Getting bundled up is a pretty rare necessity here in the Bay Area, but we do get the occasional winter storm. When wet weather approaches, you won’t find us headed for Macy’s, Nordstrom, or Bloomingdales for our layers, we’re headed for the local thrift store.
Coats are a wardrobe staple, so there are a lot of classic styles that never seem to go out of fashion. That means that even if your thrifted coat is 20 years old, chances are it’s still in fashion (or will be again very soon).
Coats are one of those high-ticket fashion expenses that are very easy to find for cheap at the thrift store. Where you might spend hundreds of dollars on a new designer coat, you can find the same designer look in a thrifted coat for a tiny fraction of the price, often less than $20.
See how our second-hand coats compare to their designer label equivalents, both in price and style!
Brittany’s Faux Coyote Fur Coat
$35 at Buffalo Exchange
Full Price Equivalent: $217 at Adela Queen or $179 at Fabulous Furs
Devon’s DKNY Double Breasted Trench Coat
$15 at Goodwill
Full Price Equivalent: $200 at Macy’s
Brittany’s Wool Trench Coat
Inherited from family member
Full Price Equivalent: $988 from Michael Kors
Devon’s Old Navy Tweed Coat with custom-added leather buttons
$12 at Hospice by the Bay Hodgepodge in San Rafael
Full Price Equivalent: $186 at Bloomingdales
Brittany’s Vintage Camel Hair Wrap Coat
$20 at Thrill of the Find Thrift in Truckee, CA
Full Price Equivalent: $218 from Trina Turk
Devon’s Long Black Trench Coat
$5 at the Family Store in Mill Valley
Full Price Equivalent: $130 at Nordstrom