There's something pretty awesome about vintage clothing. It's like it has a secret history just waiting to be imagined, or a story that's hidden amongst its tattered yet still functional threads.
Now, a cool new retail shop on Philadelphia's South Street aims to make locating that perfect piece of vintage clothing all that much easier. Raxx Vintage, the retail arm of Bulk Vintage – a vintage warehouse located in the Kensington section of town – features just the gems they have for sale, thereby allowing patrons to get to the best pieces quickly and easily.
Surprise pops of color, cool pieces of fashion and other great apparel possibilities await at Raxx — Photo courtesy of normanack
Fans of this type of clothing know that what you'll find when you shop is never guaranteed, and you never know when you'll find it. That's part of the joy of looking.
Yet looking through a warehouse full of apparel is not fun, and it usually results in nothing but frustration. That's what makes Raxx such a great store: someone else (namely, owner Amanda Saslow and her team) has already gone through the huge quantity of clothing that they accumulate as time goes on, setting aside true winners.
This makes a trip here more likely to result in success and vintage happiness. It's certainly a much less frustrating experience than combing through a heap of garments!
Raxx is a charming boutique oozing with personality and charm, and it's riddled with possibilities.
Spotting a colorful rack of vintage clothing is always an invitation to step over and experience it — Photo courtesy of AHLM
There are no worries here if you're a fella looking for something one of a kind, either. Raxx carries clothing for more than just women. Men are not forgotten, and they also carry children's items when appropriate and available. That's the fun of a shop such as this one: it's based on inventory and the quality and condition of the items they have.
Come in to see a variety of one type of apparel one week, and perhaps several weeks later, there will be amazing pieces that are entirely different. The best thing about it, however, is that each piece carries its own personality and invites you to combine the quirky parts of yours to bring out the best in both of you.
Think you'll spend a fortune at Raxx? Think again. Pieces generally top out at about $42, with most items coming in from a little over $10 to just under $25. That's quite affordable for items that stand out in anyone's closet.
Stop in to browse simply for the fun of it, or plan a visit when you need a piece for a specific reason. Staff can assist in locating things that may be of interest, or they can allow you to enjoy the thrill of discovery on your own.