Cincinnati shops take thrifting to new heights with curated collections of high-quality vintage finds—and each store has its own unique personality.
1. Northside vintage shops
Northside boasts a critical mass of great vintage shops. Both Chicken Lays an Egg (chickenlaysanegg.com) and Casablanca Vintage (casablancavintage.com) are right in the heart of the neighborhood business district and sport a fun, quirky assortment of vintage apparel and décor items. Head just a few blocks up Hamilton Avenue to NVISION (nvisionshop.com); shop owner Emily Buddendeck will not only sell you an amazing coat or maxi-dress, but she’s also on hand for custom alterations (and she has a pretty rad selection of vintage furniture).
2. Atomic Number Ten
This OTR-based shop (atomic10.com) is perhaps best known for its collection of dresses, rompers, t-shirts, and all things denim from that venerable decade of questionable-but-inherently-awesome fashion: the 1990s. You’ll also find shoes, purses, and belts, plus housewares and other more traditionally vintage items from as early as the 1950s.
3. Talk of the Town
Just try to get in and out of this Reading shop without buying something. One part costume shop, one part vintage emporium, Talk of the Town has an amazing variety of apparel items spanning most of the 20th century. Vintage 1970s fedora? Check. Beaded Art Deco-era purse? You got it. Don’t miss the shoe rack in the back for a serious glimpse into the past.
If you’re easily overwhelmed by rooms full of stuff, then this might not be the place for you. But if you get a thrill from vintage diving and remember the provenance of each of your prized vintage possessions, then you should be visiting Gayle’s Vintage Clothing (gayles-vintageclothing.com).The Milford shop is packed with apparel for both men and women, plus stacks of linens, super old wedding dresses, furs, shoes—you name it, Gayle has it stashed somewhere.
5. 4th Street Boutique
If you’re looking for a great pencil skirt and a good home for your charity dollars, then look no further than little 4th Street Boutique (4thstreetboutique.org). The shop operates as an outlet for Dress for Success Cincinnati, which outfits women with interview suits and other professional clothing. Come peruse the surplus offerings—many of which are high-quality vintage—and help a local lady score her job interview. And don’t miss the bargain basement for even sweeter deals.