Retail, Street Fashion / Best vintage store: The Hunter
Okay, so I’ve mentioned The Hunter before (via the Sustainability Guide 2011), but they have since switched “hunters,” back to the original owners. This means a complete store renovation, new items and a nomination for the Best Vintage Store in the World. This nomination comes from a deep place in my heart that can only be filled with an abundance of rare, impractical things. The new spacious atmosphere allows you to actually see everything! A cluster of morse code devices, transistor radios from the 40s and retro telephones from the 60s all sit on a shelf of lost communication. Other favorites include an antique rocking horse and an 1880’s whale harpoon.
The best store for odds and ends: Peggy’s Picks
You can’t miss Peggy’s Picks when driving down Kapahulu Avenue. Once you head in, you might get lost looking through the charming displays of eclectic treasures from clothing to room décor. There’s a random assortment of amazing trinkets and keepsakes, and it’s easy to lose track of time when you can find everything you could possibly want.
Best consignment Store: Pzazz
Run by mother and daughter fashionistas (Gladys Higa and Blyss Santiago), Pzazz has been at its new Kahala Mall location for about a year now, and it carries everything from high-end couture to business and casual wear. This dynamic duo can even be trusted to tell you whether the outfit is right for you or it looked better on the hanger. Everything in this consignment store is clean and ready to wear, and if the items don’t sell, Higa and Santiago work with several charity organizations to see that they get to needy individuals and the seller gets a tax credit.
Best place to buy strange stuff: Antique Alley
“Cultural recycling is a mission here, it’s certainly not one to make a big living off of, but it’s a lot of fun,” says Pake Zane, who, with his wife, Julie, runs Antique Alley. It’s a well-known location to collectors, movie prop people and sellers or buyers of the strange and the wonderful. Where else will you find a framed tarantula next to pink phone from the 50s. Zane adds, “Nostalgia buffs like this store, the only people that really don’t like this store are the obsessive compulsive, ‘cause nothing is in order and nothing looks symmetrical.” But if you want to look through year books that go back to the early 1900s or shop for, well, you’ll know it when you see it… This is the place. —