Hunt For Vintage In These 5 Atlanta Neighborhood Staples
by Mary Hill Amason
In a place like Atlanta, you might think finding hip, stylish, affordable, pre-loved clothing is hard to find. I’m here to tell you it’s a lot easier than you think (you’re welcome). While it’s hard to narrow them down — there really are so many — here are 5 places to start shopping pre-loved and vintage pieces in Atlanta.
ARTISTS & FLEAS
Artists & Fleas Atlanta is a weekend market where you can score some of the area’s top vintage and other goods. Here you'll find local vendors every Saturday at the ever popular Ponce City Market in The Shed area outside from 11:00am-6:00pm. I’ve personally found some of the best and most worn pieces in my closet from several of the vendors, from vintage dresses and skirts to handmade earrings. Most vendors also sell online or on Instagram, so make sure to grab a card and follow them on all the things.
The best part is that vendors tend to rotate each week. Many of them accept credit cards, but make sure to have your phone handy for Paypal/Venmo/Cashapp/etc. Pro tip: be sure to bring a reusable bag as most of the vendors don’t provide shopping bags.
Right after you’re done at Artists & Fleas, head inside the building at Ponce City Market and up to the second floor to Citizen Supply. Much like Artists & Fleas, Citizen Supply is an artisan marketplace where local vendors set up a space and sell their goods. Unlike Artists & Fleas, however, Citizen Supply is open 5 days a week. Vendors tend to be more permanent here, but can rotate as well. And as with Artists & Fleas, bring your phone and wallet to pay the vendor in the format(s) they accept.
Next up is an Atlanta staple and favorite, Rag-O-Rama. Rag-O-Rama is a resale/consignment store with two locations: one in Sandy Springs, and one in the Little Five Points neighborhood. Both are excellent with a friendly staff, organized floor, and wide selection. While you can also sell your treasures here, they tend to be very selective with limited buying hours — so I prefer this gem solely as a shopping destination.
It has a great selection of name brands and vintage pieces in a variety of sizes, and they sell both men’s and women’s clothing, hats, shoes, accessories, you name it. I’ve found quite a few excellent quality vintage pieces here, like my favorite: a 1970’s western style denim dress. The only minor downside to Rag-O-Rama is the dressing rooms have been closed since the start of the pandemic. But not to worry, simply purchase what catches your eye, take it home to try on, and bring back within 2 days for store credit.
GEORGIA VINTAGE GOODS
Another great destination is wherever Georgia Vintage Goods is. This group puts on pop-up style markets around the Atlanta area for local vendors several times a year. While they don’t have any upcoming events during winter, be sure to stay up to date by following them on Instagram @gvgatl. These events are massive with tons of vendors selling everything you could ever want (and more).
Some of the cool things I’ve found here include art, jewelry, and vintage clothing. They host all over Atlanta, from the eastside, to breweries, local neighborhoods, stadium parking lots and more!
THE CLOTHING WAREHOUSE
Last but certainly not least on our list is The Clothing Warehouse in the Little Five Points neighborhood. This store is huge and is the spot to go for retro and classic vintage looks. They’ve got tops, denim, boots, western wear, jackets — for men and women in a variety of sizes. You can even shop online if you can’t make the trek down from the suburbs.
And if you’re a t-shirt fan, this place has enough vintage and retro t-shirts to make even the groupiest of band groupies happy. They’re also open 7 days a week, so you can get your vintage fix when it suits you best. Be sure to check out their Instagram @clothingwarehouse, their content is 🔥. One thing to know before you go is that everything is final sale, so be sure to try any items on in the dressing room before you buy.
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