“It’s not a typical antique store. …Not at all.”
Take a short ride East on Haskell from 75 to one of Dallas’ most notable vintage shops, Dolly Python. Owner Gretchen Bell’s treasure chest of antiques and curiosities has enjoyed a deeply devoted following from day one, and now there’s even more Dolly for adoring fans to love.
A recent addition to the tune of 1,200 square feet brings the shop’s total footprint to 3,800 square feet in all. The expanded space means more elbow room and plenty of real estate for Bell’s 25-plus vendors. In the new area alone, display cases sparkle with jewelry, racks hold wardrobes-full of vintage clothes and row upon row of boots are lined up like little soldiers, ready to march.
And that’s not even the half of it.
See, those in-the-know are also aware of the fact that Dolly’s the place to stock up on rodent skulls, mounted insects or a few extra baby doll heads. If you’re into that kind of thing. Or how ‘bout some kimonos and classic vinyl? In short, there’s something for everyone.
Bell, 35, founded Dolly Python in 2005 as a natural evolution of her obsession with vintage collecting. A former assistant stylist for national department stores and retailers, Bell also did time at various resale shops, including the legendary Ragwear on Greenville Avenue.
Her trained eye and penchant for all things unusual, eclectic or just plain strange turned out to be a winning combination. In its first few years of business, Dolly Python earned multiple “Best Of” awards from local publications.
Still going strong, the shop will debut even more vendors in the coming weeks, and it’s anybody’s guess what they’ll have to offer. Original art? 80’s t-shirts? Taxidermy?
There’s only one way to find out.
1916 North Haskell, Dallas