Polly Sue’s was founded by Polly Baker and Susan Collings, who originally sold clothes at the Takoma Underground antique’s co-op. Wanting to showcase some of their fragile, expensive pieces somewhere special, they picked up and set up shop up the street. While more than a handful of DC area vintage stores look and smell just like your grandma’s closet or attic, Baker and Collings’ goal was to make Polly Sue’s into kind of a European style boutique. The large display window features mannequins styling in the fashions of yesteryear, and inside elaborate molding adorns the celing while the walls are covered in the best, oldest showpieces the store has to offer.
Unlike a lot of vintage stores, Polly Sue’s has a decent selection of menswear (so feel free to bring your boyfriend along). However, the vast majority of the store is still dedicated to the ladies. The clothes span the century between the 1850s and the 1950s, and nothing is outrageously expensive. There’s sleek, A-line skirts, evening dresses, cases full of gloves and half hats, wool coats with fur collars, jewelry, and silk kimonos among other things, and a lot of these items would look perfectly normal worn today to the office or a dinner party. If you want something a little more funky fresh, though, there’s a section downstairs in the basement that features clothes from the free lovin’ 60s and 70s.
Polly Sue’s Vintage Shop
6915 Laurel Ave,
Takoma Park, MD
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