Fashionistas have always flocked to luxury labels like Louis Vuitton and Gucci to find distinctive pieces to upgrade their wardrobe, but what's so special about a handbag any ol' girl can find on Rodeo? Enter vintage designer shopping; because the only thing better than a Chanel handbag is a hard-to-find vintage Chanel handbag. Aside from ensuring your duds aren't duplicates, vintage shopping is an eco-friendly solution to expanding your wardrobe, not to mention a great investment.  So when you're searching for the next big thing, there is one certainty: old is the new new, and
the new green.


A hidden gem itself, VVintage boasts vintage accessories from design houses such as Kenneth Jay Lane, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel. Owner Jill Garland's flawless taste in jewelry, both vintage and current, is on display with big bangles, statement necklaces and evening essential clutches. The boutique operates on appointment only, but don't let the one-on-one experience intimidate you--Garland is an easygoing accessories expert who will talk shop with you for hours on end.

427 N. Canon Dr., Ste. 216
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 786-8277


Gucci and Pucci. Hermes and YSL. All your old friends seek salvation at this upscale shop located in the Melrose Heights shopping district.  And just because you have to be buzzed in doesn't mean the sales reps are snotty; they have a soft-spoken kindness and an all encompassing understanding of everything vintage and luxury. Some haters put the boutique on blast for overpricing their items, but keep in mind you're paying for authenticity.

8006 Melrose Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 651-5516

Wanna Buy A Watch?

If it's vintage watches and antique rings you fancy, Wanna Buy A Watch offers up a wide range of popular Rolex models like the Air King and The Explorer, and an interesting handful of Patek Philippe watches from the '40s and '50s. If you're just looking to replace some parts to get your grandfathers pocket watch ticking again, the real-deal service providers can spruce up older pieces that need to be repaired or cleaned, or at least can send it out to the proper handlers. And the jaw-dropping settings and flawless stones found in the antique engagement rings and special occasion jewelery, some priced under $1,000, gives Tiffany a run for her money.

8465 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 653-0467


Flounce lives up to its name with a selection of feminine dresses of yesteryear merchandised with delicately beaded bags and sparkling brooches. The kindly priced items are recession friendly so you can walk out with armfuls of girly rarities. The small shop offers an equally small selection, but don't be afraid to ask the sales staff if they have what you're looking for out back.

1555 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 481-1975


Famous for their pandemonium-inducing shoe sales, Decades on Melrose has raised the bar by presenting its pieces, both vintage and contemporary, with a rotating series of sales and events that are frequented by international industry insiders. Returning customers are rewarded with invites to these VIP only sales, like the Rachel Zoe Jewelery Sale last spring. Follow their blog to keep up to date with their latest vintage finds, like 80's Chanel purses or an early 70's I. Magnin fur coat.

8214 1/2 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-0223