Vintage and Resale
Apple Core, 19347 Detroit Road, Rocky River, (440) 356-4747. A consignment store with designer vibes, it carries clothing and shoes for the whole family at way-below-retail prices. You might find a DKNY pants suit for $35, a Jil Sander dress for $45 or a pair of Nine West shoes for $5. Explore their variety of furniture and unique home décor.
Chelsea’s Vintage Clothes and Costumes, 1412 W. 116th St., Cleveland, (216) 226-9147. The 15,000-piece costume collection spans Roman times to the French Revolution to the 1980s. Dresses from all decades of the 20th century often masquerade as modern styles. Vintage clothing is for sale and costumes for rent.
Classics Designer Resale, Crossroads Market Plaza, 13500 Pearl Road, Strongsville, (440) 268-0500. High fashion without high prices. Owner Maria Flynn stocks only high-end pieces, such as Manolo Blahnik shoes, Louis Vuitton and Coach handbags and Dior and Fendi sunglasses. The store also features some jewelry by local artists.
The Cleveland Shop, 11606 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, (216) 228-9725. Cleveland’s oldest vintage store boasts 50 styles of sunglasses that can transform shoppers into John Lennon, Jackie O. or the Blues Brothers. The store offers many vintage hats from the ‘20s through the ‘70s as well as costume rental.
Déjà Vu, 14411 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, (216) 228-7212. This eclectic vintage boutique features furniture from 1900-1940s, artwork and rugs.
Elegancia, 1873 W. 25th St., Cleveland, (216) 861-2553. Vintage and gently used clothes, shoes and accessories ranging from rare Emilio Pucci shoes to modernly fresh Tracy Reese.
Flower Child, 11508 Clifton Blvd., Cleveland, (216) 939-9933. Specializing in styles from mid-century to the present, this superstore is a maze-like series of rooms on two levels. You’ll find a striking hat collection, deco furnishings, cowboy boots, alligator-style bags and maybe a lava lamp.
Suite Lorain, 7105 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, (216) 281-1959. It’s easy to lose track of time rummaging through retro clothes, accessories and home furnishings at this vintage “department store.” Oddball finds include deco-style couches, antique books, Playboy glassware and old cheerleading skirts.
Unique Thrift, 3333 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, (216) 631-0205. Color-coded racks of clothing span the enormous store. Everything is half-price on Mondays. Shoes, handbags, linens and bric-a-brac delight bargain hunters.