underground (1652 High St.) It sits between 12th Ave and Chittenden. Here you’ll find super trendy OSU gear that is new, thrifted, or repurposed for Block. Plus, they have great deals on accessories like sunglasses and buttons.


The addition of electric scooters to campus has made traveling Cbus even easier for students without cars. Another option is the COTA bus, which will basically take you anywhere you need to go on and o campus with the swipe of your BuckID. The 1 and 2 lines will take you up and down High. Clintonville holds the closest Goodwill (2550 High St.) in the area, with apparel and furniture. As well as women’s and men’s wear, Rag-O-Rama (3301 High St.) has an impressive selection of shoes and accessories, including bags, hats, and jewelry. Stay on the lookout for the retailer’s annual Dollar Sale. In the famous Short North, Out of the Closet (1230 High St.) sells donated clothing, books, and home goods, also offering free HIV testing. A large percentage of their profits are donated to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Further down High Street, Royal Factory (1209 High St.) provides customers with uniquely transformed and affordable women’s thrifted clothing. You may have heard of Flower Child (233 E 5th Ave.) if you’re into quality vintage finds. The expansive vintage shop first founded in Columbus recently moved o of High St. to a newer, larger location and is even more impressive than before.


Online shopping has become a major part of our lives, so we can’t ignore click-and-mortar retail. Ohio State has tens of thousands of students, and many of them sell clothes they’ve created or found thrifting. Two Buckeyes, Caroline Ricke and Winter Grimm, started a Depop Club on campus to show students how to buy and sell clothes online. They each have their own shops on the Depop app, @spicygirl and @winterbunny. Other digital platforms for shopping include social media accounts on everyone’s favorite photo platform, Instagram. OSU senior Sydney Coleman created her own @osuapparel last summer to sell “upcycled game-day gear” as a way of reducing her carbon footprint. Similar Ohio State themed Instagram shops include @blockoapparel, @osuvintage, @osu.upcycle, and @tailgatetingz. Many of them offer campus pick-ups, so you can direct message the account to purchase an item then meet up on campus to receive it!

Join us at Ethyl & Tank on Sunday, August 18 with some of our favorite block Instagram stylists and shop their famous looks!


Lizzy Amarachi

Lizzy Amarachi


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