There are tons of great places to shop for vintage attire in the Twin Cities. Whether you're looking for the perfect 1950s cocktail dress or a cool vintage concert tee, there are plenty of stores to check out in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here are Dressing Room's picks for best vintage shops.
[jump] Blacklist Vintage
(25 E. 26th St., Minneapolis; 612.872.8552; blacklistvintage.com)
With both men and women's vintage clothing, Blacklist Vintage carries garments from the '20s through the '80s. For women, 1950s dresses are a bestselling item (owner Vanessa Messersmith says she can't keep them in stock) and button-up shirts from the '50s and '70s are popular for men. In addition to fancy cocktail dresses and suits, the shop carries a wide variety of everyday clothing, and a range of sizes for women. Another bonus: Blacklist Vintage has an in-store seamstress and everything is cleaned before it hits the shelves, so all garments are ready to wear. If you're looking to get a sweet deal, check out Blacklist Vintage's "Diggers" sale, which usually takes place the last weekend in July. During this time, the store is filled with bins of clothing ranging from one to five dollars.
(2928 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.823.5285; www.tattersvintageclothing.com)
Whether you want a costume or everyday clothing, Tatters will probably have what you're looking for. Clothing ranges from the 1940s to the 1980s, and the store carries a variety of men's Levi jeans, leather jackets, concert T-shirts, cowboy boots, and women's formal dresses, petticoats, and poodle skirts. Don't forget to check out the accessories, as scarves, wigs, handbags, belt buckles, wallets, and jewelry can be the perfect addition to your look. Tatters has two 50 percent off sales throughout the year: the first weekend in March and the first weekend in August.
(2408 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.374.3649; www.viasvintage.com)
If you're looking for a vintage formal or cocktail dress to wear to a wedding, charity event, or theme party, Via's Vintage is the place to go. Carrying items dating back to the Victorian era, the shop carries a large selection of beautiful dresses. In addition to vintage, Via's sells new merchandise from Vivien of Holloway and What Katie Did, two London brands that specialize in reproducing '50s dresses and vintage lingerie, respectively. Via's Vintage will celebrate its 30-year anniversary this summer.
Lula Vintage Wear
(1587 Selby Ave., St. Paul; 651.644.4110; lulavintagemn.com)
Lula Vintage Wear just went through a complete renovation, so if you haven't been to the updated store, now is the time to check it out. The new space has a clean, fresh, modern feel, and offers a variety of dresses, coats, hats, handbags, and accessories. Owner Hayley Bush changes out merchandise daily, so there are always new items on the shelves. Lula also features a selection of menswear. Bush encourages people to come in and find something fun to wear. "Every day is an opportunity to wear something cute, so every day you should take that opportunity," Bush says.
Up Six Vintage
(157 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul; 651.917.0470; www.facebook.com/upsixvintage)
Up Six Vintage has two storefronts: one with clothing, shoes, and accessories, and the other selling furnishings and housewares. The store has a fun and light-hearted feel with a variety of everyday clothing. "I don't take myself too seriously," owner Megan McGuire says. "I think sometimes you go into a vintage store, and you're almost intimidated to touch everything because you feel like you're in a museum -- everything is so amazing and delicate. While I like to carry older items, I'm more about, 'Can you wear it today?' Not, 'I can wear this dress for this one thing I'm doing, and it will hang in my closet for forever.'" Clothing from the '90s has been popular at Up Six Vintage recently.
(2829 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis and 2207 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; www.rewindminneapolis.com)
With two locations, Rewind specializes in looks from the 1960s to the 1990s, with a heavy focus on the '80s and '90s. In addition to having clothing for both men and women, Rewind has a large selection of shoes, handbags, and accessories. The store is also known for its extensive collection of costume jewelry. (Note that the location on Chicago Avenue is now closed and has moved to Lyndale Avenue.)
My Sister's Closet
(1136 Grand Ave., St. Paul and 2741 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; www.mysistersclosetmn.com)
With locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, My Sister's Closet has a mix of both vintage and current clothes, shoes, and accessories. High-end items (like Gucci handbags) and more affordable sundresses ('50s, '60s, and '80s are big sellers right now) can be found at both shops. The St. Paul store is located in a cozy house, and has a bigger selection of clothing with two floors of merchandise. My Sister's Closet has a winter sale the third Monday of January, and a summer sale the third Monday of July where everything in the store is 50 percent off. The sale typically runs for two weeks.