New vintage stores for bargain shopping
The economy may be lagging, but thanks to these new vintage stores around the city, you can still afford to shop.
1834 W North Ave (773-252-4559)
While the semihaphazard arrangement of wares in this sprawling basement-level spot offers little in terms of aesthetic appeal, the browsing experience comes chock-full of educational tidbits (courtesy of boisterous, attentive co-owner Carlos Pascoll) and bargain prices. Dig through piles of gaudy, plastic ’80s earrings, Rolex and Omega watches, sweeping gold chain ’60s and ’70s necklaces, Scottie dog brooches, even a plastic Dior bangle ($25), up front. Then head to the back for an unpredictable assortment from ’70s beach cruisers ($20) to collectibles, including toy cars ($40–$300), accordion cameras ($110) and transistor radios ($15–$150). As for the clothing, expect mostly tacky ’80s castaways, but rare gems in mint condition, such as a beaded silk dress from the ’40s ($55), occasionally adorn the walls.
Come here for: The hearty furniture pieces. Home-decor fiends will adore finds such as a glamorous white dresser and mirror ($125), a hand-painted French chair from the ’20s ($475) and a ’60s floral sofa ($150). Home accents—Baroque-style gold-frame mirrors, candelabras and Murano glass—put Urban Outfitters’ knockoffs to shame.