When I moved to Philadelphia for art school, like many college students, I didn’t have a ton of money. I waitressed weekends and shared an apartment; we ate tomato sauce and spaghetti 🍝 or beans and rice pretty much every night, and bought vintage clothes because they were cheap and cool.
I still love cotton vintage summer dresses but have had a harder time finding decent ones in recent years.
So… I was delighted to discover Philly Vintage Bazaar while cruising down 4th street in Queen Village, also known as Fabric Row, on my bike. Enticed by the summer display of vintage beach chairs, a swinging 70’s pattern dress and a straw beach bag, I pulled over.
It’s a large space that goes way back and they have choice selections in men’s and women’s wear that are in great shape and nicely laundered, from leather jackets, to psychedelic ‘Atomic Pop Vintage,’ to boots and jeans. A lot of the summer stuff is fun and vibrant as are the accessories.
Everything is organized artfully and they have mid-century furniture and art as well as newer goods from small local businesses. Clearly a lot of care goes into selecting quality items for sale and arranging them in an appealing way. And the prices are reasonable. I found a lovely long thin cotton floral dress that is perfect for a picnic in the park or an evening soirée. Can’t wait to see the new finds next visit.