The word “vintage” has become so ubiquitous that it can be tough to discern the really good resources. Both by time period, and attitude, we tend to think of this category as less formal and sometimes quirkier than traditional antiques. We have our standby sellers, but also an ever-growing list of new must-shop stores.
You know you’re in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District when you spot the distinctly southwestern stone building affectionately referred to by neighbors as the Alamo. This single-owner shop, filled with collectibles, art, and plenty of small treasures, is a trip through American history, and it’s one of the only places in town to find black Americana.
1519 Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-789-1989, antiquified.com
Classic Retro At Pete’s
Danish modern furniture, 20th-century decorative art, and home accents from the art deco period are just a few of the treasures hidden in this fun and funky St. Paul shop.
2145 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-224-5235, facebook.com
Danish Teak Classics
They were restoring midcentury Scandinavian furniture long before it became cool to do so. This is one of the Twin Cities’ premiere resources for upscale vintage modern furniture, lighting, and ceramics.
1500 NE Jackson St., Ste. 277, Mpls., 612-362-7870, danishteakclassics.com
Marie Zellar and Brian Wilcox have been finding, restoring, and selling vintage furnishings for more than a decade. They recently moved to a new storefront, which they stage each week with the latest finds, from Danish dining chairs and teak tables to art deco–style sofas. Looking for something not on the showroom floor? Give them a budget and a time line, and they’ll track it down.
13 NE 5th St., Mpls., 612-730-3389, findfurnish.com
This collaborative of stylists, designers, and retailers has become a hotbed for unique and chic shopping. Not everything is old, but vintage fashion and furniture are a highlight. With experienced stylists such as Gwen Leeds running the store alongside owner Pamela Mondale, you get top-notch merchandise as well as keen design advice.
4414 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-378-1815, guildcollective.wordpress.com
This new little gem specializes in vintage and midcentury furniture and home décor—but with a modern twist.
2401 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 612-234-1201, facebook.com/midmodmen
Past Present Future
Vintage office furniture is the focus here. President Steven Mogol is constantly collecting, restoring, and selling items from the 1880s to the 1970s to expand on his massive inventory.
336 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-870-0702, ppf1.com
Recently relocated above Art & Architecture, this longtime favorite gallery specializes in upscale midcentury furnishings and antiques from American, Italian, French, and Scandinavian designers.
3338 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-396-1860, spinariodesign.com
Long before vintage stores sprouted all around town, there was Succotash specializing in design from the 1950s–’70s. It’s small, but that just makes every piece count, from furniture and art to glass and lamps. Don’t miss the well-priced vintage handbags in back.
781 Raymond Ave., St. Paul, 651-603-8787, facebook.com/succotash69
Up Six vintage
To the right is a cheerful assortment of mod furniture and barware, including Danish pieces. To the left, you’ll find great logo tees, dresses, men’s wear, and shoes from the ’40s and later. The clothes have even caught the eye of Hollywood wardrobe stylists.
157 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-917-0470, facebook.com/upsixvintage
It’s chic to recycle, and we’re fortunate to have dozens of stores in town specializing in consignment and resale. But if you’re looking to make a strong statement from a past decade in authentic vintage apparel, these are our go-to stores.
Owner and vintage aficionado Vanessa Messersmith stocks a well-edited selection of men’s and women’s fashion and accessories, plus décor, housewares, and other novelties from the 1920s through ’80s.
25 E. 26th St., Mpls., 612-872-8552, blacklistvintage.com
A recent shift from Selby Avenue storefront to destination showroom allows this dealer, best known for fashion from the ’20s to ’40s, to focus on serious collectors in the Twin Cities and, increasingly, in Hollywood. Zooey Deschanel and Laura Dern are among the actresses Go Vintage has dressed. Open weekends or by appointment.
713 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul, govintageshop.com
Lula Vintage Wear
Owner Hayley Bush celebrated her 20th anniversary at Selby and Snelling in March with a sleek store makeover. Vintage fashion for men and women from the ’50s through ’70s—dresses, in particular—is the sweet spot, and Lula’s extensive warehouse of vintage apparel and accessories has made this store a resource for costume designers and collectors nationwide.
1587 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-644-4110, lulavintagemn.com
Finally, a cool vintage store just for the guys, specializing in American-made goods: Red Wing boots, Woolrich shirts, L.L. Bean jackets—it’s the “heritage” apparel men now pay a premium to buy new, only here you’ll get the originals, for less. Complete the look with a hot towel shave—owner/collector “Mustache” Mike Ader is also a barber, with a chair in the back of the shop.
217 5th Ave. N., Mpls., 612-817-1777, midnorthmercantile.us
One of the very few places to find clothing and accessories from as far back as the Victorian era (but tucked away in back—they’re fragile). The selection carries through to the 1980s but focuses on women’s wear from the ’20s to ’70s. Via’s is also a favorite place to find cocktail and party dresses, beautiful vintage furs, hats, gloves, and costume jewelry.
2408 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-374-3649, viasvintage.com