Published: 02/11/2011 by Sandi M.

Famous author Oscar Wilde once said “fashion is so ugly that we have to change it every six months”… Or you could just shop vintage instead! Burbank has a plethora of boutique and unique vintage clothing stores.  Wearing vintage clothing is a great way to break away from whatever’s trendy in this exact moment. Burbank’s vintage shopping district will surprise you with massive varieties of very impressive clothing.

First of all, let us not get vintage stores confused with thrift stores, as vintage store owners would cringe at the thought of it. Vintage stores, although second hand like thrift stores, have a higher quality of hand-selected older merchandise gathered from places such as estate sales. Vintage is usually a little more expensive, but significantly nicer and more fashionable.


The most impressive vintage option in Burbank is Playclothes. Within its large interior and multiple rooms, every single square inch is used to neatly display all sorts of relics, from gorgeous clothing to ancient accessories. One could get lost in here for hours. Most items and clothes have small tags with dates attached indicating the era each piece comes from. The men’s clothing selection is large and sharp. Many full bottles of men’s cologne from the 1950s and 60s were on display, incase anyone’s looking for that perfect vintage smell. There are literally hundreds of shoes, purses, furs, gloves, and hats… and not just regular hats. These are the kind of hats, well-crafted  with serious fashion, that they just don’t make anymore. There’s enough glamorous clothing here to make Solomon blush.

Hubba Hubba

Hubba Hubba is a vintage store that specializes in clothing from the 1960s and prior. You will not find anything from the 70s, 80s, 90s, or now. The owner personally searches for merchandise, only hand-selecting items from Hubba Hubba’s specialized eras. I was very impressed to learn that sometimes the popular hit show Mad Men purchases wardrobe here for its cast. With a dense selection of treasures, this is a great place to check if you’re looking for one-of-a-kind items. With almost 30 years of business, they know what they’re doing.

Junk For Joy

Junk For Joy is a great place to scour for fun gifts and random items. Wigs, poodle skirts, pimp suits, and “Haz Mat” gear (a little weird, I know) are just a few of the things you could expect to find. There are also tons of accessory items such as belts. Prices are very cheap, for example women’s 70’s and 80’s blouses are only $3.

Unique Vintage

This boutique stood out based on the outstanding selection of fabulous items, especially women’s dresses. I wanted everything I could get my hands on. Unique Vintage is not actually a “vintage” store, as all of their merchandise is brand new. Unique Vintage carries “fabulous vintage inspired clothing” hand-crafted by various professional designers that specialize in vintage and classic pin-up looks. The brand new clothing here is pricier than standard vintage, but rest assured that these are top quality pieces that you can’t find anywhere else.

There are more beautiful vintage stores on and around Magnolia Blvd that can’t all be mentioned. So, this is not meant to be an exclusive list of only the best vintage stores in Burbank, but it can serve as a great starting point to some hot, timeless fashion.

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