Living in a college town usually means working off the stereotypical college budget. Despite this, “What am I going to wear this weekend?” still comes soon after, “How will I pay rent?” and “What do I have to eat?” in the list of important questions.
923 East Broadway
16 S. Ninth St.
507 E. Nifong Blvd.
Gotcha! Costume Shop
27 N. Tenth St.
Leo’s Old Clothes
9 N. Ninth St.
818 East Broadway
2609 E. Broadway
Even though the mall is located a mere 10 minutes away from campus, don’t blow your budget without making a few stops first. Columbia has a variety of secondhand and vintage shops where you can easily snag a deal. Here are some of the best things to look for:
Why buy retro-inspired clothing from a brand-name chain when you can get the real deal? Check out Maude Vintage, which specializes in clothing from the early 1980s and before. Selection isn’t just limited to tops and bottoms — Maude and other stores, such as Absolute Vintage, also carry accessories and jewelry.
Walking around campus and downtown means your shoes will be taking some damage. Investing in comfortable kicks doesn’t leave much for party pumps. Pick up a loud, splashy pair at Blackberry Exchange for less than $15.
Layering is one of the best skills a college student can learn. Wear something light when walking (or running) to class, but bring something along for sitting in an air-conditioned classroom. Pick a loud pattern that will fit over anything you happen to wear.
Costume rentals are the solution for when you want an extravagant outfit you don’t plan on wearing ever again. Both Gotcha! Costume Shop and Maude Vintage have weekly rental options so you don’t have to clear out extra room in your closet.