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DIY Del Ray: Vintage Life at Amalgamated Clothing and Dry Goods

Local shop offers timeless treasures, unique homemade clothing, and a glamorous new summer look.

Del Ray’s narrow tree-lined streets, 1920s bungalows, art-deco architecture and postwar vintage homes can make you feel like you have traveled back to an earlier time. So it’s fitting the newest shop on the block, , sells truly vintage clothing and accessories, letting you dress the part as well.

Shelley White and her business partner Gene Elm and since then, they have brightened local wardrobes with their dazzling selection of vintage, period and handmade pieces. One step inside and you immediately feel at home in the cozy space with its wide plank floors, vividly colored clothing and charming vignettes of thoughtfully curated timeless treasures.

The store’s merchandise, spanning the decades from the turn of the century to the 1960s, comes from all over the country, with pickers hand-selecting items at auctions and sales. The Amalgamated team carefully examines and cleans each piece before adding to the racks (even their tags are cool!).

But what really excites us about Amalgamated is that Shelley makes some of the clothing and jewelry herself. A sculpture artist by training, Shelley took a sewing class at a local fabric store three years ago. The day we stopped by for a visit, Shelley and her assistant were prepping their new summer line right in the store. Shelley currently does all the sewing at home, but eventually wants to add a workspace to the back of the store.

We love how Amalgamated exudes so much creativity, the way they style vintage clothing into timeless beauties, and how there’s always something pretty in the window or along the sidewalk out front just waiting to add glamour and sophistication to your wardrobe. We can’t wait to see what gems they discover and make next.

Read our full story on Amalgamated and see more behind-the-scenes photos at DIY Del Ray.

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Dana Damico June 13, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I saw a white and green gingham dress in the window the other day and meant to stop by. Now. it's gone from the window -- hoping its just been moved to a rack so I can take a closer look.
Melissa Feld June 14, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Great store! My daughter and I were there and found a cute dress for her to wear. Who knew there was vintage kids clothing. There are incredible clothes in this store. They have fantastic taste and it is reflected in what they sell. A great addition to the Avenue.
Steve June 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Finally a store in Del Ray that sells clothes for men too!

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