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by Alexandra Bruzzese

If you're on the fence about buying and wearing vintage (after all, why would you want to spend that hard earned paycheck on something already used?) take a moment to consider the advantages. Purchasing vintage clothing guarantees an entirely unique addition to your wardrobe. Celebrities choose vintage on the red carpet to be absolutely sure that what they're wearing is one of a kind (Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts' Oscar dresses were both vintage). Buying vintage clothing is also an environmentally friendly option. Producing and shipping newly manufactured clothes leaves an enormous carbon footprint. When you go vintage, you're recycling! Lastly, vintage stores offer you the opportunity to find styles that by now are no longer produced and sold at your average store. If you're looking for glamorous sixties cat eye sunglasses or a neon eighties dress, your best bet is a vintage store. And of course, shopping vintage involves the “thrill of the chase.” You never know what you'll come across when rummaging through the racks or the bargains you'll find.
While it's easy to find luxury stores and trendy outlets in Rome (just stroll down Via del Corso), vintage stores tend to be more elusive. That being said, Rome is full of amazing vintage and second hand shopping: you just have to know where to look for them. Here are some of our favorite vintage stores in Rome.

Rome's Monti neighborhood offers a good number of vintage stores. Begin your hunt at Pifebo, where you'll find clothing and accessories for both men and women from the sixties through the nineties. If you're looking for vintage shoes, this store is for you: leather boots, flats, and heels crowd their shelves. Another advantage? Pifebo's staff is friendly and very available.
Open Monday-Saturday11 am - 2:30 pm and 4 - 9 pm
Via dei Serpenti 141 (Monti) tel 06 8901 5204

Blue Goose
A great place to find the perfect vintage dress with an ultrafeminine look (Holly Golightly would love it here) They also feature many designer handbags, shoes, and sunglasses (Versace and Yves St. Laurent to name a few) that have long been discontinued. If jewelry is your vice, the Blue Goose has you covered. Their brooches, earrings, and necklaces range from classic pearls to exhuberant costume jewelry. And the prices are reasonable!
Via del Boschetto 4 (Monti)  tel 06 4890 6738

King Size Vintage

Already a favorite in the San Lorenzo neighborhood, King Size has recently opened a second store in Monti. While some vintage stores tend to be cramped, King Size is spacious and well organized, so browsing is a pleasure.
Via del Boschetto 94 (Monti) tel 06 482 0495 Both locations open non-stop 11 am - 8:30 pm
Via dei Volsci 101 D (San Lorenzo) tel 06 491 092

This vintage store sets itself apart through its efforts to restore and repair their items before making them available to buyers. The owner, Fabrizio, has also been known to create and sell one-of-a-kind pieces. Colorful, vibrant, and adorned with pop art décor, Pulp's clothing is for those not afraid to make a statement.Open non-stop 9 am - 8 pm
Via del Boschetto 140 (Monti) tel 06 485 511

God Save the Look
According to owner Massimiliano Martinelli, God Save the Look's goal is to temporarily leave behind the frenetic world of today and be transported back in time. Rummaging through the store's pieces does just that: items from a variety of decades are available, many originally shipped in from London and Paris. Open Tuesday-Thursday 10:30 am– 2 pm and, 3:30-8 pm
Via Panisperna 227/A (Monti) tel 06 4825211

Cinzia's clothing and accessories date from the thirties through the eighties. Here you're bound to find your perfect pair of shoes. Cinzia's features vintage Converse and Adidas sneakers, as well as a variety of heels, flats, and boots. Ask for Elio, who will enthusiastically help you with your purchase. Open Monday-Saturday non-stop 10 am - 8 pm and Sunday 2 pm - 8 pm
Via del Governo Vecchio 45 (Piazza Navona) tel 06 683 2945

Both vintage and second hand clothing at reasonable prices. We found a black leather bag here for twelve euro — a steal! Credit cards accepted. Open Monday 3-8 pm, Tuesday-Friday 10:30 am- 8 pm; Saturday 10:30 -9 pm.
Via di San Francesco a Ripa 105A (Trastevere) tel 06 3105 0610

Tucked away on a side street near Campo dei Fiori, Bohemienne caters mostly to women but also has a nice selection of mens clothing. Their selection of vintage hats, gloves, and shoes is swoon-worthy. Co-owners Barbara and Cinzia are readily available to assist you.
Via dei Cappellari 96 (Campo de'Fiori) tel 06 688 04011

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