Where to dig up vintage finds
Check out antique shops and strip malls
Great finds can be had at The Antique and Resale Shoppe in Chicago. (Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune / September 28, 2006)
Says Breen: "The best way to learn is seeing the goods in person. You can touch and feel them and see how they're priced to have some idea of value. The more you see and touch will help you understand the difference in the quality of a piece, scarcity and popularity.
"The important advice when starting to buy costume jewelry is buy what will bring you joy. Buy what makes your heart pitter-patter," she says.
I absolutely agree.
Here's an assortment of other Chicago-area places to touch, learn, browse, buy:
Broadway Antique Market, 6130 N. Broadway, bamchicago.com
Edgewater Antique Mall, 6314 N. Broadway, edgewaterantiquemall.com
Heritage Trail Mall, 420 Ridge Road, Wilmette, heritagetrailmall.com
Randolph Street Market, 1340 W. Randolph St., chicagoantiquemarket.com
Douglas Rosin Decorative Arts, 730 N. Wells St., douglasrosin.com (high end for serious collectors)
For repairs, Bill Semmens, Costume Jewelry Repair, 55 E. Washington St., 312-782-7810
— Ellen Warren