Eugene, Oregon, aka Track Town USA, is home to Nike, the University of Oregon, and some swell vintage clothing stores, and most are within just a few blocks of each other, so it’s easy to “make the rounds”.
Puttin’ on the Ritz
First off, we have Puttin’ on the Ritz, located at 350 E. 11th Ave. If it’s quality you’re looking for Puttin’ on the Ritz is the place to go. The shop of filled to the brim with mostly clothing from the 1920s through the 1970s, along with linens, ceramics, and some kitchen ware. They carry both mens and womens fashion, everything from hats and shoes to ties and jewelry. The only downside to Puttin’ on the Ritz is their prices. They certainly have quality, and you really pay for it. UPDATE: Sadly, in June of 2012, Puttin’ on the Ritz suffered from a fire and has since shut its doors.
Located at 365 E. 13th Ave., Nobody’s Baby is not only a vintage clothing store, but a costume rental outlet offering top of the line costumes. In terms of vintage clothing though, they are just a step down from Puttin’ on the Ritz in terms of quality and prices. They also carry stuff that is new, but looks old, especially in terms of their lingerie. Nobody’s Baby also offers mens and womens clothing.
Just down the road from Nobody’s Baby is Eugene Jeans. Run by a Frisbee Golf enthusiast, Eugene Jeans, located on 132 E. 13th Ave., is more filled more with 1970s clothing than that of the 40s or 50s. Tim carries a wide range though, from vintage swimsuits to Converse, Eugene Jeans is a further step down from Nobody’s Baby in terms of quality, but he also has better prices. Again, both mens and womens fashion is offered.
Oak Street Vintage
Just two blocks away from Eugene Jeans is Oak Street Vintage, located at 1409 Oak St. Unlike the other mentioned stores which turn most of their attention to mostly clothing, Oak Street also offers some furniture (a lot of Hey-Wake) and ephemera. As for pricing, Oak Street is hit and miss – sometimes their stuff seems way under the market, other times, way over.Their clothing is both mens and womens and often pretty good quality.
I hope this entry was of help to those in Eugene or who plan to visit Eugene sometime soon.
I plan to do some more of these types of entries. In addition to these stores, there are the more purely antique stores around town. Additionally, the city of Springfield and the small town of Coburg offer up some wonderful antique shops as well, which I plan to write about sometime soon.
UPDATE: I have since moved away from Eugene, and the state of Oregon altogether, so much of this could be out of date. I highly recommend looking to Yelp for confirming shops, hours, and locations.