This is Richmond’s only true oddities shop. Rest in Pieces specializes in “affordable curiosities” and the ethical sourcing of animal specimens, bones, taxidermy and more. These licensed taxidermists take custom orders and are constantly acquiring new collectibles. Their online shop represents only a fraction of the weirdness they have in store for the interested (some would say morbidly curious) customer.
“Richmond’s Progressive Bargain Store,” Diversity Thrift was opened in 2000 as a way for the Richmond Gay Community Foundation to raise money for direct grants to be awarded to non-profits working to better the community for LGBTQ folks. Diversity Thrift is for the truly committed bargain hunter. The main location (with a rainbow painted side that can be spotted from I-95) is comprised of rooms both big and small, that are dedicated to different items: books, clothes, housewares, furniture, etc. You can be sure that you will find a deal here, just treat your visit like a treasure hunt and you will not be disappointed! There is also a large community center next to the store. Various community events, including Richmond Zine Fest, are held here throughout the year!
This super hip consignment boutique was started by VCUarts alumni. The crew at Rumors are buying, selling and trading clothing daily and are handpicking each item for sale to ensure a wide selection of high quality clothing. Don’t miss this place if you love fashion and the RVA style! $-$$$
Ashby has a huge selection of gently used name brand clothes and shoes, handmade jewelry and unique vintage items. True to their slogan, “Almost Everything is Under $30,” Ashby offers great deals on high quality clothing items!
World of Mirth is an amazing shop offering unique toys for kids of all ages. This shop has been described as Pee Wee’s House meets Dr. Seuss. You can find wooden baby toys, soft plush animals, games, crafts, books, tees for babies and toddlers, collectible vinyl toys, Mexican folk art and so much more. From giant stuffed Totoro dolls to Dr. Who figurines, this is the perfect place to get a child’s birthday or holiday gift (even if that kid is actually and adult). $-$$$
While the adorable store cat Wonton will probably draw you in, you will want to stay for the extensive selection of books at Chop Suey. It may look small from the outside, but inside you’ll find so many books from virtually every genre imaginable. The huge art book and graphic novel sections are a must see. Chop Suey also sells books written and published by local Richmond authors!
Whether you’re a Marvel fan, a DC fan, or just a comix fan comic lovers can come to Velocity Comics to find what they’re looking for. Velocity has a wide variety of graphic novels and zines for you to choose from (or can order it for you). New inventory ships to the store every Wednesdays, so be sure to mark that in your calendar to grab the latest copies of your favorite comics.
Repeatedly named “Richmond’s Best Vintage Store” by several publications, Bygones is a high quality vintage shop that has amazing pieces from several eras. They carry a large selection of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from 1900 to 1970. Gowns to gloves, tuxedos to tiaras, fishnets to fedora hats, if you are interested in all things vintage you cannot miss Bygones!