Is boho chic your signature style? Do you find midcentury modern decor dreamy? Having an affinity for and buying vintage items keeps the earth green and is a great way to support local businesses. Whether you’re a hippie or a hipster at heart, we’ve found the coolest places all over town to buy 80s toys, amazing vintage bags and home decor–– even some dress-up for your next themed party! Read on for where to score some sweet vintage finds from boutiques to flea markets.
photo: Tracie M. via Yelp
Bad Madge & Company
The owner of this beautiful shop has a background in fashion and it shows. Vintage lovers will find a carefully curated collection of fashion, accessories, shoes, hats, collectibles and home goods. You’ll be inspired at this creative boutique to finding that perfect, quirky gift. Shoppers love their reasonable prices and personable, helpful staff.
2205 Fern St.
San Diego, Ca 92104
Frock You Vintage Boutique
Frock You will rock your wardrobe with authentic vintage outfits in mint condition. They organize outfits by decade and have a terrific collection of items from the 60s and 70s. Don’t miss their outdoor discounted racks with clothing and jewelry bargains. Can’t get enough vintage? Follow them on social media to find out about their ‘Huge Frocking Sales’ to score a bargain.
4121 Park Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92103
Toys From Yesteryear
photo: Replay Toys via Yelp
There’s something magical about sharing the love of your favorite toys with your own kids. Go on a treasure hunt for Strawberry Shortcake, Lite-Brite or Cabbage Patch kids at Replay Toys. Take a trip down memory lane as you spy shelves loaded with old favorites you’ll you’ll love and remember from your own childhood.
Good to know: Got a Littlest Pet Shop fan in the house? You’ll find just what you’re looking for among the shop’s great collection.
2920 North Park Way
San Diego Ca 92104
Everything Under the Sun: Flea Markets
San Diego Vintage Flea Market
In hipster heaven, AKA North Park, on the first Sunday every two months, a parking lot transforms into the coolest vintage flea market in town. Looking for bell bottoms? An antique tea set? Some rockin’ furniture? You’re bound to find it here. Upcoming market dates this year: May 6, July 1, Sept. 2, and Nov. 4.
Good to know: Bring cash. Not all vendors accept credit. Unless you’ve got major parking karma, pay to park in the garage across the street to save yourself some hassle.
Location: In the parking lot behind The Observatory.
Read our guide to exploring North Park with your family here.
2891 University Ave.
San Diego, Ca
Lucky Street Productions & Marketplace
Every Saturday and Sunday, a warehouse full of amazing vintage finds opens its doors to bargain seekers. This Oceanside gem is filled to the brim with estate sale fine jewelry, retro furniture, collectibles and more. The place is huge and can be overwhelming at first. (Just leaves more to explore next time). There’s something for everyone here. Keep this one in mind when you need a unique gift.
1722 South Coast Highway #3
Oceanside, Ca 92054
The Local Mercantile
The owner of this East county gem has turned an old feed store barn into a beauty of a boutique lit with chandeliers. You’ll find fun home decor, kitchenware galore, jewelry and accessories here. In addition to vintage shabby chic, look for their collection of up-cycled, repurposed furniture and decor from local artisans. If you love to create a one-of-a-kind look, this is your store.
13277 Hwy. 8 Business
El Cajon, Ca 92021
Home Sweet Home Decor
Love Seat Vintage Furniture
Love online shopping but hate the regret when something isn’t just right? Loveseat Vintage’s no hassle shopping has solved this problem. Their eclectic collection has everything you need to express your unique home style: armchairs, ottomans, lamps and coastal decor.
Here’s how it works: Browse their inventory online (It’s organized by style and type of furniture), pay online, go to the warehouse and try it out in person, love it and take it home (or have it delivered), or leave it and get a full refund. If you prefer, show up at the store and browse. You’ll find clean, quality items that are well-organized, everything you need to furnish your unique home.
Good to know: Make an offer instead of paying full price for most items. Be sure you love it! Zero returns after furniture leaves the store.
5035 Shawline St
San Diego, Ca 92111
photo: Spin Records via Yelp
Are you a DJ in disguise? If you remember spinning LPs on your parents’ record player, you might have your heart stolen by this record shop in La Mesa Village. The funky vibe mixes vinyl records and horror movies. You’ll find LPs, singles, tapes, posters and memorabilia. Go ahead, ride the wave of vinyl’s comeback, then spin some really cool tunes and impress your family.
8320 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, Ca 91942
Add some flair to a Sunday morning in Carlsbad Village. Take your time browsing through the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling selection of box sets, collector vinyl albums and tons of CDs.
370 Grand Ave.
Carlsbad, Ca 92008
Upcoming Vintage Market Events
Don’t miss the Arts, Crafts and Vintage Market at Bates Nut Farm Apr. 21 & 22 and the San Diego Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market on Jul. 14 & 15 to find even more treasures.
Note on vintage shopping: Because it takes patience to treasure hunt and many of the shops listed herein aren’t made with aisles to accommodate Target-sized carts in mind, you may want to skip the stroller and make this adventure one for an afternoon with your girlfriends or a shopping day with your older kiddos.
Where do you find vintage treasures in San Diego? Let us know in the comments!