Best places to buy vintage clothing online

I have been in the vintage clothing business for coming up on seven years now, and it has always been surprising to me that out of the thousands of online vintage vendors, there are very few who offer a good selection, as well as a good website to shop from.

Below are five websites that I have found to be good for their selection, website design, and product descriptions.

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RustyZipper

This site was the first site that I bought a vintage item from. The selection is immense and I love how they have a ton of items for guys. I also love that they provide themed ideas for holidays and other events, and their wholesale lots if you want to get a good deal on many items. Good site layout and a search feature. Product descriptions are there with measurements and the prices are comparable.

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Beacon's Closet

A New York based company that has three physical shops, Beacon's Closet isn't just dedicated to vintage clothing but also modern clothing. Focusing on their vintage selection, Beacon's Closet has a much smaller amount of items compared to RustyZipper, but their layout and the items that are available make it worth shopping at. Prices are comparable to sometimes on the lower end for vintage items. The product descriptions are just enough information, nothing more and nothing less.

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Some Like it Vintage

I was drawn in by their simple logo accompanied by an awesome vintage inspired couple's picture. This site has a good amount of items and has a good balance of women's to men's clothing (having men's vintage clothing is important to me, being a guy and all). The site leaves something to be desired with the thumbnails being pretty small and the layout under the logo being not as simple and pristine as the logo is. However, the selection, the amount of pictures available per item, and the product description give the buyers a good idea what they are purchasing. Prices are comparable to high.

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Dorothea's Closet Vintage

Dorothea has a pretty large closet to hold all her items from the 1800's to the 1980s. A good selection with an interesting artistic layout. The product descriptions are good and include good measurements. The drawback is this is a women's only store. The dress selection is great but all items are priced on the higher side. The items are pretty awesome, so if you are willing and have the money, this is a good place to get some unique items.

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Etsy

And last, but not least, the awesome Etsy.com. If you are looking for the place with the most variety and a bunch of different shops in one place, Etsy would be the place to go for your vintage clothing needs. Each seller does it different, so you won't always get the best product descriptions and/or prices. The prices on Etsy go from the cheap to the expensive, so searching within Etsy is key. Check out groups and teams dedicated to vintage clothing, like Vintage Lovers.


Of course there are many more online shops and places to purchase vintage clothing, these just happen to be a few of my favorite places to shop and check out items.

Where do you buy your vintage clothes?

  • Etsy
  • Random online stores
  • Thrift stores
  • Garage sales
  • I don't buy vintage clothes
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itsmonkeyboy 5 years ago from London, UK

Hi, very good hub, I love vintage clothing. I've actually been looking for a 70's style suit for my wedding next year. My partner would like me to have it fitted so buying online is going to be difficult, therefore a store somewhere would be really handy. I don't suppose you have any contacts in the UK who have stores with various suits to try? I'd preferably like something in a 'mod' line, but am open to ideas.


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Jared Zane Kessie 5 years ago from Richland, Washington Author

@itsmonkeyboy

Check out this link to Rokit, a London based vintage shop...

http://www.rokit.co.uk/index.php?page_id=1000082

They have physical shops in London, check out their store locator. Is London the place you would be doing most of the shopping for the wedding? If so I am developing a future hub about 100 vintage clothing shops in London. Let's see if I can find that many!

Best of luck to you and I hope you check back when I finish my London's vintage clothing post!


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Ricki Landers 5 years ago from Gatlinburg, Tennessee

I love Etsy, if you have never been to that site you have to try it out!


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Honestly, I have never shopped online. But the list here seems enticing. LOL

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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Congratulations on your hubnuggets nomination. Thanks for the tips on finding vintage clothing. Will be checking them out.

Namaste.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great topic for a hub! Thanks for the resources. Congrats on your nomination!


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emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

Dude, awesome. Thrift stores are my favorite for clothes shopping. I'll definitely check these out.

And congrats on the nomination.


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

This is really excellent! Vintage clothes stores in my area only carry stuff for women, forgetting lots of men had "style" back then too!


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mvaivata 4 years ago

I haven't heard of some of these places, so I will absolutely be checking them out. Thank you for putting this together.


chelsicruse 4 years ago

Dottys vintage now sells online through there facebook page

www.facebook.com/dottysvintage

If you like their page and they put their new stock up on there and they now send there stuff out ..!!!!!

Dotty's does pre loved vintage and retro clothing from the 30s to the 80s.

Every item has been hand picked by the Dotty's family - we want you to love taking your vintage pieces home just as much as we did bringing them to you.

From elegant evening dresses to those comfy 501s you can flaunt your individual vintage style.


Nancy's Gone Green 3 years ago

Hi! I'd like to add to the list another great shop to buy vintage and pre-loved fashion: http://www.nancysgonegreen.com/category/pre-loved

Nancy's Gone Green is an eco-friendly online shop specializing in organic, fair trade and recycled fashion. We also offer a vast selection of "pre-loved" clothing, including a special section for vintage. We promise to add at least 3 new items every day.


tanya 3 years ago

I found a great little shop on etsy called onefortynine, you can find it here http:// www.etsy.com/onefortynine. Ive bought there three times now and have a few more things in mind. She has a good selection of mid century stuff (which I love) but also carries more hip stuff for younger generations. Her prices are really good too!

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