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Model Bethany Silva in a gown from Farwell Antiques, Tyngsboro.
Photo by Tory Germann, at Mill No. 5.

By The Howl Street Team

Got a penchant for preloved loot? We do. That’s why we’ve rounded up our picks of the area’s best spots for finding vintage fashion, retro treasures and deals aplenty. Happy shopping!


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Croquet Set from Abby’s

Abby’s Treasures
70 Gorham St., Lowell | 978-455-9941
Croquet anyone? You’ll find a little bit of everything from clothes and shoes to funky furniture and retro games at Abby’s.

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Vintage purse by desginer Barbara Bolan at BackRoom

The BackRoom
167 Market St., Lowell | 978-828-9353
You won’t come across a better selection of vintage clothes in the area. Tucked in the back of The Zeitgeist art gallery, fashions hand picked by owner Jan  Zawodny — including some high-end designer labels — span the 1940s to the 1980s.  

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Vintage Vanity at Consignment Corner

Consignment Corner 
17 Groton Road, Chelmsford | 978-251-7130
Three buildings packed with reasonably priced home furnishings and loads of accessories, including estate jewelry.

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Vintage gown from Farwell Antiques. Photo by Tory Germann.

Farwell Antiques
9 Kendall Rd., Tyngsboro | 978-846-2271
Hunting for retro treasures is always fun at this Tyngsboro antiques shop, where you’ll find plenty of groovy furniture and some great clothes, like the beautiful vintage evening gown shown on model Bethany Silva that was a sweet score for under $100.  

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RCA Nipper & Chipper shaker set from Found

33A Middle St., Lowell | 978-654-5059
A funky haven for antiques and quirky collectibles like hip-gyrating Elvis dolls, metal lunch boxes, pink flamingo lawn ornaments and a whole lot more. 

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Mingya Valley T from Retro Valley Clothing

Retro Valley Clothing Co.
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Founded by “two valley kids,” Adam Gingras and Jason Robito, Retro Valley Clothing Co. is a nostalgia trip to earlier days via T-shirts, hats and bags bearing logos from now defunct businesses including Tew-Mac Airport, Whalom Park and Bradlees to name a few. 

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Sabel Fur from Vintage Mill City

Vintage Mill City 
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Founded by Howl Photographer and treasure hunter extraordinaire, Lindsay Nolin, Vintage Mill City is a new second hand clothing shop on Etsy filled with preloved pieces from top deisgners like Dolce & Gabanna to one-of-a-kind specialty items that traveled around the world before finding a home in your closet.  

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Anniversary Barbie from Shank’s Mare

Shank’s Mare Thrift Shop
306 Boston Road, North Billerica | 978-663-9933
A cozy space loaded with cool throwbacks from furniture and clothes to retro toys like the vintage bathing Barbie pictured above. 



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HOWL Street Team

Exploring everything from food and shopping to arts and entertainment so you can experience the best of what Greater Lowell has to offer.