I learned this weekend that if you want to delve in to vintage clothing culture in Austin, you have to make your way over to the North Loop area. The place is lined with unique stores that offer something for every type of vintage clothing shopper.
This weekend I found my way to Ermine Vintage to get a taste of the vintage scene, and I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Elizabeth Anderson, started the store last August. She had been dabbling in wholesale vintage sale for a few years but decided to branch out and have a place of her own.
“My philosophy is to make vintage clothing accessible,” said Anderson. “I love the treasure hunt aspect of it.”
Anderson hand selects all the items and unlike many other vintage stores, takes care to wash, steam and refurbish most of them. “I do alterations for some of the clothes before I put them out, but I don’t do them for the general public,” she said.
The store carries everything from dresses and blouses from the 60s to 70s style eyewear. It carries clothing in all sizes for both men and women.
One thing I absolutely loved about the store was the fact that the items are sorted according to modern-day sizes. Anderson said that she uses J.C. Penny’s sizing system to organize the clothes. She said it makes it easier for customers to make their way through the store. I can definitely attest to that.I can also say that this issue is something that thwarted some of my vintage-shopping excursions in the past. I really enjoy searching for a good find, but I’d rather not take all day to do it. If you share that sentiment, Ermine’s got you covered.
If you love vintage clothes, but you don’t want to sacrifice organization, Ermine Vintage is the place for you.