Pippin' hot

I like this Pippin too, but not as much as Pippin Vintage Jewelry, which relocated to Chelsea from Orchard Street about three weeks ago (112 W 17th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 212-505-5159).

I loved the original store, which was as intimate as a small closet and replete with worn oriental rugs, gorgeous antique cases and a trove of extremely affordable vintage jewelry (they have drawers packed with bits for $5). Some of my favorite pieces—an onyx ring with an inset diamond, a carved black cameo pendant framed with silver filigree—are Pippin finds, and they both cost less than $100.

The furnishings—along with an even more expansive inventory—made the trip uptown. Though the new space lacks the tucked-away feel of the Orchard outpost, it's undeniably easier to shop. Appropriately, it's adjacent to the small weekend flea market on 17th Street and Sixth Avenue, as owners Rachel and Steve Cooper were longtime Chelsea Flea Market veterans before setting up a store. It's also conveniently across the street from West Elm, one of my other favorite spots to cruise for bargains.

Pippin is an undeniable original—one of those rare places where you can snap up something cool and unusual and one-of-a-kind without actually spending much money.