While gently worn clothes might not be exactly what you think would be at a summer fair, it's exactly what those in the know head right for at the annual
The Vintage Booth is a favorite among fashionistas and thrift shop hounds. Racks of designer clothes and label-less fashion jewels are ready to be rolled out for the 116th extravaganza.
Carefully selected women's dresses, blouses, pants, coats, and even tasteful items for the boudoir will be for sale at bargain prices. Mo Cohen, the chairwoman of the LVIS and women's lead at the organization's thrift shop, the , painstakingly goes through donations and prices every item — from outlandish hats to kid gloves, designer party dresses to silk robes.
What's the criteria for the Vintage Booth? "Anything that isn't current," Cohen said. And, fun, of course.
Cohen and LVIS member Durell Godfey, who helped sort through the treasure trove, pulled out some pieces on Wednesday.
A red fox fur coat is priced at $500 — a steal, they said. Armani sequin-pants will go for $200. A silver-colored Balenciaga "opera" coat-styled cape is $150. A no-name Mary McFadden-style silver jacket with puffy sleeves is $15 and a blue silk taffeta dress for $75. There's also a dark green crushed velvet strapless Bill Blass dress with a fishtail back in the racks, as well as a herringbone mink for $300.
Bargain Box will also be open on Saturday with styles that are more contemporary. A slew of cashmere sweaters have been put aside for Saturday, and there are plenty of designer designs to be found there too, if vintage isn't your style. A classic Oscar de la Renta black beaded dress is priced at $300 and a Dolce & Gabbana navy jacket is $175.