I LOVE this store! The first time I walked in there about 3 to 4 years ago I put one foot in the door and fell in love! I love love love the smell and sight of vintage.
I have recently re-located to Los Angeles, CA to attend school and pursue a career in Costume Design/Wardrobing, and I work for a vintage online store and wholesaler part time. I have tried desperately to find an equivalent store out here and just can't. Nobody matches the price, service, or care Talk of the Town possesses. When I come back to visit family I make a special trip down to Cincinnati from North of Dayton to enjoy this treasure of a store.
It's location may scare some who are not familiar with the area if you are traveling down the I-75 and listen to those who tell you about cincinnati, but do not be fooled! Reading is a part of town that I feel completely safe in. Up and coming trendy neighborhood + fantastic vintage shop=GOLD!
Nancy and her staff are the best people you could ever find to own/run this store. They are caring and very loving of their merchandise and seem to have a very keen understanding of the precious gems they have in their store. They are also very knowledgeable of historical garments and are able to identify the era from which they came.
If you are ever within a 50 mile radius of this store STOP IN! If you are a true lover of vintage you will not want to pass up the opportunity and can thank me later!
Pros: customer service, merchandise, location
This place is the best. My wife and I waited kind of late to get our clothing for our friends 70s theme birthday party but it didn't matter because the stillhad plenty of things from us to choose from. The owner and the staff were really nice even more helpfull to us and they made sure that we were decked out and ready for the soul train line. Please everybody you havve to check this place out.
Pros: The staff is the best
I am from California... visiting relatives from Ohio for the holidays and have never been to such an amazing vintage store. It's snowing outside and I asked for swimsuits... the owner went to the basement and got several bins for me to look through in addition to pulling a few that weren't marked yet that she knew I would love (and she was right!). I asked her opinion when I wasn't sure about something I was trying on- and she gave me honest answers (not trying to sell me on things that weren't right for me). When I was done in the fitting room, I asked if there was anything else in the store in my size that I hadn't seen... she pulled out THE MOST GORGEOUS dress that fit me perfectly (I never find things that fit me perfectly). I had such an awesome day shopping there (and probably could have stayed a couple hours longer if I had the time). I am a vintage junkie and haven't been to a better store in all my shopping days. I will definitely go back next time I am in town.
Pros: great service + great products = AMAZING shopping day
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Pros: Vintage Clothing & Costumes - All Eras,All Sizes,All Prices
It was my first time shopping there and I fell in love. However, I live in Pittsburgh so sadly I can't go there anytime I want. I found 3 beautiful 80's dresses, and I even wore one to my cousins wedding and got a dozen compliments on. The workers were even better. The owner was so nice and was willing to help in any way she could. I would HIGHLY recommend that if you want a unique vintage store...this is your place!
Pros: styles from every decade
There isn't a dull clothing-rack in this thrift store. All the clothing has tags dating the decade so if you going for a specific period this is the place to be. The costume selection is huge and amazing - much much better than a standard costume shop - it has really unique clothing from being everything from the cookie monster to captain hook. And if you don't want to buy you can always rent. Staff is exceptional nice!
Pros: Huge selection of really cool unique clothing and costumes
Talk of the Town is the best place to go for costume rental, accessories, and a memorable experience. Whether you are heading to a themed party or dressing your child for a school presentation/performance, this is hands down the best place to go. The selection here is amazing and, seemingly limitless, and the staff makes it their mission to help you find EXACTLY what you're looking for no matter how long it takes or how deep they have to dig! They make the experience fun and I will forever be a customer.
Pros: Incredible staff, Incredible selection
We've been vintage shopping with Talk of the Town for 16 years. That should say a lot right there. And after our last visit, we hadve to say the owner and shop are just a fabulous as ever. Good store layout, easy to shop with Scads of selection, great dresses, menswear and even hats. We loaded up with ladies suits! And the staff couldn't have been more welcoming and professional.
What more can I say except stop wasting shopping time and GO.
Pros: parking, service, ambience
I can't really even put into words how great this place is, but I'll do my best. I was having a 1940's themed birthday party and I wanted to find a truely authentic outfit. I had always heard of Talk of the Town but had never checked it out until I needed the party outfit. Nancy and everyone at the shop was great!! They not only helped me find out exactly what I was looking for but they put together the PERFECT authentic outfit, right down to the shoes and earrings!! They even stayed after hours to make sure that me, my mom and sister had exactly what we were looking for!! I would strongly recommend this store to anyone!! I am so happy I discovered this neighborhood treasure and will surely be visiting there again soon!!
Pros: Stupendous customer service, large selection, awesome knowledge of vintage clothing eras
Who knew that sitting right in the middle of Reading Ohio is treasure trove beyond imagination. This place is awesome. Me and my two grown daughters went looking for 1940 period outfits for a 40's themed birthday party. We absolutely struck gold!!!! We all three found the most perfect party frocks that fit each of us perfectly, not just in our size but our taste as well. We found dresses with red satin cuffs, rhinestone diamond buttons, crinolines, and even an apron just for me. And if scoring the dress of our dreams wasn't enough, Nancy the owner found vintage hats, one with rhinestones and one with feathers, little black gloves and even period jewelry to compliment our outfits. The owner and staff were OUTSTANDING!!! We went into this venture with only a idea of the look we were trying to achieve, but Nancy and her staff pulled it all together and really brought our concept to life. We are so thrilled and are certain that we three will be the most stylish "belles" at the ball. Can't wait to see the photos!!! Highly recommond Talk of the Town to anyone looking for just the PERFECT outfit whether it be for a costume party or just to wear everyday. The quality is of the clothing is top of the line which is just as it should be, because the owner and staff are top notch as well.
Pros: Large selection, expertise with period styles, excellent customer service
Talk of the Town Vintage Clothing located on Reading Rd. is a real gem in the heart of Cincinnati! My sisters and I found this treasure to be a real find, with exquisite vintage clothing and accessories at an affordable price. As longtime collectors and admirers of vintage clothing and antique jewelry we were extremely excited to find a place that kept its merchandise in close to their orginal conditions. Not only was the store fantastic, but the store owner, Nancy Marshall, was extremely welcoming and knowledgeable throughout our visit, sharing her real passion for vintage with us.
We hope to continue coming back to Talk of the Town Vintage Clothing!
Pros: Friendly, organized, clean, and affordable!
My mom, two sisters and I all took a special trip from Northern Kentucky to Talk of the Town, just so we could find my sister the perfect rhinestone cuff for a dance. We walked away with two vintage dresses, two purses, a ton of jewelry, and the most amazing hat from the 1940s. The store is amazingly well organized and the owner is kind and extremely helpful. If you like vintage items or just like to have some interesting wardrobe choices, this is the place to go! We'll be going back again and again!
Pros: Great selection, price, and service!
I collect vintage clothing and I've been shopping at this fabulous store for years. I always find some amazing coat, dress, blouse, or a piece of jewelry that is amazing and one of a kind. I get countless compliments on the things that I purchase at this store. Nancy and her staff are so friendly and helpful and the prices are simply astounding for the quality of the clothing. Vintage clothing stores on the East and West Coasts would charge triple the prices that she does. Great vintage is becoming increasingly harder to find and I feel fortunate to have such a great shop here in Cincinnati.
Pros: excellent customer service, fabulous finds
Talk of the Town is great in my opinion for the sheer fact that you can discover things you never planned to find. If you like to have an adventure with shopping, then this is the place for you. The store is huge!! The vintage clothes are actually high quality, and in great shape. The costume shop has practically everything. And they had a side walk sale going. I like to shop their without an agenda, because finding that piece thats just right for you is an amazing feeling, and they give you all the oppurtunities to find it.....Oh and the staff is super friendly and knowledgable, so don't be shy! I LOooVVE this store!!
Pros: Ample selection, Friendly staff
Cons: Can't think of any.
I just came back from a great experience here. The service was extremely friendly and helpful, and the selection was great! I was looking for a disco/70's outfit, and they had an entire room of clothing. Very reasonable prices too. I definitely recommend visiting!
Pros: great service, selection, and value
This is THE place to go to find vintage clothes for rent and purchase. The inventory is amazing. The prices for rent and purchase is very reasonable. The customer service is fantastic! They will help you put together just what you need. The whole experience is fun and friendly. You will be so glad you visited the Talk of the Town. You will be the best dressed for any retro themed event.
If I said any more great things, you would think they were paying me. Please do yourself a favor and check this place out.
Pros: I only have 2 thumbs, so 2 thumbs up!!
Cons: None at all.
Talk Of The Town is an awesome resource for props and wardrobe for my photo shoots. Everytime I'm there I find something new and different that makes all my projects amazing. Nancy is the easiest retailer to work with and is always very helpful.
Pros: selection and customer service
If you are looking for a great outfit for a vintage theme party, costume party, or just want to get some sweet vintage clothes, then there is no place better than Talk of the Town. I went in with a group of people and right away we got service. The people who work there know exactly what looks great, and what we needed. We were in and out and had an amazing time at our 1970's style dance. In fact, three of us actually won costume prizes because we looked so good. I definitely plan to go back, and with out a doubt, would 100% recommend Talk of the Town for any occasion to look the part that is needed. This is the place if you want fast, reliable, and expert service on vintage clothes or costumes. It was a great and fun experience in that store, and I thank my parents very much for knowing about this place when I asked if they knew of any vintage clothes stores. I would give Talk of the Town a rating of 10, without a doubt.
Pros: Service, selection, variety, price, great and friendly environment, TWO BIG thumbs UP
Cons: A big NONE
I can't say enough good things about this place! I have been collecting vintage clothing for 18 years and have shopped all over the country and never have I seen such an amazing selection! The owner and her imployees treated me like royalty! The clothing was in such good condition, and such amazing prices to boot. The directions given by one of the imployees were dead on and parking was easy too. I know where i'm shopping from now on.
Pros: Great selection of all eras, great service, easy parking.
Talk of the Town is the exquisite blend of top quality merchandise combined with a knowledgeable caring staff. They go out of their way to ensure that every shopping experience is one-of-a-kind and after shopping there once, you'll become a customer for life.
The merchandise changes constantly and you are destined to discover a treasure with each visit. The store is immense and if you truly enjoy vintage clothing and jewelry, you'll want to plan on spending time perusing the abundance of treasures.
Talk of the Town has all of the positive qualities of a small retail store: customized service, knowledgeable employees, and a unique selection. If you are looking for excellent service and superior merchandise you'll want to check out TOTT today!
Pros: Great Service, Super Merchandise
Talk of the Town is a great place to find vintage clothing as well as great costumes. Almost any costume you could ever dream of can be found at this store. They have everything from flapper costumes to vintage jewelry to costumes from plays such as Grease, South Pacific and West Side Story. They feature outfits and costumes from all eras and they are organized accordingly.
Talk of the Town not only allows you to buy the clothing and accessories, but rental services are available too.
Not only is Talk of the Town a great place to find clothing, but they also have great customer service. I was immediately greeted and they helped me find everything I needed for my costume and also offered great advice and ideas. They truly know what they are doing.
Weather your looking for an old fashioned vintage outfit or a great costume for a party or just Halloween, Talk of the Town is a great place to look & I highly recommend it!
Pros: Great Vintage Clothing, Variety, Customer Service
I used to shop at talk of the town in Reading all the time that is until yesterday. I attempted to return two dresses that I had purchased for a community theatre show. They did not fit the actresses. They were in the exact same condition as when I bought them. When I went to return the items, I was friendly and calm. The owner refused to accept the dresses. She was rude and could not control her temper. She basically called me a liar and asked me to choose between my boyfriend?s & my memory and hers. She obviously has no sense of customer service. She began shutting out the lights and yelling at me, as I continued to ask why I could not return the dresses. She operates an over priced retail/rental store. The clothing, appears to be authentic, but has marks, holes and other irregularities that often can not be seen, are not marked and are certainly not disclosed. You can never be sure that you are getting a decent item and who wants to spend $30 or more for a dress with holes or stains? Furthermore, while I was there yesterday, she lit a cigarette in the shop; how can someone who owns a shop with vintage and delicate clothing smoke around such items? Beware of cigarette scented clothing. When I first met her, she treated me like I was going to steal something. She never offered to help me even when I told her I could not find what I was looking for. She refused to take back anything I had bought and her store policies are not listed nor are they clearly stated, with the exception of a small 8.5inX3in penned sign hidden behind a sunglass display. I will never shop there again and I recommend that if you are looking for vintage clothing go somewhere else, unless you like being treated like extremely poorly. It?s unfortunate because she just lost a lot of money and I plan on telling everyone I know about her inability to run a professional business.
Pros: Allegedly Authentic clothing
Cons: the owner & her attitude