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Vintage clothing stores that your wardrobe has been waiting for

When you walk across the University of Oregon campus it is easy to see just how quirky Oregon clothing styles are. Oregon’s unique fashion trends have become famous as part of the Pacific Northwest culture, just behind coffee shops, hipsters and waterfall hikes. Residents of Eugene in particular have acquired a fashion identity unlike any other, and much of that comes from vintage or used clothing. Keep these five stores in mind next time you’re searching for a new vintage outfit to bolster your wardrobe.

Eugene Jeans, 132 E 13th Ave.

Opened by Tim and Barbara Long in 1991, Eugene Jeans has been serving the retro clothing community for quite some time. Through a perfect combination of organization and chaos, this shop gives customers an eyeful of color and quirky options. You may leave with exactly what you were looking for or a little bit of everything you didn’t realize that you needed. The owners are friendly, upbeat and willing to help with any of your vintage clothing needs.

Buffalo Exchange, 131 E 5th St.

With locations around the country, Buffalo Exchange is known by many vintage and used clothing seekers. Buffalo Exchange as a whole has often been criticized for pickiness by the people trying to sell their clothing there, but it is because of the store’s narrow acceptance rate that shoppers can find truly special clothing items. Often in perfect condition, the items found in Buffalo Exchange range from a level of quirky that you may have never encountered before to brands and trends that everyone recognizes.

Flipside Apparel Exchange, 1968 Marcola Rd
., Springfield

Flipside Apparel Exchange opened in 2009 and quickly built up a clear brand identity. The store’s clothing options are focused toward women but have such diversity that its offerings can fit with any woman’s unique sense of style. Flipside’s social media presence is very strong and its Facebook page can give any wary vintage shopper an idea of what to look for. Overall, the style and aesthetic of this shop is very appealing to college-aged vintage clothing shoppers.

St. Vincent de Paul, 555 High St

If you are on the hunt for vintage or used clothing and also want to help your community, St. Vincent De Paul was meant for you. Spread across Oregon, St. Vincent de Paul is a nonprofit organization working to assist those in need with money from purchases going toward affordable housing, emergency services and more. The clothing options in this particular location are distinctly diverse, ranging from winter coats to formal dresses to shoes galore. You may leave the store with items that you never knew your wardrobe was craving.

Area 51-50 Clothing, 277 W. 8th Ave

Started in 2013, this clothing store was originally a pop-up t-shirt stand in Eugene, but popularity led to the opening of this permanent location. Still, a great place to find intriguing vintage tees, Area 51-50 Clothing offers a combination of clothing items and accessories, such as sunglasses and hats. The store’s eclectic offerings ensure that anyone can find something they will connect with and want to add to their wardrobe. Area 51-50 also doubles as an art gallery displaying local artists’ work and often participates in Eugene’s First Friday Art Walk. 

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Leanne Harloff

Leanne Harloff