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. We’re right in the heart of the Highlands at 996 Barret Ave.

Please check out our pages here for more information about buying and selling vintage wear for men and women or about costume rentals. If you still have questions, give us a call at 502-583-3377 .

We’re open Monday through Friday 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from noon till 5 pm.

Meet the Team!

  • Terri Burt

    Terri Burt

    After founding The Nitty Gritty on Barret Ave in the spring of 2000, owner Terri Burt strived to create a fun regional destination for quality vintage clothing and costuming. Terri is passionate about sharing the history of fashion with her customers and making sure they look their best for any occasion.
  • Amy Kunzler

    Amy Kunzler

    Amy Kunzler joined the Nitty Gritty team in 2006, and she quickly became store manager and resident seamstress. She loves the '50's and the '60's and is a huge fan of Doris Day. Amy was awarded "Best Laugh in the State of Kentucky!"
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What people are saying:

  • "If you’re a collector/vintage enthusiast, you’ve been to hundreds of second hand shops, but The Nitty Gritty is a truly special place. It’s a new experience every time you go, and there’s never any doubt that you are browsing a very curated selection of many collections. Also, the prices are more than fair. Some of my most treasured possessions came from this store. Highly recommended."
  • "Simply my favorite shop in Louisville! From the first time I discovered it (2004 or 5?), I have never since missed stopping in whenever I am in town. Terri (owner) and Amie are so welcoming and friendly. I have never had a bad experience and my southern Indiana home is now full of the coolest finds from the Nitty Gritty!"
  • "I give ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ the lady who owns this is a sweetheart! The place was very clean and welcoming. We went for the Swig event and found the cutest outfits! Such a great experience we will definitely come back"
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