Vintage By Misty: Decade Classics and Vintage Treasures on Central Avenue
Misty Guerriero knows fashion -- and her customers. "I thought about you when I bought these," she tells a woman as she picks out a few outfits. "I got these in Israel."
Her store, Vintage by Misty is a new addition along Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix. It's small, but packed with decade classics including chandelier earrings from the 1920s and a hot pink poncho from the 1970s.
Guerriero admits her taste in clothes is expensive but that she's working on finding more pieces that will fit a college girl's budget.
"I'd rather have less inventory than bad inventory," she says. "Every piece tells a story. Every piece is an heirloom piece."
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Check out what we'd like to take home, what we want, what we don't and why we'd go back after the jump.
What We'd Take Home:
1. Vintage Dior Button Rings - $80 to $180.
They're fun, and they come in a few different sizes.
2. Cherub Sconces - $125 (per pair).
This touch of old fashioned whimsy could go a long way in a girl's bedroom in her new apartment.
3. Vintage cuff bracelet- $55
More our price range, this bracelet could make any outfit interesting.
4. Banana Leaf Paintings - $40
Interesting and different, these paintings on banana leaf are from Egypt, where Misty spent two months treasure hunting for her store.
On Our Wish List:
1. Vintage YSL snake skin heels - $250
Because we all kind of want to be Joan from Mad Men.
2. Missoni vintage purse - $780
Never been used, Misty tells us she got this funky 70s purse from an older lady in Palm Springs, California who just "had it in a garage." We'd like to just have this in our closets.
3. Vintage 60s Dior Sunglasses - $400
OK, so slightly out of our price range ... OK, a lot out of our price range, but these sunglasses would pretty much make any outfit. Plus, it's really bright in Arizona. We need these. Ask everyone to contribute to a fund so you can buy these glasses.
What We'll Pass On:
1. Chinese Brush - $23 Fun, but when there's so much merchandise in one store, we'd like to save the $23 dollars and put it toward those Dior sunglasses.
2. Butterfly top - $110
Only because we don't have any glitzy event to wear this to. Somebody invite us somewhere!
Why We'd Go Back:
The store might be open, but it isn't even finished yet. Misty admits she's still waiting on a few boxes of merchandise from Israel and soon, the back of the store will be a customers-only café where patrons can buy clothes and have a free cup of coffee and a pastry. What part of that can't you love?
Vintage by Misty is located at 818 N. Central Ave., and is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday by appointment only.
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