Six Vintage Stores You Need to Plunder ASAP

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Six Vintage Stores You Need to Plunder ASAP
What happens when a vintage addict takes a 9.5-month road trip across America in the world’s tiniest hatchback? A lot of boxes get shipped home. In my explorations of 26 U.S. states in 2016, I visited no fewer than 100 vintage clothing stores. These are six of the very best.
By Ashlea Halpern, AFAR Contributor
Courtesy of Santa Fe Vintage
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    Santa Fe Vintage in Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Longtime collector Scott Corey’s two-story showroom is hidden in an industrial park 20 minutes outside of the city center, but it’s worth a special trip. Heavy on the menswear, his warehouse is packed to the rafters with trim military jackets, ultrasoft denim, stylin’ cowboy hats, Navajo blankets, old-school-cool aviators, and beat-up American flags. By appointment only.

    7501 Avenger Way, Suite B, Santa Fe, NM 87508
    Courtesy of Santa Fe Vintage
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    Carlo’s One Night Stand in Missoula, Montana
    Shopkeeper Max Gilliam has been stuffing his racks with 50 shades of flannel since 1979. From lumberjack boots and puffy down vests to shearling-trimmed work coats, you’re unlikely to find lower prices on more big-name outdoors outfitters than right here. Alas, Carlo’s isn’t a one-trick heritage pony; Gilliam takes pains to stock colorful dashikis, pastel tulle prom dresses from the 1950s, and sequined majorette costumes (hey, it’s never too early to plan for Halloween).

    109 S. Third St. W., Missoula, MT 59801
    Courtesy of Carlo's One Night Stand
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    Mannequin Boutique in Cincinnati, Ohio
    Luxurious mink coats, preppy Escada blazers, Missoni sweater sets, silk Hermès ties—this Over the Rhine shop is where Cincinnatians go for a luxury label fix. The garments are in superlative condition and, while not inexpensive, still priced at a fraction of their original cost. If you do splash out on a new Furla bag or vintage Japanese kimono, assuage your guilt knowing that all proceeds benefit local charities, including Lighthouse Youth Services and the United Coalition for Animals.

    1311 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Courtesty of Mannequin Boutique
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    Old Colorado Vintage in Durango, Colorado
    Old Colorado is all about the Americana: 1930s Chippewa wool shirts, Pendleton blankets, battered motorcross boots, and oceans of denim and chambray. Married co-owners Tom and Carrie Dragt have also built up an enviable collection of satin race jackets and threadbare tees, some so dangerously thin they’d raise your mama’s eyebrows.

    1021 1/2 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301
    Courtesy of @oldcoloradovintage
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    Montage Vintage in San Antonio, Texas
    Eyeballing a flowing psychedelic caftan or shredded pair of ultra-skimpy, high-waisted denim cut-offs and wondering if you can pull it off? Shopkeeper Shelby Guevara will show you the way. She has a keen eye for styling, particularly matching quirky or challenging vintage pieces with modern accessories like chunky wooden bangles.

    423 W. Grayson St., San Antonio, TX 78212
    Courtesy of Montage Vintage
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    Acorn Apparel in Louisville, KY
    Bardstown Road in the Highlands has no shortage of decent vintage emporiums (Old Souls, Hey Tiger, Vintage Banana, and Dot Fox Clothing Culture, to name a few), but Acorn Apparel is the most fun to rummage through. Romantic Gunne Sax maxi dresses share rack space with Italian mobster track jackets, party-girl fur bombers, and the occasional Victorian mourning coat. Don’t miss the case full of sparkly costume jewelry near the register or the gloriously tacky black velvet paintings hanging throughout the shop. If it tickles your fancy, it’s probably for sale.

    1602 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40205
    Courtesy of Acorn Apparel
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