Save for modern necessities like a credit-card machine and website, everything about Mad4Mod is authentically vintage.

Save for modern necessities like a credit-card machine and website, everything about Mad4Mod is authentically vintage.

Price tags are hand-written, and the employees - always dressed in their own standout vintage style - even hand-write the receipts.

Visiting the Clintonville shop is like stepping back in time. It's also like stepping into a crowded closet.

Mad4Mod specializes in '50s and '60s wearable vintage and mid-century-modern furniture and housewares. But the clothing and accessories span from the late 1800s to the early 1980s and fill racks on every wall in two large rooms, giving shoppers plenty to take in.

The main room includes ladies' shirts, skirts and dresses, plus a giant oval-shaped jewelry case with shelves of clip-on earrings, rings and random finds like key chains, magnets and lace-trimmed socks. Clothes are marked with modern sizes and organized by color and season.

The store first opened 13 years ago; it's been in the current Clintonville storefront for six. Everything for sale inside originally came in through the front doors. The owners are interested in taking a look at anything that's vintage and have built up their inventory by networking with shoppers, said Lara Brigham-Gibbs, the store manager.

"Every once in a while, we have the stories that go along with the clothes," Brigham-Gibbs said. "A woman will come in and say, 'I wore this on my first date with my husband,' and whenever we have a story like that, we share it with the customer who ends up buying it."

In a meandering cluster of rooms to the right of the entrance, there are more women's dresses, some clearly straight-out-of-the-'80s bathing suits, and menswear like acid-wash jeans and fedoras.

A room of furniture is arranged in mock set-ups, with a host of Blenko glassware displayed on a shelving unit and a vintage photo album sitting on an end table. A Herman Miller tandem bench lines one wall. Another display is full of ball-shaped personal radios, donut-shaped phones and a lava lamp.

While some shoppers consider Mad4Mod a great place to find outfits for theme parties or school plays, many customers are searching for everyday wear.

Most popular are '50s dresses that fit tight through the body and flare at the hips, ending at the knee, said Chelsea McKenny, an assistant manager who's also a seamstress in case tailoring issues arise.

The store's selection allows people to completely outfit themselves and their homes - and plenty do, Brigham-Gibbs said.

"Our core business, what we really thrive on, are people who like to be different and unique," she said. "These things are one-of-a-kind or few-of-a-kind."