Those who love to shop for unique vintage pieces know that some of the best vintage items are found in New Orleans, and not just in larger cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. The city does go back 300 years after all, so it makes sense that some of the best styles from the past decades are found in one of the most historic cities in the country. And, while New Orleans may be many things, its residents have never lacked style or an opportunity to sport a situational outfit. Here’s one little secret: the vintage clothing you can find here is often more affordable than those found elsewhere.
We have scoured the city to find the best vintage stores in New Orleans for your shopping needs, each with their own unique taste, finds, and niche.
2023 Magazine St.
The ethereal vintage boutique is the place to go for high-end vintage pieces from designers like Valentino, Dior, and St. John, among others. The wonderfully curated store is full of pastels, sequins, and tulle to make the inner princess come out of anyone. The pieces are more attainable as compared to more modern collections, but you definitely won’t run into anyone wearing the same thing at a party.
2121 Chartres St.
This store is somewhat of a secret gem, tucked away off Frenchmen Street in the Marigny. So, if you know, you know. If you don’t, well, now you do. It’s small, but curated well with tons of vintage denim and tees for men and bright florals and wistful dresses for women. Don’t overlook the random vintage housewares, as well as locally made art, jewelry, and soaps.
4719 Freret St.
While most of New Orleans’ vintage shops are located on Magazine Street and in the French Quarter, Ghosts of New York brings vintage finds further Uptown, close to the universities. The prices are affordable, but that doesn’t mean they are not high quality. You can find treasures from many well-known designers. As far as the designers that aren’t as notable, you’ll be ahead of the trends with your unique vintage finds.
4529 Magazine St.
Because they get their items straight from the collectors themselves, Magpie is the store for the best antique jewelry and vintage furs in town. Additionally, the knowledgeable staff are always happy to tell you about the pieces. The clothing is reasonably priced, making the store accessible and not intimidating.
3127 Magazine St.
Besides being the best pace to find vintage t-shirts and sequined tops, Funky Monkey is always a great place to check out for your costume needs any time of the year. Whether you are shopping for Mardi Gras, theme parties, or Halloween, you can always find a piece to complete the ensemble, an accessory to match the theme, or even the entire costume at this Magazine Street shop. Funky Monkey also has a great collection of brand new items, such as wigs, hats, or an entire Mardi Gras or Christmas themed suit.
4202 Magazine St.
Miss Claudia has a variety of vintage items from different decades and styles, so if you like it, snatch it up because odds are you’ll never see it there again. It’s another great place to visit for costume inspiration and accessories, as there is hardly a moment when you will not need a costume in New Orleans. The place is packed with items, making it a great place for those who love the thrill of hunting in a treasure trove.
1036 Royal St.
The gift shop is a cross between a vintage housewares store and a stationery shop. It is a great place to visit when looking for a gift for the friend that loves quirky items and for those who love to gift thoughtful presents. Their selection is a stationery aficionado’s haven. The housewares are just as unique, and remember that you can always find a place for that accent piece later.
519 St. Louis St.
The Quarter Smith is best known for their collection of vintage and antique jewelry and watches. It’s a great place for those who love to wear jewelry, as well as those who love to collect. They have a selection of Rolex watches, old coins, and antique flatware as well. Additionally, many locals know that Ken, the owner, is the best person in town for jewelry sizing and watch repairs.
1925 Sophie Wright Pl., 818 Royal St.
Now with two locations in the Lower Garden District and The French Quarter, Bambi Deville is one of the best shops to find more high-end vintage clothing, accessories, and accent jewelry. Think tweed jackets, mod dresses, furs, and hats galore. The jewelry selection ranges in era and styles, but the variety always includes fun cocktail and accent pieces to also complete your modern outfits. Go in to play dress up, and leave with one or ten new items.
1629 St. Charles Ave.
Bdffrnt is a unisex store for those 80s and 90s babies, as well as those who wish they were. They have a great collection of t-shirts, denim, jackets, and accessories from that era. The prices are affordable, and the selection is always fun and casual. They even have a rack of vintage shirts that have been turned into crop tops for a more modern twist.