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Vintage Goods Having a Moment (Again)

Skip the Banana Republic Mad Men Collection and shop local.


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Tumbleweeds Odd Shop

Owner: Beca Skeels
A new mini-boutique featuring handmade wood veneer sunglasses (a huge hit on etsy.com) alongside a diverse mix of knickknacks and oddities (thus the name). 

Favorite towns/regions to find inventory? 
We are Southern through and through, and when it comes to picking, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia are the best. We’ve had a lot of fun finding new secret spots in San Diego! I’ll tell you, the best estate sales are always in Point Loma.

Favorite Web site for vintage? 
We have a serious Internet crush on bleubirdvintage.com. 

Vintage gift buying tips?
Everyone needs a coffee table lighter from the ’70s, or a cozy crocheted blanket made by hand 40 years ago. They’re conversation pieces and make for great stories for the years to come. Dads love hats and belt buckles. 

Top vintage find ever?
Our 110-year-old bear-skin rug we found at a yard sale in Tucson. 

[ Shop ] 3215 Adams Ave., Normal Heights

Frock You!

Owner: Kristin Tinderholt
After slinging fantastically funky clothing for nine years, their Huge Frocking Sale is a new way to find unique, affordable gift ideas. 

What is the Huge Frocking Sale December 9-11?
Every other month we invite guest vendors to set up with us for a three-day, huge vintage market. We’ll be joining forces with vendors who are repurposing vintage cashmere into scarves and pillows, vintage vases filled with vegan candles, and more. We’ll also have ugly Xmas sweaters so you can be the hit at your company party!

Favorite vintage shop (other than yours)?
Raggedy Threads near downtown L.A.

Favorite Web site for vintage?
Dollyrocker Vintage on Etsy.

Vintage gift buying tips?
Gifts are best when they don’t have to fit, e.g. jewelry, purses, ties, and men’s cufflinks. 

Top vintage find ever?
The Emilio Pucci gown we found on a mannequin hidden under a ’50s pea coat. 

[ Shop ] 4121 Park Blvd., University Heights

Bad Madge & Company

Owner: Tanya McAnear
South Park’s newbie is stocked full of resale items, local designer goods, furniture, art, and random collectibles. 

How long were you planning before opening a store?
Three weeks. It was the craziest most daring thing I’ve ever done, but I’m a risk taker and I know when to follow my gut. It has been so fun and rewarding. I love it. It’s scary sometimes, but I don’t think about that.  

Favorite towns/regions to find inventory?
If you are a good picker ... you keep those secret! I’ve picked from all over: from trips to Europe to my own network. Thrift stores, garage sales—from Poway to Bonita—can be great.  

Why did you choose South Park for your shop?
I lived in that area for 18 years and loved it. I’ve spent a lot of great nights at the Whistle Stop. I saw it change from a horrible scary neighborhood to a fantastic place. The people are super nice. I feel so thankful that I have that spot.    

Top vintage find ever?
A black Naugahyde sofa from the late ’60s.

[ Shop ] 205 Fern Street, South Park

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