Welcome to The Nitty Gritty!


The Nitty Gritty is a vibrant costume rental and vintage clothing store with two floors of unique vintage clothing and costume treasures for you to explore and enjoy.  We are very proud and honored to have been selling vintage clothing and costuming for men and women in the lovely city of Louisville, Kentucky, since April 2000.  Please come visit this eclectic destination that continues to keep Louisville Weird.

Positive News on Barret Avenue!

After being in the business of selling Vintage Clothing on Barret Avenue for 15 years, The Nitty Gritty is expanding its business plan to include Costume Rentals.  Let’s face it, people just like to play dress up.


Owner, Terri Burt, has purchased a large selection of Costumes from "A Costumiery", a New Albany, IN  based costume store that closed its doors last year after 26 years of providing costume rentals for the region. The Nitty Gritty has already been renting vintage costumes for Decade-Themed parties and events (1920's through the 1980's) for several years, so branching out a little further into the Costume Business seemed like a natural step.  In fact, many of these “new” costumes are in their own way “vintage”, which makes them exceptional and unique.

This Expanded Inventory more than doubles their offerings to include period costumes (Renaissance, Colonial Era, Victorian, and more), as well as Holiday Outfits (the Easter Bunny, Santa and Mrs. Claus, to name a few).


Derby is the perfect time to consider stepping outside the comfort zone and dressing to the nines.  Come to The Nitty Gritty and Rent that fabulous, show stopping outfit. They will be talking about you for months, years, perhaps.


The Nitty Gritty continues to be the region's best destination and resource for quality vintage clothing and accessories for Women.  They also have the area’s largest selection for Men, including affordable, new and vintage Men’s Hats.  


With all the recent news of doom and gloom on Barret Avenue, we would like to celebrate this Positive New Energy in the area with Hound Dog Press, who recently moved into the neighborhood, as well as with the new owners of Speier/Goomby Hardware.



For more info, contact Terri Burt, 502-583-3377. Also, please check out their new web site, nittygrittyvintage.com to view some of the latest fun.  You can also follow them on Facebook @ The Nitty Gritty.


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