Vintage Purse Obsession…

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vintage shopping[Image above: purses and clutches]

This past weekend I took a trip to Off The Avenue Antiques and Collectibles in Coraopolis, PA. They have lots of vintage shoes, purses, dresses and coats. Needless to say, I found it hard to leave…

Keep reading to find out about my shopping trip!

Here’s a look at what I bought:

Turquoise purse ($12) – this cute purse has a floral brooch closure and comes complete with an adorable change purse and matching lining! I can’t wait to work it into my summer wardrobe.

Vintage yellow gun keychain ($1) – It was a dollar and it looked pretty cool. I was sold. And it looks good next to my Sixteen Candles Key Chain!

Professional Cocktails Glass with  strainer and stirring spoon ($4) – Featuring 8 recipes and retro graphics – I had to add this to my vintage barware collection. With recipes for daiquiris, Whiskey Sours, Sidecars, Manhattans and others, I can’t wait to put this on the vintage bar cart I picked up on my last shopping trip.

Gold Purse ($18) – This purse looks absolutely brand new, and it’s big enough to hold just about everything I could possibly need.  Oh, and it’s fabulous.

Vintage Puppy Print! ($5)  Water stains and all, this is still one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen – and the puppies look just like Marne‘s puppy Riley so I had to get it for her.

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I know Winston would be glad to know that this antique store has it’s own pug as well! I’m pretty sure the only thing better than a pug is a pug in a sweater.

They had so many vintage ! I wish a few of these pictures were scenes from my closet!

I loved this mint green wall with all the various black and white pictures. Beautifully decorated booths are always an added perk of vintage shopping – they can give you so many ideas!

And these vintage black sandals would have gone home with me had they been in my size. I guess a picture will have to suffice…

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There were also plenty of vintage coats. This velvet coat on the mannequin with the double strand of pearls was the epitome of 50’s classic style, and I had to take a picture.

These feather hats were absolutely stunning. I may not be able to pull off wearing them – but I definitely can appreciate how amazing they are.

And lastly, this 60s chiffon shift dress had the most intricate beading I’ve ever seen; it was a little pricey compared to the rest of my purchases ($40), but we’ll see – I may end up going back for it!

Well that concludes this shopping trip. Let me know what you think! And as always, if you have any vintage shopping stories or tips I’d love to hear them!

10 Responses to Vintage Purse Obsession…

  1. Melanie 02/02/2009 at 11:53 pm #

    I am so inspired to go vintage shopping! But I don’t know a good and reasonably priced store in NYC, anyone know? Thanks!

  2. beccabooclark 02/03/2009 at 2:25 am #

    this makes me wanna move east.. i have a sick obsession with vintage clutch bags

  3. molly june 02/03/2009 at 1:33 pm #

    move east, becca! i go to school in charlotte, nc..but i’m from the outer banks! i got some great feather hats at an awesome vintage store from home among other amazing vintage wear…i wish i could live in some of the stores

  4. OneNGardner 02/03/2009 at 2:13 pm #

    OMG! I just discovered this little gem of a store myself. I’ve lived in coraopolis for 20 years and never stepped foot into until 2 weeks ago. I’ve been back twice and can see it becoming my new shopping obsession. Looks like you got some awesome things.

  5. Daniel 02/03/2009 at 3:43 pm #

    Excuse me… Liz? You’re taking me with you next time. I need one of those hats. 😉

    P.S. This is the Daniel across the room… just to down the “creepy” factor my comment seemed to have. haha

  6. ben 02/04/2009 at 11:44 am #

    @ Melanie, the latest N.E.E.T. magazine has a list of the best vintage shops in NYC – check page 151 and happy hunting!

  7. Vee 02/04/2009 at 1:05 pm #

    OneNGardner: I’m in Coraopolis all the time myself and never saw this place before! Where exactly is it? I’d been spending all my time in the St. Vincent de Paul

  8. The Vintage Peddler 02/07/2009 at 9:16 am #

    Coraopolis? Really? My 30th reunion (Moon High) is in June and I have been trying to think of a reason to go. Are there any other good vintage shops in or around the area now?

  9. lucie_beluga 02/09/2009 at 5:57 am #

    suddenly corraopolis seems so far away from home, I guess I could find a nice vintage store here in paris but the problem is most of the time those shops are sooooo expensive here T_T…


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