a vintage store in philly you can’t miss…

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scout salvage & vintage rescue is another gem on north 3rd street–my favorite area to shop in philly. this may even be my favorite vintage store on the whole east coast. the store is so well-merchandised that one could spend hours inspecting all the unique vintage finds, & local goods. the quality of the merchandise is impressive, but once you meet the gregarious employees, its no surprise that they want to pick only the best items for their customers.

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one of my favorite finds was this sweatshirt made by a local philly designer, josh from hecho en philadelphia. who wouldn’t love the encouragement of billy murray across their chest?

deux petits bijoux in mouffetard…

seventy seven vintage & le 77 are adjacent to one another on the rue de cardinal lemoine in the hip area of mouffetard. both are a must-stop!!
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while paris is known for its amazing thrift stores because of the high-end labels that dwell within, i think seventy seven sells them at the best prices. i salivated over a burgundy balenciaga leather jacket—perfect condition—for only 1,000€! they also sell a lot of original artworks, which are used to adorn the tiny shop.
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right next door is, le 77, a quaint boutique with both men’s & women’s clothing. they have shoes as well, & a small vintage room in the back. the clothing is simple, streamlined, & stunningly beautiful.

here come the holidays…

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the franklin flea market in philly is the perfect place to do your holiday shopping…

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not only does it have marvelous vintage finds, but many vendors are local artisans selling their art, jewelry & other handmade goodies…

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one of my favorite booths is hoof & antler. they’re an online vintage boutique based in philly of arguably the best vintage clothing & decor you’ll find on the east coast. while they don’t have a store front (yet), they have a faithful booth at franklin flea. also, ronnie, one of the owners, is an absolute joy to talk to! (& bargain with)

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the franklin flea vintage holiday market is way more fun than fist-fighting frantic shoppers at a mobbed mall…& some vendors allow you to bargain!

a must see in atlanta…

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kudzu antique market in decatur is a destination you don’t want to miss if you visit atlanta…
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the selection of home goods, clothing, accessories, & everything in between is always unique & in perfect condition. the merchandise is set up in little vignettes throughout the warehouse, which is a really enjoyable way to peruse the array of interesting items.
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for some reason i found the room filled with salt & pepper shakers to be oddly inspirational—i must’ve spent a good half hour exploring all the many kinds of shakers one could have…

fave atlanta thrifts: little 5 points

little 5 points is my favorite neighborhood in atlanta. its colorful character never disappoints–& you won’t leave without seeing at least a dozen skull tattoos, shouting vagabonds, and rock n’ roll restaurants.
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rag-o-rama is your typical buy, sell, trade thrift store, but the buyers working this place really know how to pick some good digs. i am never disappointed with the variety and condition of the clothing & accessories here

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junkman’s daughter is more than a thrift store–in fact, the used clothing only takes up a small corner in the back. junkman’s daughter is referred to as an ‘alternative superstore’: people come here to spend hours perusing all the crazy gifts, vibrant new clothing (nothing comes without neon or holograms), and quirky items the store has to sell.

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the clothing warehouse is my favorite thrift store in atlanta. it has everything a thrift store needs: good selection, reasonable prices, no odd smells, well-organized (color coordinated a plus), & friendly, eccentric sales folk. the bonus of this particular store is that its located right next to little five points pizza: one of the best slices in the south…

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even though wish isn’t a thrift store, its a must-stop in little 5 points. this boutique has really hip digs from joy rich, en noir, zanerobe, play by come de garçons, & they also carry herschel bags & really unique sneakers from well-known brands such as nike & puma.