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Your Ultimate Guide to Vintage Shopping in the Philly Area

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Behold: Racked Philly's inaugural Vintage 18, our roundup of the Philadelphia area's very best spots for vintage shopping. These are the local stores that you can count on for glittery costume jewelry, '50s-era aprons and ties, beaded twinsets, summery printed shifts, Art Deco cufflinks, and anything and everything in-between.

A couple things to note before clicking through to the map: To keep this thing from snowballing out of control, we've excluded consignment shops from the roundup, but you can find our handy consignment and resale map right here. Also, the Vintage 18 is limited to shops that carry vintage apparel, in addition to whatever pre-modern day knickknacks may fill the shelves.

Got an addition to the list—or a subtraction, for that matter? We'll be updating the map periodically, so let us know your thoughts in the comments section. You can also email us at philly@racked.com.


· The 38 Essential Philly Shopping Experiences, Spring 2014 [Racked Philly]
· Philly's 38 Best Independent Boutiques, Spring 2014 [Racked Philly]
· 11 of Philadelphia's Best Consignment and Resale Shops [Racked Philly]

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1600 Below Vintage

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'50s- and '60s-era mink coats, chic hats, and angora sweaters hang from the racks at 1600 Below Vintage, a must-see vintage shop on Bainbridge.
[Image credit: 1600 Below Vintage/Facebook]

Bargain Thrift Center

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Expect beaded '50s-era cardigans, vintage men's suiting, housewares, and footwear at this hidden gem in Germantown. Down the street at 4530 Germantown Avenue, you'll find the business's bargain warehouse, where everything is priced at $1 or less.
[Image credit: Bargain Thrift Center]

Briar Vintage

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The brother store to Sazz Vintage, Briar Vintage outfits the modern gentleman with dapper clothing and accessories from the 1800s through the 1960s. In the market for a vintage doctor’s bag, bow tie, or a fedora? You’ll find it Briar.
[Image credit: Briar Vintage/Facebook]

Bulk Vintage Warehouse

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For more of an adventure, roll up your sleeves and dig through the bins at this 10,000-square-foot wholesale vintage warehouse, a sibling store of Sazz and Briar. Located in Kensington, the warehouse hosts 1930s-'90s vintage finds for men, women, and kids and is open to the public on Mondays and Saturdays.
[Image credit: Bulk Vintage/Facebook]

Love Saves the Day

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Make the trek to New Hope to see how this beloved vintage boutique (a.k.a. LSD) has managed to stay in the biz for more than 25 years. Seeking a '60s-era shirtdress or shift? A tulle prom dress from the '50s? Old-school Gucci slingbacks?You'll find 'em here, along with a selection of vintage toys and bric-a-brac.
[Image credit: Love Saves the Day/Facebook]

Malena's Vintage Boutique

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You’ll encounter a mix of designer and no-label gems at Malena’s in West Chester. Think rare Bakelite bangles and handmade vintage apparel displayed alongside scarves and satchels from Louis Vuitton and Hermes.
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Moon + Arrow

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Oozing cool from every corner, Chelsea Pearce's Fabric Row boutique doubles as the apartment of your dreams. And lucky for you, your new flat is already equipped with a curated selection of men's and women's vintage.
[Image credit: Moon + Arrow]

Nostalgia

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Guys with a penchant for vintage are advised to pop into this charming little shop just off South Street. Not only is a quirky collection of men's vintage on offer here, the racks also host easy-wear frocks and tops by Earl Salko, the womenswear label from boutique owner Arielle Salkowitz.
[Image credit: Nostalgia/Facebook]

Philadelphia Vintage & Consignment Shoppe

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For the vintage hunter with champagne taste, Philadelphia Vintage & Consignment Shoppe houses designer label vintage from the 1900s to now. This is where you'll find a 1920s beaded flapper dress displayed alongside vintage Hermes scarves and limited edition Chanel handbags.
[Image credit: Philadelphia Vintage & Consignment Shoppe/Facebook]

Philly Aids Thrift Shop

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This sprawling thrift store emporium hosts clothing, furniture, and vintage housewares over multiple levels. Best of all, shopping at Philly AIDS Thrift supports a good cause: the non-profit thrift store distributes its proceeds to 29 HIV/AIDS local service organizations.
[Image credit: Philly AIDS Thrift]

Retrospect

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Hipster guys and gals flock to South Street’s Retrospect Vintage for a wide range of vintage fashions and collectibles, from ‘70s floral frocks and distressed cowboy boots to vintage Pyrex and illustrated cookbooks.
[Image credit: Retrospect/Facebook]

Sazz Vintage Clothing

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Old City’s Sazz Vintage has your vintage bases covered with men’s and women’s fashions from the ‘40s to the ‘80s.
[Image credit: Sazz Vintage/Facebook]

Scout Salvage and Vintage Rescue

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Since opening her Old City shop in November 2013, Betsy Cassel has been amassing a thoughtful inventory of reclaimed/vintage housewares, which is complemented by a smattering of '50s- and '60s-era vintage apparel for guys and gals.
[Image credit: Scout Salvage and Vintage Rescue/Facebook]

Sugarcube®

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If you prefer your vintage wrapped up in a pretty package, Sugarcube fits the bill. This Old City boutique sifts through the fray to separate the vintage studs from the duds, leaving a customer's reserve of elbow grease at full capacity.
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Vagabond

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Head toward the back of Vagabond to browse cozy wool sweaters, boho-modern tops, worn-in Levi's—maybe even a pair of already-broken-in cowboy boots. Giddy up.

Village Thrift

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Journey across the Ben Franklin to rummage through the racks at this massive (really massive!) thrift store in Pennsauken. New stuff arrives daily, so you never know exactly what you'll find—but that's part of the fun.
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Vintage Doylestown

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This vintage store in Doylestown is exactly what a vintage store should be: a little quirky, a tad labyrinthine, with a friendly face behind the counter and the promise of a real gem around every corner. Prices here are reasonable to boot. You won't walk out empty-handed.
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Wilbur Vintage

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Located on Fabric Row, Wilbur carries vintage clothing from the 1940s to the present, and specializes in designer label duds from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
[Image credit: Wilbur Vintage/Facebook]

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1600 Below Vintage

'50s- and '60s-era mink coats, chic hats, and angora sweaters hang from the racks at 1600 Below Vintage, a must-see vintage shop on Bainbridge.
[Image credit: 1600 Below Vintage/Facebook]

Bargain Thrift Center

Expect beaded '50s-era cardigans, vintage men's suiting, housewares, and footwear at this hidden gem in Germantown. Down the street at 4530 Germantown Avenue, you'll find the business's bargain warehouse, where everything is priced at $1 or less.
[Image credit: Bargain Thrift Center]

Briar Vintage

The brother store to Sazz Vintage, Briar Vintage outfits the modern gentleman with dapper clothing and accessories from the 1800s through the 1960s. In the market for a vintage doctor’s bag, bow tie, or a fedora? You’ll find it Briar.
[Image credit: Briar Vintage/Facebook]

Bulk Vintage Warehouse

For more of an adventure, roll up your sleeves and dig through the bins at this 10,000-square-foot wholesale vintage warehouse, a sibling store of Sazz and Briar. Located in Kensington, the warehouse hosts 1930s-'90s vintage finds for men, women, and kids and is open to the public on Mondays and Saturdays.
[Image credit: Bulk Vintage/Facebook]

Love Saves the Day

Make the trek to New Hope to see how this beloved vintage boutique (a.k.a. LSD) has managed to stay in the biz for more than 25 years. Seeking a '60s-era shirtdress or shift? A tulle prom dress from the '50s? Old-school Gucci slingbacks?You'll find 'em here, along with a selection of vintage toys and bric-a-brac.
[Image credit: Love Saves the Day/Facebook]

Malena's Vintage Boutique

You’ll encounter a mix of designer and no-label gems at Malena’s in West Chester. Think rare Bakelite bangles and handmade vintage apparel displayed alongside scarves and satchels from Louis Vuitton and Hermes.
[Image credit: Malena's Vintage Boutique]

Moon + Arrow

Oozing cool from every corner, Chelsea Pearce's Fabric Row boutique doubles as the apartment of your dreams. And lucky for you, your new flat is already equipped with a curated selection of men's and women's vintage.
[Image credit: Moon + Arrow]

Nostalgia

Guys with a penchant for vintage are advised to pop into this charming little shop just off South Street. Not only is a quirky collection of men's vintage on offer here, the racks also host easy-wear frocks and tops by Earl Salko, the womenswear label from boutique owner Arielle Salkowitz.
[Image credit: Nostalgia/Facebook]

Philadelphia Vintage & Consignment Shoppe

For the vintage hunter with champagne taste, Philadelphia Vintage & Consignment Shoppe houses designer label vintage from the 1900s to now. This is where you'll find a 1920s beaded flapper dress displayed alongside vintage Hermes scarves and limited edition Chanel handbags.
[Image credit: Philadelphia Vintage & Consignment Shoppe/Facebook]

Philly Aids Thrift Shop

This sprawling thrift store emporium hosts clothing, furniture, and vintage housewares over multiple levels. Best of all, shopping at Philly AIDS Thrift supports a good cause: the non-profit thrift store distributes its proceeds to 29 HIV/AIDS local service organizations.
[Image credit: Philly AIDS Thrift]

Retrospect

Hipster guys and gals flock to South Street’s Retrospect Vintage for a wide range of vintage fashions and collectibles, from ‘70s floral frocks and distressed cowboy boots to vintage Pyrex and illustrated cookbooks.
[Image credit: Retrospect/Facebook]

Sazz Vintage Clothing

Old City’s Sazz Vintage has your vintage bases covered with men’s and women’s fashions from the ‘40s to the ‘80s.
[Image credit: Sazz Vintage/Facebook]

Scout Salvage and Vintage Rescue