Hello and welcome to the first St. Louis Summer Series post! I will be posting roughly each week the best of the city. Each post will have a different subject or theme so that you will get a comprehensive look into the best of this wonderful city. Be warned that I get very passionate about St. Louis and I have frequented since childhood, so I know what’s what in the 314. This week I will be sharing the best vintage stores in and around St. Louis, so let’s get started!
The Future Antiques – TFA as it’s known specializes in mid century housewares as well as clothing and accessories. The store focuses on home goods: velvet couches, Samsonite suitcases, and 50’s dish and cup sets. Their selection of cookware and tableware is what really stands out in the store. you can find everything from Care Bears glasses to 50’s mixing bowls. Pricing is very good, with great deals but they know how much their wares are worth.
Revive Thrift Shop – Revive has an eclectic selection of old and new. There are some home goods that are vintage and you can find some great deals. The other part of the store has lots of clothing ranging from new to old. There are some more modern pieces (I found recent Jack Rogers!) but has some great older pieces as well.
Retro 101 – This is one of my favorite places to wander around. There is just so much in the store! Not only is there great vintage clothing from the 20’s through the 80’s, but there are lots of baubles for the home as well. The clothing is what stands out the most, being high quality and fair pricing. They do know what their pieces are worth so you probably won’t find any “deals” here, but there is a sale section in the basement!
Hammond’s Books – Hammond’s is a book and vintage store crammed with ever book imaginable. When you walk in there are books covering every bit of wall space you can see. There is also a second floor covered in books and vintage posters that are for sale. Come for the books, but stay for the jewelry. There is a great selection of vintage jewelry for great prices. If you are in need of a new rhinestone choker and a book, stop in!
Ruth’s Vintage Clothing – This little corner shop is darling. They have a great variety of mid century clothing and accessories. I bought a jeweled clutch the last time I visited and I can’t wait to pair it with an outfit when I go out. Their stock has a lot of house dresses from the 50’s that look so comfy and come in a wide variety of fun prints. Their hours are quite limited so check online before you decide to go, but the shop is perfect to pop in and find a new treasure.
The White Rabbit – My aunt introduced me to this shop a few years ago and it’s so fun! The “vintage chic” the shop consists of focuses on house decor and accessories, some handmade, local items and some vintage items. The shop is always decorated flawlessly and smells like the wonderful candles they have for sale burning at full steam. The best part of this store is the vintage items that they have given a new, modern spin too with grace and style. Prices vary greatly, but there are some fabulous finds to dig up!
The Heirloom Room – This store is fantastic. There is clothing, furniture, accessories, and everything in between. It has a great mix of old and new with an amazing wall of candles that are all fantastic. I love the eclectic, colorful style of their pieces, and the range that is in store. Prices are varied, with some great deals if you look hard enough, but the most gorgeous pieces cost a little more (and rightly so!)
There are also tons of flea markets and street sales throughout the city. Most of the best vintage shops (as shown above) are on Cherokee St. There is a whole row of vintage stores and antique shops where you are bound to find something. Every first and last Sunday of the month there are swap meets on Cherokee St. and there are vendors strewn up and down the street selling their wares. This is the place to get the best deals, but bring cash for easier shopping. Not all vendors take cards or checks.