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.
Knee Deep Vintage
1425 W 18th St (312-850-2510)
Mixed in with the taquerias on 18th Street, this resale shop has been bringing a hipster vibe to Pilsen for the past nine months. Owners Trent Marinelli and Carlos Lourenco scour Chicago thrift stores just about every morning to keep Knee Deep stocked with top-quality, color-coded, newly trendy blasts from the past. Take the plethora of plaid and flannels, for example (most under $20). Lourenco says he can’t keep the pattern on the racks. The shop also has a nice selection of leather travel bags ($14–$30) and houseware items, including a wall of milk-glass mugs ($4–$12). The store also buys clothes from customers in exchange for cash or in-store trade.
Come here for: The rotating, curated art exhibit that just launched in a back room of the store. One of the current pieces, a hanging mural of paper airplanes, fits in perfectly with the shop’s blue decor. The store hosts occasional parties, which you can find out about by signing up for the mailing list on its website.