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Sep. 24 2007, Published 4:57 a.m. ET

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I’m one of those girls that love vintage shopping. In

vintage shops you can find pieces that no one else is likely to be wearing

because they’re sometimes decades old and they’re a change from the trends that

are mirrored in every store window.

That said, yesterday I got some great vintage finds from a

place I’d never thought to shop before – my 82-year-old grandmother’s closet. After

dinner with the family at my grandmother’s apartment in Queens the conversation

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turned to clothes, and how much I spend on them - then my grandmother said, “I

have a couple of great expensive old

dresses you may like.” I had to repress the ‘Are you serious’ expression that

was creeping on my face and not to insult her I said I’d look at them. The first one was a polyester number I would have got lost in, but the second I was

surprised to see was a rather nice black dress. After tearing out the one inch

thick shoulder pads, I tried it on and had to admit it would look great with a

belt and some accessories. On cue, my grandmother produced a very cool black

leather belt with silver and a gold lion buckles. Coming together, although I

wasn’t offered any family jewels to further accessorize, my aunt then brought

out the most darling vintage red suede Ferragamo flats. I’d seen a similar pair

in a high-end second-hand shop a few weeks ago, but the $100 gems were a half

size too small and not worth the investment just to decorate my over-crowded

shoe closet. But these, I slipped them on and the ruby slippers were a perfect

fit.

Who would have thought that to get an outfit to wear out on

a Saturday night in the city – there’s no place like (my grandmother’s) home.

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