By now, you know we love us some Etsy amazingness and eBay treasures. But, scouring the web for goodies doesn't give us half the thrill as finding a vintage frock in the flesh and spinning around in front of a full-length (and hopefully skinny) dressing-room mirror. Not to mention, snagging the scoop on the attire's ancient past, or the posh shopgirls' oohing and ahhing over how gorg you look. Another downfall of the online hunt: There's always that sad slim chance after opening up an airmail that sequins will be missing, holes will be found, or even worse — your seamstress has a mega-meltdown over the endless hours it may take to mold it to your make.
And while there are plenty of spots to thrift it up in L.A., sometimes you need the dress to uniquely impress, and that, dear readers, can only come from the best! That's why we've rounded up the most plush costume palaces, where you'll discover historic knowledge about every hemline, relish in museum-style curation (they may have even unearthed your number out of a screen siren's closet!), and obtain a lending hand to help you zip in! The best of the best are right here, so get your bookmark bar ready.