There are lots of great places to shop in Pittsburgh, but sometimes stylish second-hand is the way to go. From clothing to furniture to trinkets, there’s something for everyone on our list. Whether you’re looking to recreate looks from decades past or save a little bit of money, these vintage shops will definitely meet – and exceed – your expectations.
With a sharp eye for style and a great deal of fashion knowledge, Kate Colussy, the owner of Highway Robbery, has managed to put together a beautifully curated vintage collection. Some awesome pieces up for sale right now include: a mint condition ‘60s soft pink silk dress featuring a V-neck back with lace up ribbons, a boxy-shouldered ‘80s button-up jacket with a brash cream, red, and black pattern and a flowered ‘90s maxi dress that could be straight out of Winona Ryder’s wardrobe. No matter what decade you’d like to try on for size, Highway Robbery has you covered.
This isn’t your grandmother’s closet (unless, of course, your grandmother was Sophia Loren). And it’s not only clothing that’s for sale, either – there’s a variety of jewelry, trinkets, and elaborate costumes. Fancy a ‘60s ocelot clutch for your night out at Spirit? EONS has you covered, and you can bet you’ll even be able to find a leopard-print pillbox hat to match. While the store isn’t usually eyebrow-raisingly expensive, you can expect to spend a fair amount of money on each piece. If you’re serious about your vintage collection, though, it’s worth every penny.
When you think vintage, don’t limit yourself to clothing. Who New? offers a wide variety of beautiful, fascinating furniture and decorative items from a number of decades. Spice up your kitchen with a set of minimalist floral-print plates, or set your living-room thermostat to ‘Cool’ with a set of ‘70s globe lamps. There’s bound to be something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of understated furniture or gaudy statement pieces. You can even pick up things you didn’t even know you needed, like an art deco chrome ashtray or a modernist wall-mounted spice rack.
The creators of the Center for Creative Reuse aimed to make conservation easy, inexpensive and, above all, fun. There are drawers filled with buttons, spools, film projectors, homemade artwork, VHS tapes, long-forgotten fading family photographs and just about everything craft-worthy you can imagine. You might be overwhelmed by all the options presented to you, but don’t worry – the Center’s website provides a wealth of ideas. Next time you want to shop pre-made items, think twice, because you can pick up a wealth of materials at the Center to create your own unique knick-knacks.
Hey Betty is the epitome of high-class vintage. If you’re the kind of person who’d be interested in a ‘70s quilted Diane Von Furstenberg clutch (and who wouldn’t be?), it’s definitely the shop for you. The selection is carefully curated to allow only the finest classic clothing and accessories onto the floor. But the clothing isn’t the shop’s only claim to fame. Celebrities including Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Downey Jr., Helen Mirren, and Chloe Sevigny have all browsed – and bought – at Betty. So if you’re going to take the trip down to Shadyside to check it out, you’re in good company.
If you like name-brand looks but prefer not to pay name-brand prices, Clothes Minded is an excellent place to visit. It’s one of the few locations that allows you to stay high-end stylish on a budget. If you’d like to own Timberlands, Nikes, Banana Republic, or Benetton clothing, this is the place for you. Right now, the store is even offering Gucci perfume. Additionally, the store’s Instagram and Facebook are both very active, allowing you to stay up-to-date on the inventory.
Twice a year, dozens of the coolest vintage vendors come together at the Teamsters Temple in Lawrenceville to bring you the best selection of unique clothing, trinkets, and furniture. The event is held once in the spring and once in the winter, and if you’re a fan of the products of yesteryear, you can’t afford to miss it. Last year’s vendors included several of those listed here, and the selection is always hand-picked to perfection. Keep your eye out for date announcements, because there’s usually a pre-sale the night before the event takes place.
This gem of a store is located on Route 51 in the South Hills, but it’s definitely worth the trip outside city limits. It’s a veritable emporium of secondhand treasures, offering both men’s and women’s clothing as well as furniture and various trinkets at steeply discounted prices. If you’re looking to stock up on wardrobe staples but your wallet is feeling a little thin, a stop at Red White & Blue will meet all your needs. Plus, the inventory is in constant rotation, so if you become a regular customer, you won’t often see the same items twice.
When you think “vintage,” you don’t always have to think clothing. The owner of Toll Gate Revival describes himself as a “Rust Belt vagabond,” and there’s no better way to capture the essence of their collection. They offer all-American antiques of all shapes and sizes. If you’re looking to furnish your home or office with unique pieces like a comfortably broken-in Chesterfield sofa or a circular foundry-mold-turned-coffee table, stop by the shop, because you won’t be disappointed.
If you have a weekend off and a little bit of money to burn, head on down to Bridgeville and catch Trader Jack’s Flea Market from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s one of the biggest flea markets in town, and you’ll find everything from soy candles to collector-grade trading cards. It’s an indoor/outdoor event, so it’s still available during the winter. Even if you don’t have something specific in mind when you go, you’re bound to find something worth taking home.
Do you have some gently used items of clothing that are taking up space in your closet? Take them on down to the Avalon Exchange, one of the most popular buy-and-sell thrifting locations in the whole city. They’re fairly picky about what they will take, though, so make sure that your items are in good condition. They cater to both men and women, and there are lots of secondhand items from stores like American Apparel, Forever 21, and H&M, if you’re trying to stay stylish on a budget.
Roxanne’s Dried Flowers, located in the heart of the Strip District, does, in fact, sell dried flowers. But that’s not all – you can pick up one-of-a-kind items like framed vintage seed catalog prints and delicate ceramics. Additionally, they provide beautiful arrangements for weddings, which would pair perfectly with a vintage gown. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves handmade items, Roxanne’s is the best place to look.
Sometimes you don’t need to break the bank to add some unique flair to your clothing collection. Buffalo Exchange, which has locations all across the United States, recently opened up a storefront right here in the South Side. Bring the elements of your closet that you’ve tossed aside and get a fair exchange in store credit. They take a lot of items that other vintage exchange stores don’t, so if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck with trade-ins, Buffalo is the way to go. Additionally, they have a great selection of jewelry, hats, shoes, and embroidered patches.
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