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ReThreads buys used clothing from the community and sells the good stuff at its fashionable secondhand store in Riverwest.

Classic clothing: Vintage shopping in Milwaukee




Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on March 28, 2010 at 11:02 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.


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Luv Unlimited
2649 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 744-2540

luvunlimted.com
Luv Unlimited is actually a trading company that buys clothing and other merchandise for cash or in-store credit. It also deals the D.I.Y. wares of about 20 local artists. Come here with a passion for fashion, good music (there is a savvy vinyl selection) and the eyes to accessorize.

ReThreads
2943 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 263-1690

rethreadsclothing.com
This incredibly well-designed used clothing store for men and women buys, sells and trades strictly in recycled fashion. And when they say fashion, they mean it. Nothing in the store is ratty, torn, dirty or full of holes and zillions of familiar and favorite name brands are represented. The fashion is current -- save for a small but fine collection of wearable vintage items -- and everything is amazingly affordable.

Tip Top Atomic Shop
2343 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 486-1951

tip-top-atomic.com
The particular style of late '40s through the early '60s is prominently defined by a kitschy-cool tiki influence and rockabilly. Tip Top's got it all, from clothing to cookware, and even the shop's owners, couple Jim and Lisa Dutcher, dress the part, down to the pompadour.

Yellow Jacket
1237 E. Brady St., (414) 372-4744

yellowjacketvintageclothing.com
Yellow Jacket is a boutique bursting with vintage vigilance, where every single item has been hand selected by co-owner Jennifer Rau, professional thrifter and passionate fashion hound. She washes every item, does minor mending and hemming when necessary, rendering perfect every item for sale in her shop. The decade-old store specializes in '60s, '70s and '80s.

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Tina | Oct. 2, 2010 at 4:32 p.m. (report)

I find the best variety of designer vintage clothing and accessories at Heir Apparent, which is located in the Riverview Antique Market.

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davidcano | July 24, 2010 at 3:50 a.m. (report)

the ever to have in milwaukee was Whiz Bang no body could beat the selections not even to day

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davidcano | July 24, 2010 at 3:49 a.m. (report)

I still think the best ever vintage store on brady was Whiz Bang the best selections and best prices - everything was update to look good and great

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milwaukeeviper | March 29, 2010 at 11:03 a.m. (report)

I know it's not in Milwaukee, but E-Collectique in Saukville, WI puts all of the above mentioned stores to shame. It's worth the 10-15 minute drive north of Milwaukee if you want the best.

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