A vintage store that’s worth the trip
Astro Vintage on 5th and Passyunk does not use the term “vintage” lightly. When you step into this boutique, you’ll find yourself transported into a time full of snazzy bowties, prim handbags and crazy fuzzy sweaters. The store’s wide selection, combined with their homey atmosphere and great customer service, makes this locale a must for any seasoned (or novice) thrifter. Located just a few blocks away from the heart of South Street, Astro Vintage will help you get in touch with your inner hipster grandma.
The place is quaint but edgy, consisting of two rooms painted bright blue. There’s a dressing room in a corner sectioned off by sheets and clothespins. Despite the store’s modest dimensions, Astro is jam–packed with quality vintage gear. Each rack is bursting with clothes of every color or geometric print. The store also features jewelry, old–fashioned analog cameras and luggage pieces that inspire wanderlust. The whole place has a distinctly welcoming vibe and storeowner Karin Tyburczy, a petite blonde woman with librarian eyeglasses and a bubbly personality, will guide you through the store to find whatever you’re looking for.
But the most refreshing thing about Astro is that the clothes sold are actually vintage. The boutique houses an eclectic collection of clothes from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s — and they’re always receiving new additions. Peruse the racks and you’ll encounter chiffon dresses, pencil skirts, and leather jackets that harken back to a simpler time. Explore a little more and you’ll find animal–print secretary blouses, rugged cowboy boots and varsity stripe sweaters. There are hats for every occasion and long–sleeved lacey dresses of every shade of pastel. Some of the clothing selection may not be practical for a modern–day college student — but their timeless style will inspire you to dress up for no reason at all.
If you’re not used to this kind of vintage shopping experience, it may take some courage to approach the clothing racks — but the reward will be great. Astro Vintage can be the solution to your everybody–wears–the–same–shirts–I–do problem. Take the plunge and see what they have in store for you.
702 S. 5th St.
What you’ll find there: Unique vintage women’s wear and home accessories
Bottom line: This place is the shit