Holiday shopping puts us all to the test but I have to say one of my favorite things about it is finding just the right gift for that special someone and then seeing them wear it again and again. I started a shopping category on the blog to share my fabulous finds and today I want to share one of my favorite shops in New York City for vintage jewelry, Pippin Vintage Jewelry. Located in the eclectic Chelsea section of NYC their street is known as “thrift row” and it is a real gem (hehehe a pun).
Over the summer my daughter attended The Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC and I would drive in to shop for clients and then pick her up. While visiting my favorite NYC thrift shop on 17th St., Housing Works Thrift I stumbled upon this sweet little shop across the street. My daughter was looking for a vintage pearl necklace and I knew as soon as we walked in that she would be leaving with a fabulous one. Entering the store you are greeted by the Pippinettes’, as they call themselves dressed in retro style clothes, so hip. This whole store is so hip, selling only 100% original vintage and antique pieces. I have been shopping there ever since that day and adore my finds!
A trip to Pippin is like travelling back in time to a fabulous era of glamour and style. A treasure trove for fashionistas and bargain hunters, the store is full of items like Bakelite bangles, floral brooches, sterling-silver pins and Miriam Haskell pearl necklaces. Owners Rachel and Stephen Cooper find treasures at auctions and estate sales throughout Massachusetts and Vermont. Prior to opening their store they spent ten years selling vintage jewelry at the 26th Street flea market. These two are the King and Queen of vintage jewelry. It is so rare to walk into a shop like this and want everything, Rachel and Stephen are seriously talented at finding those pieces that have the “it” factor.
In additional to residences I also design retail stores. Pippin Vintage is as well designed as it is stocked with vintage treasures; crystal chandeliers and exposed brick, wooden armories and antique furniture house treasures from the 1900 through the 1980′s. Pieces range from two figures up and there are “five-dollar drawers” full of brooches, rings, earrings, and cuff-links. The glass cases hold more valuable pieces, where my daughter found her pearls no surprise there LOL.
A window in back looks out on a hidden courtyard with a charming, shingled “house” where the Coopers sell vintage furniture and home goods at sister shop Pippin Home. I found some fancy glass pieces and art for a client in this quaint little shop that is packed with character. If you have a chance to visit Pippin or any of the shops on “thrift row” let me know I would love to hear about your adventure, and yes it will be a day filled with adventure. I think jewelry is always the perfect gift and you can never have enough, especially when the pieces have a history all of their own. Happy Shopping friends!