Pittsburgh is full of so many amazing shops, including second-hand vintage spots and boutiques. From clothing, furniture, trinkets, and then some, there is something for everyone on our list of fab vintage finds. Whether you’re looking to recreate looks from decades past, save a little bit of money, or show of your own unique flair, these Pittsburgh vintage shops will definitely meet – and exceed – your expectations.
1 . Juju[relevant url=”https://shop-juju.com/”]
This shop has so much to offer. Juju is full of positive vibes and energy as well as vintage clothing, natural perfumes, ritual potions and much more. Owner Leslie McAllister even offers tarot card readings, a skill that has been in her family for decades. This is a shopping experience you’ll never forget and we are sure you will be back for more unique finds and good juju.
2. Kvault Vintage[relevant url=”https://www.kvaultvintage.com/”]
This online vintage shop offers up an extensive, unique blend of ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s pieces. Here you can find some of the most classic designers we all know and love like Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Saks. Like what you see? It’s simple, contact owner Kara Shields and she will personally deliver your items if you’re in the Pittsburgh area (now that’s service). Not local? That’s okay, she’ll ship anywhere in the country for only $5! We love Kvault for their personal touch. You can have any piece made to order, whether its cropping a top, distressing a pair of levis, you name it they have you covered.
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3. EONS Fashion Antique[relevant url=”https://www.facebook.com/Eons-Fashion-Antique”]
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 – here you can find a variety of fabulous jewelry, nifty trinkets, and elaborate costumes. Fancy a ‘60s ocelot clutch for your night out at Spirit? EONS has you covered. 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.
4. Who New? Retro Mod Decor[relevant url=”https://www.facebook.com/WHO-NEW-Retro-Mod-Decor-124324627785/”]
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!
5. Clothes Minded[relevant url=”http://www.clothesmindedpgh.com/”]
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 but stay in your budget. If you’d like to own Timberlands, Nikes, Banana Republic, or Benetton clothing, this is the place for you. Additionally, the store’s Instagram and Facebook are both very active, allowing you to stay up-to-date on the inventory.
6. Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer
For the past 11 season, 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, gadgets, and furniture. The event is held once in the spring and once in the winter. If you’re a fan of vintage finds, 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. While we just missed the April mixer, they’ve been adding more to the lineup.
7. Red White & Blue
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.
8. Toll Gate Revival[relevant url=”http://www.tollgaterevival.com/”]
When thinking “vintage” don’t just think clothes. 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
9. Bruised Black Vintage[relevant url=”https://www.etsy.com/shop/BruisedBlackVintage/”]
This fun and eccentric shop features vintage apparel from all eras! You can find one of a kind pieces from the roaring 20’s all the way through the 1990s. We absolutely love the wide variety of options this handpicked selection has to offer. Founded in 2011, Bruised Black offers countless designer pieces that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. Each piece is repaired and restored so you can wear these vintage pieces as if they are new.
10. Dead Byrd Vintage[relevant url=”http://www.deadbyrdvintage.com/”]
This vintage shop is owned by Dana, a local artist who grew up thrifting. From day one she has used this passion to fuel her inspiration to find the perfect pieces sold on her online shop. Dead Byrd Offers everything from dresses, outerwear, accessories and pretty much anything you would need to create your own original look. DBVs site makes vintage attire accessible, making it easy for shoppers to blend their vintage apparel with their customers own modern day style.
11. Highway Robbery Vintage[relevant url=”https://highwayrobbery.patternbyetsy.com/”]
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 which includes so many options from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and our favorite, the ‘90s. No matter what your favorite decade is, Highway Robbery has you covered.
12. Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse[relevant url=”http://www.pccr.org/”]
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, wrapping paper, crayons 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. We bet you have someone in mind who will be obsessed with this concept.
13. Hey Betty!
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.
Shannon Daly is a local blogger and food writer.