Here in Denver, our shopping is starting to dwindle. My friend Chanda, who sees shopping for vintage as her personal crusade, just informed me that Buffalo Exchange is suppose to be fazing out vintage clothing on their racks. That will take our Denver vintage shopping down even more after the closing of American Vogue and a couple other shops in town.
After a conversation with the dear former owner of AV who still bartends at our local spot Skylark, I am starting to understand more why this is happening. The internet has opened up the vintage possibilities so much, that, as shoppers, our eyes are starting to wander away from home. I think the internet is great and it has helped me find special items that I never would have locally, but it also saddened me a little that our small local shops are suffering this fate. I know plenty of vintage clothing dealers that are embracing selling both in their brick and morter and online and are quite successful at it.
But I am also very into encouraging people to shop at their local stores. Shopping in your home area from your local owned business keeps the money in the community, puts your sales tax back into local programs, and you may make some friends with the same love for vintage fashion! I have a few friends that I met by shopping and participating in local store events.
So I’m asking everyone to comment here about where you shop locally. If it’s a favorite store or a booth at the local antique mall selling vintage, tell everyone about it! Please include the city/state/country.
I’ll start it off. Here in Denver I like to shop at Boss Unlimited on Broadway, 3 or 4 booths at The Brass Armadillo antiques off I-70, the Rockmount Ranch Wear corporate store on Blake for the BEST in Western shirts, the local DAVs (Disable American Veterans) thrift stores, sometimes fruitlessly, and for repop I love PJs Boutique on south Pearl for a lovely assortment of Stop Staring dresses.
Now you go!