Favorite Pieces to Shop Vintage: '70s disco-ish dresses and vintage hats.
Era Easiest to Shop For: '80s through early '90s — printed polyester dresses at thrift stores, flea markets, and inexpensive vintage shops.
Jewelry 101: Signed pieces from the 1930s- 1960s from companies like Weiss, Juliana, and Miriam Haskell are good bets. Check the stones to make sure they look original, and make sure clasps and closures work correctly. Keep an eye out for a hint of green goop on metal, it's called verdigris and means the piece was exposed to moisture, so it will eventually fall apart.
Handbag Dos and Don'ts: Avoid problems that can't be fixed. For exotic skins, look for cracks and feel around for areas that are hard and dry; it means the skin is on its way to splitting. Always make sure the lining is in tact!
Flea Markets vs. Stores vs. Online: I'm not a huge flea market shopper; I'd rather dig through a rack at a thrift store and find the same thing for $2.99.
Hot Vintage Trends: Long, prairie dresses; long skirts; and long-strap leather bags
Favorite Vintage Stores: The Way We Wore in Los Angeles; What Goes Around Comes Around in Los Angeles; American Rag in Los Angeles; Studio Vintage in Studio City, CA; Mecca in Burbank, CA.
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