The 2000s were a simpler time. Before the evolution of smartphones, many people were walking around in jeans with dresses over them and buying the latest GameCube game.
One thing from the 00s that we miss today are the stores. There are still brick and mortar stores around, but most people shop online and the stores we did shop at probably aren’t around anymore, especially for clothing and accessories.
You probably bought bedazzled jeans or a Von Dutch hat or the clothes that were made by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
So, if you were a pre-teen or teenage girl in the 2000s, you probably shopped at one of these stores.
It’s a girl’s world! What many girls today know as Justice used to be Limited Too in the 2000s. It was created by the store The Limited, Inc., which was what many girls graduated to when they grew up. In 2009, the Limited Too stores shut down and were dormant for a bit before being taken over by Justice. If you wanted the latest hip clothes, make-up, or accessories, you shopped at Limited Too.
While Limited Too had everyday clothes that girls could wear to school or to play in, such as graphic tees and jeans, Rave Girl was more fancy clothes and a bit more expensive. You usually found this store hidden in a mall. It almost doesn’t feel real. Just like other stores, Rave Girl was the pre-teen store and RAVE was the more teenager, grown-up store. Either way, you had unique clothing. Sadly, they went out of business around 2011.
DEB Shop had everything. They carried junior and plus size clothing, shoes, accessories, and more for girls in their early teens through late twenties. Deb was a great place to nab cheap prom and homecoming dresses. They had eccentric clothing in neon colors and crazy prints, but if you didn’t have them, you weren’t considered cool. They closed in 2015 and tried to become an exclusive plus size store online but shut down again in 2018.
This was the place where everyone got their ears pierced and then picked out the coolest earrings afterwards. They had pop culture items, like Hilary Duff diaries and Taylor Swift perfume. You could find many hair accessories, jewelry, toys and more, which were aimed at tween and teen girls. Stopping at Claire’s was a must when you went to the mall. Despite filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011, some of the Claire’s stores stayed open, but they are not what they used to be.
Areopostale is still open, although it has gone through major construction and rebranding. You were one of the cool kids if you had a shirt with the word ‘Aero’ across it. This was the store you shopped at after you graduated from the ones above. Polo shirts, striped shirts, and bedazzled jeans were the ‘it’ clothes. It was severely overpriced for young kids. Aero filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2016, closing some of its stores. After investments from some companies in 2017, they got out of bankruptcy and opened 500 more stores.
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