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Where To Shop For Vintage In Frederick Maryland



One of my first dates with Thomas as a walk through downtown Lancaster poking around some of the little shops there that specialized in vintage. When he came back to visit me on subsequent trips to the states it became a tradition of ours to go vintage and antique shopping in various cities. My parents first introduced me to vintage shopping, so while we were visiting them over Christmas it only made sense for our whole family to go treasure hunting through some of our favorite haunts. Since most of my family is from Maryland on this trip we set our sights on Frederick. While tiny hole-in-the-wall vintage shops can hold some great treasures, I really love antique malls where loads of vendors are housed under one roof and you can wander for hours finding the most random things. For me vintage shopping is as much about the experience--a day out, looking at and sharing weird finds with your companions--as what I actually end up buying or walking away with. Even so on this occasion we went home with much lighter wallets and fun purchases that quite filled our suitcases to the brim! Below is a short guide to some of Frederick's vintage shops; although I'm no longer stateside I'm working on guides for some of my favorite vintage haunts in Pennsylvania.

My Three Favorite Vintage Shops in Frederick Maryland: 
1. Cannon Hill Place Antiques: This is our favorite vintage and antique store in Frederick. A short walk off the main shopping street and you'll find this shop filled to the brim with interesting finds from an eclectic range of vendors (vintage clothing is directly in the front door to your left). Perhaps because it's not on the main street, I also find the prices here to be more reasonable/competitive than other shops in Frederick.
2. Venus In The Half Shell: If you're looking purely for vintage clothing, then this is the shop for you. Incredible finds from a variety of decades and all in excellent condition. It's smaller than the other shops on this list because it just a clothing speciality shop, but it's really lovely and packed with both men and women's clothing. The men's selection is nearly as large as the women's racks, which I don't usually find when vintage shopping.
3. Emporium Antiques: This antique shop is enormous! It houses more than 100 different vendors in a 55,000 square foot warehouse from the early 1900s. It's easy to get lost in here for several hours and there's a pretty good selection of vintage clothing throughout the store, as well as one stall specializing in vintage clothes and accessories. This shop has the largest selection of vintage jewelry of the three; so if you're looking for vintage brooches or rings go here.


12 comments:

Carolyn said...

I just moved to Philadelphia and I would love to see a guide on PA vintage places!

Rebecca Jane said...

One of my favourite activities in the whole world is visiting and poking around through vintage and antique shops - and you've photographed these so beautifully!

Rachel Elizabeth said...

I love exploring shops like this! It is the best. And that outfit is gorgeous, I really want that green coat!

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Claudia said...

Such beautiful photos!

Jessie Link said...

I love this list! Beautiful photos, too. I live around 40 minutes from Frederick, so I will be sure to check these stores out.

Rae said...

My hometown!!! I might add that some of our downtown thrift and charity shops usually have some vintage gems too!

Shapeofagirlinla said...

Love this! I grew up in Maryland for a good chunk of my life so this makes me want to go back and check these out. :-)

Katie Lee said...

Great tips and gorgeous photos!

Katie | katielikeme.com

Sophie said...

One of the things I envy the most people living in the US is having so many vintage stuff! It looks like a paradise. Finding quality vintage goods in my country is so hard :(

Style Bits & Bobs of M.E. said...

I have to check this out. I'm from Maryland and I'm always looking for cool new vintage shops. :-)

Clare K. R. Miller said...

Wow, I had no idea there were vintage shops in Frederick too! Next time you're in Maryland, you should check out Ellicott City--it's full of antiques! Plus it's a really fun little town.

Anonymous said...

I´m from Sweden and know some people who lives in Fredrick, so when I visit them i will go to these vintage shops:) I don´t wanna play a detective but I noticed that the books you photographt in the picture with the horse are swedish ones, how weird...:P