The 15 Best Vintage Stores in America

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1. The Fine Art of Design

73717 Highway 111

Palm Desert, CA 92260


Why You'll Love It: Founder Nicolas Delgado prides himself on nurturing a consciousness for American designers and their contributions to fashion by carrying pieces by James Galanos, Norman Norell, Geoffrey Beene, Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Todd Oldham, and Bill Blass. He also stocks items from European houses such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Moschino, Versace, Thierry Mugler, and Courrèges.

What You'll Find: New Look dresses, kaftans, Edwardian whites, designer handbags, costume jewelry, and more.

2. Shareen's

1721 N. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Why You'll Love It: Its 7,000-square-foot, "no boys allowed" space doubles as a hangout for a clique of stylish women that you'll want to be a part of.

What You'll Find: A well-curated collection of fashion-forward vintage ranging from day dresses to evening gowns-and ready-to-wear pieces designed and made by Shareen herself.

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3. Scout

1646 N. Cherokee Ave.

Hollywood, CA 90028


Moving Summer 2013:

8021 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Why You'll Love It: Scout recently collaborated with artist Louis Dunn to create whimsical screenprinted vintage t-shirts.

What You'll Find: Designer vintage from the 1970s to the 1990s by Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Helmut Lang, Claude Montana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Romeo Gigli, and Maison MartinMargiela, as well as vintage and contemporary jewelry.

4. Painted Bird

1360 Valencia St.

San Francisco, CA 94110


Why You'll Love It: Painted Bird is known for its ahead-of-the-curve styles and adventurous "wild card" pieces.

What You'll Find: With a selection that changes daily, you could come upon an antique lace dress, a 's Versace silk blouse, or an '80s t-shirt from your favorite band.

5. Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique

2515 SE Clinton St.

Portland, OR 97202


Why You'll Love It: Its founders created the boutique with a Parisian 1930s shopping experience in mind-chandeliers, champagne, and all. Plus, Tilda Swinton fancies it.

What You'll Find: One-of-a-kind gowns from the turn-of-the-century through the 1980s that could've been worn by Carole Lombard or Jackie Kennedy, but are perfectly fit for a wedding, summer soiree, or gala you would attend today.

6. Laced with Romance

1601 S. First St.

Austin, TX 78704


Why You'll Love It: It lives up to its name with a bewitching and mystical vibe.

What You'll Find: High-end vintage with an eccentric twist and an in-house line made from vintage fabric.

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7. Feathers

1700 B South Congress

Austin, TX 78704


Why You'll Love It: It carries new artisan jewelry lines such as Pamela Love and Maniamania.

What You'll Find: Hand-selected pieces with unique details, altered vintage, and tops and robes made from vintage fabric.

8. Another Man's Treasure

353 Grove St.

Jersey City, NJ 07302


Why You'll Love It: The boutique also has a by-appointment-only showroom (in walking distance) full of iconic designer and couture pieces, and rare and fragile Victorian treasures.

What You'll Find: Eclectic and affordable vintage from the 1900s to the 1980s with some designer pieces in the mix.

9. Mill Crest Vintage

72 Bridge St.

Lambertville, NJ 08530


Why You'll Love It: Mill Crescent offers personalized private consultations at its on-site bridal salon.

What You'll Find: One of the largest collections in the U.S. of vintage pieces from the last century, including evening gowns and wedding, bridesmaids, cocktail, and prom dresses.

10. Narnia

161 Rivington St. #1

New York, NY 10002

672 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211


Why You'll Love It: Owner Molly Spaulding's passion for travel has allowed her to source clothing from all over the world.

What You'll Find: Pieces not limited to any particular era, and made from handwoven textiles, worn-in leather, and natural fabrics such as cottons, linens, and silks. The boutique also carries items by Marni, Dries Van Noten, and other cutting-edge designers.

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11. Ritual

377 Broome St.

New York, NY 10013


Why You'll Love It: Owner Stacy Iannacone just stocked a large collection of unworn YSL pieces from 1972 and 1973. Get there before Chloe Sevigny, Alexa Chung, Kate Hudson, or one of the other regulars snatches up the best looks.

What You'll Find: Although Iannacone specializes in pre-1950s, with a huge selection of Victorian through 1940s clothing, she also houses designers from the '60s and '70s.

12. Lost and Found

510 Washington Ave.

Royal Oak, MI 48067


Why You'll Love It: It's a 3,500-square-foot, tri-level Midwestern vintage mecca frequented by loyal locals and fashion savants from around the globe.

What You'll Find: An ever-changing inventory of men's and women's vintage clothing from the 1930s to the 1980s.

13. Old Made Good

3701B Gallatin Pike

Nashville, TN 37216


Why You'll Love It: Old Made Good's initials are OMG and its 2,500-square-foot floor is covered in gold glitter.

What You'll Find: Vintage Diane von Furstenberg and Coach, 1920s costume jewelry, Mid-Century modern furniture, art,and handmade jewelry.

14. Meeps

2104 Eighteenth St. NW

Washington, DC 20009


Why You'll Love It: It has a costume room and a kid's section.

What You'll Find: Casual vintage from the 1960s onward, including rare sportswear, breezy '80s rompers, disco queen gowns, and cowboy button-downs.

15. Kaleidoscope Vision

1419 Tenth Ave.

Seattle, WA 98122


Why You'll Love It: Childhood friends and owners Ria Leigh and Mackenzie Garfield are expanding the brand to include a line of basic wardrobe staples that will complement the vintage collection.

What You'll Find: Designer gems by Givenchy, Kenzo, Céline, and YSL, as well as accessories and lifestyle ephemera.


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