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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Tampa: Destination on the vintage clothing map!?!



It's always fun to see yourself through someone else's eyes. Most of us who have lived in Tampa Bay for a while take for granted vintage clothing stores like La France in Ybor City and Sherry's YesterDaze in Seminole Heights.

Turns out, Tampa is something of a vintage clothing paradise.

The New York Times recently discovered the vintage clothing scene in Tampa, which apparently has become quite the tourist draw. Turns out, we benefit from a unique convergence of retirees with closets to clean out and young, hip things eager to acquire their cast-off treasures.

Little did I know. When I was getting married, I spent hours in La France and Sherry's YesterDaze looking for a vintage gown before deciding to buy something new. (White doesn't age gracefully, and nor have the prim-and-proper sleeves and high necklines of our mothers' generation.) Still, I thought every bride in every town had such rich options.

Vintage-loving Divas: Do you agree? Is Tampa's vintage clothing scene tourist-worthy? What are your favorite stores?

Deal Diva Letitia

(Photo: La France, Times files.)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:27pm]


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