ART of the Find

Vintage + Art+ Design Corridor, from Black Rock to Stratford CT

Sometimes you don’t know what you’re looking for until you find it. This list of “hidden gems” along this Bridgeport/Stratford corridor will help you enjoy “The ART of the Find” featuring art, design, artisanal and vintage vendors. Create our own style from an eclectic array of possibilities to wear and decorate home and work. Find your way to vintage, thrift, consignment, gift and fashion venues.

These businesses support local artists and artisans and creative placemaking which enriches community. Choosing vintage and upcycled clothing and furniture is good for the environment, rather than dumping ‘old stuff’ into landfill. Your purchases support women owned and black owned businesses, and thoughtfully curated shops.

Many locations are nearby attractions on the Bridgeport Art Trail. Thank you for supporting these fine establishments and the art venues. We hope you will enjoy the art of your find whether it is a fashion piece, home decor, or an object d” art. 

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1. Pious Bird
2960 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06605
Contact: Desiree Witt
Store hours: Tuesday through Friday; 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday; 12 pm to 5 pm, alternate Sundays; 12 pm to 4 pm (see Pious Bird website for specific dates), closed Mondays.




2. Mongers Market
1155 Railroad Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605 
Instagram: @mongersmarketusa
Business Hours: Sundays 10 am to 4pm 
A collection of diverse mongers selling vintage, industrial salvage and antique items in a 75,000-square-foot refurnished factory space.


3. Metro Art Studios
345 Railroad Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06604
Artists’ working studios


4 City Lights Vintage/City Lights Gallery 
265 Golden Hill Street 
CL Vintage just steps from City Lights Gallery
Next to the Downtown Cabaret Theater. 
Phone: 203-334-7748 Alt Phone: 203-449-2187
Hours Thurs & Fri 12-5pm* 
Sat. 12-4pm 
*Open later during some of the Cabaret shows 
FB: /CityLightsVintage
Instagram: @citylightsvintage

Etsy Shop:
Vintage and Boutique Clothing, Cameras, Furniture, Art, this vintage and collectibles shop was created as a means to help fund the many City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail arts programs and education projects, enhance placemaking and connect with community.


5. The Emporium 
305 Fairfield Avenue, Downtown, Bridgeport CT 06604 
Regular Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm or by appointment
A showcase for products and services from students and startups; a book and record store; and a coffee and pastry shop.


6. Historic Arcade Mall/ARTcade/Ursa Gallery/Paradox Ink/Richual Boutique 
1001 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604 
FB: /arcademallbpt
The Arcade is a stunning gem of Victorian architecture, with glass conservatory ceiling.  Its charm and scale make it a perfect location for social gatherings, events and shopping experiences like ARTcade.

ARTcade happens monthly, enjoy an art, music and shopping experience featuring artisanal and vintage vendors at the Downtown Arcade mall and nearby participating shops. ARTcade takes place 11/13/21 during the BAT weekend. Check for monthly info and dates.

6a. Ursa Gallery
 Arcade Mall, Suite 23 
FB: /


6b. Paradox Ink
Arcade Mall, Suite 19
The art and silkscreen prints of Liz Squillace


6c. Richual Boutique LLC.
Arcade Mall 
CEO, Brittany Rae 
Phone: 1(646)467-0056
Instagram: @shop_richual
Hours: Tues -Thurs 10am to 5pm
Fri- Sat. 10 am to 7pm


7. Collab Exchange
1123 Main Street, Bridgeport CT 06604
Hours: Thursday thru Friday 4PM – 7PM
A hybrid cooperative to launch artisanal brands and encourage small business growth.


8. The Archive 
118 Congress Street, Bridgeport CT 06604 
Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm

The Archive is Vinegar Syndrome’s experimental retail store located at our film preservation facility in Bridgeport, CT, Vintage video, vinyl, rare VHS, laserdiscs, and movie posters and one of the largest collections of soundtrack LPs you will ever encounter.


9. Thriftleasta 
Resell Store
505 West Ave (corner of Fairfield Ave.)
Hours Mon to Fri 11 to 6pm 




10. NEST Arts Factory
1720 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605
Instagram: @nestartsfactory
Artists’ working studios


11. Black Rock Galleries, Auction, and Design Center 
1720 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605




12. American Fabrics Art Building 
1069 Connecticut Avenue, Building 4 
Bridgeport, CT 06607
Artists’ working studios


13. Witch Bitch Thrift 
Size & gender inclusive thrift & witch shop, woman & queer owned! 
955 Connecticut Ave, Building 5, Ste 5223
Bridgeport CT 06607 
Instagram: @WitchBitchThrift 
tiktok: @WitchBitchThriftTok


14. Pickles Thrift Store and Creative Space 
Vanessa Strubbe & Ed Rivera 
955 Connecticut Ave 
Bldg 1 Unit 1216
Bridgeport CT 06607 
Hours: Sunday-Tuesday by appointment made by direct
Instagram: @pickles_thriftstore
Wed-Saturday 11-7pm
*knock on our purple door 
Vintage, secondhand, redesign clothes, accessories and home goods 
and we also offer workshops.




15. Stratford Antique Center
400 Honeyspot Rd 
Stratford CT on the Bpt/Stfd Line 
Open Daily 10-5pm


16. Tashas Nearly New Shop
2323 Barnum Ave 
Stratford, CT 06615
203 549-8775 
Tuesday thru Saturday 10-3pm
Tasha’s Nearly New Thrift Shop


1850 Elm St, Stratford, CT 06615
A year-round outdoor shopping experience on the grounds where the Shakespeare Theatre once was.
The market runs the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 10-2.