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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Vintage Shopping Guide

Categories: General, Shopping

We have no shortage of unique shops in Bloomington, especially when it comes to all things vintage. From high-end mid-century wares to affordable vinyl classics, be sure to check out Bloomington's best vintage shops to score some one-of-a-kind treasures.

Fashion

Cherry Canary

With vintage baubles, clothing, and records, this downtown boutique has a little bit of everything. Cassie, Cherry Canary owner and buyer, does the hard work for you. She scours estate sales, thrift stores, and garage sales around the Midwest, looking for the funkiest and most unique threads for men & women. Beyond clothing and accessories, she has a cool collection of kitschy housewares including pendant lights, planters, glassware, and more. There's even a special section of Halloween costumes!

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Furniture

Bloomington Antique Mall

It's easy to see how someone could spend hours scouring every booth for treasures at this three-story antique mall. The Bloomington Antique Mall's inventory includes everything from tons of authentic furniture to china collections to mid-century mod-kitsch to eighties hair bands t-shirts. There's no better place to explore on a rainy day!

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Jeff's Warehouse

Jeff's Warehouse is the place in Bloomington for authentic mid-century modern furniture & antiques. With two floors packed full of vintage finds, Jeff expertly lays out vignettes with different pieces to inspire customers and show them how they can incorporate vintage pieces in their own home. If mid-mod isn't your aesthetic, you'll also find artwork, decorative pieces, rugs, and other accessories that span many different decades.  

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Habitat Restore

If you're looking to score a mint-condition vintage piece at a crazy discount, the Habitat Restore is the place for you. The inventory is always changing, so you have to be patient when hunting for vintage gold here. Pieces are priced to move quickly, so if you find a gem don't wait because someone else is likely to snatch it up. You can also feel good about shopping at the Habitat Restore because money spent there goes toward funding homes in Bloomington.

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Lola + Company

Lola + Co. is a darling shop that just relocated to The Square. It is an eclectic mix of new & old, shabby-chic-meets-French-countryside in both vintage & new styles. If you find a piece you love but aren't wild about the color, talk to the owner, Lisa. She can customize pieces with Annie Sloan chalk paint, which she carries in the store. If you already have a piece at home that you'd like to make-over, get expert advice from Lisa and her staff about how to use the chalk paint and what you need to perfect your piece. You can also find jewelry, clothing, and other unique home accents here. 

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Music

Landlocked Music

Landlocked has been a downtown institution for years. You can find plenty of vintage LPs, tapes, and CDs featuring tunes spanning all genres. They often have vintage turntables available for purchase, along with replacement needles and other equipment. In addition to the used collection, you can purchase brand new releases — and don't forget to check out their curated local music section. If you love music, their annual Record Store Day celebration is a must. 

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TD's CDs & LPs

Located in the basement of a beautiful Victorian house on Kirkwood Avenue, you can buy, sell, and trade new & used music at TD's. If you can't find what you're looking for in the store, ask their friendly staff to help track it down for you. They have excellent deals, like buy-three-get-one-free on used CDs. Check out the LPs $1.00 bin: buy 10 CDs from this bin for only $5.00. 

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Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is Visit Bloomington's Digital Content Coordinator. She's also a proud IU alumna, mom to four cats, and a travel enthusiast. When she isn't at work, you can find Alyssa checking out the newest restaurants in the area with her husband, curled up at home with her cats and a great book, or on the couch binge watching Netflix's latest trending show.