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New vintage store provides sustainable, affordable fashion to Pittsburgh residents

  • April 1, 2023

Mike Lang, a South Hills resident and founder of Fifty One Ten Vintage on Penn Avenue, said the vintage store provides sustainable, high-quality vintage clothing at prices that are hard to find elsewhere. He opened Fifty One Ten Vintage, his first store, in East Liberty in 2020, followed by Twisted Vintage in 2022 and their most recent location, Vintage on 51, just last week.

“You learn to be more fierce and motivated as you get into business. Especially when it’s yours, there’s no one above you. You have to make those decisions. It’s nonstop,” Lang said.

In addition to their reasonable prices, each vintage store has plenty of sales, promotions and events, Lang said. This weekend, the Fifty One Ten location is having a $25 fill-a-bag sale. The stores sell college crewnecks, vintage Levi’s, neon Y2K tops and more. 

Opening a vintage store was always a dream, Lang said. He worked at a thrift store on Penn Avenue 12 years ago and always had his eye on a venue across the street, especially after noticing the resurgence of older clothing in 2010.

After creating pop-up shops, he finally had the opportunity to open Fifty One Ten Vintage with his wife, Nina, at the same venue he’d always hoped for. Vintage on 51 was born following the success of the first two locations after Lang realized the need for a vintage store outside of the city.

“It’s wild. The success is awesome, I’m super happy. That was why we chose to expand, it was like, there needs to be more of these stores, you don’t have to go half an hour into the city,” Lang said.

Canyon Cabrera, a Mount Washington resident, is co-owner of the newest store, which is located in Jefferson Hills. He said he

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