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The Quick Short North Vintage Shopping Guide

In my humble opinion, there's nothing better than good vintage and artisan shopping. So, finding fabulous vintage shopping along the main corridor of the artsy Short North in beautiful Columbus, Ohio, made my day! In fact, my Short North vintage shopping experience was easily one of the highlights of my Columbus Ohio trip.

No matter where I travel, I seek out the local vintage and artisan shops and markets in search of something special. I believe it's in these shops that you find the flavor of the city. The available wares help you gauge what matters to the people, the artists in particular, of a community. Shopping local is also another great way for travelers to support the economy of a city or country.

So, on a recent work trip to Columbus, I decided to check out what kind of vintage this hip city had to offer. Here's a quick list of the shops I visited to help you plan for your Short North Vintage Shopping experience.

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Grandview Mercantile

Where should I even begin? This store seriously had me considering: "can I rent a U-Haul and drive back to Cali?" I could have easily filled a massive van with furniture and home goods, all unique and moderately priced. And then there was the fine jewelry! OMG, the jewelry...

I'm a sucker for fine vintage jewelry, so this vintage jewelry mecca was, by far, the best part of my Short North vintage shopping experience. I walked out with several pieces of one-of-kind TAXCO Sterling, while my friend found some stunning sterling silver and costume pieces.

There's an incredible selection of vintage engagement rings, all fairly priced (and some appraised). For those of you far from CBus, Grandview Mercantile offers an online store, too. DO NOT MISS THIS STORE!

Smartypants Vintage

Smartypants Vintage is the perfect place to find that unique piece of retro or vintage clothing. The pieces are neatly pressed and organized: no digging here. While most of the clothing is vintage, much of it has been reworked, giving it a modern edge.

The small but serious collection of accessories is pretty special. I nearly walked away with a beautiful alligator handbag, but my friend talked me out of it knowing I was on a mission for jewelry. I wonder if it's still there?


Glean was far and away one of the highlights of my Short North vintage shopping excursion. This tiny shop is tucked away (across from Smartypants) but TOTALLY worth seeking.

Filled with affordable re-purposed and recycled artisan wares, this store is ripe for the picking. Both my travel companion and I walked away with cool vintage-inspired jewelry pieces.

All materials are hand-crafted by local artists and artisans, so be sure you "support local" and shop, shop, shop. I scored a hand-made sterling ring made from a piece of Art Deco cutlery. Glean also has an online store for those curious about Columbus. Trust me; you want to shop here.

Red Giraffe Design

Red Giraffe Design is a sweet little shop filled with handmade jewelry that's sure to please. The artist, Kate Stevens, was welcoming and willing to answer our questions about her pieces, including which contained vintage or re-purposed materials.

The excellent prices and eye-catching, structural designs were just the right combos. My friend found a few pieces to bring home to Cali to remind her of our Short North vintage shopping experience.

Flower Child

For those in search of a treasure-trove of 30-80's vintage, Flower Child is your store. Trust me; this place should be your first stop. With multiple rooms and levels full of fabulous vintage finds, Flower Child will exhaust you in the best possible way.

You'll want fresh eyes and feet for digging and sifting through this Short North vintage shopping extravaganza. Flower Child has a massive collection of clothing, accessories (costume jewelry, hats, shoes, sunglasses), home decor, kitchen goods and furniture. To top it all off, everything was reasonably priced, including the furniture.

Store 5a

For those seeking a high-end shopping experience, Store 5a should be high on your list. This "resale" boutique specializes in haute couture jewelry, watches, and handbags. Although the prices were out of my league, one could see how finding a special gift could be easy here. Be sure to stop by and meet the friendly staff who are eager to tell you why their unique high-end goods are perfect for you.

Tiger Tree

Oh my, I could have spent a small fortune in this shop. Tiger Tree hosts an eclectic mix of modern/contemporary home decor, vintage & new clothing, and artisan gifts. This shop is truly unique. Enjoy browsing through novelty items alongside vintage home decor.

You can also find some vintage shades and watches, along with some beautifully re-worked vintage clothing that is sure to please. Bonus: the online shop if filled with treasures you will adore for those that can't go Short North Vintage Shopping.

Global Gifts

If you need a go-to place for unique gifts for that globally-minded friend, then don't miss Global Gifts. Filled to the brim with gifts, jewelry, decor and more, this shop caters to those interested artisan wares made around the world.

Want More Columbus Travel Tips?

Seriously, y'all...go check out Short North vintage shopping when you find yourself in Columbus. This is vintage shopping at its best. Be sure to check out my YELP list of these stores to get the skinny on the location, contact info and more.

Want to know more about my trip to Columbus? Be sure to check out Columbus itinerary for a complete list of all my favorite things about the city!

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  • Reply
    December 8, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    OH… You have totally inspired some weekend vintage shopping now (not that I need much of a push). America seriously has so much history and great opportunities to find vintage and antique finds. <3

    • Reply
      December 9, 2015 at 6:31 am

      Kacey, you are so very right! I absolutely love vintage shopping and try to find the sweet spots everywhere I go. I am also a sucker for small town Americana ???? Where are you shopping?

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