By: Ginger Harris
Miami is ripe with vintage and thrift stores with plenty of retro pickings that range from apparel to home goods.
If you want your look to stand out in a sea of trends, the best way is to add something with history. We’re talking vintage. A belt, a bag, shoes, an awesomely ‘80s necklace—all give your look a little flavor, a unique flair, a certain je ne sais quoi. You may even want to add that same flair to your home décor, as well. If you’re wondering where to find these shops packed with blasts from the past, head to these spots. You never know what treasures you may find along the way.
This kitschy and cute boutique in Miami’s MiMo District stocks everything from reworked vintage (slips transformed into tie-dyed maxi dresses and beach coverups), to retro pieces, like ‘60s minis, even high-end designer items like Alaia shoes and shabby-chic décor. There’s plenty of vintage finds for him, too. Find it at 7235 Biscayne Blvd.
Lotus House Thrift
You never know what you’ll find at this Wynwood shop that benefits homeless women and children, but know it will be a true treasure. Leather jackets, ’80s blouses, designer boots and bags, cool art, funky knick-knacks abound and all marked at reasonable prices, too. Find it at 203 N.W. 36th St.
Red White and Blue Thrift Store
The crowds line up for the vintage scores at Red, White and Blue Thrift Stores—literally. Each Saturday morning just before 9 a.m., you can see a line of people waiting in Hialeah for the doors to open at these sizable thrift stores. Thankfully, there are two, should you choose to get your vintage adventure in motion. From Mara Hoffman tops to Charles Jourdan boots and Fendi clutches, the designer pickings at the thrifting emporium are almost too good to be true. And the retro isn’t bad either: ’70s Pucci nightgowns, maxi dresses and chunky accessories from the ‘80s. These finds tend to be a little on the pricey side, so look for the daily discounts noted by the color-coded tags. Find them at 901 E. 10th Ave., suite 12, and 12640 N.E. 6th Ave.
Give Good Works (formerly Grubstake)
If you’re looking to give your house a vintage twist, then head to this charitable spot in Wynwood for antique mirrors, vases, cake plates and dining room chairs. The collection here proves one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and conversation piece. Shop upstairs for apparel, but tour the downstairs maze more than once to ensure you don’t overlook hidden treasures. Find it at 2401 N. Miami Ave.
If it’s the ‘80s you’re nostalgic for, find it at this giant Goodwill locale in North Miami. Silk blouses, ’70s wrap skirts, and a plethora of ’80s acid-washed jeans fill the racks. Troll the dresses for Rachel Pally, Betsey Johnson and Tracy Reese — sometimes with tags still attached — marked less than $20. Find it at 441 N.E. 81st St.
If you want to throw a little home shopping into your vintage apparel adventure, Bargain Barn in Wynwood is a great spot. But also keep in mind that there is a great selection of apparel, too. In fact, apparel businesses that are going out of business often send their leftover merchandise here, where you can score it for next to nothing. You’ll also find designer shoes, bags and cool pieces from the past at this charitable store. Find it at 2233 N.W. First Court.
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