6 Vintage Shopping Hotspots

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

What’s old is new again. If you dream of donning sparkling Art Deco earrings or a bold, retro Pucci dress, carrying home a piece of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage, or snagging a luxury bag that few people own, you might find that covetable treasure inside one of Miami’s vintage stores. Here, a list of vintage shops where you never know what you’ll uncover.

Miami Twice

This family-owned boutique tucked away in an old strip mall near Coral Gables has been around since the mid-80s and is a wonderland of unique finds. The owners, Mary Kyle Holle and Diane Kyle, buy and curate everything in the store (nothing is consigned), and you’ll find clothing that span the entire 20th century, vintage jewelry, some furniture, and a little of this and that. If you don’t want to commit to a piece, some durable vintage items can be rented. They also specialize in high-end designer handbags like Louis Vuitton, and to keep up with the current times, a third of the store is contemporary clothing. Something unique, the owners transform the store into a Halloween haven during the month of October, selling adult costumes and accessories. 6562 SW 40th Street.

Fly Boutique

You’ll want to reserve an hour or so to peruse this legit vintage boutique in Miami’s MiMo District. Where to start first? Swipe through the tightly packed racks to find designer duds like colorful Missoni and Pucci dresses; scan the store’s floor to snag wow-worthy shoes like Chanel and buttery-soft cowboy boots; and circle the store to discover household items like Versace silk pillows, old typewriters and Gucci travel bags. You’ll also find furniture such as sofas and tables sprinkled throughout, along with upcycled pieces from the owner. The best part — everything is in almost-perfect condition. 7235 Biscayne Boulevard.

The House of Findings
You never know what you'll discover at The House of Findings

The House of Findings

Want to elevate your wardrobe with covet-worthy pieces that no one else will be wearing? This is your place. Located in the shopping sanctuary of Upper Buena Vista, you’ll find a well-curated collection of vintage, global, upcycled and handmade fashions from the Victorian-era to the 90s at many different price points. The owner, Mayra, had a similar shop on Española Way in South Beach back in the day and travels the world to curate her ever-evolving collection. From a bold-patterned Pucci dress to unique furnishings from another place and time, you never know what you’ll discover. 5030 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite #404.

Twice Vintage

Primely situated in South Miami at The Shops at Sunset Place, you’ll discover eclectic consignments, including retro clothing, shoes and handbags and funky home goods at this family-owned gem. The owners pride themselves on finding the unusual, often with a humorous or whimsical side. You can build your wardrobe from pretty much any decade, find housewares to throw a killer dinner party from another glamorous era, or simply scoop up something unusual that you never knew you needed. 5701 Sunset Drive, Suite #174.

What Goes Around Comes Around

If you’re looking for uber-luxe vintage finds, this boutique located in the chic Sunset Harbour neighborhood on South Beach, is your fashion mecca. Vibrant and airy, this will definitely feel more like shopping in an upscale boutique than a boho-type vintage digging-through-racks-for-treasures spree. The store, which has six locations nationwide, offers a large selection of lavish labels like vintage handbags from Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Prada (all vetted for authenticity), along with clothing, jewelry (think collectible Rolex watches) and accessories. True fashionistas will want to splurge on one of the framed Hermès scarves. 1800 Bay Road.

Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique

Think of this thrift boutique near Wynwood as shopping for a cause, since 100-percent of the proceeds and donations benefit Lotus House, assisting homeless women and children. Here, you’ll find a large selection of designer and vintage clothing from some of the best closets in Miami, along with collectibles and furniture. It’s pretty well organized and you never know what you’ll find; if you follow their Instagram, you can even catch special promotions. Also, you can further your good intentions by donating gently used items. 2040 NW 7th Avenue.

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