Best Places To Find True California Girl Vintage Style

The Top Vintage Thrift Shops

Bethany Cosentino is one of the Golden State’s proudest and most fashionable ambassadors. She is the leader of the aptly named indie band Best Coast and has crafted a sound that is distinctly Angeleno. Cosentino’s personal style is so diverse that it almost seems as if she time travels just to get all the good vintage fashions. Some have said that one minute, she looks like Cher in Clueless driving home in platform heels from the Galleria; the next, like Joni Mitchell strolling barefoot through Laurel Canyon. Cosentino is more than happy to share her favorite secondhand shops in the city.

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“This is an epic warehouse space in downtown L.A. filled to the brim with amazing stuff. You can find clothes from essentially any decade here. Some things are super cheap, others a bit on the pricey side. One of the coolest things about this place is that it’s all women’s clothes—no boys allowed! Girls can freely try on whatever they want throughout the store.” – 1721 North Spring Street

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“This place is a mix of upscale vintage designer, consignment items, and contemporary pieces from designers like Phillip Lim. It’s not super expensive, depending on what you’re buying. I scored a really great pair of Chanel platform jellies here that were decently priced. It’s also a really beautifully decorated shop.”- 548 South Spring Street, #112 

Swift Vintage
“I love this place because it’s mostly pretty vintage dresses, some of which are reworked by the store owners. Burbank is home to many studios, so a lot of costume designers shop in the area. This store also offers sewing classes—it’s super cute, and the people who work there are so friendly and always down to chat.”
3216 West Magnolia Boulevard
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Owl Talk
“This small shop is walking distance from my house and I love it. They have everything from Contempo Casual dresses from the nineties to beautiful Art Deco–style jewelry and great prices as well. It’s been in Eagle Rock since 1994, so it’s kind of a legacy in my neighborhood, and I love to support local businesses.”
5060-B Eagle Rock Boulevard
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Ludwig
“This is one of the more high-end places on my list and it’s packed with incredible vintage YSL, Chanel, Valentino—you name it. It’s very pricey, but if you’re looking to treat yourself, this is the place to go. Nothing is really ever under $100 but the pieces are amazing and in great condition.”
9909 Santa Monica Boulevard
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Source: Vogue