Top 10 vintage clothing stores

Score everything from gently used designer frocks and collectibles to mod furnishings from these vintage clothing stores

Photograph: Kristine Condon
Found Vintage Living
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of discovering a new-to-you vintage treasure, whether it’s an antique kimono or midcentury modern barware. But where does one go to find 1960s fashion or Mad Men–worthy pieces? Answer: these 10 vintage clothing stores in Chicago.  

Antique and Resale Shoppe

This vintage shop claims to stock 15,000 square feet of inventory. That number alone is pretty impressive, but what makes it really interesting is the fact that the store is only 1,200 square feet. You'll have to see for yourself as you wander through vintage costume jewelry, clothing, purses, home decor items and more.

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Jefferson Park

Brimfield

Vintage-furniture shoppers might recognize Julie Fernstrom from her former Portage Park shop, English Cottage, or the various Chicagoland antique markets she traveled to every weekend. But now she’s staying in one spot: Andersonville. While helping out at a sidewalk sale at Scout, Fernstrom discovered a vacant neighboring space where she’s now opened Brimfield. Named after her favorite plaid, the store is “Ralph Lauren meets a Paris flea market,” Fernstrom says. The shop features repurposed and found objects for every budget—price points range from $1–$2,500. And since the store is named after a checkered pattern, the space wouldn’t be complete without a “plaid wall,” featuring blankets, tin boxes, picnic tables and more.

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Andersonville

Broadway Antique Market

Focused on furniture from the 1950s (and nearby decades) Broadway Antique Market sells chairs, tables, desks, stained glass and more from the era, and it's all pretty groovy.

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Edgewater

Dovetail

This immaculate, uncluttered vintage shop could easily pass for a contemporary boutique, thanks to its carefully chosen, mint-condition men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and ’50s–’80s home-decor items. Score everyday fashions such as white mid-’60s leather ankle boots ($70), a beige linen ’70s dress with leather belt ($45) and a belted, pink late-’70s puffy-sleeved top ($28).

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West Town

Found Vintage Living

What sets this Andersonville home-furnishings shop apart from all the others in the ’hood? The owners say their vintage offerings are actually affordable. Look for a nice selection of furniture, barware, lamps, art, accessories and more from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s without the price markups you’ll sometimes find in that home-decor district.

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Andersonville

Knee Deep Vintage

Tired of traveling from Brighton Park to the North Side for cool, thrifty finds, Trent Marinelli and Carlos Lourenco took matters into their own hands by opening this vintage shop in nearby Pilsen. Just off the Pink Line, the store (in a former meeting space the duo renovated) specializes in clothing and accessories from the 1940s to ’80s ($10 and up), as well as travel bags ($14–$30) and vintage luggage ($18–$24).

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Pilsen

Lost Girls Vintage

This 1976 RV-turned-boutique travels throughout the city with some of the best vintage fashion on board. From kimonos and 1950s dresses for ladies to pearl snap Western shirts and leather oxfords for guys, the selection offers something for everyone. Visit the website to find out where the RV is headed next and/or book it for a private shopping party.

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Chicago

LuLu's on the Avenue

Vintage fans who flocked to now-closed LuLu’s at the Belle Kay in North Center now have a new destination to check out. Owner Laurie Davis says she opened this outpost to complement the newer high-end shops along the Mag Mile (Lanvin, Burberry, etc). Look for vintage jewelry, as well as classic hats, handbags and customizable leather handbags by Laudi Vidni. Davis is also featuring her own jewelry line, Signature LuLu’s, made up of statement necklaces with vintage jewelry centerpieces hanging from cabochon chains.

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Magnificent Mile

Luxury Garage Sale

Not even a year into their business, Lindsay Segal and Brielle Buchberg moved their shopping operation into a new street-level storefront. Loyal customers love the perennial part of the business—going to customers’ homes to pick up mostly high-end vintage consignment pieces—but these vintage hunters-and-gatherers upped the ante: Monday through Friday, shoppers can drop by the storefront to browse a far larger selection of clothing and accessories than what’s available on the ladies’ eBay shop. Plus, it’s not all vintage; a third of the inventory includes deeply discounted overstock from shops around the country.

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Old Town

Salvage One

Salvage One is a premier thrift shop, but instead of rescuing and selling vintage clothes, the store focuses on furniture and other home/office accessories. Among the rare listings are antique block and tackle pulleys, oak and mahogany bars from 1910 and antique Korean Bandaji storage chests. In addition to selling and buying architectural items, Salvage One also offers space rental for photo shoots, prop and event rental as well as pick-up and delivery services.

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West Loop

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