Sneaker Con and ThriftCon are happening this weekend in Denver

Here’s what you need to know.
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Sneakers available for the skilled inside It’s a Bodega’s spot in Platt Park. Aug. 16, 2022.
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For the sneakerhead that's looking to add to their on-feet rotation or the person who finds bliss in sorting through hundreds of vintage t-shirts, the stars have aligned for fashion heads in Denver this weekend.

Kicking off Saturday, April 22, Sneaker Con will host their Denver event at the Colorado Convention Center from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Then Sunday, April 23, ThriftCon Denver returns to the National Western Complex from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here's what you need to know about the events this weekend:

Sneaker Con Denver

Sneaker Con is a traveling event that hosts vendors and attendees interested in buying, selling and trading sneakers. The congregation of sneakerheads allows attendees to not only see some of the most exclusive shoes on the market, but also gives them a chance at owning a pair of their own. The all-ages event will also offer sneaker trivia games, meet and greets with sneaker influencers, and a look at Ben Kickz's million dollar sneaker collection.

Founders Alan Vinogradov, Barris Vinogradov, and Yu-Ming Wu started Sneaker Con in August 2008 before eventually hosting their first event in March 2009 at the Times Square Arts Center in New York. It has since grown over the years, making its first international appearance in May 2017 in London and in August 2017 in Hong Kong. Two years ago, the trio also announced six global warehouses in New York, Las Vegas, Toronto, London, Berlin and Sydney dedicated to authentication services. Most recently, Sneaker Con finalized a sale of its authentication and marketplace business to eBay in November 2021.

Now, Sneaker Con events have an eBay authenticity booth that will authenticate a pair of shoes, free of charge, by an eBay sneaker expert.

Tickets to their Denver event are $29 General Admission.

ThriftCon Denver

ThriftCon Denver has become a nationwide gathering of vintage clothing and retro culture. It features over 100 vendors as well as multiple activation and installations that celebrate the magic of vintage. The buy-sell-trade party format is like a huge flea market for attendees to peruse through for an entire day that feature toys, arts, posters, home goods and of course, clothing.

The event originally began in Denver, founded by Mars Conte, David Bywater and Ken Meade, and has since traveled to other cities spreading the joy of thrifting. This year, ThriftCon will also be in Los Angeles, Houston, Portland and Las Vegas.

Tickets are $12 presale, $20 at the door and there is also a 9 a.m. $30 early bird option for those that would like to get a one-hour head start in the bins.

Attendees are also invited to bring any unwanted clothes to donate. Donations will be given to the Denver Rescue Mission.

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