The beauty of the vintage clothing business is that it never hurts to promote other shops – because no one carries the same products. As a retailer of vintage clothing for close to two decades, I love to buy vintage and antique pieces easily as much as I love to sell them, so I’m constantly checking out other shops to see what they have for new inventory and what niche era or style they are focused on. While vintage clothing stores tend to sell a wide range of products, from different eras, different countries and ethnic regions, trends do emerge in the market. These trends can be driven by movies, musicians, celebrities, and social media.
As a shop purveyor, I buy a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories, but reserve the the pieces whose styles and eras fit the shop esthetic the best for my e-commerce store – western, rock n’ roll, 70’s, handmade, denim, workwear, or unique and unusual items. I tend to gravitate towards the same styles when browsing or shopping for myself.
Below is a list of vintage shops I have either bookmarked or stalked over the last few years. They range from shopping behemoths like Free People to Instagram-only sellers (no small market in itself these days.)
Stag Provisions Vintage One and Done
Stag started primarily as a premium, slightly outdoorsy menswear brand, including RRL, cult denim brand Imogene + Willie, hard to find Japanese brand Kapital, and many more labels that will become sought after vintage pieces in the years to come. They have a great vintage collection (also not linked on their homepage so be sure to bookmark this page) featuring everything to love about the southwest- Native American jewelry and beadwork, artwork, select mid-century furniture pieces, bandanas, and custom painted and embroidered vintage military and denim pieces.
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KAPITAL: Taking their name from Kojima, Okayama — the “denim capital” of Japan — @kapitalglobal has evolved over time from a denim-centric brand to one that explores the unique mashup of vintage Americana, authentic workwear, and modern streetwear. Over the years, Kapital has developed a cult following for their unique & boundary-pushing designs, & we’re proud to have them in store this Spring. Link in profile to shop our limited supply collections from Kapital & Kapital Kountry. #Kapital #KapitalKountry
So, I’m a little biased here – Head West is owned by my dear friend and junking buddy Terra Hall. Head West carries new western and heritage brands such as Stetson (check out their House labelled Stetson Hat in Sage, Pendleton, Double D, H Bar C, and more, as well as having an entire floor of vintage clothing including a boot wall, vintage western snap shirts, fringe jackets, belt buckles, and more. Their vintage collection has it’s own identity – Johnny & June Vintage, named after Johnny Cash and June Carter.
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Have you seen our #estatejewelry pieces? Each vintage piece tells a unique story. We hand-select each piece we feature at Head West, providing you a perfectly curated one-of-a-kind selection. Shop our jewelry online or in-store! ? . #headwestbozeman #jewelry #vintage #vintagejewelry #photography #fashion
Butchwax Vintage OWNS the Instagram vintage game. The shop owner has an iconic look, does a fantastic job modeling her collection (including frequent videos) and is in a great location for some amazing rare pieces, like this Cole of California leopard print bathing suit. The only downside of this seller being so popular is that pieces sell fast!
Hellhound Vintage Sells all the things I love – vintage rock t-shirts (the good, really thin, worn in metal ones), high waist 70’s denim, leather jackets, and more. Finding models can sometimes be a challenge for small shop owners, fortunately, this shop owner is gorgeous and models most of her wares.
Noir Ohio Vintage
Normally I’m not a big follower of vintage designer, but I do have a couple favorites – including Yves Saint Laurent. Female Hysteria Vintage has an amazing collection of rarities – from hard-to-find eras like the 20s, 30s, and 40s, to sweet designer pieces like this YSL Striped Dress. Currently the shop has a great selection of vintage 50s sunglasses as well.
Coming up with a good shop name is half the battle, and Deathrose is winning. Dethrose offers a nice selection of dresses, as well as swimwear and lingerie, like these vintage fishnet stockings.
Sweet Disorder Vintage
While I’m personally a black/white/maybe green or red sort of person, I am nevertheless drawn to bright fabrics and prints. Sweet Disorder’s site is well-designed, the product photos are charming and Instagram-worthy, and the selection in broad, with a focus on more feminine pieces such as Edwardian eyelet dresses and this killer 1980s Laura Ashley Victorian Revival Dress.
I have a serious vintage shoe problem, specifically riding boots, and Tanaka Vintage is some serious vintage shoe porn (vintage polo style field boots? Yes Please.) So. Many. Boots. They focus on accessories, so you can get a killer vintage leather messenger bag here as well.
I think I have to pause writing this and buy a pair of boots now.
Free People Vintage Loves
Free People has been selling limited vintage collections for years, but it’s a bit harder to find these days as they don’t have a direct link on their site. They often have fantastic one of a kind hand-embroidered 70’s jeans, motorcycle jackets, and Indian cotton print dresses. The collection release is pretty sporadic; they seem to sadly be phasing these collections out.