Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mercury re-enters Gemini

Switch up the scene; stimulate your mind.

Mercury in Gemini is made for day trips. Today, skipped town with my amazingly awesome Taurian friend Monique and headed to New Hope, PA for small town quaintness and vintage finds...

Night Bird Vintage
A mecca of retro-ness that always has a little magical treasure in store for me — as in a funky something that is absolutely me in style and fit. I’m sure I’m not the only one to witness such a miracle here, because there are tons of options that will have you finding your 50s, 60s, 70s or 80s unicorn if you look hard enough. Plus, prices that’ll have you wondering if they found this stuff in the back of a truck. 12 W Mechanic St, New Hope, PA, 18938, 215-862-1902.

Found just over the river in Lambertville, NJ and a sweet little walk over the bridge that connects PA to NJ is Palette. Vintage mania is here, as there’s a little bit of everything: furniture, housewares, jewelry, knick-knacks, etc. Clothes (designer too) and accessories are strewn throughout the store and everything is 70s or earlier. Plus, Palette is run by two amazing women that’ll cheer you on as you try to squeeze into vintage (unused) boots just small enough… Unfortunately, all their encouragement didn’t help shrink my calves — but would go back every chance I had to see what else these ladies have uncovered. Palette is at 63 Bride St., Lambertville, NJ, 08530, 609-397-0101.

Love Saves The Day
Once an NYC East Village institution, this vintage store made famous in Desperately Seeking Susan now finds its home in New Hope. Still as exciting, all things kitsch and retro are here: formal wear, costumes, dresses, accessories, etc. LSTD is pricier that Night Owl, but has a more unique selection. 1 S Main St, New Hope, PA 18938, 215 862-1399.

Mill Crest Antiques
If cost is of no issue and snobby clerks are your thing, this is the place for you. Color coordinated and pretty as a peony, MCA has a large selection of elegance and glamour. No doubt worth the visit, but with prices and attitude like this, look, but don’t buy. (Ex. a no name dress with a flower pattern, casual and 100% cotton went for $200 — and that was on the low side of their price points. You can get it made and with a better quality cheaper than this...but that is just me.) 72 Bridge St., Lambertville, NJ, 08530, 609-397-4700.