As I mentioned in my previous post, one of the reasons I love secondhand shopping so much is the romantic notion that I can create bonds with so many glamorous, unknown women when I buy the items that are no longer serving their wardrobes. On the flip side, one of the most exciting moments in secondhand shopping can be finding the most incredible new-with-tags item for a fraction of its original price.
Enter these killer Vince red leather leggings. I'd spent enough time browsing the leather pants offerings of my favorite brands to know that the price point for nice ones rarely dips below the $500 mark. And the price point for really nice ones is often much higher. Having said that, I seem to have rather exceptional leather-goods luck. I scored these $600 over-the-knee Vince Camuto leather boots at Nordstrom Rack for $200 a couple winters ago, and this $1200 Belstaff leather skirt for the ridiculous price of $75 (though it was several sizes to large and I had it tailored for about $150) at Nordstrom Rack as well. Maybe what I actually have is great Nordstrom Rack luck.
These red leggings were the best new-with-tags score I've found while secondhand shopping in quite a long time. They hadn't even had the little protective coatings removed from the zipper pulls yet! The pants retail new for $1095 and I got them for every bit as good as new at $190. And they fit exactly as I want them to fit without any alterations at all.
I bought this Prada sweater new recently and I fell in love with it immediately. It's going to be a great year-round piece because it's got total layering potential, and also works well on it's own because it's cashmere and quite comfortable to wear even without anything underneath. I've never had a short-sleeved sweater before because I always guessed it was an odd, impractical garment. Yikes, what a misconception. I've worn this sweater so much since I purchased it that my coworkers and friends probably believe I got rid of every other top in my closet.
On a different vintage note, my husband and I recently wrapped up our search for the perfect vintage car when we purchased this 1966 Mustang. I've got a video up on YouTube chronicling that adventure. Check it out! I've been a bit intimidated by the lack of power steering, but mark my words, by week's end I'll be in the driver's seat! I've never been one to avoid a challenge. So far, we've been calling the car our Golden Girl, but we're open to other ideas! We can't wait to take her on lots of adventures.
Cheers to this very vintage May, everyone!