Finding good vintage wares in a big city seems like it'd be pretty easy, right?
The Twin Cities are great places to stumble upon exciting relics from the past, but it's often the case that the best stuff gets snatched up before you even see it. City stores are vast, but a lot of the things you see have been there for a long time. The best clothes, antiques, collectibles, and more are rotated in and bought right as they're displayed.
So, for those of us who aren't able to keep an eagle eye on vintage goods, where can you find the best Twin Cities vintage?
Take a Short Trip Out of Town
It's often the case that the best styles and vintage wares are found outside of town. Suburbs and small towns on the outskirts of the big city are where the real finds are hiding.
Why's that, you might ask?
These places are rife with people who know how to find and sell vintage items at reasonable prices. That said, there aren't as many people who are clambering to get their hands on older goods. The vintage fever exists in these places, but it burns a little hotter in the heart of the city.
The result is that you find places like trove.Marketplace that have thousands of excellent vintage goods that haven't been snatched up. For example, Minneapolis has a "Twin Cities Vintage Fest" to meet the need of all of the antique and vintage hunters of the city.
You'll find no such thing in Stillwater. What you will find, though, is a carload of excellent finds at half the price of the stores in more populated areas.
Tips and Tricks for Thrifting
If you feel the need to thrift and find excellent clothes or products, it's helpful to get the insights of someone who's done it before. We could talk your ear off about it if you stop by the shop.
If you're short on time, though, here's a GREAT video on how to capitalize on your thrift opportunities. This is geared toward clothing, but a lot of the insights apply to those who are looking for interior design pieces, collectibles, and more.