A trio of midtown shops that should be on your radar





You could spend hours browsing at Fringe (2409 21st St.), a cavernous store stuffed to the gills with antique furniture, flea market ephemera, vintage clothing, kitschy art, contemporary jewelry and assorted oddities. Notable pieces include a pink Naugahyde chaise longue, a fabulous old stainless steel file cabinet in mint condition, and a punk necklace crafted of safety pins and a David Bowie button. There’s some wacky stuff, too, such as a 1950s beehive salon hair dryer. (What are you going to do with that?)


Never Felt Better (2315 ½ K St.) is Sacramento’s only vegan hipster boutique. This homey second-story shop sells vegan cookbooks, cruelty-free body products, charming handcrafted apparel, and accessories such as belts and wallets made of pleather, recycled tires and old rubber machine belts. Soft cotton T-shirts bear animal-rights messages such as Bacon Had a Mom and Cow Hugger. A small pantry section is stocked with vegan baking mixes, nondairy cheese analogs and soy coffee creamer. There’s even vegan dog food.
Young bargain hunters swear by  Freestyle Clothing Exchange (2101 L St.). This buy/sell/trade store carries gently used contemporary women’s and men’s clothing, footwear and accessories, mostly mall brands such as H&M, Forever 21, Hollister, The Limited and Banana Republic. The large designer denim selection includes jeans by the likes of Rock & Republic, Hudson, 7 For All Mankind and J Brand. Prices here start at a rock-bottom $5 and soar to $500 for a Dolce & Gabbana designer handbag. Most items, though, cost a reasonable $10 to $30.