Bittersweet retail news: Wilbur Vintage is closing down its South 4th Street location at end of the March. For eight years, owner Daniel Wilbur has been loyally providing Philly’s vintage lovers with hard-to-find throwback women’s apparel and accessories, but due to the increasing success of his Etsy and Instagram pages, he’s looking to transition the shop completely online. Read more »
When the EIC of Philadephia Wedding announced she was having a black-tie New Year’s Eve wedding, our close-knit group of work friends immediately convened for a what-to-wear powwow. Two women declared they’d try Rent the Runway; another decided to beeline it to New York for a shopping trip; and I considered wearing something already in my closet. (I have a bad habit of buying extremely fancy things like ball skirts and floor-length dresses with no place to wear them.) This was a fleeting idea, though: After a quick survey of my wardrobe, I found that nothing checked off both black-tie and New Year’s Eve boxes. The search was on. Read more »
There are two kinds of shoppers in this world: People who gravitate to quick and easy fast-fashion trends and those of us who dare to navigate the exciting, albeit unpredictable, waters of vintage shopping. For long-time decade divers, vintage shopping can seem like second-nature. But for those out there without prior experience, the first foray into the depths of a vintage store can be overwhelming: a sea of bright colors, alien silhouettes and styles, and the, er, acquired scent of garments from past eras. Two words: Sensory. Overload.
To help you begin your journey, we chatted with Philly’s local vintage shop owners to get their expert tips and words of wisdom for how to find the coolest statement pieces, buy vintage on Instagram, and make the most of your overall experience. Happy hunting!
I often proclaim my love for Malena’s Vintage (although, to be honest, I’d rather keep it my own little secret, but, well, shopping editors aren’t really supposed to keep secrets like that). Now the West Chester treasure trove is getting even better: They’ve recently acquired the entire vintage collection of Mill Crest Vintage in Lambertville. The New Jersey shop – just a hop-skip from New Hope – is becoming an appointment-only vintage bridal salon (hear that, brides?). Read more »
Over here at Shoppist, we’re total fangirls of Maggie and Jason, the duo behind Maggpie Vintage Rentals, a Port Richmond-based company that rents incredible vintage furniture and decor for events and photoshoots. Their colossal warehouse is the stuff of vintage lovers’ dreams: one whole floor of chairs in all shapes and sizes, fantastically weathered tapestries, weird-but-wonderful wicker pieces, and everything else you’d ever want to put in your home.
A while back, they started selling some of their stuff, a one-off piece here and there on Instagram. And then they launched an e-store, where you can find everything from china and flatware to dining tables and upholstered chairs. And now, today until 5pm, they’re hosting a huge warehouse sale. Which means this: Sneak out of work early and go. Read more »
The best-kept secret of vintage home decor is tucked away in a barn in Newtown. It’s called Trove Decor, and well, just look at that picture above. There’s not a brick-and-mortar shop, so those in the know (which is now you!) have either book an appointment to shop or wait for the company’s every-so-often warehouse sales which, in true Bucks County fashion, take place inside a cozy barn. And guess what? There’s one this weekend! Read more »
According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will drop $74 on a Halloween costume this year. While a good penguin suit always gets a laugh or two, it’s not the smartest investment. I mean, how many times can you be a giant penguin before it stops being funny? (I’ll let you answer that for yourself.) If you’re looking to spend on something you’ll wear after Halloween (unlike a penguin suit), while simultaneously ensuring you’ll have the coolest costume at any party, this is the list for you – complete with costume ideas and local stores where you can score them. Your perfect costume awaits.
One of my favorite vintage shops in the area, Malena’s Vintage, is tucked on a corner of semi-sleepy West Gay Street in West Chester. I’ve found some incredible pieces there, like this studded leather jacket and this crinoline slip; owner Malena has a great eye and, if you’re lucky, she’ll take you into her next-door showroom, where she stocks pieces that haven’t yet made it onto the store floor. Tomorrow, though, she’s opening up this secret showroom to the public — and discounting everything.
There’s nothing quite as thrilling as a major vintage find. I scored one back in 2008 — a cool armchair on the side of some road out by Princeton — and somehow manhandled it by myself into the back of a convertible I was driving (I forget how or why I was in this car, because I do not own a convertible). It was winter and I froze the whole way home, but it was worth it because the armchair had potential and I would reupholster and refinish it back to its pre-street-side glory. Only I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. (Secret: I don’t think I ever will.)
This is the problem with less-than-perfect vintage goods: It seems like a good idea, the whole coolly artisanal upcycling thing, until you realize you have no time to actually do it. Which is why I turn to Territory Hard Goods, a Kensington-based company that sources cool vintage furniture and home accessories (and cleans up/reupholsters when necessary). You can buy their finds on the Territory Hard Goods Etsy store, or find them at local flea markets like Clover Market. A tip: Follow them on Instagram to be the first to know about new products. Another tip: Don’t bother to pick up armchairs on the side of the road unless you really, really plan to do something with them. Read more »
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