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American Vintage Revisited

Vintage Thrift Store
Los Angeles

By Suzanne O'Connor

Better than a thrift store, but notch below resale, American Vintage is a gem of a retro thrift store for those of us on a beer budget. No attitude or pretense here. Just lots of clean fun creative pieces for the bohemian artist in you that’s waiting to get out.

This second visit had me think it was a bit more thrift oriented than is should be. But the goods are still here.  It’s easy to navigate, and everything is tagged. You’ll find rack upon rack of retro men, women’s and kids clothing from the 1960-2000’s in good to fair condition with a few mint items thrown in.

Starting with the shoes, I spotted some Dansko Leather clogs in very good condition for $12. Original retail was $130. Ebay averages $35 for these. Some Kate Spade Mules were still chic at $16. A pair of Coach snake skin peep toe shoes were $18. Some shoes show’d lots of wear, other little to none. A good shoe repair guy could make any of these shoes mint again.

On top of every rounder were dozens of used men’s and women’s leather cowboy boots priced at $28-$55. Some were in great shape, others not so much.

The racks are fun to browse thru with deal like a classic Irish wool pull over sweater for $22.  An Abercombie & Fitch men’s wool sweater was just $12. A girls Rare Editions polka dot party dress from the early 2000’s, was in mint condition a a good buy at $24. A women’s Sunny Leigh Boho Peasant top was just $6. A women’s LL Bean plaid button down LS shirt was $8. A classic 1990’s Calvin Klein women’s blazer was $16 and an incredible, Marc by Marc Jacobs wool jacket was $19.

A men’s Columbia sportswear bowling cut shirt was $6. I nabbed that gem for hubby! Men’s Leather jackets ran $28. Men’s mint Alfani loafers were $18. Men’s Military jackets ran $15-$38.  Men’s new Gorilla work boots were $32 and a rack of men’s Cuban shirts were $14 each.

The back room also had some household items in vintage wool blankets at $14-$18 as well as much more apparel for men women and kids. There is a lot to see here, rushing through this place is not recommended.

Like any good thrift store or vintage store, here it’s about having a good eye and the opportunity to find a treasure at a great price.

American Vintage has three locations:

1707 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026 (Echo Park area)
(213) 413-1945

7575 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 944-0640

14438 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 788-4854


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