Last weekend we hit up the Manhattan Vintage Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion. With over 90 retailers from across the nation, it's a haven for collectors and known for drawing designers behind the likes of Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, and Dolce & Gabbana. After a 20 dollar admission fee, we spent four hours trying to spot anything for sale under $500 (okay fine, $100). There were beautiful antique Native American moccasins, Pucci, Sprouse, Randolph Duke, LV and Chanel pieces, but, of course they were untouchable. The thriftiest items we found were still not the thriftiest: leather moto-jackets averaged $600, while distressed Hanes undershirts went for upwards of $75. Definitely not the most recession-ready, particularly when you remember the very tees date back to a time when Hanes could never cost over a few bucks (especially with all those caked-in sweat stains) and motorcycle jackets were meant for rebels. A helpful hint for those used to flea markets but still want well-curated vintage: get there for the last two hours to pay half ticket price and get the best deals when booths begin to purge their inventories. Check out more items after the jump.
Manhattan Vintage Show Is No Cheap Flea
October 18, 2010