LA is famous for being a retro shopping haven, with vintage stores to be found no matter where you go in the city. From exclusive, appointment-only showrooms to busy, bustling markets, here are some of the best vintage spots that LA has to offer.
Melrose Trading Post
It costs just $3 to enter the Melrose Trading Post market, where you will then have access to over 200 stalls that each specialize in vintage goods. In addition to the clothing on sale here, you will also find everything from furniture to trinkets, and with vendors being open to a bit of friendly haggling, you never know what bargains you may pick up.
Adore Vintage is an exclusive, appointment-only vintage showroom that specializes in dresses from the 1920’s. This store is extremely knowledgable in everything vintage, and will be able to provide advice on a wide range of topics, from helping you to understand vintage fashion terminology to teaching you how to date vintage clothing to explaining how to care for these one-of-a-kind pieces.
The pieces that you will find at Resurrection are whimsical but avant-garde at the same time, with an emphasis placed on garments from the 60’s and 70’s. From mini shift dresses by Pierre Cadrin to floaty boho skirts by Ossie Clark, vintage fans will love browsing this store.
Avalon Vintage is famous for being a favorite amongst celebrity stylists, photographers and designers, from Jennifer Lawrence to Vanessa Mooney. The reason for this is due to the knowledge that the store owner has on vintage fashion, as well as her knack for being able to source truly rare vintage pieces that are guaranteed to make a statement.
House of Vintage
House of Vintage is a large boutique that measures around 750 square feet, and stocks garments that date from the 1920’s to the 1990’s. This is a great store to visit if you are looking to pick up a few vintage designer pieces, as you will find labels ranging from Oscar de la Renta to Vivienne Westwood to Versace.
Playclothes is one of those stores that consistently makes for a great shopping experience, with a wide range of garments that date from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. Featuring both ready to wear as well as designer pieces, this is a store that really makes you feel as though you have stepped back in time, with everything from the pin curls on the sales girls to the neon signs on the walls.
Jet Rag is known for being a favorite store of Gwen Stefani, amongst many other LA celebrities, and this is due to its eclectic array of vintage clothing, accessories and footwear. This is a store that is ideal for serious bargain hunters, especially on a Sunday when they host their famous $1 retro yard sale.
Los Angeles is home to some of the finest vintage stores in the country, and you will never be short of new boutiques and markets to explore. Whether you are seeking exclusive designer pieces from the 20’s, or trendy ready-to-wear pieces from the 90’s, you can be sure that you will find all of this, and so much more, in LA.