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Vintage sale. Extended Restaurant Week. Baseball. Can Thursday get any better?!

Randolph Street Market: Vintage cool, amazing deals and entertainment!


The Randolph Street Market Festival is home to the world-renowned Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago and the Holiday Market. As seen in Travel & Leisure, the NY Times, Lucky Magazine and featured on TV news shows and web casts, the Randolph Street Market Festival is considered “a mecca of cool”, “the best hot spot for antiquing”, “the best Chicago venue for people watching”, and “the Barney’s of Vintage”. Celebrity designer Nate Berkus says, “I love this market…the quality is incredible!” As one of Chicago’s most happening monthly parties, Randolph Street Market has become the summer destination!

This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market in the historic West Loop neighborhood features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”, offering unlimited creative inspiration and hours of fun. Shoppers can find furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles, etc. Visit randolphstreetmarket.com for more information.

Visit Resurrection For The Best In Vintage Designer Wear


Check out Resurrection for great vintage designer duds. It is like a fashion museum inside. They carry vintage designer items from the 60’s through the ‘90s. The shop is stocked with hard-to-find items, that it is known throughout the fashion stylist industry as a go-to place for just the right item.

Vintage clothes shopping doesn’t get any better than Resurrection. Check out resurrectionvintage.com for more information.

Luxury Garage Sale: costume jewelery & the coolest vintage finds!


Luxury Garage Sale is co-founded by partners Brielle Buchberg and Lindsay Segal. Childhood friends, Brielle and Lindsay always had a love of collecting; beginning with stickers and erasers, evolving to shoes and handbags. However, over the years their assorted collections soon overwhelmed their available storage space. LGSChicagoUtilizing their backgrounds in fashion and sales, Brielle and Lindsay began selling their unwanted items. After realizing that their friends had the same predicament as well, a light flashed and voila… Luxury Garage Sale was born!

Luxury Garage Sale is an upscale consignment service that specializes in selling new and gently used contemporary, designer and vintage clothing and accessories. Visit luxurygaragesale.com for more information.

Stunning, vintage jewelery joins modern styles at LuLu’s!


Hello, and welcome to the world of LuLu’s, a beautiful and elegant vintage boutique located in Chicago. LuLu’s world is one of sophistication, whimsy and glamor. We specialize in extraordinary jewelry, couture gowns and party dresses, glamorous furs, and an amazing selection of vintage bridal gowns! So let me offer you a glass of champagne while you enter into the beautiful world of being a girl…

LuLu’s is located at 3862 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60613. Click here for more information.

Store B Vintage

Store B Vintage in Wicker Park contains some of the most sought after and luxurious vintage attire and accessories found anywhere in the city of Chicago. Since 2002, this trendy, upscale boutique has been satisfying customers with its eclectic mix of wearable fine quality vintage women’s and men’s clothing from the 1930s thru the 1970s.

Located at 1472 North Milwaukee Avenue, owner David Ginople, successful entrepreneur and owner of Findables, also in Wicker Park, originally brought together more than 2,000 articles of clothing and accessories from the estate of a prominent socialite when the store first opened. Since then, he has expanded the vintage clothing in this one-of-a-kind boutique to also feature vintage handbags, millinery, shoes, costume jewelry and decorative home accessories.

Find something funky at Lula B’s

Lula B’s is a spacious little antique mall in Deep Ellum touting “cool stuff for cool people,” and with good reason. Over 80 vendors specialize in items from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s and sell everything you need (and everything you didn’t know you needed) that’s vintage, retro, antique, collectible or just plain cool and funky. From farmhouse kitchen gadgets and designer clothes to vintage cowboy boots and vinyl, Lula B’s makes it hard to leave empty handed. A trip to Lula B’s is no “quick trip” kind of deal – make time to get lost amongst the brick-a-brack. As an added bonus, Lula B’s has expanded to two locations with another store in the Dallas Design District. Can we say oozits and whatzits galore?

C Madeleine’s: Quietly hidden, big name designers

Vogue, Elle, Daily Variety and Lucky Magazines have all hailed C Madeleine’s in North Miami as the hidden gem that all fashionistas must find, trouble is it’s quite discreet, tucked quietly into a small spot along Biscayne Boulevard and NE 137 St. that’s almost not visible, even though there is a sign.

Fashionistas will go crazy for the vintage and couture clothing, bags, accessories, shoes and jewelry that range from the 1900s to even present day. At C Madeleine’s they take pride in offering customers quality, custom made items that make add a unique element to any wardrobe. The items sold here are either one-of-a-kind or one of only a few manufactured.

With a selection like this, it’s no surprise the place is a celebrity haunt, attracting the throngs of them that descend on Miami for jetsetting to events and weekend getaways.

C Madeleine’s is located at 13702 Biscayne Boulevard, 305-945-7770, www.cmadeleines.com

Put on something vintage at Puttin’ on the Ritz

Every vintage-clothing connoisseur goes through the same weary task of rifling through racks at vintage stores in hopes of finding that one little upscale gem that’s been overlooked. This treasure hunt can be frustrating and (pun intended) wearing. Look no further, my friends. Puttin’ on the Ritz in Snider Plaza specializes in vintage collections up to a hundred years old including 20th century wedding dresses and even some classic designer labels from collections of decades passed. This is no second hand store of hand-me-downs, Puttin’ on the Ritz brings you vintage shopping at its finest. While the vintage designer clothing can cost into the thousands, you can still find some good buys in the $20 and up range to give your wardrobe a nod to those fashion trends that keep resurfacing through the test of time.

Roseark’s Red & Violets are Bedazzled

With hundreds of jewelry stores in Los Angeles, it takes a truly unique store to stand out amongst the rest. Roseark, lPicture 7ocated in West Hollywood, is filled with designer one of a kind pieces and elegant jewelry that is every L.A. fashionista’s secret gem. Designers such as Kathy Rose (Bravo’s Launch My Line) and Jennifer Meyer (Tobey Maguire’s wife) showcase pieces like wrap around snake cuffs and over the top emerald cocktail rings.

Some of the best jewelry from Roseark are the small and intricate pieces, such as the simple gold peace sign bracelet and horizontal cross necklace. Roseark’s true mainstream claim to fame came when Taylor Jacobson, star of The Rachel Zoe Project, sported a gold cross necklace each episode and twittered about her Roseark purchase. With beautiful jewelry, accessories and famous shoppers, Roseark is an absolute must for the jewelry aficionado.

Let Out Your Inner Pinup Girl at Dollhouse Bettie

Every woman has a saucy siren lurking somewhere within her, waiting to be coaxed out. And nothing helps a woman understand the power of her own sensuality than slipping on a sexy bra or lacy negligee. That’s where Dollhouse Bettie comes in. This vintage lingerie store is located on Haight Street and carries everything from vintage nightgowns to retro-inspired pieces as well as garter belts, stockings and vintage accessories.

The store not only pays homage to the bygone era of the pinup girl but it also encourages women of all sizes to embrace their femininity. Whether you’re just window shopping or looking for something to surprise your special someone – Dollhouse Bettie can help you out.

The store is as intimate as its apparel with fun vintage-inspired decorations. The staff is more than willing to help you out whether it’s figuring out what size you need or to dis.

Dollhouse Bettie is located at 1641 Haight Street.

Sartorial Stampede at Buffalo Exchange

Call it a trading post for fashionistas: Buffalo Exchange not only sells clothes but buys and trades them, too. The funky Capitol Hill branch of this national resale chain is lined with rack upon rack of vintage, designer, and “gently used” duds as well as display cases cluttered with jewelry, hats, bags, sunglasses and other goodies—many of them priced just as they might have been back in the day (think silk sheaths for $10 and cowboy boots for a fraction of the cost of a new pair). Bring your own bag to tote your purchases in, and the store will donate a nickel to the charity of your choice—so you can do good while looking even better.

The Not So Tiny Tiny Jewel Box

Looking for some sparkle? The Tiny Jewel Box offers three floors of precious gemstones, one-of-a-kind engagement rings, and designer jewelry from the likes of David Yurman and John Hardy. With DC’s largest collection of antique and vintage jewelry collection, it lives up to its motto of, “If it’s not special, it’s not here.”

While the first two floors are clearly female focused with wedding rings and designer names everywhere, an entire third floor is dedicated to men and their affinity toward watches. Everyone can come out a winner at Tiny Jewel Box, although we’ll bet the majority of the time will be spent on different floors!

Update Your Closet at Beacon’s Closet

For the most sought-after trends and vintage pieces look no further then Beacon’s Closet in where else but hipster-ville Williamsburg. This warehouse converted into a consignment shop can’t really be called a shop; it is three huge rooms full of men’s and women’s clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, and home goods that run the gambit from retro-chic to sleek and sexy to straight-up street wear. There are not many places that you can get La Rock striped booty shorts, Levis in every wash imaginable and Nike’s in every color imaginable, a white Calvin Klein rouched mini dress – for under twenty-five bucks! – silver Costume National pumps, light blue boat shoes, and an Andy Warhol look book; but, at Beacon’s Closet you can. All the goods are lightly used and formerly loved, with price tags that may shock you, in a good way. And if you are looking to unload your old duds they do that for you here too, but remember, only bring in the fabulous pieces as this is not your average Salvation Army type thrift shop – this place is hip and caters to that crowd.3018558507_9f1914bea4_o

Rose Bowl’s Year-Round Fabulous Flea Market Finds

For fashionistas and thrifty shoppers, the Rose Bowl is not a famous collPicture 4ege game. Though you’ve probably been there to see a concert or watch a live band, once a month the Rose Bowl turns into a plethora of sellers eagerly marking down prices on all of their things. If you are one of those people who think flea markets are for hippies and grandparents, you clearly haven’t seen this one.

From vintage gowns to silk scarves, you can pretty much find anything you want at this flea market. Buried under vintage t-shirts and old records can be designer bags at discount prices. With hundreds and hundreds of sellers, the Rose Bowl flea market is an all day affair. This flea market is truly the best in Los Angeles, but it only comes once a month so make sure to consistently check the schedule on their website to ensure you never miss a month!

Get your Couture for Cheap at Second Time Around

If you lust aftPicture 11er Oscar de la Renta, but can only really afford Old Navy, then Second Time Around may be your favorite find of 2010. Second Time Around is a consignment shop near Rittenhouse Square that only sells designer merchandise (Dolce, Betsey, Versace, and the like) that is up to snuff with the shop’s high standards. The clothing must be no more than two years old, and in pristine condition, so with standards like that you are bound to find a steal at 30-70% off original prices.

This boutique gives- and receives. If you’re looking to ditch some duds for extra closet space and some weekend martini money, stop into the shop with three or more items and see if your garb is up Second’s alley.

Insider Tip: If you become a member, there’s an added bonus of getting first dibs with the online wishlist!

Get the True London Look at Topshop

“Get the London Look” may be Kate Moss’ Rimmel tagline, but it doesn’t apply more aptly than for the much buzzed about Topshop. As the face/designer of Kate Moss for Topshop and its highly anticipated U.S. debut in SoHo, Topshop puts the likes of other trendy, discount stores like H&M and Zara to shame. It’s colorful, crazy celebrified, and seriously stylish; there’s a massive shoe boutique, accessories section, vintage galore, and a floor dedicated to men. Other stores may have guest designers, but Topshop has a resident Supermodel, Kate Moss, and an entire Picture 7floor designated to high-end designers giving fierce fashions specifically for the fashionista Topshop crowd.

And the shoe selection! Ahhh! If this was around during the SATC era you know SJP would be digging through discount heaven at the Christian Louboutin inspired sky-high stilettos and ultra designed Prada inspired heels. You can find more unique, colorful, and designed shoes at Topshop’s shoe boutique than at Saks Fifth Avenue- and that’s a guarantee.

Let’s not forget about the boys. Topman is dedicated to all things men. From Fedora wearing playboys to laid-back model glam to suits and ties, Topman has everything a stylish city guy could want. This is very smart as it allows the boyfriends/husbands some time to shop for themselves while their other (better) half peruses the other floors of goodness.

If you walk anywhere in London (including red carpets), chances are the hot girl or man is wearing something from Topshop or Topman. That’s because it embodies the London street look of tons of colors, boho vintage, and maybe one too many nods to the neon 80’s. But hey, it’s super fun and seriously fashion forward and- just wait- it will be invading the rest of America soon.

It’s All About the Extravagant at The Castro Theatre

Glowing like a beacon over the Castro District, The Castro Theatre marquee is not only a symbol of the city’s gay rights movement (as featured in the Oscar-winning film Milk), but the city’s facastro_frontvorite venue to connect with the community in a way that is colorful and meaningful.  For decades San Franciscans have come together in this lavishly decorated historic theatre for live and screen performances, even participating in cult films such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Mermaid sing-alongs, Dionne Warwick concerts, and every single film festival that comes to town.

The Castro Theatre is old-fashioned and intimate, right down to the original brass ticket booth out front that’s big enough for only one vendor.  Inside, the Spanish-Oriental influence is apparent in the scraffito wall murals, but the gold art deco details make it familiar.  The 1,400 red velvet seats throughout the main floor, mezzanine, and balcony are new, along with the PA, sound, and lighting systems, but have stylishly retained their early-century charm.

The theatre also functions in the mainstream, as each month it features top box office movies.  Some recent favorites have been the star-studded Nine and Milk, which ran for almost two months.

A Century of Music at This Great American Hall

The Great American Music Hall has been described many ways: opulent, warm, friendly, even sanctified.  Whatever your adjectives, this place is just plain fun, from the smiles at the red velvet-draped front door to the energy of the crowd buzzing off the ceiling frescoes.  Having hosted such diverse big names as Duke Ellington, Billy Joel, The Grateful Dead, and Van Morrison, this gracious Victorian hall has charmed San Francisco throughout the twentieth century.

MusicHall2This 5000 square foot concert hall has seen many changes since its opening in 1907. Constantly upgrading the sound system and restoring anything that begins to lose luster, the Great American Music Hall takes pride in providing you with the best intimate music experience.  You can even book the venue for private wedding receptions, product launches, holiday parties, and bar mitzvahs.

When spending the evening here you have no choice but to leave the hustle of the city behind, grab a drink at the restored Victorian bar, and let go of your troubles on the oak dance floor.  Why not enjoy one hundred years of history and modern entertainment all in one evening?

5. Treasures at the Washington Antique Show 1/8-1/10

The Washington Antique Show, benefiting children and families throuPicture 19gh the Thrift Shop Charities, showcases 44 of the best antique dealers from across the U.S. and Europe. With this year’s theme, Flights of Fancy, the array of treasures in decorative art, vintage jewelry, porcelain, ceramic and more are to be exquisite and beautiful. It’s one of the longest running antique shows in the U.S. and has consequently earned a reputation of quality and prestige.

For those looking to complete a collection or pick up something that makes them smile, the 55th Annual Washington Antique Show is a great place to go.

Center City’s Anthropologie Is All That & More

PHIanthropologieThere aren’t many retailers that are as fabulous as Anthropologie, but four stories of it? It’s like Christmas came early! Anthro started out near Philadelphia and boasts one of its most beautiful stores in Center City.

Located on the coveted corner of 18th and Walnut on Rittenhouse Square, this store takes your breath away as you walk up the oversized central spiral staircases. Even if you end up without a purchase (this branch has only women’s apparel and home goods), a look around the building will be a treat in itself. Even boyfriends and husbands won’t mind taking a peak around this impressive building. This is a definite stop while in the Rittenhouse sector.

3rd Annual Modern Vintage Holiday Market


Vintage is the hot fashion adjective, but high quality vintage can be hard to find. Search no further than the Modern Vintage Holiday Market. With 200 purveyors selected for their quality and well-priced gems, they bring a multitude of items from jewelry to handbags to designer garments that are priced “from pennies to thousands.” The market event is only three years old, but already garnered features from the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Lucky Magazine, and yours truly, citybuzz.

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Market November 21 – November 22, 2009

Mizuo Peck is INA Love

Film star and native New Yorker Mizuo Peck loves to shop at one of New York’s coolest insider stores, INA.

INA describes itself as “New York’s best and most established designer consignment store,”Picture 13 and it’s very hard to prove them wrong.

Opening their flagship in 1994, they are now five stores strong in some of Manhattan’s most prized shopping real estate: NoHo, SoHo, Nolita, and Uptown.

INA is not your average consignment store where one most purge through racks of outdated and moth-ball smelling clothes to find the designer gem in the pile, it instead chooses the best of the best in fashion of yesterday and today. INA consistently fills its racks with beautiful, well-maintained, and luxurious items at discounted prices that make both fashionistas and recessionistas come back for more. They have everything from barely used Chanel wallets to Christian Louboutin heels to Tory Burch skirts. Some items are truly vintage while others are simply last season’s castaways, but all are absolutely devine.

And if this store doesn’t seem like it could get any better, it also has an amazing blog that keeps you up to date on new inventory, sale items, and INA employee’s picks for all its stores.

INA consignment stores are a shopper’s dream and unlike most “chains”, every INA store is completely unique from each other and from each day.

**Mizuo Peck is most famous for her role as Sacajawea in both “Night at the Museum” films starring Ben Stiller. Peck has worked closely with respected photographer Bruce Weber for the cover of L’uomo Vogue and appeared with Angelina Jolie in the Rolling Stones’ music video, “Anybody Seen My Baby?” Peck, a native New Yorker, still lives a block from her childhood TriBeCa home.

A Land with Anything but Waste: Wasteland Clothing

Whether it’s vintage or brand new, Wasteland has become a go-to shopping spot for fashion addicts, celebrity stylists and those looking for a good deal.

Though the racks of Wasteland can be filled with expensive vintage pieces ranging from Louboutin heels to Chanel bags, the store is also filled with clothing that was sold to the store by fellow Angelinos and can be very reasonably priced.

Selling to Wasteland is pretty similar to other consignment stores except for the fact that they are probably pickier. Their buying guide can be found online from what designers they are looking for to different trends and seasonal picks.

What makes Wasteland unlike other Los Angeles stores is that it takes away the “digging” you would probably do in other vintage stores. All the clothes are uniquely and thoughtfully purchased from sellers and can include vintage and new pieces. Wasteland will also come to your home to purchase large collections of vintage accessories and apparel.

One man’s treasures ends up at Wasteland.

Closet Fever: Waxing, Vintage, & DJ’s Under One Roof

Imagine a hair salon and a vintage clothing boutique and DJ all under one roof. At Closet Fever there’s a turntable inside where hip DJ’s spin beats as clients browse through one-of-a kind bracelets, cutting edge dresses, and funky handbags galore. But if you’re looking to get your body manicured, the staff of professional beauty mavens will have you primped and pretty in no time whether it’s waxing or hairstyling. Where else can you get an outfit, complete with studs, and hair extensions all in one stop?

Random Harvest’s Eclectic Mix of Old and New

randomharvest1This beautifully edited furniture store in D.C. looks like a well designed home. At Random Harvest Antiques & Home Furnishings, you can find the perfect mix of antique, vintage and newly manufactured furniture to make your own abode look like it came out of a design show makeover. From elegant to rustic, formal to casual, each piece is of high quality and is refreshingly affordable.

Random Harvest is the perfect spot to find the one item you’re missing or to make your home unique and special. Random Harvest has four stores in the D.C. area, including this jewel in Georgetown.