Detroit – Besides being known as the Motor City and a major port city, we admit we didn’t know too much about Detroit until we read about the city’s fantastic vintage and consignment shops. From unique finds to store owners that know the true meaning of customer service, Detroit’s shops will keep Blaynistas coming back again and again! Keep reading to see our favorite vintage and consignment shops in the Detroit area!
WHO: Rachel’s Place
WHERE: 2124 Pine Street in Detroit
WHAT: In addition to having a great last name, owner Rachel Leggs stocks some pretty cool vintage clothes and furniture in her three-story shop. Shoppers can score pieces from the city’s old-school retail shops like Hudson’s, Himelhoch’s and Jacobson’s. Prices are already reasonable for well-kept vintage and quality items but Leggs holds multiple sales during the year, so check out the Facebook page for sale alerts!
BEST FRIEND: The store name and owner are our new best friends. “Going to Rachel’s Place” sounds like we’re going to a friend’s house while Leggs understands her customers’ needs and how to give them the best customer service. Unlike so many vintage shops, shoppers can actually bargain for prices and get pieces tailored on site – score! We always say that customer service is half the shopping experience so we totally value a great owner – in addition to great clothes of course!
WHO: Mother Fletchers
WHERE: 234 W 9 Mile Road in Ferndale
WHAT: This cute shop owned by Erin Fletcher stocks unique vintage dresses, skirts, pantaloons, and purses. While the store’s clothing runs true or smaller to size (American had smaller waists back then), shoppers can finally find hard-to-find items here, like size 11 shoes. The store has been at the same location in Ferndale for 17 years, but Fletcher moved six doors down this past July so ‘Nistas can keep on shopping!
MOST ORGANIZED: Most vintage and consignment shops can be overwhelming – this one’s not an exception. But Fletcher has categorized everything into neat sections so instead of messy racks in every corner, customers can go straight toward their treasure and easily browse through. Mod shifts from the sixties? Left corner of the store.
WHO: Showtime Detroit
WHERE: 5708 Woodward Avenue in Detroit
WHAT: This store isn’t your typical vintage shop with flouncy floral dresses, antique jewelry, and wingtip shoes. Showtime actually specializes in new and gently worn clothes and accessories that are more fitting for onstage gigs than day jobs. Owner Dan Tartarian may seem gruff and cynical, but he’s actually a super nice guy – he goes out of his way to find certain pieces for customers and even takes them out to lunch. Sounds like our kind of guy!
BEST IN SHOW: This shop sells an enormous amount of clothes that work onstage and offstage, if you’re brave enough. While the printed tees and shiny skirts can work in some offices, chain mail and feather boas are only appropriate at nightclubs and concerts. It’s a good thing that Tatarian is going for the onstage rocker-look than uptight office-look. We certainly don’t mind dropping in to pick up some rockin’ getups for our next girl’s night out!