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Monday, 25 February 2013

Desert Flea Does Vintage Tucson

I am over the moon excited today as this is my first guest blogger.  I am really pleased to introduce you to Sara from Desert Flea who is taking us on a vintage tour around Tucson.  Check out all her fabulous vintage finds in her shop and get to know more about her and her loves on her wonderful blog.  

Vintage Tucson
by Sara from Desert Flea
It's hard to say what Tucson, Arizona is known for. We have a world famous Gem Show that occurs once a year, but apart from that it's pretty much just a minimum wage town in the middle of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. But what most people don't know is that Tucson is a goldmine for vintage and thrift shopping. Conditions in Tucson are just right for optimal vintage treasure hunting...  lots of elderly folk, not a lot of youths, extremely cheap and very little overall interest in vintage clothing by most citizens. This means that vintage and thrift stores aren't as picked through as thoroughly as stores you might find in L.A. or New York City. As a result, Tucson is filled with huge flea markets, stocked thrift stores and affordable vintage stores. The list of prime vintage shopping in Tucson could go on forever.... so I'll just share my top three...

Desert Vintage

I have lived in New York City for 4 years and have visited San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, OR many times, but I must say that one of the best collections of vintage can be found at Tucson's very own Desert Vintage. This little store goes back decades on Tucson's historic 4th ave, but it wasn't until a cute girl and boy duo took over and made it to what it is now. It's one of those stores where you walk in and everything you see is worth screaming over, and best of all, it's so affordable!

How Sweet it Was

Just down the road from Desert Vintage, another little shop that is always well stocked with amazing vintage finds goes by the name of How Sweet It Was. You can find almost anything in here... from flapper dresses to fur coats to western boots... this shop will not disappoint.

Betty Blue's Junk Shop

This little establishment doesn't look like much, but inside is a treasure trove of awesome vintage clothing, accessories, housewares and oddities. Tucked in an obscure part of Tucson, Betty Blue's Junk Shop makes you feel like you stumbled upon a secret garden of vintage goods. Best part of all is that the prices are so low that it makes you feel like you're robbing the place. 

Thank you so much Sara for showing us around, I would love to go to all of these shops!

If you would love to guest blog on Chantal Loves Vintage and show us around your vintage town or city then please email me.  I can tell you now that you are all going to make me very very jealous!


  1. Thanks for sharing your journey! We've been treasure hunting in Phoenix, but haven't made it as far as Tucson yet.

  2. Definitely make it down to T-town!! And if you have more time, definitely try to check out Thee Collection Agency and Razzle Dazzle!

  3. Wow! and Tucson is only two hours away for me. Love the availability of vintage cowboy boots.

    Thanks for sharing.


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