I love Vintage shopping and Chicago has some great vintage stores (I'll post my list of favorites soon). But searching for 40s and 50s styles in my size is no small feat, so I also turn to my favorite vintage online option - Etsy!
So I thought I would share my top five Etsy shops for vintage goodies.
First up, Hopscotch & Soda - a local Chicago seller. Virginia curates a lovely collection and really has a pulse on that mid-century style. She's also one of the few people I've seen selling that lists the measurements for all of her clothing - especially important since sizing is really all over the place. Her prices are definitely fair and range based on the particular item. For those local, she frequently has a booth at the Randolph Street Market (more on that in my shop post).
Another Chicago-based seller I like is Dethrose Vintage. She also has a variety of lovely dresses and separates from the 40s and 50s. She also has a brick and mortar store down in the Pilsen neighborhood. I made my first trip there and was impressed by her "boutique" style - very different from a typical vintage/resale store.
First Ladies Vintage is another Chicago-based seller. I swear, I wasn't intentionally just picking Chicago sellers. It just so happens that I found these sellers in person first and then started following their Etsy stores for a bigger selection. She has a lovely collection and I recently saw them vending at the Vintage Garage.
Now, if I haven't mentioned it in this blog yet, I am obsessed with vintage hats. Which is why High Hat Couture is on my list of top five sellers. She has the most gorgeous vintage hats from early 1900s right through the 1980s. I have at least a dozen of her hats on my list of favorites. If only I had more storage space in my place.
Rounding out my list of favorite vintage sellers is actually not a vintage seller. Miss Lizzy D Creations makes vintage inspired playsuits and custom pieces. I have an adorable custom playset from her. Her pieces tend to steer more towards the "rockabilly" side of vintage wear. Her construction is amazing and she is really easy to work with.
Of course, there are LOTS of vintage sellers on Etsy. My best recommendation to finding your favorites is to search for objects you are looking for. You will begin to notice sellers popping up in your searches frequently and chances are, they probably sell in the style/era you are looking for.
Next I'll work on my list of favorite vintage stores in Chicago.