I (Allison) was recently in Sioux City, Iowa, and wandered into Antiques on Historic Fourth, which is — as the title describes — is an antiques store on Fourth Street in the city’s historic district. It was filled with plenty of vintage home furnishings, but also had an unbelievably extensive inventory of antique jewelry, hats, purses, shoes and clothing.
It truly was one of the largest selections of quality, well-priced antique jewelry I’ve seen. And, I learned, there is an entire basement filled with vintage clothing. The basement was unfortunately closed when I was there, due to recent water damage, but proprietor Randy Peters said the damage has been repaired and the basement will be open as of tomorrow, Oct. 20.
The point is, antique stores often have wonderful secondhand clothing, sometimes at very good prices. It’s not going to be as inexpensive as the Goodwill outlet, but the items have been hand-selected and are usually in top condition.
Peters, it turns out, has been collecting and selling vintage clothing for three decades. For years, he’s been a dealer at the famed Brimfield, MA Antique Flea Market, selling period clothing to collectors, museums and costume designers for film and theater. His basement inventory is mostly items from the 1940s to the 1990s, but he also has some earlier clothing that he doesn’t put on display. He said that recently, midcentury items are selling well, as is jewelry of all eras.
The store features items from four dealers, and three of them specialize in jewelry, which is why Antiques on Historic Fourth has such an ample supply. Peters himself does much of the display work. If you are near Sioux City, I recommend a detour to the shop. The prices are good, the quality is high and everything is nicely arranged. What more could you want?
Antiques on Historic Fourth, 1016 Fourth St., Sioux City, IA 51101. 712/258-3530. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.