I have lived in three countries and visited many a city during my time as a full-time vintage gal. And I can honestly say that Old Touch in Stockholm, Sweden is, by far, my most favourite vintage shop to date!
I believe I first read about Old Touch through Miriam's Kafferep and I'd always hear great things about the shop from my Finnish vintage friends. I finally got to visit for the first time in August 2012 and it was like entering a true vintage haven! I visited again in late December and thought I'd write about it.
In the UK and in Finland, vintage shops tend to be either one of these two things: a) dominated by items from the 1960s onwards. Lots and lots of 80s and 90s pieces. An odd mid-century frock here and there, if you're lucky, b) mighty pricey. (Alas, understandable if you consider the history of these countries early to mid 20th century.)
Old Touch is neither of these things.
From items dating all the way back to 1890s to 1970s and plenty of the decades in the middle, I would say that Old Touch caters to every vintage lovers' needs! I'm not only talking about clothing, shoes and accessories; but also lingerie, textiles, jewellery, home ware plus random bits and bobs of curiosities. Both times that I've visited, I have literally stayed for hours and could have stayed for plenty more. There are just so many lovely things to discover!
|1920s sequined evening gown that I didn't buy.|
I did take the silver heels home, though.
Another huge perk is that the clothing and shoes come in a variety of sizes. As a plus size dame, I rarely bother looking at dress racks in vintage shops because I know that finding my size in my era of preference is so very rare. So most often I prefer to shop for dresses online. However, the first time I went to Old Touch, I happened to ask if they'd have 30s or 40s dresses in my size - and I was offered a handful of both daytime and evening frocks! I bought two dresses and fell in love with an evening gown that I couldn't afford at the time. In December, I asked for the same, bought a day dress and tried on several evening gowns, this time mainly dating back to the 20s.
Same applies for shoes. Most of us modern girls tend to wear a larger shoe than those 70 years ago. For example, a friend of mine who wears a European size 39 (8 1/2 to 9 in North America) found 1930s silver heels for a very decent price. I'm sure they'd go online for twice or thrice more, especially in that size.
Here are a few random snapshots via my iPhone:
|Gold and silver heels galore - spot mine!|
And a sneak peek at my purchases from December's trip. You will surely see these incorporated into outfits posts sooner rather than later. Same goes for my August purchases, which I'm still yet to properly photograph.
|Green late 30s / early 40s day dress,|
quite possibly never been worn - 125 SEK (around $20)
Black 1930s handbag - 100SEK (around $15)
|1930s silver heels - 375 SEK (around $57)|
As you can see, both day dresses and shoes are very affordable. Evening heels, such as my silver heels, are a bit more but still very decent priced, I'd say. Evening dresses in my size and era were around 1200 SEK+ ($180) so perhaps not for everyone's budget. But then again, evening wear rarely is.
If you're out and about in Scandinavia, Old Touch is most definitely worth a visit - or two! I'm already counting the days upon my next visit. A vintage haven, if there ever was one.
113 28 Stockholm