Rag-o-Rama/2651 N High St/Columbus, OH
This shop seems to win the "Best Thrift Store" award in one of the local alternative weeklies, but "thrift store" is a bit of a misnomer.
Staffed by seemingly bored college students (or are they just too cool to wait on me? LOL) this store has a large selection of trendy clothes as well as vintage clothing that is back in style again. They also have a large shoe collection, although quite a few of them look like they may have belonged to characters from Sex & the City
(Ouch! Those super-high heels! How do they do it??) If you are looking for a specific item and don't want to search every thrift store in Columbus, this might be where you want to go. You won't pay retail, but don't expect any great deals. Again Clothing/1108 N High St/Columbus, OH
Like Rag-o-Rama but on a smaller scale, this store puts a bigger emphasis on vintage stuff. The staff tends to be helpful and knowledgeable as well. Also sellsRetro-inspired jewelry. My best score there? A vintage hand beaded 50's cardigan for $24. Seen similar stuff sell for over $50.Deja Vu/11 N. State Street/Westerville, OH
Located in a Columbus suburb, this shop tends to cater to an older crowd. A good place to go if you are looking for career clothing at reasonable prices. Also has shoes and jewelry.Experienced Design/1415 Grandview Ave/Columbus
Located in an old and (mostly) affluent neighborhood, this store is a great place to go for all those designer goods--Chanel, Armani, Fendi, DKNY, etc. Not many bargins of course, but great for those that love a label. Friendly staff and cool chairs shaped like high heels.Plato's Closet Teen Shop/various locations
I went in here once (w/a former co-worker who was 20) and felt VERY old at 30. Good place for those cute trendy brands--Old Navy, Gap, Abercrombie, etc. If you are braver than I, go for it!