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Philadelphia has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around Philly that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

Image credit: Stacey Borden-Bartholetti

Stacey Borden-Bartholetti, owner of East Passyunk's Era Atomica, a vintage shop specializing in mid-century vintage finds, practices what she preaches: "It would be hypocritical to own such a store and not live a recycled life—and I do!" she promises. "I'm always on the hunt for anything vintage, second-hand, handmade, or items for DIY projects to use in my own home and daily living." Here, Borden-Bartholetti dishes on her favorite Philly-area shopping spots, where she scores everything from air plants to bargain-priced Marc Jacobs.
· Era Atomica [Official Site]


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Jinxed Clothing

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Mike from Jinxed has been providing a platform for local artists to showcase and sell their work for years now. Since moving into the Piazza, Jinxed has expanded their already unique offerings to include VINTAGE items large and small. TIP: They post their new finds daily on Instagram.

Urban Jungle

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A main element of my store happens to be plant-related. Vintage planters, vintage plant stands, vintage vases, bud vases—you get the idea. How lucky for us that Urban Jungle is right down the street! The staff is friendly, really knows plants, and will answer all of my stupid questions. Sometimes I think our customers want our planters in hopes that the adorable little air plant or sturdy bamboo comes with it.

Golden Nugget Flea Market

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The Golden Nugget is go-to place for my personal pickings. I can always count on enough vendors to satisfy my need for vintage photographs, ephemera, bakelite jewelry, or Pyrex. It's hit or miss depending on the season or the weather, but my tip for this flea market is to arrive around noon on the seasonable days and expect to finish by 2pm. This window of time seems to have the hardcore dealers ready to pack up, and this is when you can barter for better deals.

Eye's Gallery

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Eye's Gallery is one of those places I will always hit when I have a last-minute gift to get or if I'm stumped on a gift. The perfect mix of artisan jewelry, folk art, and Mexican crafts makes it easy.

Bargain Thrift Center

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I don't always thrift for home goods, but vintage clothing has been a no-brainer in my life since high school. Bargain Thrift is one of my favorite haunts to pick up vintage clothing to mix and match with modern wardrobe pieces. Their prices are awesome, with typical tag color discounts daily, and they rack the vintage clothing in its own section for easy pickings. It's very easy to put together outfits that mix Marc Jacobs tops with vintage beaded sweaters, vintage scarves, and Free People pants or skirts. They have two locations: one for clothing and small housewares, the other is a larger warehouse with furniture selection.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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This is a strange one, I know. Located in the Modern & Contemporary Art wing of our museum is a museum store similar to the other shops throughout the museum. However, this particular shop carries an extensive collection of Modern Art reference books, books on collectibles, retro and repro housewares, and my favorite: Vintage Mid Century dishes, pottery and glassware. The prices are on point with appraised values but the collection of it offered is unlike anything else I've seen in the city. Consider this the 'Hidden Gem' of my list because no one else i know has been to the PMA since their 5th grade school trip— shame on you all! (Image credit: B Krist for GPTMC)

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Jinxed Clothing

Mike from Jinxed has been providing a platform for local artists to showcase and sell their work for years now. Since moving into the Piazza, Jinxed has expanded their already unique offerings to include VINTAGE items large and small. TIP: They post their new finds daily on Instagram.

Urban Jungle

A main element of my store happens to be plant-related. Vintage planters, vintage plant stands, vintage vases, bud vases—you get the idea. How lucky for us that Urban Jungle is right down the street! The staff is friendly, really knows plants, and will answer all of my stupid questions. Sometimes I think our customers want our planters in hopes that the adorable little air plant or sturdy bamboo comes with it.

Golden Nugget Flea Market

The Golden Nugget is go-to place for my personal pickings. I can always count on enough vendors to satisfy my need for vintage photographs, ephemera, bakelite jewelry, or Pyrex. It's hit or miss depending on the season or the weather, but my tip for this flea market is to arrive around noon on the seasonable days and expect to finish by 2pm. This window of time seems to have the hardcore dealers ready to pack up, and this is when you can barter for better deals.

Eye's Gallery

Eye's Gallery is one of those places I will always hit when I have a last-minute gift to get or if I'm stumped on a gift. The perfect mix of artisan jewelry, folk art, and Mexican crafts makes it easy.

Bargain Thrift Center

I don't always thrift for home goods, but vintage clothing has been a no-brainer in my life since high school. Bargain Thrift is one of my favorite haunts to pick up vintage clothing to mix and match with modern wardrobe pieces. Their prices are awesome, with typical tag color discounts daily, and they rack the vintage clothing in its own section for easy pickings. It's very easy to put together outfits that mix Marc Jacobs tops with vintage beaded sweaters, vintage scarves, and Free People pants or skirts. They have two locations: one for clothing and small housewares, the other is a larger warehouse with furniture selection.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

This is a strange one, I know. Located in the Modern & Contemporary Art wing of our museum is a museum store similar to the other shops throughout the museum. However, this particular shop carries an extensive collection of Modern Art reference books, books on collectibles, retro and repro housewares, and my favorite: Vintage Mid Century dishes, pottery and glassware. The prices are on point with appraised values but the collection of it offered is unlike anything else I've seen in the city. Consider this the 'Hidden Gem' of my list because no one else i know has been to the PMA since their 5th grade school trip— shame on you all! (Image credit: B Krist for GPTMC)