i am currently working on a vintage shopping guide that will hopefully be complete before fashion week, but if not will be completed by that crazy week it will be soon thereafter.
this past weekend i was doing **research** for the guide at different shops in manhattan and some fabulous antique & vintage shops near my apartment that were filled with treasures. at my last stop just before closing time on sunday i found a vintage black quilted chanel tote circa 1980s, that had been purchased at an estate sale (this was one of several bags the owner purchased) the bag wasn’t in the best condition, so i didn’t purchase it. it haunted me. i couldn’t get over not purchasing it. the leather is worn on the bottom…towards the back corners. it looks like it would be a straight forward repair, and even if it couldn’t be restored 100%, you can’t see the damage at first glance, or even when carrying the bag. i was obsessing over this piece, and i spent all day yesterday doing research to find someone in manhattan who can restore this bag. according to approximations & estimates will cost me about $25 for the repair, so I got the lady to go down on the price & i purchased it. i have to go pick up the bag, but once i obtain it i will take before & after pictures of it & you can tell me if i made the right choice. seriously, take a look a chanel bags on ebay and what they are selling them for…some of them don’t even look authentic, & they are selling them for hundreds of dollars! that is how i’m justifying my purchase anyways! in the meantime here are some vintage & thrifty finds on the internet that caught my eye today. enjoy loves!
l to r, top to bottom: 1980s brass key clutch $34 @ adore vintage; 1970s pink “harlequin” sundress S/M $58 @ adore vintage; Black & Ivory Organza 1960s Custom-Made Empire Cocktail size x-small @ vintage vixen; rare vintage semi cut oval glass cigarette box w LID from nyc based Once Upon A Time’s E-bay store (1 day left); 1970s floral print “impressionist”dress S/M $54 @ adore vintage; madagascar bangle $24 @ adore vintage; Vintage Goldtone Floral
Charm Bracelet $ 80 @ charming darling;
row 1: Vintage Chanel CC Sunglasses $250 @ shrimpton couture; 1970’s Darling Red Flutter Sleeve Tulip Dress (7) $125 @ shrimpton couture; 1950’s Reptile Clutch Purse $55 @ kitty girl vintage; Rare 1970’s Ferragamo Handbag. Possibly late 60’s $210 @ kitty girl vintage;
row 2: Heart Clasp Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet $30 @ charming darling; Beaded 1930s Clutch $40 @ shrimpton couture; Stunning Black Eyelet 1950’s Dress XL (7) $225 @ shrimpton couture; Vintage Amethyst Rhinestone Charm Bracelet $90 @ charming darling;
row 3: Black & White Floral Crepe 1970’s Day Dress (7) $75 @ shrimpton couture; SALE Perfect 1970’s Skinny Black Knit Day Dress (6) $75 @ shrimpton couture; joy charm bracelet $80 @ charming darling;

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