Darling in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photography courtesy of Darling.
As many savvy shoppers know, scouting out vintage and consignment clothing can be like a treasure hunt—you never know what you’re going to find, and discovering a new-to-you wardrobe staple or statement piece can be pretty thrilling. And as an added bonus, purchasing second-hand items is an ecologically conscious choice. For those who might be seeking a coveted retro piece or designer threads at a serious discount, we asked our editors across the country to recommend their favorite boutiques for vintage and previously owned finds. Here, they share their favorite scouted vintage and consignment boutiques to shop now.
Photography courtesy of Darling.
SHOP: Darling Boutique
LOCATION: Charlottesville, Virginia
WHAT THEY CARRY: Darling Boutique is a curated women’s store offering consignment clothing and shoes, as well as handmade local artisan goods.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The ever-changing inventory at Darling makes it a fun place to pop by regularly,” says Christy Ford, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville. “I especially love their commitment to supporting other small businesses through selling local products and accessories.”
Photography courtesy of Current Vintage.
SHOP: Current Vintage
LOCATION: Nantucket, Massachusetts
WHAT THEY CARRY: Current Vintage is a fun and original concept store with a carefully edited mix of clothing and accessories, wine and cheese, home goods and gifts. Here you will find one-of-a-kind vintage clothing, jewelry, and bags, from casual to cocktail, Pucci to preppy, men’s items including vintage Lilly, seersucker jackets, and snap-button shirts.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Current Vintage is my go-to on Nantucket for the best vintage finds,” says Stacey Leuliette, editor of The Scout Guide Nantucket. “Owner Beth English has an incredible eye and a well-curated collection of fashion. Also, don’t miss CV’s wine selection!”
SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI
Photography courtesy of The Vault.
SHOP: The Vault Luxury Resale
LOCATION: Saint Louis, Missouri
WHAT THEY CARRY: A powerhouse for luxury resale, and nationally recognized as one of the best designer resale shops in the country, The Vault curates top brands from the local market, as well as over 20,000 suppliers, celebrities, and socialites worldwide.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Every time I step into The Vault, I am delighted with new inventory from vintage designers to current season pieces I just saw in stores for a fraction of retail,” shares Amy Jo Mitchell, associate editor of The Scout Guide Saint Louis. “Shopping at The Vault is always fun, with warm, knowledgeable staff and the beautiful, newly remodeled sales floor. The store is also my go-to when styling photo shoots—I can always find unique pieces.”
Photography courtesy of Baggio.
LOCATION: Richmond, Virginia
WHAT THEY CARRY: This high-end consignment boutique offers new and pre-owned designer clothing and accessories at a fraction of the retail price.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Owner Norma Santamaria has been in the fashion business since 1982 and her excellent eye shows in her one-of-a-kind inventory from Chanel, Chloe, and Dolce & Gabbana to to Jimmy Choo, Hermés, and Balenciaga,” says Cheney Edmunds, editor of The Scout Guide Richmond.
Photography courtesy of The Vintage Label.
SHOP: The Vintage Label
LOCATION: Denver, Colorado
WHAT THEY CARRY: The majority of the collection is from the late 50s through 90s. With the current trend for haute couture and ready-to-wear being so much about the 60s and 70s, one can see how vintage is really about trends that became standards and standards that became transformative. In addition to clothing, they carry a lovely selection of designer vintage and mid-century barware.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The Vintage Label truly offers unique, one-of-a-kind, special pieces that are in great condition. You can tell the owner, Carolyn, truly loves sharing her vintage finds with her clients,” says Leigh Gordon, editor of The Scout Guide Denver.
Photography courtesy of Arsenic and Old Lace.
SHOP: Arsenic & Old Lace
LOCATION: Charlottesville, Virginia
WHAT THEY CARRY: This carefully curated boutique carries artisan goods, vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories. Plus, you can score some pretty great vinyl.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “This store is so well curated, and you can always find the best hidden gems, whether you are looking for a sweet pair of Mary Janes or a hip moto jacket,” says Susie Matheson, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville.
Photography courtesy of Twist.
LOCATION: Alexandria, Virginia
WHAT THEY STOCK: New resale clothing and accessories along with unique gift inventory updated daily. A well-curated consignment boutique featuring women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, and gifts. With a focus on customer service, Twist provides concierge consignment with Twist@Home featuring in-home styling, closet re-organization and consignor item pick-up services.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I love how unique the pieces are at Twist,” shares Sarah Phillips, editor of The Scout Guide Alexandria. “It’s a great mix of vintage, new clothing, and gifts. I always find something fun when I pop in!”
HUNT COUNTRY, VIRGINIA
Photography courtesy of Shop Nostalgia.
SHOP: Shop Nostalgia
LOCATION: Purcellville, Virginia
WHAT THEY CARRY: An assortment of vintage fashion pieces, accessories, and hats, in addition to offering personal shopping services.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Owner Silas’s shop is easily the best vintage clothing destination in the Mid-Atlantic,” shares Nelina Loiselle, editor of The Scout Guide Hunt Country. “He curates the store with a little bit of everything and what I love best is working with him on personal styling or shopping for events and photo shoots. Sylis can pull together a unique and one-of-a-kind look for you and he nails it every time.”
Photography courtesy of Mint Condition.
SHOP: Mint Condition
LOCATION: Alexandria, Virginia
WHAT THEY STOCK: This is the place to score designers consignment pieces.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I love Mint Condition because you can always discover designer finds for less,” says Sarah Phillips, editor of The Scout Guide Alexandria. “They carry the top brands and always have the best handbags and shoes. Put Mint on your list next time you’re in Alexandria!”
Photography courtesy of Soho Luxury Exchange.
SHOP: Soho Luxury Exchange
LOCATION: Powell, Ohio
WHAT THEY STOCK: An incredible collection of pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “With a gorgeous new storefront, a visit to Soho Luxury Exchange is always a dream,” says Abigail Fredelake, editor of The Scout Guide Columbus. “Vicki’s collection of pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories is unlike any other, and I always leave with a wish list a mile long.”