As a lifelong vintage fanatic, I’ve gone through more than a few throwback fashion phases: head-to-toe polyester (oh, the sweating!), paper-thin crepe dresses from the 1940s, and psychedelic mod shifts come to mind. I don’t rock the poly these days, but I do make a point to include vintage details in my daily wardrobe, like sturdy leather bags, caftans, antique lockets and a closet full of wool capes. Clothing and accessories with history and character are my favorite purchases to make, and Etsy vintage is always where I begin my search. From Edwardian capes to patterned maxis and satin boudoir heels, there’s a shop for every taste and style on Etsy. Today my fellow editors and I have collected some of our favorite reliably amazing vintage clothing shops. Share your favorite vintage treasure trove – and what you’re currently searching for – in the comments.
We love Maeven’s timeless take on vintage fashion. Shop owner Amy’s collection of on-trend, structured pieces could easily be seen on a contemporary runway. Amy’s secret for unearthing these finds? “I’m always on the lookout for great fabrics and quality construction. Does the piece have a notable color or print, an unusual texture or a shape I’ve never seen before? I tend to stock a lot of statement pieces that no one else will have, as well as classics that can be worn over and over again.”
If you’re looking for well-preserved antique garments, you’ll hit the jackpot with Petrune. “Our shop is an expression of all the things we love: history, quality, and great design,” say owners Justin and Domenica. That passion is evident in the shop’s enviable collection of clothing from 1800 to 1930 (and beyond), including distinctive pieces like Chinese silk pajamas, beaded vests, and delicate gowns from the flapper era.
Dear Golden is an Etsy vintage mainstay. Stocked with hand-selected vintage garments from the 1920s through the 1980s, this thoughtfully curated shop includes everything from floral-print rompers to like-new platform wedges from the 1940s. As shop owner Lauren states, “I look for garments with a timeless quality, pieces that translate well for the modern world and don’t look like costumes.”
Colorful and glam, Cara Mia Vintage specializes in splashy showstoppers that are sure to brighten up your closet. “We aim to bring you the crème de la crème of all of your favorite designer labels – from Chanel, Lacroix and YSL to Moschino, Westwood and Thierry Mugler,” shop owner Cara says.
Channel boho style with Lucky Vintage Seattle’s exquisite collection of peasant dresses, fanciful capes and other gems from the 1960s and ’70s. As shop owner Caryn says, “Lucky is for all the free-spirited girls who dress to please themselves, who aren’t afraid to wear something crazy and special, who recognize quality and good design and want to stand out from the crowd!”
Are you ready to hit the town? Concetta’s Closet has a party-ready dress (or swimsuit, or dressing gown) from nearly every decade of the last century. “When I pick pieces for my shop, I try to find the ones that have a history, a story or even just a name to go along with them,” shop owner Dana explains. “Sometimes when I’m sitting in my shop alone, I pick through my racks and try to think of where the previous owner would have worn that piece. Perhaps she had her first kiss in that dress, or met someone famous in that coat.”
Rabbit Hole is a one-stop shop for cocktail party and wedding attire that makes a lasting impression. In order to make the cut for her shop, owner Tya says, clothes must have an unusual quality or style: “I gravitate toward pieces with a strong visual impact that are exciting to wear, style, and photograph. I love working with clothes from the ’60s and ’70s because they usually have a lot of flair and exciting details.”