6 top shops to find designer vintage fashion and accessories

A display at C. Madeleine's in North Miami Beach. Photograph by Agata Rek.
A display at C. Madeleine's in North Miami Beach. Photograph by Agata Rek.

Finding an amazing, high-end vintage shop or consignment boutique in Miami has never been easier. Here are six of our favorite local stores to seek out designer bags, shoes, dresses, sunglasses, accessories and more that are just as on-trend now as they were back in the day.

The House of Findings

Owner Mayra Gonzalez has been roaming the world for three years in search of the perfect vintage pieces. And now she’s opening a shop in Miami. The House of Findings carries a luxe vintage inventory that is constantly changing with brands like Chanel, Emilio Pucci and Gaultier. But the wares also reflect the cultures and places Gonzalez has visited. The shop is filled with upcycle and handmade pieces from local artists and designers who she’s met on her travels. From clothing and handbags to bric-a-brac and small furnishings, The House of Findings has it all.

The store will be one of the retailers at Upper Buena Vista. The artisanal business collective complete with retail, wellness and hospitality concepts is located just north of Miami’s Design District and Buena Vista neighborhoods, and will open its doors in February.

5030 Northeast Second Avenue, Miami;

The House of Findings hosted pop-up shops on Lincoln Road and elsewhere before opening a permanent boutique at Upper Buena Vista.

Style Saves

It started as a nonprofit with a mission of uniting fashion and philanthropy to help underprivileged students with necessary items like school supplies, uniforms and clothing. Through its fashion-focused events it has been raising funds since 2011. Last year, Style Saves moved its headquarters to the heart of Wynwood and added a discounted designer store. Brands such as Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa and Carolina Herrera are staples, and all proceeds from the store support students in need from around the county. It can’t get better than giving back while you shop.

225 Northwest 26th Street, Miami; 305-721-2744;

Style Saves in Wynwood.

Consign of the Times

Don’t call it a vintage store. Consign of the Times is a contemporary consignment haven with two locations that resells luxury on-trend brands. Its most sought-after items are Chanel purses, but it also carries clothing, accessories and shoes from designers like Louis Vuitton, Céline, Hermès and Prada. Owner Carin Kirby describes her shop as basically the first floor of Neiman Marcus. After retiring from the restaurant business, she opened her first store in 2002 and takes her business very personal. Kirby is picky about her inventory and has the experience to assure her clients that the items they are buying are authentic and priced fairly.

1935 West Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-535-0811; and 6931 Red Road, South Miami; 305-667-6675;

Consign of the Times.

What Goes Around Comes Around

When it opened the doors of its first Miami satellite shop, What Goes Around Comes Around brought with it true New York style and global vintage fashion. Featuring an extensive collection of exquisite pieces from Chanel, Gucci, Missoni and Hermès, the 1,300-square-foot space is perfect for the most discerning customers. The shop also carries rare, one-of-a-kind and collectable vintage pieces. Since opening the New York City flagship store in 1993, WGACA has made a name for itself as an expert retailer in vintage pieces from some of the world’s most coveted fashion houses.

1800 Bay Road; Miami Beach; 305-271-6200;

What Goes Around Comes Around.

C. Madeleine’s

Walking into C. Madeleine’s is like taking a step back in time to every amazing fashion moment from the past 100 years. It’s 10,000 square feet of lavish, unforgettable and very beautiful pieces. The store is organized into decades with fun and chic vignettes welcoming you into each one. Everyone from loyal customers, stylists and celebrities comes here to just be in the presence of some of the world’s most famed and special designers — and to find a perfect vintage piece or two, of course.

13702 Biscayne Boulevard; North Miami Beach; 305-945-7770;

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C. Madeleine's. Photograph by Olga Capella.

Fly Boutique

Owners Jean Marie and Max have been married for 10 years and have collected a vast inventory of vintage and consignment pieces mixed in with new designer threads. Their original store opened in 1996 on Miami Beach, but in 2012 they moved Fly Boutique to its current location on Biscayne. The shop carries high-end clothing and accessories from brands like Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Gucci alongside vintage furniture and décor. The couple’s two favorite pieces they have ever acquired are a rare 1970s Gucci logo jacket and an Overman recliner.

7235 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 305-604-8508;

Miami fashion blogger Jenny Lopez in vintage from Fly Boutique.

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