The Best Vintage Clothing Stores in the Tampa Bay Area

Updated on March 12, 2018
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Kitty went to school for fashion design and merchandising. She loves to design, sew, and create fashion inspired by the past.

Believe it or not, Tampa actually has quite a decent selection of vintage clothing shops. If you are an avid vintage clothing collector and you crave new vintage shop havens, be sure if you are in the Tampa area to visit the following vintage clothing shops:

La France Vintage

La France Vintage Boutique is located in Tampa's artsy and young Ybor City area. The first time I ever visited Ybor City, the green lights of the La France Boutique sign caught my eyes. And then I noticed the gorgeous beaded, antique cocktail gowns encased within the front windows. I simply had to visit this shop! The vintage glamour and mid-century vibe emanating from the open doorway was calling my name!

I stepped in and was immediately bewitched by the gads of clothing racks, hat racks, shoe shelves, and stately jewelry cases. I felt as if I had been ushered into vintage heaven! For a period of about sixty minutes, I gingerly rifled and combed the racks...discovering vintage and antique treasures galore. This boutique has everything from the 1920s flapper-style to the 1970s. They carry beautiful and timeless pieces of jewelry, everything from necklaces to bakelite bracelets to great grandma's jeweled pins. The selection of shoes is nothing to forget to mention, let me tell you. In addition to the most extravagant and nostalgic collection of vintage clothing, this boutique also carries new clothing that are vintage reproductions. Here, you are sure to find a perfect cocktail gown or even that pillbox hat you have been dying to find! If you are in the Tampa area and you are a vintage lover, you simply must check out Ybor's La France Boutique. I promise you that you will not be disappointed...in fact, you'll never want to leave it!

Squaresville

Squaresville is located in Tampa's swanky yet sophisticated Hyde Park area. This store is the pinnacle of mid-century vintage swagger. While La France has more of a classy, timeless feel, Squaresville pulls the atomic, mod card to a T! My husband and I came here to find costumes for a 70's themed birthday party and we were walked away with some pretty groovy outfits, my friend! Wigs, vintage plaid bell bottoms, and sexy disco tops line the racks of Squaresville's hip walls. There are accessories to choose from and a super rockin' selection of vintage and very-like-vintage shoes. We tried on our picks and felt as if we were transported back in time to our parents' glory days.

Then, the creme de la creme of all vintage findings...a huge room of mid-century antique furniture and decorations. I was flabbergasted and enchanted. Just take a look at the picture on the right, how could you not fall in love at first sight? Everything is for sale, at least everything that I so desperately desired, and there is a whole collection of Elvis and Bettie collectibles that one should not miss. Don't be such a square, check out Squaresville!

Sherry's YesterDaze Vintage

The only vintage shop of our top three that has an online store (click here), as well, Sherry's YesterDaze Vintage is located in Seminole Heights, Tampa. While admittedly this area is not the safest area of Tampa (hence the metal bars on the windows), the shop is well worth a brave visit to the ghetto. Sherry's vintage inventory is constantly changing and one is sure to find pieces from the 1800's through to the 1990s here, with more of an emphasis on mid-century vintage. The major aspect of this vintage boutique that I really really love is the fact that their prices are affordable! The problem with many modern vintage stores these days is that they find vintage pieces in thrift stores and elsewhere for a couple bucks a pop and then turn around and try to sell it for a HUGE profit...up to hundreds of dollars! Sherry's YesterDaze doesn't make you feel as if you're being cheated out of your well-earned cash.

Recently the store had a collection called "Oodles of Poodles", which consisted of fuzzy 50's cardigans with silly poodles and glass poodle decorations for your mid-century styled home! Somewhat similar to Squaresville, Sherry's YesterDaze shop has a fantastic array of vintage and antique home décor...sure to be a pleaser for any rockabilly or hippie fiend!

Revolve Clothing Exchange

Revolve Clothing Exchange has two convenient locations - the first in historic Ybor City in Tampa, right off of 7th Ave, and the second is located off of 4th St in St. Petersburg. Holding a wide variety of lightly used, consignment and vintage goods, this modern and edgy store receives nothing but rave reviews from Tampa's trendy youth! Amazingly delicious vintage boots can sometimes be scored here; some for less than a hundred bones! You can also trade in some of those items that have been wallowing in misery at the bottom or end of your closet. You know that pair of leopard leggings that are still in the package? Or that vintage 80's, blue sequined dress that you wore to prom five years ago and never wore since? Take these items into Revolve and see if they'll snatch them up. Sometimes they'll pay you in cash and other times you can trade for store credit. Either way, it's better than donating for no money back...unless you're the charitable type.

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    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      WHOOP WHOOP

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      deeeewayne 

      6 years ago

      tampa bay rocks

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      mcrawford76 - Well, maybe if you get a chance to visit!

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      Matthew I Crawford 

      7 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

      I wish I would have read this 6 years ago when I lived in St. Pete.

      Voted up and useful.

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      spirit929 - that's awesome, I'm so jealous! I definitely will go by the Village if ever in NYC again. Thanks so much for your compliments. :)

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      spirit929 

      7 years ago from Upstate NY somewhere over the rainbow

      Yes I have been to Screaming Mimi's. Great funky shop! The village is an awesome place to visit! If your ever in NYC the Village is a must see. Loved reading your artcle!

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      spirit929 - I would love to visit the awesome vintage shops in NYC! Particularly one called Screaming Mimi's! Have you ever been there? Thanks for commenting, love!

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      spirit929 

      7 years ago from Upstate NY somewhere over the rainbow

      I absolutely LOVE Vintage shops! I was raised in NYC and was a frequent visitor to the Village where vintage shops adorned many a street. I especially love the ones that have that really vintage look as you enter like the pic you have on top of your Hub! the stores that have large display windows on each side and the entrance in the middle...those are the best!

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      Nicole Canfield 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      rebekahElle - glad you found it so fun! i had no idea tarpon springs would have vintage boutiques...i'll have to check that out one day! any you recommend?

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      rebekahELLE 

      7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Oh, what a fun hub! The next time I'm in Ybor, I'll have to make sure to visit La France. Even if I don't buy anything, I love browsing these stores. There are also some great vintage/antique shops in Tarpon Springs. I love the feeling of walking into these stores, it's like entering another time and place.

      Well done! Thanks for sharing

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      Nicole Canfield 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      Hey, sunshine! Thanks so much! You rock.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congrats kitty, I noticed this hub made the Top 25 on the Hubpages main page! Way to go!! :)

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      Nicole Canfield 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      Hey, Chatkath! I know...I can't help but have a HUGE desire to shop and spend all of my money in a vintage store! I'm sure you have some vintage shops in the nearest city...right? For your sake, I hope so! :) Thanks for commenting!

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      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      These are my absolute favorite stores! Such fun! Unfortunately many of the good ones in my area are gone, guess I need to go shopping in your neck of the woods. Great Hub Kitty!

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      NO!!!! This is the basement.. TRUST ME!!! I have been here way way way to long.

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      Nicole Canfield 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      LeeLee - don't say that! I'm sure there's some gorgeous places in Southern California!

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      kitty: I grew up in Boston but unfortunately I live in southern California. America's basement!

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      Nicole Canfield 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      LeeLee - I know you wouldn't want to leave ever! That's my favorite vintage store, too. Though they're pricing is a bit higher than the others...but the environment of the store is just phenomenal. Where do you live?

      Stephanie - no, you should have never gotten rid of those things! Darn...I would've bought them off of ya! :)You'd be so surprised to learn that everything that is old is now considered new and fresh again! Thanks for commenting!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      How often I've regretted giving away that poodle skirt and angora sweater, the lavender taffeta skirt with the velvet top! These shops sound like wonderful places to rediscover your past (if you're my age!) as well as find some treasures for today. Nice hub!

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Something tells me that I would never leave La France. I love these kind of stores. I wish I was now in the Tampa area. Oh sure we have stores like this on Melrose Ave but they have not caught my attention enough to shop till I drop. Squaresville looks like a lot of fun and Sherry's is a draw too. But my number 1 is La France. I enjoyed this hub.

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      LeeLee

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