Lyn-Lake's Tatters is closing

Categories: Closing, Fashion
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Pics via Tatters' Facebook page
Sad news for lovers of vintage today: Marc Luers, owner of Tatters, announced via Minnesota Monthly that the clothing shop will be closing soon. The store has been open since 1980.

See also:
Proper & Prim to open in Lyn-Lake area


Tatters was a great place to shop for vintage boots, hats, shirts, and more, whether you were going for a Western look or that of a posh '60s ad exec. You could also score cute dresses there, or even a Halloween costume where certain elements might make it into regular wardrobe rotation.

The shop is closing due to multiple reasons, including rising property taxes in the area and poor sales during the winter (thanks, snowpocalypse). While no official closing date has been set, final sales will start this Monday.

It will be interesting to see how the Lyn-Lake area shapes up over the next few years, as the influx of condos, bro bars, and shifting businesses is changing the landscape of the neighborhood to look more like Uptown each day.

In the meantime, you can keep up to date with Tatters via its Facebook page.

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Tatters Clothing

2928 S. Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

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Alirox
Alirox

CP staff ~ Keep these Facebook idiots off of your online forum.

raw.truth
raw.truth

Gosh! This is too bad! But y'know there's an overstock clothing store at Henn/Lake. I got two new Wrangler shirts for really cheap.

Drea Carmen Curtis
Drea Carmen Curtis

Another sad omen for residents, but Tatters specifically has been going in the crapper for a while. Their "vintage" was pretty much just one small rounder! (Ratty t-shirts and some brown 70s ankle boots does not a vintage store make.) Not really surprised by this.

Leif Lundeen
Leif Lundeen

Awesome store but prices were way too high. Dont even want to know whats going there now

Elizabeth Jones Roycroft
Elizabeth Jones Roycroft

No! No! No! Child of the 80's and Tatters was a staple store for my clothing purchases. So long, Tatters.

cynth
cynth

It's very sad to see this historic treasure close. As one of the oldest vintage stores in Minneapolis, since 1980, Tatters set a trend for the vintage stores that followed. Their prices have been reasonable and in keeping with the true quality vintage they've located and carried over the years. So many of us have found our favorite vintage wear from Tatters and will miss it, and the awesome, fun, knowledgeable staff who cared about the community and their home on Lyn-Lake. Any small, indie business may struggle in the future changes to Lyn-Lake as many already have - none are immune to these changes and trends. I and many appreciate the history and fantastic clothing and staff that Tatters has brought us for 34 years. Tatters will be sorely missed. Here's a radio piece on it's history. http://www.prx.org/pieces/110240-tatters-alternative-clothing-since-1980#description

Emily Ladycats
Emily Ladycats

If they didnt charge so damn much for thrift finds they could stay in business

Brett Bundy
Brett Bundy

No!!! I was there not to long ago for vintage clothes for mad men party!!!

will.determan
will.determan

Jessica Armbruster? What the hell is a bro bar according to your infinite wisdom? After defining what that means to you, can you please name one in the Lyn Lake neighborhood so the rest of us can catch up?  That would be super helpful for those of us who own businesses on the NW corner of Lyndale & Lake Street. Apparently we don't know anything about the neighborhood where we live and operate every day of the week.

Oscar
Oscar

Uptown died when the Uptown Bar closed. I have never recovered from that day. Then the rumors of it re-opening in various spots kept the wound open for years. Now ive accpeted its gone forever. If you never experienced an Uptown Bar breakfast that turned into a day drink then its hard for us to even compare our uptown thoughts.

However, i will say the vibe on Lyndale is still pretty solid. Leaning tower, bulldog, Herk (arguable), CC, coffee shops, etc are still trying to hold down the fort.

Angie Cornell
Angie Cornell

I am thankful I lived in uptown when it was the best it ever was...now it is a joke

Meshach Weber
Meshach Weber

I think the current crowd is more interested in an ironic strip club and shooter girls bar where you can pretend that it's not about nudity and getting drunk and looking like a 30K millionaire. It would probably be 20's themed and be called a Flapper club.

David Hlavac
David Hlavac

Sorry it can't be granola or we will alienate the gluten free crowd. What about an artisanal oxygen bar with fair-trade BPA-free oxygen masks?

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

Despite our love for local business this state is one of the worst in the nation for small business. On the flip side of my sympathy I'm glad to see another thrift/vintage/second hand store go. We have a thousand of them guys.

Meshach Weber
Meshach Weber

Uptown has drifted so far. So douchy. The last sign of the Uptownocalypse was that hot tub. Yeesh.

anjelakbehrends
anjelakbehrends

How much do you charge for hand picked, purchased, stain treated, washed and steamed and sometimes mended items at your store? It was never a thrift store. Thrift stores operate on donations and mostly volunteers. Sorry you felt the prices were to high.


JessicaArmbruster
JessicaArmbruster moderator

@will.determan Hey there, neighbor. I'm not going to call out any specific venues, but as someone who has lived blocks from the intersection of Lyn-Lake for about 10 years, I can say that the area has changed quite a bit over the last 2, 3 years. It happens.

raw.truth
raw.truth

And McDs where the trailer trash hang out. Great bum watching there. 


What happened to bagman? Haven't seen him for weeks. Loren and Johnny still hang out there.

anjelakbehrends
anjelakbehrends

Your comment is rude and insensitive. Tatters was a premier vintage shop. Some of us have worked there for many years. We are losing our jobs. It is true there are many shops out there which does make it challenging to gather inventory for folks in the business. Would I be glad to see any of them fail? Hell no! What is next on you list of things that will make you glad to go away? Local breweries, coffee shops, restaurants, yoga studios? Pretty sure there are a lot of them around too!


will.determan
will.determan

@JessicaArmbruster @will.determan Right. I'm from the hood, too. I also work here every day. I know every single bar owner on the street from 26th to 31st. The words you chose felt negative toward a neighborhood that I could not personally be happier to be a part of. Lyn Lake has nothing to do with Henn Lake, or "Uptown". It's Lyn Lake, and I happen believe that it is the coronary artery to the heart beat of Minneapolis- solely because of the people who set up shop here. 

Oscar
Oscar

Dude settle. I'm not saying Jessica's words were chosen wisely, but who cares. Just because you know every business owner from here to Katmandu does not make you the expert either.

The conods are slowly migrating east towards lyndale. Look at the VFW parking lot, or should i say what used to be the parking lot. Things are changing and you are choosing to not see it.

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