The Best Websites You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

Our favorite under-the-radar resources for everything from enameled lockets and retro bikes to brass candelabras and designer sunglasses.

Remix Vintage Shoes

Operating out of Los Angeles, Remix is devoted to dead-stock vintage footwear from the 1920s to the '70s—for years its shoes have been favored by swing dancers and rockabilly fans and have shown up in movies like Boogie Nights and Saving Private Ryan. As word of its trove has spread, it has started replicating its most popular styles (we especially favor the perforated oxfords and Mary Jane sandals), thoughtfully keeping prices under $200.
remixvintageshoes.com

Remo General Store

Shoppers from all over the world browse this slightly bonkers Australian site—a sort of modern-day five-and-dime—for everything from sleek walkie-talkies and page-a-day Chinese calendars to old-fashioned Italian playing cards and ingenious spider-trapping gadgets. Remo has cultivated such a devoted clientele that it boasts a social-networking component on the site; more than 25,000 customers have signed up to create profiles, compile wish lists, and praise their purchases.
remogeneralstore.com

Modify

Stylish, eco-conscious merchandise is the focus here, and every item, whether it's a Perfectly Imperfect organic-cotton trapeze top, Nature Girl sulfate-free shampoo, or a one-of-a-kind chandelier, is produced using energy-efficient, environmentally sensitive methods. To further promote a green lifestyle, Modify posts topical weekly blog entries—and includes a glossary-like primer on all its vendors.
shopmodify.com

Spoon Sisters

Run by two siblings—who only refer to themselves as "little" and "big"—this winning gift-goods spot was inspired by their mother, who had a rare talent for picking out perfect presents. Spoon Sisters makes it easy to do the same: Its highly imaginative wares surprise and delight, whether it's a shoe-shaped door stopper, a cup with a nose printed on the side (when you take a sip, it appears as if you've acquired a new proboscis), or a maze-like pan that bakes brownies into a squiggly shape to create a maximum of tasty crispy edges.
spoonsisters.com

Thorsten van Elten

For the past five years, keen-eyed Londoner Thorsten van Elten has championed maverick young product designers. An early fan of collectives like Established & Son and Qubus Design Studio, he's currently promoting Barnaby Barford (hand-tufted world-map rugs), Arash and Kelly (end tables topped with giant pads of sticky notes), and Dickens & Wilson (simple glass tables with origami-like interlocking steel legs).
thorstenvanelten.com

Three Potato Four

Sort of a hip general store, Three Potato Four makes searching for the unusual and well-crafted a deeply rewarding endeavor. The frequently replenished site boasts difficult-to-find retro items (reconditioned 1940s rotary telephones, mounted carvings of sperm whales, old classroom maps) and captivating modern-day trinkets (rustic wood letters, tiny cactus-filled terrariums).
threepotatofourshop.com

Truefaux

When it comes to costume jewelry, it's often the least costumey pieces that have the most enduring appeal. Canadian retailer Truefaux understands that and for the past 20 years has been offering only the most stunning and timeless styles (there are more than 15,000 to choose from). Current favorites include a quilted Lucite cuff bracelet and delicate jet chandelier earrings.
truefaux.com

Uzbek Craft

Coveted by decorators, good-quality suzanis—lavish silk-embroidered tapestries from Central Asia—are hard to find in the States (and often prohibitive). But now you can order direct from the source: This Uzbekistan-based exporter sells a bounty of the intricate handstitched swaths and has turned them into blankets and pillows. In the spirit of wanting to create a souk-like shopping experience, it even encourages bargaining—and shipping takes a mere 10 days.
uzbek-craft.com

V & J Duncan

The online arm of this established Savannah, Georgia, antique map and print store is an esteemed resource for coat-of-arms prints, 18th- and 19th‑century botanical engravings, mezzotints of European royalty, and antique maps for all 50 states. We fantasize about buying up a batch of its Audubon lithographs—we're especially fond of one that depicts a posturing ocelot—and hanging them in a cluster above our couch.
vjduncan.com

Vinçon

This celebrated Spanish retailer believes great design should be both compelling and accessible. It wholeheartedly promotes this philosophy through irreverent, affordable products—decorative electrostatic panels to stick on the front of your washing machine, hair combs with wild-looking teeth—and reasonable worldwide shipping. One of Vinçon's most peculiar and voyeuristic features is the "least sold" area, which tracks the site's most unpopular items.
vincon.com
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