When it comes to vintage shopping, we don’t really have a type—meaning, we love the super glossy emporiums with a museum vibe just as much as the mom-and-pops you have to dig your way through to find treasure. We don’t discriminate, because high or low, all fashion with a past shares the same common denominator: undeniable character. Here, 15 cities that promise a unique quest for any budget—from pristine Hermès Kelly bags to perfectly destroyed band tees.
The Ultimate Vintage Shopping Guide
What Goes Around Comes Around in East Hampton
Known For: Incredible vintage denim (like orange label Levi's), stacks of perfectly faded retro T-shirts and highly-coveted designer accessories and jewelry.
C. Madeleines in Miami
Known For: The grandiose size of the actual store (think warehouse!), meticulously organized with separate sections for crochet, Victorian lace, Hawaiian prints, etc. and a range of prices for any budget.
Archive Vintage in Austin
Known For: Gorgeously curated accessories, runway pieces (loads of Chanel!) and costume jewelry worth splurging on.
Pretty Penny in Oakland
Known For: Bohemian crochet, romantic florals and anything with a hippie-chic vibe.
Held Over in San Francisco
Known For: A wide range of merchandise ranging from '80s warm-up jackets to Penny Lane shearling coats to covetable rock T-shirts.
The Perfect Purse in Southampton
Known For: An insane collection of handbags including super high-end crocodile Birkins, chic Gucci logo bags and everything in between.
The Garment District in Boston
Known For: Really bright colorful rails of dresses that are your answer for what to wear to a destination wedding, ridiculously cool denim and sundresses for days.
Deja Vu Vintage Finery in Palm Springs
Known For: All the amazing prints and patterns you would expect to see at a pool party in Palm Springs circa 1965.
Resurrection in New York City
Known For: Mint-condition '60s, '70s and '80s luxury designer pieces, museum-calibre curation and red-carpet worthy gowns (both their new NYC location and Los Angeles store are on the radar of every celebrity stylist).
Canary in Dallas
Known For: Having an eclectic mix of statement accessories and pieces from a mix of decades including more recent years.
Rag-O-Rama in Atlanta
Know For: Rails of distressed and stone-washed denim, retro T-shirts and prices that won't break the bank.
United Apparel Liquidators in Nashville
Known For: Insanely good deals housed in an unassuming strip mall, racks of thrift priced at 70-90% off retail prices.
Broad Ripple Vintage in Indianapolis
Known For: Cases of costume jewelry, throw-back T-shirts and prices that won't give you buyer's remorse.
Decades in Los Angeles
Known For: Incredibly special designer pieces, pristine mint-condition quality and a loyal celebrity following (this Melrose boutique is on speed dial for every It-girl in Hollywood).
Vintage Underground in Chicago
Known For: Specializing in vintage jewelry with vast collections of Bakelite, Swarovski crystal and rare designer pieces.