There are a number of vintage stores in Philadelphia, where treasure seekers and bargain hunters can score finds that are guaranteed to leave even their most discerning shopper friends feeling green with envy. Whether you seek quality threads, classic furniture, timeless accessories or elusive period pieces you’re craving to complete your bridal party’s ensemble, these top Philadelphia-area consignment shops will provide the ideal hunting grounds.
1713 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Buffalo Exchange is the go-to for many Philly-area treasure hunters, and is known as the place to find great deals and top-notch items. While this venue sells new, it’s the vintage clothing that hardcore shoppers crave. Need accessories and shoes? Buffalo Exchange has you covered — literally. The shelves and racks turn over daily, so don’t be shy about asking the knowledgeable staff where to find what you seek. Not finding what you need? Let them know, as new items are dropped off daily by hopeful sellers. Got a few quality, name brand or unique new or gently used items taking up space in your closet? Bring them in to Buffalo Exchange to trade or sell.
Butterflies and Bullfrogs Children’s Consignment Boutique
4275 County Line Road, Suite 14
Chalfont, PA 18914
In addition to must-haves for your little one from Burberry, Ralph Lauren and Gap, Butterflies and Bullfrogs, an upscale women’s, children’s and maternity resale boutique in Chalfont, carries a great selection of name brands from other popular children’s clothiers for 50-70 percent off the retail prices. With two decades of experience outfitting children and moms, this Delaware Valley multi-award-winning shop is stocked with piles of treasures for every shape, size and age, at prices that fit the pocketbook. A recently added teen section – appropriately named “Mariposa” (that’s Spanish for butterfly) – boasts all of the favorite labels. An ample selection of gift items are stocked as well, including accessories for kids and women, wooden toys and puzzles, jewelry and more.
Greene Street Consignment
8524 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
From its location on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill (and with 10 additional locations throughout the Philly, NJ and NYC area, including an additional Chestnut Hill shop designated to selling children’s clothing, accessories and items), Greene Street provides a resale clothing experience like no other. In addition to providing recycled top brands at reasonable prices, Greene Street is also committed to sustainability and giving back to the community. Each of the shops, with the exception of the store dedicated to selling children’s items, accepts the following on consignment: women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and jewelry (with the exception of bridal wear), stockings, tights, yoga pants and swim wear.
Malena’s Vintage Boutique
101 W. Gay St.
West Chester, PA 19380
Looking for the ideal pair of shoes to set off that vintage dress or the perfect piece of heirloom-quality jewelry? Malena’s Vintage Boutique in West Chester is your destination. From unique accessories for a bride or bridal party to the perfect accessories to set off your little black dress, Malena’s Vintage Boutique has you covered. This little shop holds a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind clutches, brooches and jewelry, says sought-after Philadelphia-area wedding planner, Renee Patrone, who recommends Malena’s for finding those perfect little touches to add glamour to that special day. While ladies’ wearables from 1850-1980 are the cornerstone of Malena’s collection, you’ll also find pieces you won’t be able to pass up, especially period piece slips, crinolines and chic dresses perfect for the bride’s mother, your bridesmaids and even the bride herself, raves Patrone.
24 Ardmore Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
Self-proclaimed as the place to find “once worn and never worn bridal,” Sabrina Ann in Ardmore has been making that special day even more special for Philadelphia-area brides for the past decade. This shop is the perfect destination for the bride-to-be who seeks a high-end, normally expensive wedding gown at a fraction of the price. Specializing in designer gowns that have been worn once or never at all, Sabrina Ann’s recommends scheduling an appointment to ensure a fitting room and dedicated assistance with trying on gowns. In addition to its bridal collection, the shop also features formal dresses, unique gowns for mother of the bride, darling frocks for flower girls, prom dresses, first communion dresses and the shoes, jewelry, purses and accessories needed to set off any ensemble.
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