Top 7 vintage stores in the Twin Cities
|Do you recognize this fab shop?|
(25 E. 26th St., Minneapolis; 612.872.8552; blacklistvintage.com)
With both men and women's vintage clothing, Blacklist Vintage carries garments from the '20s through the '80s. For women, 1950s dresses are a bestselling item (owner Vanessa Messersmith says she can't keep them in stock) and button-up shirts from the '50s and '70s are popular for men. In addition to fancy cocktail dresses and suits, the shop carries a wide variety of everyday clothing, and a range of sizes for women. Another bonus: Blacklist Vintage has an in-store seamstress and everything is cleaned before it hits the shelves, so all garments are ready to wear. If you're looking to get a sweet deal, check out Blacklist Vintage's "Diggers" sale, which usually takes place the last weekend in July. During this time, the store is filled with bins of clothing ranging from one to five dollars.
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(2928 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.823.5285; www.tattersvintageclothing.com)
Whether you want a costume or everyday clothing, Tatters will probably have what you're looking for. Clothing ranges from the 1940s to the 1980s, and the store carries a variety of men's Levi jeans, leather jackets, concert T-shirts, cowboy boots, and women's formal dresses, petticoats, and poodle skirts. Don't forget to check out the accessories, as scarves, wigs, handbags, belt buckles, wallets, and jewelry can be the perfect addition to your look. Tatters has two 50 percent off sales throughout the year: the first weekend in March and the first weekend in August.
(2408 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.374.3649; www.viasvintage.com)
If you're looking for a vintage formal or cocktail dress to wear to a wedding, charity event, or theme party, Via's Vintage is the place to go. Carrying items dating back to the Victorian era, the shop carries a large selection of beautiful dresses. In addition to vintage, Via's sells new merchandise from Vivien of Holloway and What Katie Did, two London brands that specialize in reproducing '50s dresses and vintage lingerie, respectively. Via's Vintage will celebrate its 30-year anniversary this summer.
|Lula Vintage Wear|
(1587 Selby Ave., St. Paul; 651.644.4110; lulavintagemn.com)
Lula Vintage Wear just went through a complete renovation, so if you haven't been to the updated store, now is the time to check it out. The new space has a clean, fresh, modern feel, and offers a variety of dresses, coats, hats, handbags, and accessories. Owner Hayley Bush changes out merchandise daily, so there are always new items on the shelves. Lula also features a selection of menswear. Bush encourages people to come in and find something fun to wear. "Every day is an opportunity to wear something cute, so every day you should take that opportunity," Bush says.
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