Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

South Side's Vintage Vibe

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

South Side's Vintage Vibe

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There's a lot of history on Pittsburgh's South Side. All along East Carson Street, mom-and-pop shops and mainstream retailers breathe new life into its storied bars and storefronts.

It's no surprise, then, that this historic neighborhood has a soft spot for vintage clothing. If you wax nostalgic for the trends of decades past, here are a few places to shop:

Three Rivers Vintage

After a career working for one of the nation's largest Halloween retailers, Scott Johnson decided it was time for a change.

"I woke up one February morning and said, 'I'm going to open a store on the South Side.' It was as simple as that."

That quiet epiphany turned into Three Rivers Vintage, a 3-year-old shop that specializes in men's and women's apparel and accessories from the 1870s through the 1970s. Here you'll find everything from a $12 top to a $400 flapper dress from the '20s, and there's no shortage of purses, hats, umbrellas, estate jewelry, ties, sunglasses and boots from yesteryear.

If it's got a "cool factor" and it's from that century, chances are Mr. Johnson will be interested. He welcomes walk-ins and makes home appointments for larger collections to add to his inventory.

1716 E. Carson St., South Side. Hours: noon-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, noon-8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Information: 412-431-2140.

Highway Robbery Vintage

Trends from the 1980s and '90s may be having a resurgence, but they're always in style at Highway Robbery Vintage.

Owner Kate Colussy has curated a treasure trove of funky printed separates, flowing boho frocks, acid-wash denim, metallic jumpsuits and more eye candy from the '50s through the early 1990s. The store turned 6 years old in September.

"I always wore and collected vintage growing up and worked a ton of retail," she says. …

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