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Top Vintage Shops in LA

[ 0 ] September 11, 2013 |

Los Angeles is a shoppers’ paradise, but if you want to shun the standard high street names in favour of hitting the vintage scene, you need to know where to look. To help you out, I’ve put together a quick guide to the top vintage shops in the area – so, all you need to do is take care of your travel arrangements and check your bank balance is looking healthy!

Of course, if you think shopping’s going to be a big part of your trip, it’s worth working out where you can save a little cash here and there to give your vintage piggy bank a boost. Personally, I think one of the simplest options is organising a no-frills trip – book your flight on a budget airline and take the time to find low-cost accommodation in Los Angeles.

But of course, I’m not here to help you plan your holiday, but to find the best vintage shops. So, here are the places I think are most worth checking out.

Jet Rag

Where: 825 North La Brea Avenue, Hollywood

A budget shoppers’ heaven, this store will have you running from one packed clothes rail to the next looking for the ultimate bargain. Most of the togs here fall into the under-$30 bracket, and believe me when I say there’s something for pretty much everyone.

What I most love about Jet Rag is how it’s organised – or rather how it’s not. You really need to dig through the racks to find things, and typically clothes aren’t arranged by era or anything like that. So, shopping here feels a bit like a treasure hunt! And while I admit that might not be for everyone, I think it’s great.

As a quick tip, if you can get here first thing on a Sunday morning, definitely do so. At 09:00 local time, the car park hosts a fantastic sale where everything costs just $1. Don’t miss it!

Hidden Treasures

Where: 154 South Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Topanga

Don’t be put off by the swashbuckling pirate guarding the entrance – this Tiki-style shop is a treasure trove that really lives up to its name. It offers a similar price range to Jet Lag, but its selection is smaller (though still impressive).

A glance at the upper walls will reveal stunning dresses, while the rails hold everything from graphic T-shirts to military uniforms. Plus, Kate Moss is rumoured to be among its clientele – and if it’s good enough for Kate, I reckon it’s good enough for the rest of us!

Playclothes

Where: 3100 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank

Selling vintage gems for men, women and children, Playclothes is a must-visit for anyone who loves fashion with a soupcon of costume chic. You can find things here from the 1930s-80s, but it’s the 40s-60s it really specialises in.

What I like about Playclothes is that you can always rely on finding something that catches your eye here – its changing collection is really reliable. Plus, you can also grab some great homeware, including dishes, prints and curtains – though bear in mind these might not be too practical to cram on to the flight home!

Shareen Vintage

Where: 1721 North Spring Street, Downtown

If you want to find glitzy dresses worthy of famous names, Shareen Vintage is the place to come to. The likes of Florence Welch and Zooey Deschanel have been spotted in some gorgeous little numbers snapped up at this store, and I think the collection here is to die for.

Beautiful one-of-a-kind dresses can be seen pretty much everywhere you look, and the sales assistants are really helpful. So, if you’re like me and tend to get a little bamboozled by choice, don’t be afraid to ask their advice.

Have you found any amazing vintage shops in LA recently? If so, leave a comment below and clue in your fellow travellers!

 

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