Many of us like the way we looked when we were younger. Some locals go out of their way to create those retro looks. The clothing needed to put together the outfits of yesteryear can’t be found it just any retail establishment. Thankfully, Sacramento is home to some fine vintage clothing stores. The following stores are guaranteed to lead you to some treasures deserving of a spot in your closet.
Freestyle Clothing Exchange
2101 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Freestyle Clothing Exchange hit Sacramento’s buy/sell fashion scene in 2007 with limited competition; finding itself in the ideal situation to grow its business. Presently, there are four locations in our area, each offering something a little bit different from the next. Each store has an amazing selection of top-notch vintage clothing. With fashions ranging from 60s chic to 80s punk, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Freestyle’s buying program offers 50 percent in trade and 35 percent in cash of the determined retail value of your items.
Crossroads Trading Co.
2935 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
In the 90s, there weren’t many places to buy vintage clothing in Sacramento. Most of the people reading this will remember — Crossroads was pretty much it. Sure, there were a couple of small, hole-in-the-wall places downtown, but nothing like Crossroads Trading Co. Nestled in an unassuming strip mall down the street from Arden Mall, this gem “off the beaten path” paved the way for other buy/sell clothing stores in the area. With the utmost scrutiny, the clothing buyers at Crossroads discern the best from the rest when it comes to vintage clothing.
1712 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
If someone asked you, “where can I go to get a great costume,” what would you say? Evangeline’s? Cheap Thrills? Many of the now “married with kids” crowd remembers stopping into either one before Halloween or a theme party to get that perfect look. Cheap Thrills is so much more than just a costume shop through. It also has a wonderful collection of vintage clothing. With so much to offer, Cheap Thrills will always be an iconic part of vintage fashion in Sacramento.
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2523 J St. Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95816
Cuffs in Midtown Sacramento is the epitome of a high-end vintage retailer. The shop at 25th & J is simple and welcoming, somehow nostalgic and feels like old-fashioned shopping. Cuffs does not have any consignment or buyback programs. If you aren’t able to stop by during opening hours, Cuffs has an easy-to-use online store available 24/7.
Article Consignment Boutique
5704 Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Article is the one featured here that has a consignment program. You leave your items there for 90 days and if something sells, Article keeps track of it in its system. You can either spend it in the store or take home a little less in cash. This shop is always having great events and fashion shows, which are a great way to meet people from the East Sac community. Article has some of the best vintage clothing, as well as jewelry, accessories and fashions of today. One of the owners is almost always there, so the customer service is amazing.
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As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.