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13 Vintage Shops You Can’t Live Without


Vintage Shops

As cooler weather approaches and you’re ready to switch over your wardrobe, you can find everything you need at Philadelphia’s growing cadre of vintage shops. A more sustainable choice than a run for cheap goods at a national chain, you’ll find handmade sweaters, fall boots, fancy holiday dresses and all the flair you need, at every price point and for every taste. Dive into these shops and others when you’re ready to find that perfect new piece.

Briar Vintage
62 North 3rd St.
Old City shop that specializes in gentlemen’s fashions and collectibles dating from the 1800s through the 1960s. Browse through suits, jackets, trousers, formal wear, bow ties, cufflinks, hats and more. Don’t see the item you’re looking for? They’ll help you find it.

Bryn Mawr Hospital
804 County Line Rd.
Donation and consignment-based thrift shop that is legendary among those who shop there.  With all proceeds benefiting the Bryn Mawr Hospital, there’s no reason not to stop by for some vintage furniture to enliven your living space.

Buffalo Exchange
17th St. and Chestnut St.
With roughly 30 stores nationwide, Buffalo Exchange has made a name for itself by providing customers with a reliably-refined selection of clothing, jewelry and footwear, both vintage and modern. 

Bulk Vintage Warehouse
2438 Coral St.
Wholesale vintage shop that fills its 10,000-square-foot warehouse with classic clothing for both men and women, dating from the 1930s to the 1990s. Need a dress shirt? They’ve got you covered. Need 25 pounds of (discounted) dress shirts? 
They’ve got you covered.

Circle Thrift
2233 Frankford Ave. and 1125 S. Broad St.
With two locations, Circle Thrift provides both North and South Philadelphia with inexpensive clothing in an effort to build and maintain their communities. With proceeds going to the charitable works of the MCC Thrift Shop Network, every time you pick up some great vintage clothing at Circle Thrift, you’re also donating to your local community.

Franklin Flea
October 24, Headhouse Square
An array of over 40 vintage and hand-made shops located in the historic Headhouse Square between Queen Village and Society Hill.  From the 1950s stylings of Hoof and Antler to the Moroccan footwear of Souli & Souli, there’s something for everybody. A plus: you are surrounded by gourmet food trucks.

Mesh Vintage
1820 E. Passyunk Ave.
South Philly’s new vintage/resale shop that stocks everything from Aztec-inspired bohemian dresses to vintage camouflage jackets. With an eye for the wild, Mesh livens up Passyunk Ave. with everything you need to live and dress vibrantly.

Philly Aids Thrift
710 S. 5th St.
This South Philly nonprofit packs its two stories with a wide array of clothing, books, electronics and jewelry. Their generous donations to local LGBT and Aids funds reflect well upon the quality and diversity
of their inventory.

The Second Mile Center
214 S. 45th St.
Faith-based nonprofit thrift store in the heart of West Philly. With a “Think Green” attitude, they provide an enormous selection of donated clothing and household items, so much so that they opened a neighboring store dedicated solely to furniture.

The Junior League Thrift Shop of Ardmore
25 West Lancaster Ave.
Award-winning Main Line thrift shop that donates proceeds to benefit the Junior League of Philadelphia.Offering high-quality clothing, furniture, kids’ toys and footwear, the JLP Thrift Shop has you covered whether you’re looking for a Prada zip-up or a vintage coffee table.

The Wardrobe Boutique
1822 Spring Garden St.
A nonprofit boutique that not only provides its customers with affordable name-brand business attire, but also supports women transitioning into the workforce. 

Two Percent to Glory
2031 Frankford Ave.
Fishtown boutique that curates a stock of classic vintage bags, clothing, footwear and ephemera. TPTG is guaranteed to fit you with something that is definitively you, from any era.

716 S. 4th St.
Eclectic Queen Village shop boasts an array of timelessly chic clothing. Wilbur has an ever-changing selection of unique jewelry to match its inventory of vintage dresses, jumpers and shoes. Let your freak flag fly at Wilbur with a colorful, or off-color, find.


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