Since moving to Indy three years ago, I have fallen in love with the vintage scene here. Some of my best Saturdays have been spent exploring antique markets and discovering hidden treasures. As the spring weather starts making an appearance (cross your fingers it stays), I have a sudden urge to shop – and I’m sure I’m not alone.
Whether you’re visiting the city for a long weekend, or just taking a day trip, I highly recommend checking out the following vintage shops. And in case you’re feeling extra ambitious and want to visit all four in one day, I created an itinerary just for you.
Venture over to Broad Ripple and explore Broad Ripple Vintage. Dig through the immense offering of fun and funky vintage clothing and accessories.
“For the past 12 years, Broad Ripple Vintage has offered fun and funky vintage clothing and accessories to the Indianapolis, Ind. area. We are one of the largest dealers of vintage clothing and accessories for men and women in Indiana, specializing in the 1940s to the 1980s. Whether you need a costume or just want to spruce up your wardrobe, we have something for everybody.”
Homespun: Modern Handmade
After a 10:45 am check out at Lilly’s, head over to the eclectic Mass Ave. for contemporary handmade goods at Homespun. This real-life Etsy shop boasts products from more than 200 artists, crafters, and makers. Products range from jewelry to bath & body care, artisan foods to quirky stationary, and housewares to apparel. I love the touches of Indy throughout the store – especially the Indy-inspired artwork that will most definitely fill the walls of my downtown apartment next year.
Midland Arts & Antiques Market
My jaw dropped when I first walked into the Midland Arts & Antiques Market. Leave the rest of your afternoon open to explore this two story factory filled with 200 independent art and antique dealers from around the Midwest. One of my favorite finds has been an old-school pull down map, think Pinterest-inspired wall décor. And my favorite place in the market is the breathtaking room full of chandeliers. Take your time exploring the rest of the market with endless booths of books, furniture, art, albums and more.
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