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Ask The Rockabilly Socialite

7:42 PMDollie DeVille

Dear Miss Dollie DeVille,

I'm not sure if you seen my blog my name is Josie I run For The Vintage Fashionista . I was wondering if you knew any good vintage stores here in California. I usually shop in Pomona because it's close and Redlands , the rest of my clothes I get from what I find when I go with my mom to estate sales. But now I'm looking for more place to shop because I need new clothes for school and I only live near a few vintage stores. I admire the vintage clothes you wear very much so I was hoping you knew some good places to shop.

Thanks for taking the time to read this message,
 - Josie

Hi Josie!

I do follow your blog, and I love it! I wish I was as put together at your age as you are! Just as a reference, here is a picture of me when I was about your age:

My Sisters Liz and Nanci, and I. 
What is up with that curl? I thought I was tough like crybaby or something!

Anyway, back to the topic. Where I shop locally. I have featured a few of my favorite haunts, including:


"Retro Row" is a section of 4th street in Long Beach that has some fantastic vintage clothing shops and midcentury modern furniture shops. Its a small section of stores but it packs a lot of punch for a small area. These stores are jam packed with "the goods" as I like to call them, but you will have to pay for it. People here know what this stuff is worth, and sometimes think it is worth more than it is. But, I know you are a high schooler on a tight budget, and I have you covered! While you may not be able to afford much from these vintage shops I mention, there are also a ton of "charity shops". These will take you a little longer to look through to find what you want, but I imagine you are up for the challenge! The hunt is half the fun, right? 

Sneaky Tiki, my fav store EVER!!!!
See that yellow and red atomic print shirt in the window?
Zack bought that on another shopping trip. Remember: if it is in the window it is $$$!!!!

Plan to spend all of your "f-oldin' money" when you come here. 

Welcome to MEOW vintage clothing store.
Meow! Some steals to be had if you take the time to look. 

Also, some hard to find pieces! This is where I got my gold lame pants.

I am sure you can find something good in that pile!

AIDS Assistance Thrift Store
This is my favorite of all of the charity shops. Within 5 mins I found 2 pairs of vintage shorts, one deadstock, for about $8! Can't beat that! My friend also found a beautiful 30s/40s silk floral print dress. 

Here are some more posts about 4th street: 

and their website:

Melrose, Hollywood Blvd, LA BABY!

It may sound too posh to say you are shopping on Melrose, but there are some great vintage stores there! It would make a fun outing for you and your mom, even if you don't find exactly what you are looking for. These LA shops seem to cater to more of a hip 70s and 80s vintage crowd then the shops on 4th Street in Long Beach. But if you wear a big floppy hat, big sun glasses, and enjoy lunch on a nice patio somewhere it is worth the trip just for the "celebrity experience"!

Vintage Clothing Store
American Vintage on Melrose.
They have tons of Mexican circle skirts!

Iguana Vintage Clothing on Hollywood Blvd is a must see!
There are 3 floors, thats right, 3 floors of vintage here! Everything from 20s-80s. 
There are shoes, wigs, and accessories too! The prices are fair, and depend on condition, but they won't haggle if you think the price is too high.

Jet Rag on La Brea
Now, at first glance the stuff here is kinda...well.....80s. But I smart fashionable girl like you could make it work. You just have to spend more time looking. This place really shines in the jeans dept. 

Buffalo Exchange on La Brea
Sometimes I will find a gem at a store like this, but sometimes I walk out empty handed. 
Its always worth checking out though!

So, this is the very, very, very short list. I actually only featured a few shops in two different locations. If you want to do some major shopping, pick a place that has a lot of shops within walking distance and just make a day out of it. There are some great shops in other areas, but if you tried to hit them all in one day you would spend most of your day in the car and most of your money on gas. So, pick a place like 4th street in Long Beach, or Melrose in LA and search Yelp for some cool looking shops, print out the addresses and details before you go.....and your ready to shop 'til you drop!

Good luck and let me know how it goes!


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  1. Ohh great posts! I'm a southern CA girl as well, in fact, just a few minutes from redlands :D There is a vintage shop or two in the riverside and redlands area I have found on yelp before. Maybe they are worth a try? Thanks for the heads up on these shops, I will have to hit them next time I'm in the area.

  2. Hi!
    Another Cali girl here...I would suggest Magnolia Ave.(and nearby)in Burbank...there are a some great vintage stores in this area. Also the areas of Orange/Chapman have some good stores.
    I highly suggest looking at Yelp...the reviews are so helpful!
    BTW Sneaky Tiki is my dream store. When I win the lotto I'm gonna buy the whole store :-)

  3. Thanks for answering my question and also for the kind words about my blog!! I love retro row and I have yet to go to the pile in La Bomba. I really want to go to Jet Rags and Iguana vintage!! I hear jet rags has 1.00 Sundays but they say most stuff is from the 80's. Miss Dollie have you been to Belle Jar Vintage?? I hear its a great place to shop and wanted to know if you had stopped by.

  4. Thats some great tips, I'll be saving this for next time I go overseas :) Thank you!

  5. Miss Dollie speaks the truth! I finally made it to Southern California for the 1st time in January, to attend the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona. Because of bad weather in this God-forsaken place I live in, I got "stuck" in SoCal for 2 extra days. I took a trip to Long Beach & was blown away by the quality & the quantity of amazing stuff in these stores. No one has vintage guys stuff out here, but I found a ton of good stuff in Long Beach. Unfortunately, by the time I discovered Long Beach , my budget was shot & all I could afford was a Go-Getters CD from Liberty. I'll be back in CA in November & you can bet I'll be hitting Long Beach first. Good luck in your hunt. I love seeing young guys & girls get into the Rockabilly scene.

  6. hey dollie
    I don't know if you know but there's a pic of you and your other half at viva in this months issue of vintage life magazine! x

  7. Thanks for this post Dollie! I'm going to save this one for when we head over to the states next year :)
    x Molly

  8. great suggestions! :)


  9. Dag nab it. I clearly live in the wrong part of California. That or I have to discover something in my neck of the woods...

    Love your blog btw. :)

  10. Just found your fab blog through the Pink Powder Room...great tips!


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