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The LA Vintage Lover's Shopping Guide
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The LA Vintage Lover's Shopping Guide

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Updated: 26 September 2016
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.
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Clever Vintage Clothing

Clever Vintage offers a large range of quality vintage clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. They are an appointment-only shop but they do several pop up shops throughout the year and are a regular at LA’s annual Vintage Expo.

Clever Vintage Clothing, 117 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA, USA +310 650 8357

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Flounce Vintage

Housed in Echo Park, Flounce offers clothing, accessories and wares from the 1920s to the 1980s. What’s great is that their eclectic offerings won’t break the bank.

Flounce Vintage, 1555 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park, CA, USA +323 913 5922

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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

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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

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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 LFS

Lemon Frog Shop Courtesy of Lemon Frog Shop / Credit: Micki Curtis | Credit: Micki Curtis

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Lux De Ville

Lux de Ville is great little boutique that designs and sells its own brand of vintage-inspired handbags. All of the pieces have a retro feel and a rockabilly aesthetic.

Lux De Ville, 2157 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +213 353 0135

Melrose Trading Post

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Melrose Trading Post
Melrose Trading Post in Los Angeles | © Alonzo / Flickr

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 MTP Credit Jamiee Dormer

Coast 2 Coast Vintage at MTP Courtesy of Melrose Trading Post/Credit: Jamiee Dormer

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My Ulrika

My Ulrika is a high-end vintage boutique that offers premium material bags, elegant vintage gowns, and more. We hear that Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks is a huge fan.

My Ulrika, 353 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA +323 938 6855

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Paper Moon Vintage

Paper Moon has an insane amount of quality pre mid-century vintage clothing for really reasonable prices. Plus, they’ve got a jazz age paper moon photo booth to take snaps of yourself in your newly acquired retro duds.

Paper Moon Vintage, 4516 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +323 666 6009

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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

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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

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Raggedy Threads

Raggedy Threads offers retro denim, t-shirts, and accessories in its rustic America-themed boutique. All of their items are in great vintage condition, so there’s definitely nothing raggedy about these threads.

Raggedy Threads, 330 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA, USA +213 620 1188

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Re-Mix Shoes

If you’re looking for the perfect pair of shoes to cap off your retro look, Re-Mix is the place to visit. This store hosts a bevy of vintage styles alongside the retro-inspired collection courtesy of its owner.

Re-Mix Shoes, 7605 1/2 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +888 254 1813

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Recess has a large selection of designer vintage pieces. Carrying clothes, shoes, accessories and jewelry, one of the great things about this store is that it’s so open, light, airy and organized.

Recess, 111 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA +323-931-4009

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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

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Rose Bowl flea market
Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena | © Eli Duke / Flickr

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 RBFM2

Rose Bowl Flea Market Courtesy of Rose Bowl Flea Market

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Slone Vintage

In addition to having a great selection of vintage pieces in excellent condition, Slone Vintage also has a really beautiful set up. Added bonus, the owner is not only super nice, but extremely passionate and knowledgeable about vintage apparel.

Slone Vintage, 3208 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA, USA +818 861 7892

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Swift Vintage

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

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Vintage Vortex

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