The Best Vintage Clothing Stores in the Tampa Bay Area
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 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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