Monday, April 22, 2013

The Manhattan Vintage Show

I didn't really intend to write a blog post about the Manhattan Vintage Show held this past weekend in NYC, but it was such a pleasant diversion from my normal "hunting" routine I wanted to share my expericece with all you vintage lovers out there.  First I have to say, if you adore vintage you must plan a trip to New York to see this show.  You will be totally blown away by the amazing vintage clothing and accessories you will find in one organized indoor space.  The selection was SPECTACULAR!!! If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind frock - from couture to everyday retro - you are bound to find something worth bringing home. But I have to advise you, be prepared to pay NYC prices.

I attended the show with my friend and the manger of one of Connecticut's finest thrift shops.  She is a crazy collector like myself.  Since she works with clothes all week I wasn't sure she wanted to spend her day off rummaging through more racks of clothing, but she was thrilled to come with me and even suggested we do a little thrifting while in the city (more about that later). We took a train into Grand Central and since it was such a nice day, walked the 20 some blocks to Metropolitan Pavilion.

The show runs for two days, Friday and Saturday, three times a year.  We arrived at the show around 2pm the second day.  I wasn't really sure what to expect, I didn't plan to buy much so I wasn't too concerned that we might miss out on the "good stuff" by arriving so late the second day.  I didn't have to worry, there was still plenty of GREAT stuff to be had.

Our first stop was at The Ginko Tree where the first dress I looked at was a beautiful lace Ceil Chapman. I could have left right then and felt I got my money's worth from the event!  Our next stop was at LuLu's Vintage Lovelies.  LuLu's booth was filled with the most amazing, show stopping pieces.  One in particular was a long white crocheted vest embellished with large jewel quality crystals.  The vest had to weigh 10 pounds and we were fortunate to see it modeled by a customer.  If I were in the market for a wedding dress that would have made it into the ensemble.  LuLu herself was working the booth and I think she was the most fashionable women we saw all day.  A former entertainer, you can see her passion for glamour in the collection she has amassed.

My personal passion is vintage 50's dresses, evident by the number of dresses I gravitated towards.  There were plenty to choose from - from great chiffon party dresses to cotton novelty day dresses. It was really too much to take in and remember, but I can tell you every dress I looked at was just lovely and in pristine condition-truly the best of the best in vintage.

The most notable stop of the day however was at Vintage Eyewear.  A great booth set up to look like an old opticians shop and filled with vintage frames, every kind you can possibly imagine.  The proprietor, Esther Harris was a complete hoot, wonderfully entertaining and so fashionable in her vintage dress and glasses.  She was wearing the most amazing pair of cat's eye glasses I have ever seen!  Vintage Eyewear will be exhibiting at the Brimfield Antique Show May 14-19.  Look for them in Central Park at booth 36 (that's Central Park at Brimfield MA, not NYC)

In fact, many of the vendors will be at the Antique Textiles Vintage Show and Sale in Brimfield on May 13.  So go check them out if you can.

Shamefully, I had never been thrifting in NYC so prior to arriving at the Vintage Show we hit a few thrift shops in the area:

City Opera Thrift Shop, I didn't find much vintage but this is one of the nicest thrift shops I have even been in.  It looks more like a consignment shop, packed with designer clothing, jewelry, furniture and decorative items

Cauz for Pawz. This was my favorite of the day, well organized, great clothes and prices, and of course the proceeds go to a great cause, animals.

We also went in to one down and dirty Salvation Army Thrift Store.  If you can stomach the search (which I can) there were some great finds.

The next Manhattan Vintage Show will be held on October 25th & 26th you should really make plans to go!