Young, creative businesspeople in Wynwood and beyond are expanding the phenomenon of the pop-up market, night-time flea-style strips of artisans, food vendors, DIY fashion designers and more. But one particular segment that’s slowly and markedly growing is that of the pop-up vintage clothing dealer.
Only a few brick-and-mortar vintage clothing stores have truly prospered in Miami, and many focus on higher-end goods, like Fly Boutique or C. Madeleine’s. At the pop-up shops, though, resellers curate collections that are more affordable and perhaps more everyday appealing to the average boho.
“The dream is certainly to open up a space of our own, but pop-ups really offer a great alternative for someone like us just getting things going,” says Vanessa Haim, owner of online and pop-up shop Dopedoll Vintage. “Even the more veteran sellers I know have a pop-up presence; it’s the perfect place to put a face to the name.”
Popping up at temporary, one-off locations from concerts to group art shows to bars, these shops offer everything from band shirts to psych-rock-style fringed leather jackets. Here’s a guide to five shops selling around town.
The look: Rock and roll with both a slightly gothy and glamorous bent. “Dopedoll was my blog name. I was influenced from reading vintage ‘50s and ‘60s paperback drug novels and their cover art, so I take a lot of the styling from that era — pin up & rock-a-billy fashion,” says owner Vanessa Haim. “I don’t like to stay too confined to just one look; I have lots of other era finds. The overall image of Dopedoll: a model of a human being that is cool, fresh, or trendy.”
Unique buys: Besides dresses and tops that fit that aesthetic outlined above, Dopedoll stocks a quickly changing selection of unique shoes, as well as plenty of handmade jewelry to accessorize everything else.
Where to find: At the Vagabond Friday night for a party thrown by local blog Tropicult. Visit facebook.com/Dopedollvintage for details.
Hustle Rose Vintage
The look: A little bit of bygone, sun-bleached South Florida — there are a bunch of ‘70s wrap dresses and crop tops here, but all with a decidedly feminine, almost prim and proper look. Nearly everything is hot weather-friendly and slyly innocent-looking.
Unique buys: Hustle Rose is known on the local crafty scene for its Florida-themed rings, repurposing old buttons, souvenirs, and trinkets into wearable finger art. This shop also offers a fun selection of vintage housewares.
Where to find: This one’s technically based in Fort Lauderdale, but you can find Hustle Rose pop-ups at Wynwood hot spots like Gramps. Check etsy.com/shop/hustlerosevintage or @hustlerosevintage on Instagram for upcoming dates.
Total Recall Vintage
The look: Owners Christine Bourie and Patrick DeCarlo describe their look as “cyber-punk” and “electro glam.” Think retro-futurism as filtered through the ‘80s and early ‘90s, mixed with tough-girl vintage sports memorabilia and plenty of body-conscious selections. Come here if you like mesh shirts, cutoff shorts, bustiers and the kind of old gems that popular national online retailers like Nasty Gal try to recreate.
Unique buys: Scads of ‘80s and ‘90s basketball and baseball shirts, repurposed to flatter a female silhouette; cocaine-glam bodysuits and cocktail dresses.