13 BIPOC-owned vintage and secondhand stores to shop at this holiday season

A win for the environment, small businesses, and your loved ones.

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to fill you with existential dread. As many of us try to reorient our relationship to capitalism, shopping at vintage or secondhand stores is a win-win-win: It’s better for the environment, an easy way to support small businesses, and a chance to get your loved ones truly meaningful and unique gifts.

Instead of resorting to generic presents from Amazon, do your holiday shopping at these BIPOC-owned vintage and secondhand stores. Most of these are local businesses, but many sell online (or via Instagram) and ship nationwide.

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New York City

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Busy Upcycle

Busy Upcycle offers a treasure trove of affordable vintage and upcycled clothes, accessories, and home goods. They’re currently preparing to launch an online shop and brick-and-mortar store in Manhattan’s Lower East Side — but for now, you can shop their impossibly chic collection online via Chop Suey Club, a boutique known for showcasing contemporary Chinese designs.

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Blk Mkt Vintage

BLK MKT Vintage has a famous store in Brooklyn, but they also take orders online. Every item — including vintage tees, art, and home decor — is carefully curated by founders Jannah Handy and Kiyanna Stewart with one mission in mind: to “represent the richness of Black history and lived experience,” according to their website.

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Dauphinette

Teetering the line between vintage and high fashion, Dauphinette founder Olivia Cheng takes second-hand clothes and repurposes them to create playful and loud (in the best way) garments. I’m a huge fan of her jewelry, especially the gold plated mini pepper earring. You can shop Dauphinette online or at one of their two New York City locations.

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San Francisco

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Mandana Blvd

This beloved San Francisco staple was founded by New York couple Cristina Ramos and Nu Goteh after they realized buying nice furniture and home decor in the city was too damn expensive. Together, they’ve curated an ethereal collection of vintage pieces, always with a contemporary twist. Order via their website or DM them on Instagram if you see something you like.

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Atlanta

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Yuris Market

Yuris Market, which is on the higher end of the vintage spectrum, boasts the types of pieces you would wear to turn heads. Browsing through their online store feels like what I imagine Charlie must have felt in the Chocolate Factory: In just a few minutes of scrolling, I stumbled upon a vinyl Comme des Garçons see-through vest, a Dolce & Gabbana suede top, and a Fendi Zucca shirt.

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Los Angeles

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LA Retro Girl

What started out as a Poshmark shop in 2017 has since become a staple of L.A.’s second-hand fashion scene. Founded by Monique Gatillon, LA Retro Girl focuses primarily on dresses and jumpsuits inspired by the trends of the 1960s and 70s. She ships nationwide, so just follow her on Instagram and DM the page to order.

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Cool & Casual Studios

Cool and Casual Studios has one mission: Make vintage fashion accessible. Their style matches the name, with lots of wool, linen, silk, and cotton. Via social media, they told me they’re currently selling through Instagram as they gear up for their next chapter, but you can DM them to make an appointment to shop in-person.

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LunaSol Mexican Vintage

Janelle Gonzales opened LunaSol Mexican Vintage in L.A.’s Uptown Whittier neighborhood in 2004 to celebrate Chicanx culture in the city that helped create it. The neighborhood staple feels like it’s part museum, part my tia’s house, and part antique store. LunaSol is brimming with treasures from southern Mexican states like Chiapas and Oaxaca, as well as original pieces by Mexican artists. Shop their L.A. location or via their Instagram page.

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Louisiana

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The Lam Label

The Lam Label flips everything you thought you knew about home decor on its head and has a lot of fun in the process — making even salt shakers and clocks exciting. If you shop this Louisiana-based online store (which also ships internationally), you’ll definitely find cute and cheeky items that will become the centerpiece of someone’s home.

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Dallas

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Oluchi Vintage

This Dallas-based online business epitomizes the intersection of comfort and style, ranging from casual wear to chic looks for a night out. Every Friday, the store drops new items, so be ready — each piece is one-of-a-kind and sells out fast.

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Houston

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Imperial

This Houston-based vintage store, which also sells online, screams Americana with a tangy Texas twist. In addition to selling 90s-era clothes that will tug at your heart strings (I’m ready to snatch one of their Selena tees), the store also displays art by local artists. Their ethos is to create “nostalgia in a modern setting,” and they’re nailing it.

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Chicago

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The Reinvintage Collection

Owned and led by Zena Bryant, The Reinvintage Collection has been endorsed by countless celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Rihanna. The shop specializes in handbags, accessories, and women’s clothing and curates carefully-selected designer collections — with new items added weekly. You can browse and shop Reinvintage online.

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Thrilling

Thrilling is essentially the antithesis of Amazon, serving as an online host for more than 400 boutiques across the U.S. — and 95% of their items come from women- and/or BIPOC-owned vintage stores. You can buy unique vintage and secondhand finds through the site, which was founded by Shilla Kim-Parker and Brad Mallow, but the products are sold and shipped directly from those small businesses.

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