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Dresses and hats at the Velvet Tower
Michelle Gerard

Detroit’s vintage clothing stores, mapped

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Dresses and hats at the Velvet Tower
| Michelle Gerard

Everything old is new, so the saying goes. And if the proliferation of vintage clothing stores over the last few years says anything, old is especially popular in Detroit right now.

Browsing a vintage store in search of that perfect item nobody else is wearing can be an incredibly fun and satisfying activity. Most of these stores are in walkable areas, so you might as well do some shopping the next time you’re there. So go find that reasonably priced dress for a wedding or that piece for your next ugly sweater party.

Here’s 12 of the best vintage clothing stores in Detroit.

Did we miss any? Leave a comment below and we’ll add them. (Note: stores are located geographically from west to east.)

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Flamingo Vintage

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One of the newer shops to open in Detroit, Flamingo Vintage just celebrated its grand opening in July in a 100-year-old building that was most recently Hector’s Mens Wear. It’s got a collection of clothing for both men and women, and is open until 6 p.m. every day except Monday.

Grey Area

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A fascinating gallery and event space—and home to the experimental portrait series Aura Aura—Grey Area also has a used record and vintage clothing store. They host a number of events so find an excuse to go there and do some shopping.

Eldorado General Store

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Opened in 2014, founder Erin Gavle says that her store is stocked with “trinkets and treasures” that she mostly picked up on a cross-country road trip. Indeed, this southwestern-themed store in a building from 1900 sells much more than just clothing.

Mama Coo's Boutique

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Started in 2016 by Lana Rodriguez, who grew up in Southwest Detroit, Mama Coo’s offers a variety of clothing, handbags, hats, accessories, antiques, and more. It also sponsors local events and donates to community organizations.

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Peacock Room

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One of two locations for the “vintage inspired” Peacock Room (the other is in the Fisher Building) founded by Rachel Lutz, who also owns the clothing stores Yama and Frida. Most of the clothes in the Peacock Room are new, but based on styles from the first half of the 20th century. There’s also a smaller collection of actual vintage items.

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Detroit Threads

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One of several vintage stores on Joseph Campau in Hamtramck, Detroit Threads has been around for a while. In addition to used clothes, it’s also got a large used record collection that specializes in electronic music.

Rat Queen Vintage

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As the name suggests, at Rat Queen Vintage there’s a few actually rat store pets for willing customers to hold and hang out with. They also specializes in, according to the store, “creepy, weird s***, and pretty things.”

Tekla Vintage

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Opened in 2014 by Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski, Tekla Vintage specializes in clothing and antiques from the middle part of the 20th century. You can also find all manner of accessories, luggage, handbags, hats, and furniture.

The Velvet Tower

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The only vintage clothing store on our list downtown, the Velvet Tower opened in 2019 behind the Shinola Hotel. The store is open seven days a week and specializes in “statement pieces, bold colors, and textures from 1940s-80s.”

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Savvy Chic

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Savvy Chic offers a lot more than just clothes. It’s more of a boutique that sells crafted goods—like candles, soap, and cards—alongside antiques, books, accessories, and of course clothes. Cairo Coffee also shares the space, so you can browse while sipping on a pour over.

One of several stores in Eastern Market, Boro is a consignment clothing and accessories shop that has a minimal feel to space. If you’re looking for more designer resale items, this might be the place to shop.

Not strictly a used clothing store, SMPLFD also has its own line of custom made streetwear—shirts, hoodies, headwear, and more. The brand’s flagship store also contains a collection of resale clothing.

Flamingo Vintage

One of the newer shops to open in Detroit, Flamingo Vintage just celebrated its grand opening in July in a 100-year-old building that was most recently Hector’s Mens Wear. It’s got a collection of clothing for both men and women, and is open until 6 p.m. every day except Monday.

Grey Area

A fascinating gallery and event space—and home to the experimental portrait series Aura Aura—Grey Area also has a used record and vintage clothing store. They host a number of events so find an excuse to go there and do some shopping.

Eldorado General Store

Opened in 2014, founder Erin Gavle says that her store is stocked with “trinkets and treasures” that she mostly picked up on a cross-country road trip. Indeed, this southwestern-themed store in a building from 1900 sells much more than just clothing.

Mama Coo's Boutique

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Started in 2016 by Lana Rodriguez, who grew up in Southwest Detroit, Mama Coo’s offers a variety of clothing, handbags, hats, accessories, antiques, and more. It also sponsors local events and donates to community organizations.

Michelle Gerard

Peacock Room

Interior of the ornate Peacock Room Michelle Gerard

One of two locations for the “vintage inspired” Peacock Room (the other is in the Fisher Building) founded by Rachel Lutz, who also owns the clothing stores Yama and Frida. Most of the clothes in the Peacock Room are new, but based on styles from the first half of the 20th century. There’s also a smaller collection of actual vintage items.

Interior of the ornate Peacock Room Michelle Gerard

Detroit Threads

One of several vintage stores on Joseph Campau in Hamtramck, Detroit Threads has been around for a while. In addition to used clothes, it’s also got a large used record collection that specializes in electronic music.

Rat Queen Vintage

As the name suggests, at Rat Queen Vintage there’s a few actually rat store pets for willing customers to hold and hang out with. They also specializes in, according to the store, “creepy, weird s***, and pretty things.”

Tekla Vintage

Opened in 2014 by Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski, Tekla Vintage specializes in clothing and antiques from the middle part of the 20th century. You can also find all manner of accessories, luggage, handbags, hats, and furniture.

The Velvet Tower

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The only vintage clothing store on our list downtown, the Velvet Tower opened in 2019 behind the Shinola Hotel. The store is open seven days a week and specializes in “statement pieces, bold colors, and textures from 1940s-80s.”

Michelle Gerard

Savvy Chic

Savvy Chic offers a lot more than just clothes. It’s more of a boutique that sells crafted goods—like candles, soap, and cards—alongside antiques, books, accessories, and of course clothes. Cairo Coffee also shares the space, so you can browse while sipping on a pour over.

Boro

One of several stores in Eastern Market, Boro is a consignment clothing and accessories shop that has a minimal feel to space. If you’re looking for more designer resale items, this might be the place to shop.

SMPLFD

Not strictly a used clothing store, SMPLFD also has its own line of custom made streetwear—shirts, hoodies, headwear, and more. The brand’s flagship store also contains a collection of resale clothing.