Etsy Vs. The Vintage Shop

Have you noticed any of your local vintage stores closing up shop lately? In a bit of an unexpected move, it’s apparently the little guys who are pushing out the bigger ones, largely due to independent Etsy sellers and eBay listings. Why? Shoppers have certainly become more fond of vintage shopping in the past few years, but can find far better prices online (“The prices on Etsy kill me,” says one shop owner) as well as more detailed product information.

Which do you prefer for vintage shopping? Finding bargains online or seeing a product in person and having the store experience? [Crain’s]