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Thrift Pony Announces Move to Camp North End

Vintage resale shop to open larger space in Fall 2024

a portrait of the team from Thrift Pony, a local vintage thrift pop-up from Charlotte, NC
The Thrift Pony crew (Photo by Claire Lucas)

Charlotte-based secondhand and vintage resale shop Thrift Pony will move from its location in the Commonwealth/Plaza Midwood area to a larger space in the Boileyard District of the sprawling Camp North End campus. 

Founded in 2020 by Hellen Moffitt, the shop began as the clothing rental service PonyBox, a sustainable and accessible shopping experience with a focus on all things vibrant and colorful. In 2023, after building a loyal fanbase through a number of successful pop-up events, Moffit opened Thrift Pony, a retail format consignment shop on Morningside Drive that offered a curated selection of vintage and modern secondhand clothes, including graphic tees, coats, sweaters, cowboy boots, handbags, hats, accessories and quirky “random trinkets.”

The new 2,700-square-foot space, located at 1824 Statesville Avenue, Unit 103 in Camp North End’s Boileryard District, will be a notable expansion for Moffitt. The new space will hold more than 3,000 items for customers to peruse with hundreds of pieces added daily. Thrifters can also visit Thrift Pony’s Instagram page to see select items available for sale.

“With Thrift Pony, we’ve created a fun, local shopping experience for people who love to express themselves through unique fashion, and who also get to feel good about giving clothes a second life,” Moffitt stated in the release.

a portrait of the owner of Thrift Pony, Hellen Moffitt, posing in front of a pink bus
Owner of Thrift Pony, Hellen Moffitt (Photo by Claire Lucas)

Her vision for the new location will be bright, welcoming and colorful with art from local artists decorating the walls and available for purchase. The store will also have a designated consignment appointment entrance for customers selling their gently used clothing.

“More than any other place I’ve seen, Camp North End celebrates Charlotte culture and champions local businesses in a really authentic way,” Moffitt added. “Joining Camp is a special opportunity to plug into one of the city’s coolest places, alongside some of the city’s best businesses and events.”

Thrift Pony has also served as an incubator for other local thrift entrepreneurs such as Thique Threads, which found a home at the Commonwealth location, allowing Beaux Bennet and Angel Medina to grow their plus-size consignment business Thique Threads at her monthly pop-ups. 

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Thrift Pony is just the latest in a string of new tenants announced at Camp North End as the campus continues to grow. Last week, we broke the news that Charlotte-based video production agency Loyd Visuals will open its new studio space and headquarters in Camp North End. 

“Hellen’s business acumen, creative spirit and go-getter attitude is a recipe for continued success and we are thrilled to have Thrift Pony join the Camp North End family,” said Tommy Man, development director at Camp North End, in Tuesday’s release. “Like so many of the businesses in our community, Thrift Pony is more than just a retail shop, it has created an enthusiastic following that aligns with our vision of fostering a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere in Charlotte.”

Along with Thrift Pony’s brick-and-mortar store, the shop also hosts pop-up events in Charlotte and cities across the East Coast, curates markets with vintage vendors and holds $1 sales to clear out excess inventory with proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations.

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