by Alexandra Pauline - April 16, 2012
A Guide to Second Hand Designer DealsTrendsetting is a full time job. So, if you're a bohemian beauty looking for a classic a clutch or a hint of 70's flair, Fab & Fru's 2012 Guide to Vintage Shopping has the TOP nationwide hot spots for finding that one of a kind, diamond in the rough, for a fraction of the original price! Resurrection in Soho, Brooklyn is definitely the place for second hand treasures at more affordable prices... Brooklyn local Alexandra Citrin says Greenpoint's hidden Coral Thrift Store is her all time favorite place to shop. Packed with 90's Calvin Klein dresses, Ferragamo heels, and perfectly broken in leather cross body bags, the only thing that could make this place better is the fact that - YES - everything is priced around $20! But don't stop there... nearby Williamsburg is packed with vintage clothing shops, and Stella Dallas is our Fab & Fru fave! McShane's Exchange in Lincoln Park is one of the top resale boutiques in the Midwest. Their website confirms that they reject labels like H&M and even Chico's and are committed to only stocking high-end brands like St. John and Gucci. If you're looking to splurge on a more red-carpet ready look, check out Decollage in the West Loop. This store's accessories are just as decadent as their separates. From Valentino to Christian Louboutin, you'll be in excellent designer hands. Though the average price tag of $200 and up for the really exceptional couture pieces may sound high, the quality of these one of a kind FINDS, may just make it worth the investment. La Rosa Vintage in the heart of the Haight. Famous for their fur collection, this crew of stylists is happy to provide high fashion advice mixed with some eco-conscious recycled mink and fox fur stoles. Their ever charming collection of vintage fashions is a glamorous marriage of mid century prêt-à-porter garments - absolutely perfect for your next Mad Men party!
Make a Statement in MiamiLincoln Road Antique and Vintage Market has the key to some of the most fashion forward closets around. Every other Sunday, from October to May, forget beach combing for shells, and go comb the racks of Miami Beach's second hand finest. Regular, Lori Rivieri said, "I scored a vintage Whiting and Davis purse with a mirror in perfect condition for $45!" -- Remember to put your negotiating hat on, asking for a better deal is not just okay, it's expected! Wasteland on Melrose is a must stop shop for you! And if vintage jewelry is your thing, VVintage boasts accessories that will blow your mind. Owner Jill Garland's flawless taste is impeccable, so if you enjoy the personal shopping experience, make sure to make an appointment ahead of time, and Garland will give you the star treatment! Online ONLY Rodeo Drive Resale started in Los Angeles, moved to Houston, and now serves as one of the TOP "online only" consignment shops in the country. Carrying only the most fabulous designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton, "All of our items come from celebrities, stylists, movie and television studios and some of the best dressed woman in the world," says founder Raya Premji. Items are GUARANTEED 100% AUTHENTIC, and if you become a frequent shopper, you'll get an exclusive invitation to shop their private showroom in Houston...
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