Lovin’ It Local: Asbury Loves Vintage

Everything old is new again! The stores along this Shore town's Cookman and Bangs avenues are full of funky, retro finds.

Antique Emporium, 646 Cookman Avenue
Treasure hunters will be lost for hours in this 18-year-old mall with 38 vendors and more than 50 stalls filled with vintage clothing, paintings, lighting, furniture and jewelry. You name it, it’s there. 732-774-8230.

Flux Modern, 658 Cookman Avenue
Step into midcentury America with a visit to this shop’s ever-changing stock of throwback upholstered chrome and pristinely refurbished wood furnishings. 908-349-0579; fluxmodern.net.

Rebel Supply, 550 Cookman Avenue
Something old, something new, something consigned or recycled. There’s no rhyme or reason, but plenty of finds. Fashion for all, plus T-shirt designs that give 80 percent of profits to a cause. 732-455-5080; rebelsupplycompany.com.

Flying Saucers, 658 Cookman Avenue
Retro kitchen goods that sport bright colors and fun shapes. Remember the Felix-looking cat clock with the tail that swings? Yup, they have it. 732-202-8848; flyingsaucersap.com.

Sweet J’s, 523 Bangs Avenue
Vlado Pisch can repair beloved jeans and custom-make a pair to replace them, but it won’t come cheap; designs start at $395. Owner Joey—Vlado’s son—offers a retro-styled sunglass line, plus sturdy aprons and bags by Vlado, vintage clothing, signs and more. 732-355-3183; sweetjoeys.com.

Vlado Pisch


Heaven, 721 Cookman Avenue
Owner and world traveler Malcolm Navias offers up designs from far-off places, such as handmade Kantha cloth coats from India. Unique jewelry, plus vintage items such as glass, kitchenware and figurines, are also on tap. 732-774-4799; heavengallery.net.

Backward Glances, 658 Cookman Avenue
Funky fashion finds from days gone by include T-shirts, jewelry and dresses. New items, too: laser-cut wooden earrings, Jersey-themed stickers and fun costumes. 732-774-007; backwardglances.com.

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