Everything that’s old is new again. Whether you’re into 70s rock band t-shirts, 50s rockabilly dresses, or jazz-age frocks, vintage pieces and retro-inspired reproductions are all the rage. Los Angeles
has vintage shops in nearly every neighbourhood. We’ve put together a list of the best boutiques around to help you quench your vintage thirst.
Golyester has been around since 1976, when its founder, Ester Ginsberg, opened the shop. Offering clothes from the early 1900s through the 1970s, all of the vintage finds here are in excellent condition and extremely rare. This means that they don’t come cheap, but this is a must-visit for any true vintage fan.
Golyester, 450 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA +323 931 1339
Goodwill Retail Store & Donation Center
Goodwill is a non-profit thrift chain where you can get your hands on some really amazing finds. Sometimes you have to search for them, but patrons often find amazing vintage gems for pennies. They have stores and donation centers all over Los Angeles, but the Beverly Blvd. location is known for its great selection of designer vintage brands.
Goodwill, 7919 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +323 556 0060
Lemon Frog Shop
Not only does the Lemon Frog Shop carry a large variety of pieces from the late 1800s through to the 1970s, but it also has a wide range of prices. They cherry-pick their items, with a particular focus on the 1960s-1970s. They carry dresses, shoes, bags, jewelry and other accessories in an array of sizes. There’s something for everyone in the store whose motto is: ‘Hundreds of items for $10’.
Lemon Frog Shop, 1202-B N. Alvarado Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA +213 413 2143
Lemon Frog Shop Courtesy of Lemon Frog Shop / Credit: Micki Curtis | Credit: Micki Curtis
Melrose Trading Post
Melrose Trading Post
Melrose Trading Post is a weekly pop-up outdoor market that sells everything from vintage clothes to antique furniture to food. It’s open weekly on Sundays (rain or shine) and there are both regular and new vendors every week.
Melrose Trading Post, 7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA +323 655 7679
Coast 2 Coast Vintage at MTP Courtesy of Melrose Trading Post/Credit: Jamiee Dormer
Playclothes has not only a vast assortment of vintage clothes for men and women from the early 1900s through the 1980s but a great selection of housewares, vintage sewing patterns, furniture, and accessories. Oh, and they have a shop cat who’s totally cool with making friends with customers.
Playclothes, 3100 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA, USA +818 557 8447
PinUp Girl Boutique
If you’re in search of a rockabilly look, then PinUp is the place to visit. This boutique carries retro pieces that look like they’re straight out of the Grease wrap party. They also carry a varied selection of plus-sized vintage clothing.
PinUp Girl Boutique, 3606 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA, USA +818 559 9586
ReVamp was established in the late 1990s by Annamarie von Firley and Autumn Carey Adamme who have an interest in swing dance and vintage fashion. All the clothing in their store is inspired by designs from 1910-1950. They also offer vintage hair and makeup classes to help you complete your retro look.
Revamp, 818 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, USA +213 488 3387
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Rose Bowl Stadium hosts the Rose Bowl Flea Market on the second Sunday of every month. While the vendors that circle the stadium offer newer goods, there’s a section completely dedicated to all things vintage and antique. The flea market patrons love to get there in time for early bird steals, so showing up before 9am is recommended.
Rose Bowl Flea Market, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA, USA +323 560 7469
Rose Bowl Flea Market Courtesy of Rose Bowl Flea Market
Swift carries not only vintage clothes, but also items they’ve mended or reworked at their quaint Burbank location. The store offers a variety of vintage items for both men and women ranging from the 1920s to 1970s.
Swift Vintage, 3216 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA, USA +818 558 1289
Vintage Vortex offers awesome vintage duds literally in every direction you turn. They have both men’s and women’s vintage pieces, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. However, they also carry items that date back as far as the Victorian period.
Vintage Vortex, 4517-4519 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +310 497 9976