Main Street is the center of Las Vegas’ Arts District. Along with bars, coffee shops, and performance spaces, there is also a string of vintage shops where you can buy everything from a Viper Room tank top to a Marcel Breuer chair. Whether you’re looking for something specific or just browsing for a surprise, there’s a vast array of curious finds.
Antique Alley Mall consolidates a number of vintage vendors offering a wide variety of merchandise under one roof. You can drop a few jackpots on autographs from Marilyn Monroe or Marie Antoinette or pick up a unique Bakelite purse. Maybe you have room in your luggage for a neon sign or, if not, perhaps a charm bracelet adorned with tiny horseshoes and wishbones.
The national used clothing franchise Buffalo Exchange moved their store from the University District to the Arts District. The store buys and sells used clothing in good condition, usually of fairly recent vintage and moderate quality, though you can sometimes score a motorcycle jacket or Coach purse amid the Gap sweaters.
The storefront that contains Exile on Main Street and Cowtown Guitars is the closest thing Las Vegas has to a one-stop shop for rock n’ roll. Exile stocks broken-in cowboy boots and worn denim, as well as an impressive array of music T-shirts, from Journey to Generation X to Willie Nelson—Willie actually had a party here to commemorate the Nevada launch of his marijuana brand. Cowtown Guitars carries guitars, bases, amps, and effects. If you want a 1961 Gibson Les Paul or a 1978 Fender Telecaster, you can find it here.
A shop featuring the curious, the macabre, and the just plain weird, Las Vegas Oddities is where you can buy both a Bettie Page pinup photo and a human skull. There are eerie woodcut-style prints, steampunk top hats, vintage Soviet banners, weird taxidermy experiments, African headdresses, and countless items that will delight the goth in your life.
Luxe Rust specializes in unique home furnishings, especially repurposed pieces. One-of-a-kind items include lamps made from air raid horns and scales transformed into tables, as well as original-condition signage and carnival memorabilia.
Main Street Peddlers is one of several spaces on Main that provide space for several dealers in vintage and antique items. There is an abundance of jewelry and vinyl records, as well as artwork and clothing. An old-time gramophone, a white Elvis jumpsuit, and a belt buckle that doubles as a flask—these are the types of things you can find here.
The items on sale at Modern Mantiques lean toward the more rugged end of the style spectrum—think Haute mancave. Materials run to unfinished wood and antiqued metal and leather and there is plenty of gas station and brewery memorabilia, as well as art, action figures, and taxidermy.
Patina is home to a thoughtfully curated and meticulously staged selection of vintage wares, most from the ’60s and ’70s. About half the store is clothing, ranging from an A-line white satin sheath with scarlet embroidery, like something Faye Dunaway would have worn in the Thomas Crown Affair, to a pink lace peignoir set, which is pure Valley of the Dolls. Furniture clock names like Marcel Breuer and Heywood-Wakefield are sold here; there is also a large selection of glassware sets and jewelry.
Located in the Arts District, ReBar is a one-of-a-kind combination of bar, restaurant, and curiosity shop. Everything in the bar is for sale, including the mugs and glassware you drink out of. Other items that can be purchased include light-up beer signs, action figures, vinyl chairs, velvet paintings, and more. There’s a wide array of beers and a selection of cocktails that donate part of their purchase price to local charities. Hungry? ReBar also serves a variety of homemade sausages and frankfurters on pretzel buns.
Retro Vegas was the first of the Main Street vintage shops and it remains one of the best. The store stocks a wide array of furniture, from more basic items like mid-mod teak coffee tables to entire pink kitchens or Lucite dining room sets that look like something out of Star Trek. You can also pick up ashtrays, glassware, and other smaller but equally aesthetically pleasing items. Don’t forget to check out the clothing upstairs!
Vintage Vegas Antiques offers up a collection of interesting items. If you’re feeling tiki, you can score everything from mugs in the shape of Easter Island heads to rattan couches. There’s an assortment of ashtrays, glassware, and other memorabilia from now-defunct Vegas casinos and an array of vintage toys and signage. Racks of clothing lean heavily toward ’60s-’70s casual wear.