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Retro Chic: A Guide to Fabulous Vintage and Designer Retail Shopping in North America & Online [Paperback]

Diana Eden , Gloria Lintermans , Dana Eden

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best shopping guide yet! 5 April 2003
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This book is fabulous. Not only does it explore (and I use the word "explore" because these listings go way beyond mere addresses and phone numbers) about 500 vintage and contemporary designer resale stores all over the U.S., Canada and Online, but with the information offered on each store (what kind of merchandise is carried, price range, return policy, store owner's personal collections, description of the store itself, etc.), I feel much more confident about shopping for my newest passion, vintage clothing (almost like the authors are holding my hand and walking me thru). I also found the section that describes designers from the '20s to the '80s, along with an explanation of what was going on the world during those times, fascinating. The glossary of fashion terms is also helpful, and I loved the listings of vintage expos all over the U.S. The quotes from costume designers, and learning about vintage pieces worn by Hollywood celebrities, is definately a fun bonus. Bravo!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Found Some New Favorites! 5 Nov 2002
By Andie Bailey - Published on
I think the mark of a good guidebook is one that can tell you new things about your hometown. Retro Chic is a *great* guidebookbook. I purchased my copy at home in Seattle, and was pleased to see that my favorite retro sources were included -- as well as several new favorites I hadn't heard about before. The information on online resources is also quite helpful, and introduced me to a whole new way of shopping for unique resale fashions. I took Retro Chic with me on a business trip to Los Angeles last week, and was able to do some wonderfully affordable consignment shopping in a city that's completely foreign to me. What a fantastic resource!
This DOES NOT appear to be a book in which the authors were paid for reviewing particular stores. The information is well organized, up-to-date, and gives plenty of clues about the stores it reviews. Listings are honest and cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from price scales and credit cards accepted to the kind of merchandise available.
This book is a great resource for anyone with a retro fetish, and a no-hassle way for people new to the "scene" to find great resale outlets in their home town, on vacation, or online. I highly recommend Retro Chic and have bought copies as gifts for two friends who recently moved across country.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource! 22 Dec 2002
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What a fabulous resource for lovers of vintage clothing! I have learned about stores in Toronto that I would never have found otherwise. The detailed store descriptions are wonderful - it's interesting to learn about the history of the stores, as well as about their owners.
And what a helpful book when travelling to other cities in North America! Thank you!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous shopping 22 Oct 2002
By Marsha Gruen - Published on
I recently had the opportunity to read Retro Chic and could not put it down. Very enjoyable reading and in fact, the person sitting next to me asked to take a peek. The history of fashion was most fascinating and has inspired me to shop for vintage clothing. I've always loved the look but had no idea how to go about finding the items. Thank you Gloria and Diana for doing the hard part and making it easy for me.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Shopping Guide 17 Oct 2002
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This book is just fabulous. It is a comprehensive, well thought out shopping guide for anyone who loves clothes. It covers everything from vintage to contemporary designer resale. I love the descriptions of the stores and felt like I really got to know the owners. I look forward to exploring the stores in L.A. as well as on the internet from the comfort of home. This is the only book that I have found with such a thorough listing of stores.
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