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Pittsburgh's Vintage and Consignment Scene Is On Point

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is undergoing a renaissance. Once ruled by steel mills and industrial companies, in recent years the city has become a hipster hotspot, complete with cutting-edge art galleries, a booming restaurant scene, and its own Ace Hotel — three things that have earned the locale comparisons to places like Brooklyn and spots on many "must-travel" lists.

Unlike the arts and food scenes, the retail options in Steel City haven't quite taken off in the same way. But there is one area where Pittsburgh excels: vintage. Maybe it's thanks to the growing indie crowd, or even the fact that Pittsburgh is home to vintage-style online clothing company Modcloth. Regardless of the cause, this Rust Belt town is a great place to pick up period dresses, jackets, hats, accessories, and other one-of-a-kind pieces.

If you're planning a trip soon, consider timing it to the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer on November 19th. This convention brings together dozens of the area's best vintage sellers under one roof with a huge range of goods, from glassware to furniture to all kinds of clothing and accessories.

Looking for more vintage in the Rust Belt? See our guide to vintage shopping in Philadelphia.

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Highway Robbery

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Highway Robbery Vintage is one of many consignment stores that line the eclectic East Carson Street in the South Side Slopes district of Pittsburgh. At night, the area can have a frat party feel, but by day it’s a charming street rife with vintage shopping options, including a newly-minted Buffalo Exchange and a Goodwill. Opened by Kate Minton in 2011, Highway Robbery is the high point. The shop offers wearable, often rare vintage styles from the 1950s through the 1990s, as well as a wide selection of vintage Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates gear for Pittsburgh sports fans.
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Three Rivers Vintage

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This small, well-organized purveyor of vintage from the ‘20s through the ‘70s is just a few blocks down on Carson Street. The store is chock full of vintage hats and suitcases, carries quite a selection of jewelry, and, like many other shops on the list, pays homage to its home city with a collection of vintage Pittsburgh sports team T-shirts, an essential for locals. When you're done, drop by Decades next door — it's not vintage, but the vintage-inspired tees made locally by Steel City Cotton Works, as well as the selection of stylish menswear, is worth a look. (Not in Pittsburgh? Three Rivers Vintage also sells via Instagram.)
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Avalon Exchange

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Avalon Exchange might be the best place to buy and sell men’s and women’s consignment clothing in Pittsburgh. This chain, which also has locations in Ohio and Florida, truly lives up to its slogan (“Come in and get lost") with a huge inventory filling the bright, airy shop in Squirrel Hill. The store is organized by size and type of clothing and includes a special section for designer items, which often can include scores like Christian Louboutins.
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Juju Pittsburgh

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If you’re buying into the whole witchy trend, Juju Pittsburgh has your back. The Point Breeze shop sells consignment and used clothing as well as occult-inspired goods — but not the scary kind, the cute kind: crystals, candles, enamel pins, etc. The shop also regularly hosts tarot workshops, new and full moon parties, book signings, author talks, and trunk shows.
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Eons Fashion Antique

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A disco ball greets you as you enter Eons, a local favorite carrying vintage from the ‘40s through the ‘80s. The store has an enormous selection of men’s bow ties and women’s pillbox hats, not to mention racks of costume jewelry. The store is organized by clothing type and size, making options easy to find. There’s also a decent selection of designer goods, including Manolo Blahnik and Missoni, as well as lots of fur options.
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Hey Betty!

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Technicolor skirts from the ‘70s and frothy ‘50s-style negligees are standard fare at Hey Betty!, a mainstay in Pittsburgh since the late ‘80s. What makes this shop unique, though, is its artful displays, which often feature vintage mannequins dressed to the nines in Hey Betty’s garments. While the store specializes women’s pieces from the ‘60s and ‘70s, it does also carry a small selection of men’s clothing and homewares in the basement area.
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Calligramme

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Located in Pittsburgh’s rapidly-growing Lawrenceville neighborhood, Calligramme is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the area. Specializing both in new US-made undergarments as well as vintage lingerie, this ethereal shop embraces vintage from top to bottom. The vintage selection runs from before WWII through the 1980s, and includes bras, slips, and kimono-style robes.
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Highway Robbery

Highway Robbery Vintage is one of many consignment stores that line the eclectic East Carson Street in the South Side Slopes district of Pittsburgh. At night, the area can have a frat party feel, but by day it’s a charming street rife with vintage shopping options, including a newly-minted Buffalo Exchange and a Goodwill. Opened by Kate Minton in 2011, Highway Robbery is the high point. The shop offers wearable, often rare vintage styles from the 1950s through the 1990s, as well as a wide selection of vintage Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates gear for Pittsburgh sports fans.
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Three Rivers Vintage

This small, well-organized purveyor of vintage from the ‘20s through the ‘70s is just a few blocks down on Carson Street. The store is chock full of vintage hats and suitcases, carries quite a selection of jewelry, and, like many other shops on the list, pays homage to its home city with a collection of vintage Pittsburgh sports team T-shirts, an essential for locals. When you're done, drop by Decades next door — it's not vintage, but the vintage-inspired tees made locally by Steel City Cotton Works, as well as the selection of stylish menswear, is worth a look. (Not in Pittsburgh? Three Rivers Vintage also sells via Instagram.)
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Avalon Exchange

Avalon Exchange might be the best place to buy and sell men’s and women’s consignment clothing in Pittsburgh. This chain, which also has locations in Ohio and Florida, truly lives up to its slogan (“Come in and get lost") with a huge inventory filling the bright, airy shop in Squirrel Hill. The store is organized by size and type of clothing and includes a special section for designer items, which often can include scores like Christian Louboutins.
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Juju Pittsburgh

If you’re buying into the whole witchy trend, Juju Pittsburgh has your back. The Point Breeze shop sells consignment and used clothing as well as occult-inspired goods — but not the scary kind, the cute kind: crystals, candles, enamel pins, etc. The shop also regularly hosts tarot workshops, new and full moon parties, book signings, author talks, and trunk shows.
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Eons Fashion Antique

A disco ball greets you as you enter Eons, a local favorite carrying vintage from the ‘40s through the ‘80s. The store has an enormous selection of men’s bow ties and women’s pillbox hats, not to mention racks of costume jewelry. The store is organized by clothing type and size, making options easy to find. There’s also a decent selection of designer goods, including Manolo Blahnik and Missoni, as well as lots of fur options.
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Hey Betty!

Technicolor skirts from the ‘70s and frothy ‘50s-style negligees are standard fare at Hey Betty!, a mainstay in Pittsburgh since the late ‘80s. What makes this shop unique, though, is its artful displays, which often feature vintage mannequins dressed to the nines in Hey Betty’s garments. While the store specializes women’s pieces from the ‘60s and ‘70s, it does also carry a small selection of men’s clothing and homewares in the basement area.
Photo: Tom O'Connor

Calligramme

Located in Pittsburgh’s rapidly-growing Lawrenceville neighborhood, Calligramme is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the area. Specializing both in new US-made undergarments as well as vintage lingerie, this ethereal shop embraces vintage from top to bottom. The vintage selection runs from before WWII through the 1980s, and includes bras, slips, and kimono-style robes.
Photo: Tom O'Connor