The 5 Best Vintage Stores in L.A. in 2020

Buying vintage clothing is one of the most rewarding and eco-friendly ways to build an iconic wardrobe. Not only is it exciting to go on ‘the hunt’ for the specific item you’re looking for, it’s even better when you find that special something that exceeds all your expectations. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the 5 best vintage stores in LA. Because we all know how disappointing it is when your vintage shopping experience is less than stellar. 

Rest assured that at any one of the vintage boutiques on our list, you’re going to leave having experienced the joys of fashion without the harmful environmental effects. So if you’re in West Hollywood (a rarified Mecca for high-end vintage shopping) or Beverly Hills, check out our favorite places to shop for one-of-a-kind finds. 

Reformation Vintage

Our go-to for vintage pieces that will leave the fashion lover frothing. Vintage Laker tees? Check. Vintage Levi denim? Check. Vintage Ralph Lauren ‘Polo’ Sweatshirt? Check. Located on Melrose Avenue, only a few blocks away from Reformation’s flagship store, Reformation Vintage give us a whole new reason to love this sustainably-minded brand. So get your morning sweat on at Playlist Yoga, grab an adaptogenic drink at Moon Juice, and then wander over to this vintage boutique that is sure to have something you love. 

  • Neighborhood: West Hollywood
  • Address: 8253 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
  • Online store: No. 
  • Contact: (213) 459-6079

Moonstone Vintage LA

From the Chanel velcro ‘Dad Sandals’ every high fashion influencer is wearing, to timeless Chanel cardigans, Moonstone Vintage LA makes all your high fashion vintage dreams come true. Thoughtfully sourced from around the world, the founder of this high end vintage boutique believes in the quality and craftsmanship of designer pieces that have stood the test of time. Frequented by celebs such as Victoria secret angel, Elsa Hosk, and Italian fashion darling, Chiara Ferragni, MSV is one of LA’s best vintage stores and best kept secrets. Shop their curated vintage collection online, on instagram, or in person if you’re in West Hollywood. 

  • Neighborhood: West Hollywood
  • Address: Select MSV items can be found at the Reformation Vintage store.  
  • Online store: Yes. 
  • Contact: [email protected]

What Goes Around Comes Around 

Vintage graphic tees, Levi denim jackets, Chanel coats, and Dolce & Gabbana corsets, are just a few of the items you’ll find at this bi-coastal boutique. Frequented by such celebs as Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, What Goes Around Comes Around is a sure bet for flawless vintage finds. We love that they’ve made it easy to shop for vintage online and offer curated digital experiences such as their “Fall Edit”. So whether you’re in New York or Los Angeles be sure to stop by this celebrity-approved boutique. 

  • Neighborhood: Beverly Hills
  • Address: 9520 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, California 90210
  • Online store: Yes. 
  • Contact: (310) 858-0250

Scout 

One of the most paired-down vintage stores you’ll find in LA, Scout has a tightly curated collection of designer items you probably won’t find anywhere else. An exercise in restraint—a key element in a truly sustainable wardrobe—Scout sets itself apart from the pack with its minimalist vintage shopping experience and thought-provoking pieces. We’re especially fond of their selection of graphic vintage tees. 

  • Neighborhood: West Hollywood
  • Address: 8021 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
  • Online store: Yes. 
  • Contact: (323) 461-1530

TheRealReal 

It would be hard to write an article on the best vintage stores in LA and not mention The Real Real. After all, if you’re driving through West Hollywood, it’s hard to miss their beautiful store front on the corner of Melrose Avenue and La Cienega. Aside from having one of the largest selection of vintage goods on our list, they also allow buyers to get in on the action by becoming sellers—or consigners to be exact. 

They’re also the only resale company that authenticates every single item they sell. The Real Real’s brand-specific authentication process is overseen by 150+ experts, including luxury brand authenticators, gemologists, and horologists. So basically, you know you’re in good hands and that the vintage Cartier Tank Watch you’re about to buy is authenticate AF. 

  • Neighborhood: West Hollywood
  • Address: 8500 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
  • Online store: Yes. 
  • Contact: (310) 695-1795

Why You Should Shop For Vintage Clothing 

The fact an item has made it’s way into one of these vintage boutiques says a lot about the garment’s design and construction. 

  • For one, it says the design has already stood the test of time and is holding it’s value beyond its first season. 
  • Secondly, it says the item has been well made (and well taken care of) if it has been pre-worn and it still looks new or almost new. 
  • Third, it’s likely the garment was constructed with sustainable materials like wool, cashmere, cotton, or silk, as these fabrics tend to hold up better over time. 
  • Lastly, it extends the life cycle of the garment, an important element when it comes to shopping for sustainable clothing. 
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