I visited New York from Berkeley, California in the beginning of June to blog about vintage and consignment shops in the city. My blog is called Toni’s Vintage Trips and you can find it at tonisvintagetrips.blogspot.com. I had an agenda before I arrived, but the ZTrend vintage shopping tour was a delightful surprise. My sister and I met Suzanne at a very cute cupcake shop/café in SoHo and spent the first 45 minutes or so planning out our shopping adventure and getting to know each other over wonderful coffee and pastery. Then we headed through the teeming shopping district to our first stop, Allan & Suzi home of retro and modern fashion (237 Center St., New York, NY, www.allanandsuzi.net
). Since it was morning and the store was just opening, we had a chance to chat with Allan who is a most interesting person. His store was large and full of vintage and modern clothing on the outrageous level, including a hand-painted wedding dress hanging from the ceiling.
After our visit to Allan & Suzi, we stopped by Amarcord Vintage Fashion (252 Lafayette St., between Price & Spring, New York, NY, amarcordvintagefashion.com). The sales rep behind the counter used to work at Labels in Walnut Creek, so I had a Bay Area connection with this store. Traveling down Prince Street, we stopped in at Ina (21 Prince St., New York, NY, www.inanyc.com
), a small boutique with some beautiful designer clothes and shoes. It was too expensive for me, but I enjoyed photographing individual items. Next stop was Housing Works (130 Crosby St., New York, NY) a vintage clothes and thrift shop that had a little bit of everything, including furniture and books. Proceeds from this store go towards fighting HIV/AIDS and homelessness, so I felt good buying something here. I bought a beautiful vintage fur muff for only $15.
We also visited an amazing perfume shop and I am still enjoying mine (Acqua Di Colonia) as well as several other shops. One was up some stairs and very hidden from the street. If it hadn’t been for ZTrend, I never would have had noticed it or had such an intimate shopping experience in SoHo. I would definitely book another shopping tour with ZTrend and plan to have Suzanne take me to the East Village the next time I visit New York, which I hope is soon.
August 12, 2012
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