Vintage Fashion: Where to Shop in DFW for Every Decade

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By Gwendolyn Erin Smith, NewsCastic

Are you looking to find the perfect vintage pieces without going on an endless scavenger hunt at thrift stores, yard sales, or estate sales? Look no further, here is a guide to some of the best vintage stores in the DFW area for every era. Whether you dress vintage on a daily basis or you’re looking to wear a special piece to an event, these stores have something for every occasion.

Shaken not stirred: Vintage Martini

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Vintage Martini is the destination for designer vintage at its finest. Every era from Victorian to today can be found. There isn’t another place where you can find such a wide selection of antique clothing worthy of a museum. If you’re looking to dress like you’re ready to board the Titanic, find a true flapper dress, or step out of Old Hollywood, you’ve come to the right place. Each era is sectioned off by decade so you don’t have to hunt. Did I mention vintage Dior? They have also devoted an entire section to vintage Chanel. Every designer, every era.

Located: 2923 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas.

Dolly Python slithers with style

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Dolly Python is a world of its own with a one of a kind style. They carry Victorian through the 1980’s, with a focus on the 1970’s. Not only is there a great selection of vintage clothing at unbeatable prices, but also a wide assortment of western boots, housewares, furniture, records, and unique items you’re not likely to find anywhere else. They also offer tarot card readings.

Located: 1916 N. Haskell Ave., Dallas.

Bon Ton Vintage or bust!

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Formerly located in Forreston, Bon Ton Vintage is a hidden treasure, which now thrives inside the third story of the Old Town Village Antique Mall in Waxahachie, Texas. Bon Ton (now known as La Petite Bon Ton) has been in business for about 30 years now under the ownership of Barbra Kauffman and her husband John Kauffman who passed away in 2013. You will spend quite a while shopping through her many pieces of vintage from the Victorian era through today, but possibly even more time talking to this incredible woman who always has a story to tell. She has quite a bit of everything, all of which are handpicked by herself, but you will mostly find many 1940’s and 1950’s pieces here.

Located: 307 S. Rogers, Waxahachie.

The gift of Gratitude Vintage

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Karen and Kevin of Gratitude have something for everyone. They sell from the 1920’s and on, but primarily stock and sell 1950’s and 1960’s fashions. With a collection lining the walls of over 600 hats (and counting), you will be tempted to own one.

Located: 3613 Fairmount St., Dallas.

Cool stuff for cool people: Lula B’s

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Lula B’s has not just one vintage store, but two different locations of oh-so-much vintage. They have great selections of clothing from the 1950’s through the 1980’s and loads of vintage furniture to match the style. You will need a lot of time to wander through their stores to take in everything and to scope out their many aisles of vintage merchandise.

Located: 1010 N Riverfront Blvd, Dallas and the other store formerly located in Deep Ellum is soon to reopen in Oak Cliff.

Go your own way: Vagabond Vintage

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Vagabond Vintage is a melting pot for all retro pieces from the 1950’s through the 1990’s. You will find adorable day dresses, band t-shirts, crazy sweaters, grunge, military, and men’s suits. They have a little bit of everything to satisfy your retro needs.

Located: 1616 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, Texas, right down the road from Lula B’s. Their other, and original location is found in Nacogdoches at 2027 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas, if you’re up for a road trip.