Dressing trendy doesn't have to empty your wallet

Hip retread threads exist if you know where to look

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April 08, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Patchwork jackets and graphic tees. Boot-cut jeans and clunky bangles. These and other old-school fashions are in vogue again this season.

But expressing your trendy side can be a costly endeavor, as vintage designs frequently come with price tags that are anything but retro.

So, you don't want to pay through the nose for stylish clothes? Never fear, we've got you covered -- as long as you're up for a little treasure hunting.

LIVE! has assembled a list of some local shops where vintage threads (and prices!) can be found. And though you may have to riffle through racks of musty grandpa sweaters, we're sure you'll find the right stuff to keep you looking as hip as those who paid full price for their duds.


This Hampden hot spot carries a wide selection of vintage clothes and goods.

Owner Joelle says she specializes in "fun clothes at lollipop prices for guys and dolls."

Tons of old-school Western and Hawaiian shirts, used Levis jeans, psychedelic print dresses and accessories are for sale. And while you're there, check out the store's collection of vintage vinyl.

Galvanize is at 927 W. 36th St. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Mondays and Thursdays by chance or appointment. For more information, call 410-889-5237.

The Zone

This local storefront has been operated as a vintage shop for more than 20 years.

And though The Zone still specializes in retread threads, the location now carries a few new products including T-shirts and accessories.

The Zone is at 813 N. Charles St. Hours are 12:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. For more information, call 410-539-2817.

Fashion Attic

This Fells Point consignment shop specializes in retro-styled women's clothing and accessories, from dresses and skirts to handbags, shoes and jewelry.

The Fashion Attic is at 1926 Fleet St. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 410-276-0817.


Dreamland specializes in vintage clothing and accessories for both men and women, from Bakelite bracelets to leather jackets and butterfly-collared polyester shirts a la Starsky & Hutch.

In addition to the Charles Street location, Dreamland has a dealer space at Hampden's Avenue Antiques, located at the corner of Elm and 36th streets.

Dreamland is at 1013 N. Charles St. Hours are noon-6 Mondays-Saturdays. For more information, call 410-727-4575.

Fat Elvis

Also on Hampden's lively Avenue is Fat Elvis, a tiny shop that boasts a huge collection of camp and nostalgia.

Amid the old-time kitschy housewares and collectibles, you'll find women's vintage clothes, including dresses, hats, fur coats and shoes.

Fat Elvis is at 833 W. 36th St. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 410-467-6030.

Killer Trash

Killer Trash features retro duds from the '50s, '60s and '70s.

The Fells Point store also carries a vast selection of vintage jewelry, shoes, purses and hats.

Killer Trash is at 602 S. Broadway. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. For more information, call 410-675-2449.

Ten Car Pile-Up

For eight years, this Towson location has been dressing hip and fashionable locals.

Vintage clothes for men and women, with styles from the '30s to the '80s, are available at the York Road store. Accessories, including jewelry, purses and hats, are also for sale.

Ten Car Pile-Up is at 511 York Road, Towson. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. For more information, call 410-832-5246.

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