‘Retrospect Vintage ‘Opens in Federal Hill

| July 1, 2024 | 0 Comments

Retrospect Vintage opened in recent weeks at 906 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill. The shop fills a storefront that was the longtime home of Glow to Go Skin Bar before it closed last year.

Retrospect is owned by MJ Broderick, who has been in the vintage clothes business for five years. He was a partner on a shop in Crofton, MD, has been doing pop-ups and online sales over the past year, and opened Retrospect in April. Broderick’s focus is on sportswear, and Orioles gear is his “bread and butter.” He does a drop of Orioles items every Saturday and often gets customers showing up before Retrospect opens at 11am.

Broderick also tries to bring in a lot of Ravens gear, and sells items such as NASCAR shirts, Harley Davidson gear, Olympics apparel, jean shirts, alcohol and cigarette brand clothes, and nature shirts. He also focuses on ugly sweaters around the holidays.

Broderick said some of the hottest sellers these days are Orioles shirts with the Looney Tunes characters on them, items from the 1993 MLB All-Star Game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and 1990s Starter jackets.

Retrospect gets most of its clothing from vintage wholesalers that hit Goodwill bins, estate sales, and yard sales. However, Broderick is also looking to purchase clothing from locals looking to purge.

Retrospect does not sell shoes, as Broderick calls it a “completely different game.” He sends all customers looking to buy or trade shoes to fellow Federal Hill business Hidden Gems. Broderick said Hidden Gems Owner Roberto Fontanez and his staff have been very supportive of Retrospect as well.

When looking for a location for Retrospect, Broderick was hoping to land in either Federal Hill or Fells Point as he thought both neighborhoods were in need of a men’s vintage store. He noticed the ‘for lease’ sign in Federal Hill when visiting his girlfriend, who lives in the neighborhood. He inquired about the space, negotiated a price, and got a deal done.

Retrospect is open Wednesday and Thursday from 1pm to 7pm, Friday from 12pm to 7pm, Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

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