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Where to Buy Vintage in Dallas

Whether designer consignment or thrift-store finds are your bag, here are six top shops with enduring style.
By Maddie Spera, Aileen Jimenez, and Mia Carrera | |Photography by Elizabeth Lavin
Bella and Brawn
Wicked Wicks: The hand-poured soy wax candles at Bella & Brawn come in wonderful vintage containers. Elizabeth Lavin

Bella & Brawn

413 N. Bishop Ave.

When owner Aimee Hughes isn’t busy being a nurse practitioner, she loves sourcing items for the bohemian shop that she runs with her daughter. Snag one of their hand-poured soy wax candles, which are contained in gorgeous vintage vessels and burn cleaner than most. Essential oils add fragrance, and the wicks are nontoxic, made from cotton or wood. The boutique has an abundance of other charming offerings, some dating back as early as 1870. “My customers who buy vintage are younger and younger, because maybe they don’t have anything from family that’s been passed down as an heirloom,” Hughes says. “This just kind of helps them have that experience.” —Maddie Spera

Pro tip: The shop offers hand-poured candle refills to previous customers for only $1.95 per ounce.

Hunt for: vintage purses and evening clutches for casual or formal events 

Thrift World

3046 Forest Ln., Ste. 100
972-481-7800

The name gives you an idea of the amount of inventory here. So your job is to hunt down the hidden gems jampacked inside. It can be chaotic, but it can also be an adrenaline rush when you come across a $7 Calvin Klein knit sweater from the men’s rack. A near-new black blazer got me through numerous job interviews. When I used to share a room with my best friend and eat off the dollar menu while attempting to figure out life fresh out of high school, this place got me through the winter. It’s still a thrill to find jeans, sweaters, cardigans, and tees for bargain prices. —Aileen Jimenez

Pro tip: Colored tags are assigned discounts on randomized days. 

Hunt for: gently used or still-in-the-box home goods, including kitchenware 

Lula B’s

1010 N. Riverfront Blvd.
214-749-1929;
1982 Fort Worth Ave.

214-824-2185

Lulu B's
Lula B’s Elizabeth Lavin

Lula B’s is sectioned off by vendor, and each nook you enter feels like you’re stepping into someone’s personal space, from a closet of graphic tees and jackets to a living room with a midcentury modern couch and a ’70s bar cart. The Design District location focuses more on home decor. If you’re in the market for vintage dishes, new light fixtures, or a magazine rack, you’re in the right spot. The Oak Cliff location is the place to go for clothes; one of our favorite vendors carries a good selection of leather jackets. Stop in around Halloween, when shoppers fill the store to pull distinctive pieces for their costumes. —Mia Carrera

Pro tip: Be sure to inspect every inch of every section for smaller finds, such as frames and coasters. 

Hunt for: vintage designer purses from Dooney & Bourke to Coach

Martini Consignment

Martini Consignment
Martini Consignment Elizabeth Lavin

2923 N. Henderson Ave., Ste. A
469-334-0584

Owners Ken Weber and Greg Kelly have assembled a collection of perfectly preserved pieces from as early as the 1700s. Weber, a seasoned costume designer and walking fashion history encyclopedia, began to accumulate a collection of clothes while working in film, commercials, and television. There are Chanel dresses, Gucci wallets, Prada purses, and a roped-off mini fashion museum with Victorian pieces and historical designs. Weber and Kelly have been sourcing and selling one-of-a-kind fashion pieces since the late ’90s, and their devoted following includes such notable names as Brooke Shields, Laverne Cox, and Barbra Streisand. —A.J.

Pro tip: Racks are organized by decade for easy reference. 

Hunt for: jewelry and accessories 

Dolly Python

1916 N. Haskell Ave.; 
315 N. Bishop Ave.
214-887-3434

Owner Gretchen Bell began working for small vintage clothing stores in high school and collected everything from Westernwear to graphic tees. After getting a degree in fashion design and becoming an assistant stylist, she knew she wanted her own store. She opened her first shop on Haskell and now has a second in the Bishop Arts District. “A lot of where this stuff comes from is not a happy circumstance,” Bell says. “Somebody has died, there’s a debt involved, downsizing, but I feel like I’m making something positive by repurposing it.” —M.C.

Pro tip: Clothing is carefully organized from everyday items, such as band tees and cowboy boots, to pieces from specific decades.

Hunt for: unique household items, barware, and records 

Genesis Benefit Thrift Store

3419 Knight St.
214-520-6644

Beyond offering a discount on a new wardrobe, Genesis collects donations so that women who are survivors of domestic violence can shop for free. All proceeds go to Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support to help the nonprofit continue to provide short- and long-term housing, legal services, and counseling services for survivors of domestic violence. If you aren’t looking to shop, donate. Bring in gently used clothing, furniture, electronics, and baby items. Check out genesisshelter.org for a full list of what they accept. —A.J.

Pro tip: Use the drive-through drop-off service for speedy donations.

Hunt For: living room add-ons, such as accent mirrors and lamps  


This story originally appeared in the October issue of D Magazine with the headline “Good Vintage.” Write to [email protected].