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7 Best Vintage Wedding Ring and Dress Shops in Pennsylvania

What even is vintage anyway?

Vintage first came into use in France as a way to describe a wine’s age, and later as an adjective to describe something older. The word has since been adapted to indicate an object that is at least 20 years old and belonging to a previous, stylistically distinct era. If you’re looking at something that’s over 100 years old, it’s deemed to be an antique. 


As for why we tend to like vintage items, it’s essentially a mix of psychology and sustainability. We love to have a connection with history, our heritage and nostalgia for a bygone era, all things vintage items represent. Additionally, by re-using vintage items we create a more sustainable environment. 


In the past few years, the popularity of “vintage” items has dramatically increased, yet vintage products are becoming increasingly difficult to find. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of vintage shops in Pennsylvania to make your wedding planning a little easier. 

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Vintage Ring Shops In Pennsylvania

1. Veleska Jewelry - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

This one-of-a-kind jewelry shop is located in Lancaster PA and is led by owner and designer Kathryn Pearce, who specializes in creating custom pieces and revitalizing vintage jewelry. Simply browse their online shop to discover just how unique their collection is, and surprisingly affordable, too! If you have your own vintage ring that needs a touch up, the Veleska team will be sure to take good care of it. If you’re shopping for a ring, they have a large selection of vintage options as well as featured estate showcase events where you can find the unique piece for you. My personal favorite? The tsavorite Amani ring. 

2. Diana Micheals - New Hope, Pennsylvania

A jeweler that only carries natural diamonds and gems, Diana Micheals in New Hope, PA may have the ring for you. Pick out your gems with your partner and watch them get set while you wait for an amazing experience. If you’re looking for a ring already crafted, check out their Antique & Estate selection online or in-person. Notably, their selection includes a plethora of jewelry pieces, not just rings, so you can find the perfect “something old” piece for your special day.

3. Knox Jewelers - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Do you love the sound of having a vintage ring, but don’t enjoy the style? This may be the shop for you! Situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Knox Jewelers boasts a collection of antique engagement rings that closely resemble modern styles. They even have a stackable ring collection, to ensure your engagement and wedding ring fit together. Searching for the perfect ring but have a specific gemstone in mind? Use their refined search to filter by your preferred jewel and jewel shape. If you don’t find any that you like, try designing your own ring on their website to discover what you’re looking for.

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Vintage Dress Shops In Pennsylvania

1. Sabrina Ann - West Chester, Pennsylvania

This shop located in West Chester, Pennsylvania sells never-worn designer dresses and discounted dresses for all your wedding needs. In-store browsing is permitted, and even encouraged, as they have more options than the gowns listed on their website. However, if you’re looking to try on dresses, you need to make an appointment ahead of time. If you’re thinking of getting some accessories to match, this boutique has you covered! Shop their selection of jewelry, veils, bags and sashes while finding the perfect dress for you.

2. Maggie Sottero - Millersburg and Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

With stores in Millersburg and Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, the well-known Maggie Sottero brand is now accessible for all you Pennsylvanians! Shop their vintage selection online and be awed by the delicate lace bodices and flowing skirts. Not sure which design you want? Take their personalized Style Quiz to get your search started. Honestly, even if you already know what you want, you might as well take the quiz. Who can resist?

3. Bridal Maven - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bridal Maven is one of the best up-and-coming, sustainable bridal boutiques in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the winner of the 2023 “Best Wedding Shop” of Pittsburgh award. As a consignment shop, they sell reused gowns and bridal accessories at a discounted price. While not *technically* vintage, the dresses do honor the vintage spirit of sustainability. Plus, we’re sure they have vintage styles in-store. Once you’re done with your wedding dress, feel free to sell it back to the shop to continue the eco-friendly trend and make someone else’s big day a success.

4. Hand-Me-Gowns - South Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Located in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, Hand-Me-Gowns is a consignment bridal shop with a wonderfully punny name dedicated to making your wedding shopping experience the best it can be. First, make an appointment to visit their shop space, filled with pre owned designer gowns. Their team will then ask you for some favorite songs to make a personalized playlist for your visit, and curate a snack selection for you and your guests to ensure a comfortable experience. Finally, when you arrive at the store, you’ll get the opportunity to talk with one of their stylists about your dream wedding dress. What a lovely time!

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The truth is, it’s incredibly hard to find vintage bridal shops in Pennsylvania, or anywhere for that matter. While we’ve given it our best shot, and hope that something on our list has sparked your interest, finding your unique vintage wedding item is heavily reliant on personal inquiry. Check out your local Goodwill or thrift store for cool finds, search an estate sale, or ask a relative about family jewelry. Vintage shopping is really just a mixture of luck and determination. But don’t worry, we believe in you! At the end of the day, if you need that extra spark of inspiration, PA Wedding Guide and its numerous vendors are here to help.

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