If your grandmother failed to bestow you with adequate baubles, head to this petite shop, which puts antique jewelry within easy reach. With the exception of two glass cases containing estate finds like vintage gold watches ($500) and signed costume pieces ($95–$250) from high-end brands like Dior, glittering items are displayed openly on vanity tables and tagged at affordable prices (80 percent of the merchandise costs $45 or less). Most pieces are from the 1950s and ’60s, but can date as far back as the 1850s—you’ll know the decade from which your Bakelite bangles ($65) originated simply by checking the note on its tag. In addition to 1980s mother-of-pearl necklaces ($20), 1950s Japanese dead-stock beaded sweater collars ($18 each) and a ’70s-era copper penny bracelet ($22), you’ll find quirkier accessories such as a 1950s straw pillbox hat ($30), dainty pearl-buttoned gloves ($20) and Art Deco belt buckles ($36). Deal hunters should make a beeline for a pair of old wooden printer’s cabinets filled with glitzy brooches for just $5 apiece.
Pippin Vintage Jewelry
|Venue name:||Pippin Vintage Jewelry||Contact:|
112 W 17th St
|Cross street:||between 6th and 7th Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun noon–6pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, M to 14th St (Sixth Ave); 1, 2, 3 to 14th St (Seventh Ave)|