When I travel, one of my favorite activities is embarking on a wild goose chase of sorts to hunt down any promising vintage sports to satisfy my thirst for thrifting. There is nothing more satisfying than snagging a piece that you know is awesome and unique. Vintage fashion has helped me to greatly expand my personal style aesthetic by allowing me to mix classics with modern pieces. You might have noticed you're not the only savvy shopper on a mission when prowling the racks. Everyone wants to find that extra special purchase that makes it all worth it. Here's some choice spots to make a note to hit when you're traveling this season or perhaps that exist in your very own city!
Miami is a new vintage hotspot in the States and definitely needs to be on your to do list. Be sure to check out C Madeleine’s, one of the city’s best kept secrets, with rails and rails of garments; from velvet boleros dating back as early as 1900 to '90s Christian Lacroix sunglasses, along with clothing from the decades in between.
After visiting one of the world’s largest vintage showrooms, check out the variety of stores in Biscayne Bay. You’re sure to lose hours browsing through the '80s classics! Due to the hot temperature in Miami, the locals don’t usually wear coats, so you’re likely to bag yourself a bargain for the winter ahead! Get in the know and enjoy all that Miami has to offer, including the exclusive nightlife, mouth-watering cuisine and, of course, the shopping.
Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn is a great place to start your vintage spree. Stocking an enormous selection of clothing, accessories and jewelry, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
The best place for upscale European vintage wear is Amarcord on Lafayette Street, with sequined and sparkly clothing that goes easy on the eyes (even if the prices don’t!).
Looking for designer vintage? Collette is a boutique selling designer clothing, shoes and handbags. You will find the main Collette store on Madison Avenue. If you’re lucky enough to be in New York this autumn, be sure to visit the Manhattan vintage clothing show at the Metropolitan Pavilion on the 25th and 26th October, a vintage extravaganza not to be missed.
L.A is one of the oldest places for vintage attire, with shops stocking goods for every budget and style. Jat Rag is a great bargain boutique, whereas Hidden Treasures is quite literally an attic full of hidden treasures. For the best choice of accessories though, make your way to Lemon Frog and pick up items to glam up any outfit.
One of my favorite thrift chains here is Out of the Closet. This is a fantastic place to hit on the regular because their selection is quality controlled and I have found so many practically brand new pieces. One of my favorites is an essentially new (tags still attached!) wool peacoat by Covet. Not only is their clothing enjoyable to sift through, they also have wonderful furniture. Josh now has a Steelcase desk to work at and I have a fabulous Art Deco vanity to do my own (makeup) work at! Plus, donations help support the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Be sure and check out the Glassell Park Superstore, the dispatch center for Out of the Closet.
Another local shop to visit is Sundays Best Thrift Apparel. This small but strategically organized shop hosts a hand-picked selection of quality threads that are in great condition and at budget-friendly prices, ranging from $2 to $10.
Almost next door you can find Hutch, a cozy family-owned and operated vintage furniture shop. They explore the city to find super cool '50s and '60s furniture at affordable prices that they hand pick. We discovered Hutch while on the prowl for an Eames chair and really lucked up. Now we can't stop going back. The owner, Natalie Hutcheson, is super nice and keeps customers in the loop with her weekly email list of the latest snagged pieces.
Flounce, Lisa Gerstein's Echo Park vintage boutique is a result of her overflowing closet. Flounce maintains the intimate, disorderly and familiar feel of a personal collection. Superior assortment of Vera 60's tops, soft feminine 20's dresses and 50's novelty prints. I love sifting through their girly garments.
The Way We Wore is a world famous shop, with statement pieces showing off the very best of Hollywood vintage. Work your way through rail upon rail of designer names and high quality pieces at the South La Brea Avenue store. Are you looking to snag the perfect pair of shades like your favorite fashionable starlet? If so, visit Replay, a sunglasses heaven selling everything from hippie shades and neon frames to classic old-school aviators.
If you're local or happen to be in town, don't miss the Silver Lake Art Craft & Vintage Flea Market held the second Saturday each month. Voted the "Best Indie Flea Market" by L.A. Weekly, you can browse to your heart's content, with over 40 DIY crafters, vintage clothes vendors, artists, food trucks and more. I stumbled across a red vintage Coach mini purse here last month and this was no fluke, the market is full of desirable pieces and offers something for everybody. It's got that creative and almost boho shopping vibe going on.
Vintage hunters have flocked to the acclaimed vintage areas across Paris for many years to indulge themselves in collectibles and clothing. The Paris Flea Market, Le Monde Du Voyage, sells couture, vintage suitcases and old brand clothing from names such as Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton (to name just a few!).
Once you have exhausted the Flea Market, a recommended stop off is GoldyMama, where you can enter into the ‘Narnia’ of clothing. GoldyMama stocks everything from wedding dresses to bath hats. Or try the acclaimed Didier Ludot, where you can find antiques, accessories and labels beyond your wildest dreams.
London is a Mecca for vintage worshipers, with many temples of clothes just waiting to be explored. From pieces ranging from 1920 up to the '80s , head to Blackout II in Covent Garden. Or join the likes of Kate Moss at Rellik on Golborne Road, stacked with top quality clothing and a large selection of Japanese designer wear.
Little Treasures, a vintage boutique nestled in Hastings’ historic High Street in the Old Town is another spot to hit. Little Treasures is all about not breaking the bank. Their trove of vintage clothing, shoes and accessories also includes a range of cool and quirky items for your home, including lampshades and cushions, vintage mirrors, artwork and pictures.
After you have finished with all of the mini boutiques across the town, Camden Market is the ultimate place to bag a bargain. The market stalls offer one-offs and must haves which will keep your shopping addiction satisfied for hours. Stables Market is the place to be if you want the best vintage and second hand clothing that Camden has to offer. [via Grazia Daily]
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What is your favorite city to thrift?