Looking for that perfect quirky, vintage accessory or addition to your home decor? Loop de Loop in Gainesville has exactly what you’re looking for, probably—plus some stuff you didn’t know you were looking for, but end up loving anyway. That, my friends, is the mark of any good vintage shop. A Gainesville staple for ten years now, Loop de Loop offers odds and ends that you won’t really find anywhere else. You may not have heard of it yet, but Loop de Loop is the kind of store that makes you enjoy the hunt of shopping. Through piles of old records, and sorted collections of vintage shoes and trinkets, it’s pretty likely you’ll find a gem. Why wouldn’t you stop by?
Name: Perry Der
CollegeFashionista: How did you originally begin the store?
Perry Der: Cat’s (co-owner of Loop de Loop) mom was the first lady mayor of Gainesville. She was retiring from working at the Department of Children and Families, and she wanted to do something with her retirement years, so she thought of starting this vintage store. So, Catherine and a bunch of others put the shop together.
CF: Who would you say are your average customers?
PD: It’s a random mix of people—a lot of East-enders, because a lot of West-siders don’t even know about this place. Some of the university kids know this from Facebook and word of mouth. The locals tend to know about this place.
CF: What kinds of things do you sell?
PD: Most of the shop is vintage things, but when you see something that looks a little unique, it’s usually taking, or re-purposing, them apart and reconstructing them.
Learn More: Go ahead and get out of your apartment and visit Loop de Loop at 205 16th Avenue in Gainesville—that’s the best way to find out more information about the store and some vintage gems of your own, as well.