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Vintage Shopping Tips & Tricks

Shop with an open mind. The best finds are "happened upon," and rarely when you are looking for them. Try everything on! A 1920's flapper dress might look awkward on a hanger, yet fall beautifully on the body. Similarly, just because the mannequin bearing vintage Chanel calls your name doesn't mean the suit will fit. As with fine couture, get to know your sales staff. They are more likely to call you when they locate a special item if you've built a relationship. Seek out the extraordinary, and don't be afraid to mix and match. Pair a frivolous 1940's beaded clutch with a tailored designer suit. Check details. Your garment should be in good shape overall, but consider replacing the lining or...

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