It might be the new year, but we're taking it back...way back. Vintage is king in Cortland County, and we've got the low down on the best places to find everything from retro ware to antique decor. So, strap in and hold on to your wallets; we're ready to do the time warp.
Open Friday 10-5pm or by appointment
136 Main St, Cortland NY
Sam Daniels of Elfcup has put the fun in funky. Heavily influenced by the trends of the 60s and 70s, this groovy little shop specializes in retro clothing. While her selection spans from 1920 to the 2020s, the space has a decidedly bohemian vibe. Locally made macramé plant hangers and glittering stained glass fill the windows. Handmade soaps fill the room with a heady woody scent, and old-school velvet art completes the vibe. The racks are jam pack with everything from Gwen Stefani worthy cotton floral dresses and fringe-adorned leather jackets to vintage furs and velvet kitten heels. For the finishing touch, shop Elfcup's selection of handmade jewelry. Inspired by classic vintage designs, these pieces will stay on trend for generations to come.
LOT 1 VINTAGE
79 Main St, Cortland NY
The trends of the 90s are back, and Lot 1 Vintage has cornered the market. From band tees and flannels to Levis and Carhart, each piece is perfectly patinaed and perfectly broken in. Whether you're looking to recapture the grunge scene, iconic 90s prep, or searching for retro sports apparel, Lot 1 has it in spades. Clothes are carefully curated, the selves reflecting the season and burgeoning trends. Lot 1 has a fantastic selection of both men's and women's clothing, including vintage shoes and hats.
2 Wall Street, Homer NY
Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm
Cane-backed chairs, glittering rainbow displays of vintage colored glass, gilded mirrors, and shiny brass fixtures are all making their way back into homes again. Gone are the day of decorating with cheap throwaway fashion. Over the past few years, homes have become our havens, and homeowners are scouring thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops searching for the perfect timeless pieces to accent their spaces. Gail's Antiques is a Cortland County staple. Her color-coordinated window displays catch the eyes of Homer pedestrians, begging us to come peruse. The space is small but cleverly curated. The eclectic displays mix textures, colors, and eras, encouraging the viewer to think outside the box. Whether you are searching for unique kitchen wear worthy of open-shelf displays or vintage books and trinkets to line your library shelves, Gails is the place.
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