There are a lot of ways to use Instagram — this, we know. You have free reign to delve 92 weeks deep into the enthralling life of a Cool Teen™ or the cousin of the ex-girlfriend of the dude you met at summer camp in 1998 who you recently ran into on the subway. The platform, as we've all experienced, is as widely useful for such personal research tasks as it is for, say, moodboard-ing or, if you're a casting agent, culling the next generation of modeling talent. But on a personal level, Instagram is great for pleasure purposes, too. (Get your mind out of the gutter.) I'm talking about shopping — i.e., buying stuff for yourself because you deserve it — which, thanks to Instagram, can now be done with the scroll of your thumb via smartphone.
In that vein, a whole new legion of secondhand and vintage stores — with brick-and-mortar locations, mind you — have transferred their retail prowess to the photo sharing app. Here, dedicated shoppers and curious followers alike can browse the boutiques' offerings in a manner that's neither intrusive nor unexciting. See something you like? Many allow you to buy right there, straight from your device.
And so, for your own perusal, we've listed 13 of the best places to shop secondhand and vintage clothing on Instagram, from Desert Vintage in Tuscon to Gossamer in Los Angeles. Your next vintage treasure is just a double-tap away.
The Vintage Twin @thevintagetwin
The unofficial outfitter of downtown cool-girls like Bella Hadid, Danielle Bernstein and Courtney Trop, New York City's The Vintage Twin — which hosts frequent pop-up shops — features a bevy of high-waisted denim, sun-kissed flannels and authentic, old-school band tees. If you're in the market for a 1960s-era varsity jacket or a mint-condition mink coat, this place just became your new go-to.
Fox & Fawn Bushwick @foxandfawnbushwick
With two Brooklyn locations — one in Bushwick and another in Greenpoint — Fox & Fawn has a loyal, ever-growing following of shoppers who come to its Instagram feed for a daily dose of designer goods. With duds like a Marc Jacobs bustier and a witchy Diane von Furstenberg maxi dress both going for $43, respectively, the prices at this staple simply can't be beat.
Georgia NYC Vintage @georgianycvintage
A staple of the Lower East Side, Georgia NYC Vintage's Instagram account brings its Orchard Street magic to the palm of your hand. A brief scroll will show users the cream of Georgia's crop, from groovily printed minidresses to zoomy, midnight blue polos, all of which we want to buy up ASAP.
Lost and Found Vintage @lostandfoundvintage
Based just outside of Detroit, Lost and Found Vintage has built a sizable following with its impressive mix of retro pieces from decades past, including baby-doll dresses from the 1930s and a whole mess of slouchy Levi's 501. There's a good amount of Midwestern flair, too, like summer camp T-shirts from the 1950s and classic graphic sweatshirts for chilly Michigan nights.
Desert Vintage @desertvintage
In one of the most aesthetically pleasing feeds of the bunch, Tucson's Desert Vintage features one of the widest arrays of inventory in this roundup. One brief scroll reveals an exquisite 1920s-era flapper dress, a vibrant, printed Oscar de la Renta silk frock, a dreamy kimono wrap blouse and more.
Shareen Vintage @shareendotcom
If you live in New York City, you're likely familiar with Shareen Vintage, which outfits some of the island's coolest "It" girls. Have you ever seen a bodysuit as romantic as this ornate lace situation, or a top as red-hot as this sequined number from the 1980s?
Waiste Vintage @waiste_vintage
Are you a fan of Coachella, flower headbands, floaty tunics or fringed suede jackets? You're in luck, because the U.K.'s Waiste Vintage stocks all that and more. Plus, a number of our favorite free-spirited dream-girls — Jane Birkin, Anita Pallenberg, Françoise Hardy — make an appearance on the feed every now and then.
Raleigh Vintage @raleighvintage
Coming straight at you from North Carolina, Raleigh Vintage boasts a substantial following — certainly one of the largest of this list — and from first glance, it's easy to see why. We're talking tooled leather purses from the 1950s, high-waisted denim flares from the 1960s and oversized straw hats from the 1930s.
Coco & Orange @cocoandorange
This appointment-only vintage shop in Florida carries quite a few gems, like this plush patchwork coin purse and this ruffled wrap dress, both of which are ideal for the Sunshine State's warm temperatures or, you know, anywhere else on the globe.
Feathers Boutique @feathersboutiquevintage
There's nothing more stereotypically Austin than Feathers Boutique in the Texas capital, and that's a good — nay, great — thing. While much of the retailer's offerings are, as mentioned, very Austin-appropriate (ahem, this flared denim jumpsuit), there are plenty of goodies available for more classic, less adventurous folk.
Vacation Vintage @shopvacationvintage
Sold worldwide, Vacation Vintage works easier than most Instagram sellers. All shoppers must do to claim their item is leave their email and zip code in the comments; a PayPal invoice then follows. Getting your hands on that perfect alpaca-knit sweater truly couldn't be more straightforward.
Gossamer, based in downtown Los Angeles, has built a hugely successful brand on what it describes as "ethereal garments and pretty things" — and they're not wrong. Their feed is a vintage lover's dream, all lacy silk robes in blush and pearly whites and cornflower blue chiffon dresses with beaded embellishments. Even if you don't plan on doing some shopping, this account is worth a follow.
Amarcord Vintage Fashion @amarcordvintage
With stores in Manhattan's Soho and Brooklyn's Williamsburg, Amarcord Vintage Fashion has been in the business for 15 years, with one of the most recognizable inventories in New York City. Teensy Gucci bags from the 1970s mingle with lurid, velvet Dolce & Gabbana maxi dresses, with many more styles and silhouettes in between.