The Five Best Secondhand Boutiques in Miami
4. The Rabbit Hole
Rabbits don't hop about mainstream shopping centers. They'd much rather burrow into a hole of bibbed, chiffon maxi dresses and feathered hats off of West Dixie Highway. And both locals and jet-setting European rabbits have no problem trekking to this North Miami vintage hub, The Rabbit Hole, for some one-of-kind finds.
Did you know that rabbits also aren't particularly keen on designers or name brands, either? "If we come across them, we'll grab. But we don't search for brands," says owner Tya Tiempetch. Instead, she and her crew search far and wide for their nameless gems and will even close the store a couple times a year just to do so. "We just got back from California yesterday," Tiempetch told us of their latest buying excursion.
Because of this "ban the brands" concept, the store keeps the cost per item ultra low. Imagine splurging on a lightweight, long-sleeved, floor length gown, replicating something yanked off of Valentino's Fall/Winter runway show, for only $35. You'd think the designers cloned their collections straight from their inventory. Oh wait. They do. Yep, design teams from Chloe to Marc Jacobs have all been known to sneak into the hole, looking for "inspiration" for upcoming seasons.
"You can tell; they come in and grab a bunch of stuff." Tiempetch pantomimes grabbing a heap of clothes: "They clean me out."
3. The Fashionista
Quite possibly the most popular shop on this list, The Fashionista is all about location, location, location. Not only is it a nesting ground for the most coveted names in the game of fashion, but it's planted right dab smack in the middle of Miami's shopping ring of fire -- Coconut Grove.
Yeah, you could say they get a lot of foot-traffic and store owner, Valerie Hasbani, couldn't agree more: "I feel very proud of being a Grovite," she tells us.
Contrary to target market norms, The Fashionista doesn't just cater to one specific age group; the boutique invites all, saggy and perky breasts alike, through its doors. Passersby, from moms-on-the-go to UM students hopping over from Green Street Cafe, all call the name brand and designer mecca their consignment heaven away from home. There, you can pick up names as couture as Balenciaga and as contemporary as Zara, without having to sacrifice your lunch money for the whole week. The warm boutique, which opened its doors seven years back, also treats its loyal clientele with closet edits and red-carpet personal styling services.