Magnolia Avenue: Burbank’s Best Vintage Secret

Story and Photos by Darlene Alvarez

Nestled between suburban sprawl and an array of t.v. studios lie Magnolia Blvd. This Burbank street is host to a wide variety of vintage stores, both authentic and inspired. It seems there’s something for every heart!

Unique Vintage

With such a strong online presence, it’s nice to step into their home base and see these beauties in real life. Whether it’s getting ready to ring those wedding bells or splash around at the beach, this store caters to every need. With a wide variety of styles and sizes it’s not hard to find your perfect piece here.

2013 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

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Playclothes Vintage

A personal favorite of mine is Playclothes vintage. From the moment you walk in it’s as if you step into the retro closet of your dreams. With everything you could possibly ever need to pull together the perfect outfit. With 100 percent authentic pieces you can jump from a flappers evening dress, to 50s saddle shoes, or the perfect pair of bell bottoms. Every section is divided by decade so you can go easily into your favorite time period. And who knows, you might even have a celebrity sighting!

3100 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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What Katie Did

This UK lingerie brand has brought its unmentionable delights to the streets of Burbank. One of the only places to find the infamous bullet bra, what Katie did also has a wide variety of sizes for some of us

that are curvy ladies. With beautiful corsets and cinchers, girdles and garter belts, you will feel as if you’ve just stepped off of the set of your own private pin up shoot. And can I add that their back seam stockings feel like they were lined in heaven.

3420 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 9150

Besame Cosmetics

And now for every bygone gals favorite makeup line, Besame Cosmetics. Every part of this brand is a true replica of a shade from days gone by. The quality and attention to detail not only shows on the product itself but in the branding. From a beautiful rogue to the perfect lipstick. As I open the gold cylinder that holds my beautiful 1941 victory red lipstick, I feel as if I’ve stepped back in time.

3505 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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Bettie Page Store

I can’t possibly think of a better place to feel like the queen of pin ups then at The Bettie Page store. Offering a wide variety of rompers and dresses. Twirl into summer with Bettie in her one of a kind swimwear and lingerie line. The cute thing about this store is that they have some incredible Bettie Knick knacks for all of us collectors out there. And their shoes are by far some of the best for vintage enthusiast.

3007 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91501

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So next time you find yourself in this one of a kind region of the San Fernando Valley, make sure to take a stroll through Magnolia Park!


Darlene Alvarez is a Los Angeles-based writer who describes herself as a darkling living in Green Gables. Her eclectic love for classic films and recreating vintage fashions makes her the perfect visionary for the Marjorie team as our Features Editor.

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