Clarion Hotel Central
3207 N Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: (804) 359-9441
Fax: (804) 359-3207
At Diversity Thrift, it may be a little overwhelming at first because there are just so many things for sale! There are clothes, vintage furniture, CD's, books, frames, appliances, jewelry - the list goes on and on. The items in the store are constantly changing, so you will rarely find the same items being sold twice. All proceeds go towards benefiting the Gay Community Center of Richmond.
Tucked away in a corner of Richmond's historic Fan district, Black Swan carries hundreds of used and rare books. The shelves are full, but not cluttered, and are easy to browse. The knowledgeable staff will help you quickly locate a particular author or title in the store or through an Internet search. Special orders are welcome. Antique couches and chairs provide comfortable places to sit and read discoveries before purchasing them. Cats curl up here, too, when they tire of prowling through the store.
At Ashby, a secondhand and resale shop located in Carytown, you will find clothes from all of the hottest brands (Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Gap, H&M and more), as well as a wide range of fashionable accessories at affordable prices. The clothes are gently worn, so they will practically be new. If you are interested in having your clothes, shoes, and accessories for resale, stop by every Thursday and Sunday. You don't need an appointment. Sellers get 30% cash on the spot or 50% in store credit.
At first glance, Mongrel might look like a pet store. However, upon closer inspection, you will find that Mongrel is an extraordinary cards and stationary store that carries quirky and humorous gift items. First there are your standard greeting cards and gifts, like books and writing utensils, and then there are the more unique items, such as inflatable unicorn horns and Shakespeare insult band aids. The store is spacious, nifty and unbearably cute, with wood paneled walls and tons of shelves filled with trinkets and treasures. Stop by this Carytown location and be amazed!
It is hard to walk by this shop without stopping in for a look. The window is full of fascinating items from almost every period of Richmond's history. Inside, a charming collection of antique clothing, shoes and accessories await discovery. Cases look more like your grandmother's jewelry box, filled with antique jewelry, gloves and fans. The shelves are almost a time-line, showing hats and shoes from the closets of decades of fashionable southern men and women. Tuxedos and beaded dresses from the 1920s, capes from the 1890s, and kid gloves and feathered hats are just a few examples of items you will find here.
Richmond's alternative music store, Plan 9 Music, specializes in titles, imports and small labels that are difficult to find. Discover what you are looking for on CD, DVD or LP, with every genre of music available. Used records and cassettes, a vast collection of T-shirts and posters are also on sale and decorate the store's walls, ceilings and aisles. Live performances by local bands are held in the store on occasion and usually their recordings are available for sale.
From the 1890s to the 1970s, Luxor Vintage displays the luxury of several decades. Packed with clothing, hats, shoes and accessories, there are many unbelievable bargains. For example, a 1930s brocade box purse, over $100 in most stores, was only $30 here! You could spend hours poring through the racks and piles of offerings. This is the largest collection of vintage wear in town.
Few places in Richmond are as full of fascination and fun as World of Mirth. How about sticking a hobbling nun on your dashboard? Or, grab a bag full of rubber chickens and bugs to hide away where others will discover them. Add a "Superman" or "Yellow Submarine" cookie jar or "Betty Boop" salt and pepper shakers to your kitchen. Buy a wind-up robot or chicken and use them as unique gifts. In addition to novelties, this store has toys too.
Whether you are looking to sell your used books or buy new ones to delve into different adventures, Chop Suey Books in Carytown is for you. Here, you can get credit or cash back for your books and then peruse the spacious store for novels of all genres. There are over 45,000 books in the store, so you will never get bored!
Eurotrash brings clothes from European designers to Richmond. Brands such as Ted Baker and Mina UK hang on the racks at very affordable prices. Stop by to peruse the chic clothes and perhaps you'll leave with a purchase or two.
Carytown is a treasure trove of specialty stores and restaurants. Stroll down the sidewalks and explore antique stores, salons, vintage clothing stores, coffee places, bookshops and more. On and off street parking is plentiful. The eateries represent many different kinds of food, from Mexican at Nacho Mamma's to French-Asian at Indochine or Indian at Farouk's. The shops include Premiere Costumes, The Compleat Gourmet and Leo Burke Furniture. These and other stores have sidewalk sales in the spring and fall and open houses on December Sundays. In August, the street comes to life with the Watermelon Festival.
Southern ladies surrender their gently used clothing at The Hall Tree. This upscale secondhand store offers lovely clothes in excellent condition that are sold for a fraction of their original price. Items are carefully selected, dry-cleaned and in-season.