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Ah, the vintage tee. It's the perfect antidote when you feel like you've got nothing cool to wear, it almost always earns you street cred, and it's practically an essential piece in any Angeleno's wardrobe.

And while we'd argue that a well-worn vintage t-shirt — whether it be emblazoned with the California Raisins characters or decorated with the dates of an Iron Maiden tour — will never not have a place in your regular rotation, it's certainly having a moment right now. Just ask It-girls Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, who can't stop sporting the style.

To help out both the vintage tee newbies and devotees, we've honed in on thirteen of LA's best spot to shop these shirts, including the hyper-curated boutiques, the places you can get down and dirty in a bargain bin, and everything in between.

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1. Virgo

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216 E 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 988-8899
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Nowadays this no-longer-hidden gem is a go-to spot for customizable vintage denim (buying a pair includes free alterations) but don't sleep on their selection of tees. You can still shop a constantly refreshed selection of them at a super affordable price point. Ringer, band, and random catch phrase tees are just a few types you can expect to see — plus the celeb loved shop (Kim K., Nicole Richie, and Iggy Azalea are fans) frequently stocks teeny versions for cool tots.

2. Squaresville

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1800 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 669-8464
The Los Feliz buy-sell-trade store is forever on our short list of spots to shop vintage that's funky, original, and totally affordable. You can find tons of tees on the store's upper level, including plenty of gems from the '80s and '90s.

3. Raggedy Threads Vintage Shoppe

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330 E 2nd St Ste B
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-1188
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In a tucked-away spot in Little Tokyo specializes in Americana-style clothing including distressed denim, overall, boots, and of course tees and sweats with sports teams, university names, and other Western randomness. Also Ryan Gosling has shopped here, just saying.

4. East/West Shop

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727 N Broadway #115
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 948-5964
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In addition to a combo of new and vintage t-shirts, this Chinatown spot also stocks plenty of pins (including some by our girl Tuesday Bassen) locally made soaps, planters, art, and more indie-cool goods.

5. Jet Rag

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825 N LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 939-0528
Besides the usual assortment of well-priced vintage clothing and accessories, this iconic LA spot offers a weekly $1 sale on Sunday so shoppers not afraid of a little digging can totally score.
Photo: LA Weekly

6. American Vintage

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7575 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 944-0640
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Racks upon racked of tees (among other items) at this must-stop spot on Melrose, that also happens to be super friendly on the wallet.

7. Urchin Merchant Vintage

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5006 1/2 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 259-9059
Squaresville's sister store similarly stocks plenty of funky finds like disco-era dresses, chunky '80s shoes, and of course a cool crop of vintage tees to choose from.

8. Worship

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1104 Mohawk At
Los Angeles, CA
This Echo Park shop (which is a spin-off of its successful sister store in Brooklyn) features a buy-sell-trade shopping experience, offering rad vintage gems ranging from the 1900s to the 1990s, as well as curated items from local talent.

9. World of Vintage Tee Shirts

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7701 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 651-4058
The name pretty much says it all about this quintessential Melrose shop (that's seen its share of celebs like Britney Spears) which sells all vintage tees — all the time.

10. Avalon Vintage

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106 N Ave 56
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Vintage huntress Carmen Hawk's Highland Park boutique has fashion-forward fans like jewelry designer Vanessa Mooney who says "it's filled with gems from the '20s, '40s, '60s, and '70s."

11. Painted Bird

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4208 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 522-3368
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Painted Bird owners Sunny and Nate Archer started selling vintage in San Francisco in 2005, and opened a Silver Lake spinoff in 2011. Their vintage finds, all perfectly on-trend, are displayed alongside contemporary pieces — everything is affordably priced.

12. Filth Mart

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1038 N Fairfax Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046
This teeny-tiny shop in WeHo is pretty focused on selling one of the dopest vintage tee selections in town, but you can also score cool leather accessories and customized goods.
Photo: @filthmart

13. Chuck's Vintage

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8012 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Full disclosure: prices can be pretty steep at this mega-curated Melrose Avenue boutique, but if you want some of the most artfully-distressed Victorian dresses, leather jackets, Red Wing boots, and — yup — well-worn tees from yesteryear, you're gonna have to pay.

1. Virgo

216 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Nowadays this no-longer-hidden gem is a go-to spot for customizable vintage denim (buying a pair includes free alterations) but don't sleep on their selection of tees. You can still shop a constantly refreshed selection of them at a super affordable price point. Ringer, band, and random catch phrase tees are just a few types you can expect to see — plus the celeb loved shop (Kim K., Nicole Richie, and Iggy Azalea are fans) frequently stocks teeny versions for cool tots.
216 E 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

2. Squaresville

1800 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Los Feliz buy-sell-trade store is forever on our short list of spots to shop vintage that's funky, original, and totally affordable. You can find tons of tees on the store's upper level, including plenty of gems from the '80s and '90s.
1800 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

3. Raggedy Threads Vintage Shoppe

330 E 2nd St Ste B, Los Angeles, CA 90012
In a tucked-away spot in Little Tokyo specializes in Americana-style clothing including distressed denim, overall, boots, and of course tees and sweats with sports teams, university names, and other Western randomness. Also Ryan Gosling has shopped here, just saying.
330 E 2nd St Ste B
Los Angeles, CA 90012

4. East/West Shop

727 N Broadway #115, Los Angeles, CA 90012
In addition to a combo of new and vintage t-shirts, this Chinatown spot also stocks plenty of pins (including some by our girl Tuesday Bassen) locally made soaps, planters, art, and more indie-cool goods.
727 N Broadway #115
Los Angeles, CA 90012

5. Jet Rag

825 N LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Photo: LA Weekly
Besides the usual assortment of well-priced vintage clothing and accessories, this iconic LA spot offers a weekly $1 sale on Sunday so shoppers not afraid of a little digging can totally score.
825 N LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

6. American Vintage

7575 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Racks upon racked of tees (among other items) at this must-stop spot on Melrose, that also happens to be super friendly on the wallet.
7575 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

7. Urchin Merchant Vintage

5006 1/2 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Squaresville's sister store similarly stocks plenty of funky finds like disco-era dresses, chunky '80s shoes, and of course a cool crop of vintage tees to choose from.
5006 1/2 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

8. Worship

1104 Mohawk At, Los Angeles, CA
This Echo Park shop (which is a spin-off of its successful sister store in Brooklyn) features a buy-sell-trade shopping experience, offering rad vintage gems ranging from the 1900s to the 1990s, as well as curated items from local talent.
1104 Mohawk At
Los Angeles, CA

9. World of Vintage Tee Shirts

7701 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
The name pretty much says it all about this quintessential Melrose shop (that's seen its share of celebs like Britney Spears) which sells all vintage tees — all the time.
7701 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

10. Avalon Vintage

106 N Ave 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Vintage huntress Carmen Hawk's Highland Park boutique has fashion-forward fans like jewelry designer Vanessa Mooney who says "it's filled with gems from the '20s, '40s, '60s, and '70s."
106 N Ave 56
Los Angeles, CA 90042

11. Painted Bird

4208 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Painted Bird owners Sunny and Nate Archer started selling vintage in San Francisco in 2005, and opened a Silver Lake spinoff in 2011. Their vintage finds, all perfectly on-trend, are displayed alongside contemporary pieces — everything is affordably priced.
4208 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

12. Filth Mart

1038 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Photo: @filthmart
This teeny-tiny shop in WeHo is pretty focused on selling one of the dopest vintage tee selections in town, but you can also score cool leather accessories and customized goods.
1038 N Fairfax Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046

13. Chuck's Vintage

8012 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Full disclosure: prices can be pretty steep at this mega-curated Melrose Avenue boutique, but if you want some of the most artfully-distressed Victorian dresses, leather jackets, Red Wing boots, and — yup — well-worn tees from yesteryear, you're gonna have to pay.
8012 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046