Spending the day shopping in the city doesn’t always have to put such a dent in your wallet. Shop smart in a trendy city and impress even your millennial hipsters with some great vintage finds.
If there’s ever been a city to epitomize quirky, old-school treasures, Philadelphia is the place. With so much history around every corner, it only makes sense the City of Brotherly Love would uphold its reputation in its shops, too.
Build your own scavenger hunt with the kids or impress your older kids with this list of travel-worthy vintage and thrift shops in Philadelphia.
Located on East Passyunk Avenue, Mesh Vintage is a treasure trove of vintage clothing and accessories. Shop dresses, leather jackets, shoes, purses, funky blazers, band t-shirts and much more from the inside/outside racks or dig through the $5 bin of denim. Labels run the gamut, offering diversity and unique finds at affordable prices.
Further north, toward the Italian Market, Good’s Vintage is an eclectic space filled with antiques, clothing, accessories and oddities. It’s a great one-stop shop when you’re in the mood to hunt, but don’t know what for. Shop the smaller inventory online for a sneak peek at goods.
Over in Queen’s Village, The Cactus Collective is a wonderland of cool vintage clothing and handmade jewelry your teens will love. Enjoy the blend of new, old and mythical with this millennial haven for vintage, wellness and trendy finds.
Over in Kensington, on Frankford Avenue, north of the ultra-trendy Fishtown neighborhood, Thunderbird Salvage is like a warehouse of vintage finds — only this warehouse is a converted church. Check online for random sales and specials, like the recent “bag sale” where shoppers could grab a bag from the store and fill it up for one flat price. Shop the ever-growing clothing, furniture and accessory selection at your own pace — there’s a lot to see.
A bit more off the beaten path, Urban Exchange Project seeks to aid underprivileged neighborhoods with affordable recycled clothing. Sift through some stunningly ‘80s windbreakers and vintage finds mixed in with up-cycled tops and jeans — some items priced $5 or less.
For the antique hunters in your crew, Pine Street offers some great shops. Not just one store in particular, but affectionately known as Antique Row, Pine Street is best shopped without a plan. Word to the wise: Start on 13th and head down (numbered blocks) Pine Street to Old City for the best selection of affordable antiques and consigned designer vintage.
With three stores in Philadelphia and one in Brooklyn, Jinxed has quite the catalog of goods. With stores located in Passyunk, Fishtown and West Philly, Jinxed offers a massive inventory of furniture, oddities, vintage clothing, carpets, décor and accessories galore. Some locations even have a tattoo parlor upstairs (Passyunk).
The good news? Shopping small, boutique vintage and antiques is another great way to be sustainable in 2020.
Santa Barbara is perfect for couples. It’s no wonder the city nicknamed the American Riviera is a place to walk hand-in-hand through the urban wine trail, gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes over dinner at an award-winning restaurant or listen to the crash of waves and call of seagulls along the country’s oldest operating wharf. Yet, it’s also a great place to bring kids.
Walking across The National Mall, I literally crossed paths with Lonnie G. Bunch III, the Smithsonian Institution’s first African American CEO. Dr. Bunch, who first visited the Smithsonian as a 10-year-old Civil War buff, was told by his father, “Here’s a place where you can understand yourself and your country and not be worried by the color of your skin.” Bunch, who famously created the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, was quoted as saying, “I wanted to give back to those institutions that shaped everything I am.”
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Sure, we’re barely dipping our toes into winter weather, but isn’t it more fun to think ahead to the warm weather family fun your crew could have at the Jersey Shore? Luckily, Atlantic City, New Jersey, offers far more than sandy beaches and casinos — enough to entertain all ages in all sorts of weather.