Going off to college is always an exciting time of year.
Each fall you get to return to campus and see friends that you’ve missed over the summer. It’s also a great time to lay down some new dorm room decor. We all know dorm furniture has to functional and useful-- and it needs to fit in a smaller space. There isn’t a lot of room for extra items, so each part of your decor should look good-- but also should serve a purpose.
We’ve put together this list of spots in Pittsburgh where you can find some unique items to add to your dorm room. There’s no cookie-cutter pieces at these stores! No matter what you’re style is-- or what you’re looking for-- you’re sure to find some interesting additions at these shops.
If you know a college student who’s in need of some dorm decor items, why not send them a GiftYa personalized gift card? They’re accepted at all the shops on this list-- as well as many others throughout Pittsburgh. It’s a great way to help them get that one special item that will tie their dorm decor together.
2544 Library Rd., #102
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sat 9am-5pm
Zicknacks Community Thrift Store is a great place to search for that perfect dorm room item. They are constantly getting new merchandise, which is updated daily on their Facebook site. This store is located in Castle Shannon, and is right off Library Road in the South Hills-- so it’s easy to get to from all over the city.
If you’re looking for a one of a kind item that will definitely be a conversation piece-- look no further than this thrift store. They also include delivery of any purchases as well-- which is one less thing to worry about!
“The staff are very kind and helpful which made my shopping experience great every time I have visited. They offer free pick up for donated furniture which means they have a good variety and rotation at any given time.” -Yelp Review
2012 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Highway Robbery Vintage is one of Pittsburgh’s best places to pick up something vintage to add to your dorm-- or your closet! This cool store is located in the South Side and has been adding flare to the Pittsburgh fashion and decor scene since 2011. This shop’s items are always updating, so make sure you check back often for all the latest merchandise.
If you happen to have items that you’re looking to sell, consider taking them to Unique Vintage! They buy, sell, and trade in all sorts of items, so bring down your used clothes or decor items as well!
“This is the finest vintage clothing store in the region. Upon entering the shop you are immediately struck by the amazing selection of beautiful, unique items from yesteryear.” -Yelp Review
7805 McKnight Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Repurposed for the Thrifty Shopper in You challenges Pittsburghers to be conscientious about where they shop. This store is located in Ross Twp. and all the proceeds from purchases benefit Living in Liberty-- which is a non-profit organization that helps victims of human trafficking. It’s a wonderful cause to help support-- and all purchases of their items go directly to the organization and the volunteers that run it.
Repurposed has all kinds of things to add a little something to your dorm decor-- including furniture, household goods, and clothing. Help make a difference in the world and consider picking up something from Repurposed!
“On top of them supporting Living in Liberty, a human trafficking support organization, the staff members of Repurposed are incredibly nice and helpful. Their prices are more than fair to begin with, and they always have additional discounts.” -Yelp Review
1531 Saw Mill Run Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15210
Used Furniture Gallery is a fantastic place to pick up a like-new piece of furniture for your dorm room this year. They also stock bedroom items, antiques, accessories, and all kinds of miscellaneous decor items. This store is located in the Carrick neighborhood of Pittsburgh and conveniently right on Route 51.
Their sales people are also known to be incredibly helpful and will help you find just the piece you’re looking for. They also accept furniture donations as well-- so if you have something that just doesn’t fit your decor anymore, consider selling it!
“I had a great experience here - a must see before purchasing furniture. Huge inventory and so much fun to browse. Ron and Bill are very helpful; great service overall.” -Yelp Review
3744 Willow Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
If you’re looking for that special piece to tie your dorm decor together, consider stopping by Everyday Eclectic and browsing some of their used and antique items. This store is located in the bustling business district of Castle Shannon, and is right on the Light Rail Transit Line. The owner of this shop takes pride in her extensive collection of interesting items-- all of which change weekly.
If you’re looking for a perfect accent table, lamp, or wall art-- stop by this unique shop.
“Great place to browse. Quaint little store with 3.5 rooms. She has some high quality pieces of furniture and household accessories. Definitely shop here instead of going to a normal retail store.” -Google Review
86 S. 26th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Known for their delicious vegan brunch-- as well as their extensive antique and thrift collection-- the Zenith Tea Room is a great place to find that special item for your dorm. Whether you need something to fill your walls, a carpet, a table, or even some coffee table books-- the selection at this place is unmatched.
Stop by after Sunday brunch in the South Side for a look around their shop-- you’ll be sure to find that eclectic item you’re looking for!
“The interior of this place is a thrift shop, mismatched sets of dining, all kinds of crazy cool old art and junk that just make a beautiful mish-mash of an old antique home-y vibe. It's lovely and I can't wait to go back.” -Yelp Review
1602 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
The Culture Shop is a favorite shop in the South Side for those who like to do things a little differently. They have an extensive array of interesting wall art, conversation pieces, rugs, tapestries, and furniture. Not to mention an amazing collection of jewelry, books, and incense-- the perfect additions to any dorm room!
If you’re not sure what you need, talk to the sales staff-- they’re incredibly helpful and can guide you to exactly what you’re looking for.
“Super cute store. Lots of interesting charms and decorations, along with a huge variety of jewelry and incense. The prices are great too. I've bought five rings so far, and plan to return frequently. There's so much to look at and the atmosphere is inviting and calming.” -Google Review
180 Curry Hollow Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
The Buttonhole Women’s and Furniture Consignment is an amazing place to pick up dorm room consignment furniture-- and perhaps some new pieces for your closet as well! The owner really takes the time to pick out the pieces she has in her store-- and if you can’t find exactly what it is you’re looking for, she’s more than happy to double check her inventory. Stop by this little shop in Pleasant Hills the next time you’re looking for some new dorm decor.
“Mindy, the owner is so sweet! Her shop is extremely clean. She has such nice products including jewelry, clothing shoes and household items. I always find something to buy! Everyone should stop by and shop!” -Google Review
Check out any of these interesting shops for one of a kind items for your dorm room. Whether you’re looking for a new desk-- or just want that perfect picture-- these shops are sure to have many unique options to choose from! Where do you shop for eclectic dorm decor in Pittsburgh? Let us know in the comments!