One of things I truly look forward to the most at Viva is the shopping. No surprise coming from a fashion blogger right? This year we ventured out to the local Las Vegas Vintage district on Wednesday and Thursday before Viva commenced. It was quite nice to get out of the hotel for a few hours to enjoy the sunny weather before all the weekend’s events began.
There was no shortage of vintage shops to visit and luckily many were in the same neighborhoods so we just walked about taking everything in. Although I only found a cute floral purse from Glam Factory Vintage, it was wonderful to browse all the shops and see some pretty insane mid-century furniture at the local antique dealers.
Call me crazy, but I was lined up in the crazy herd of shoppers for when the Viva Vendors doors opened on Thursday evening. Since its first come first serve to score great vintage, I targeted my favorite vendors from the start. I had some pretty incredible vintage karma on my side as the two first finds I came across was a breathtaking Alfred Shaheen dress and Hawaiian Novelty print skirt both from the same booth. This vendor is my all-time favorite at Viva because he not only has some of the best vintage but he always negotiates on prices too!
One thing I adore are vintage wicker purses; which I’ve started to amass a lovely collection so far. These definitely sell out the quickest so I had my husband on the lookout as well. He gave a big thumb up when I spotted this adorable white one with small 3D velvet yellow roses. The seller sealed the deal when she told me to open the lid and saw the cute little rose on the inside.
Next I was hunting for the Remix Shoes booth as I was determined to buy another pair since I love the ones from last Viva so much. Originally I was eyeing the Picasso wedges in black but found the fit to be slightly off. I then spotted another style, the Vogue so I tried them on as well. The fit was so comfortable and they looked much better on my little feet. The prices are not cheap but the quality and comfort are well worth every penny! They are the ONLY shoes that I will pay $178 for!
My last stop on the first night of shopping was a vendor carrying a large selection of vintage reproduction shapewear. I wanted to try the Rago 2202 longline bra rather than taking the gamble of buying online. It was no surprise that the band was much too loose (they start at a 34) and sadly not going to work for me after all. Sorry ladies, I won’t be reviewing this one any time soon 😦
Saturday was another exciting day for shopping since there was a plethora of vendors outdoors at the car show. This year I didn’t go as crazy with the purchases, that’s likely because the prices were sky high on all vintage compared to last year. I did manage to pick up a couple things at bargain prices of course. At the PUG booth, I nabbed this fabulous DD Kinky Box skirt in red Hawaiian for only $20. Just before we headed back in, I stopped at the Amberjoy’s Vintage booth as the Lola Ramona handbags were too cute to resist. Luckily, she was offering 30% off if you ordered online from the designer directly so I went with the Ramona style.
Sunday is the best day to score deals as the vendors often mark everything down to clear things out instead of hauling them back home. I went first thing in the morning before the selection was picked over. The first piece I picked up was this lovely butter yellow pencil dress with beautiful bust applique and sparkling rhinestones. Donna the shop owner is always a delight and willing to offer a deal to her customers. I had to show her the dress I wore Thursday evening as I had purchased it from her last Viva.
My last stop was at my favorite vendor (yes I was back again) since he ALWAYS marks everything down 50% off on Sunday. Thankfully it was super quiet and I had first crack at all the remaining piece as he announced the storewide markdown. I nabbed two more dresses and a novelty skirt for only $120!
This year’s vintage shopping acquisitions certainly put last year’s to shame. I have to admit that my hunting skills have greatly improved and I’m able to walk away from things that are just not worth the asking price. It was such a thrill to shop hands on for a change, since I buy 99.9% of my vintage online. Now I must plan a trip to the seamstress to get a couple of the pieces altered for a perfect fit.