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Recently, I had the chance to play dress-up at Decades, the vintage shop on Melrose Avenue known as an
international shopping destination and retail haven for celebrities, stylists
and fashionistas. And to celebrate the new show The Dukes of Melrose, featuring Decades owners Cameron and Christos, I've partnered with Bravo and The Dukes of Melrose to give away a $500 online gift card for one lucky reader to go vintage shopping at Decades.

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To enter, simply visit The Dukes of Melrose page on BravoTV.com and then leave a comment here telling me what pieces you love buying in vintage. My other favorites are bags, by far, because I can get so much use out of a great vintage bag. Entries must be posted by this Thursday, April 4, at 8 a.m. PST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. Good luck!

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*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $500 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

**This giveaway is brought to you in collaboration with Bravo. New episodes of The Dukes of Melrose air on Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30c.

UPDATE: Congrats to Kerry F. from Santa Monica, CA for being our winner this time!

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang.}

723 comments

  1. I love buying vintage because it’s basically supercool recycling. Bags and jackets/coats are wonderful to buy vintage because they may get used a few times, then the owners are onto the next. Love Bravo & the show!

  2. I love this! I love imagining the back stories of vintage pieces, who could have possibly own it and all the adventures vintage items could have been on. I also love bags, but vintage dresses are my favorite because they can be so quirky.

  3. Handbags, and a dress like the green one you’re wearing in these photos… Stunning!

  4. First of all I hope you bought that green dress because it looks AMAZING on you! As for me, I love a good vintage dress and jewelry!

  5. Oh my gosh – how lovely!! Such a fun outing. And so many lovely pieces – I know my closet needs a facelift and this would be the perfect fix!!
    Much love,
    B

  6. I love vintage jewelry, bags & tops because they have creative detail & character. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I love the specialness (I don’t know if that’s a word, but I just made it one) of vintage anything…I have a lot of antique/vintage doors that I’ve collected that I use as decorations. Clothing/accessory wise I love vintage dresses, belts and handbags!

  8. I love vintage sunglasses and jewelry – accessories that are unique are the best!

  9. What a great giveaway. Bags and coats. My obsession. That green dress you tried on is fantastic by the way.

  10. I love vintage accessories–a basic dress or top with a statement vintage necklace becomes an outfit!

  11. if i were more adventurous, i’d buy more vintage dresses. i mostly seem to end up with vintage blazers, since they have so much character.

  12. my husbands family ran a women’s retail store in san francisco for a few generations , so i’m always on the lookout for vintage items from the livingston brothers store. also, i LOVELOVELOVE beaded sweaters from the 40s and 50s…

  13. I think accessories are my favorite vintage pieces. Jewelry from past decades always make me feel like a different person in a different time. And they are something that can easily be incorporated into a variety of outfits.

  14. I love buying dresses that you won’t find anywhere else! (and jewelry. and coats!)

  15. Oh my…definitely vintage accessories of any sort, bags, jewelry, scarves. But I have to say I really enjoy vintage tops as well! They can be paired with any sort of classic bottoms for a fun look!

  16. I love buying vintage dresses – with a little tailoring and some tlc they just last and last and never are “out.”

  17. I love buying vintage dresses! My favorites are from the 40s and 50s – so much style, and usually very well constructed. Of course, vintage jewelry to accessorize them with comes in a close second ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Definitely dresses! I can browse the dress rack all day long. Fantastic giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  19. A great vintage handbag is my go to piece. Vintage items have a history, love love. A great coat would also be the best!

  20. I love vintage dresses and shoes, but if I’m not shopping clothing, vintage kitchenware and furniture are my absolute favorites. I can’t get enough!

  21. Vintage has a great sense of history to it. I’ve always loved wearing vintage but now that I’m a working girl I love the shoes.

  22. Jewelry and other accessories are my vintage go-tos! Fun to pick up and use as they are, or to repurpose in other DIY projects.

  23. I looove buying vintage designer scarfs and jewelry. I feel like if a piece has aged well so far, it’s not going out of style any time soon. Although who can say no to a retro cut dress!

  24. I like vintage dresses and jewelry. They always fit right. A dress can just be thrown on and usually doesn’t need any tailoring.

  25. I love vintage because you know the piece has already lived a life before you. I love buying vintage furniture and home accessories and definitely jewelry! Thank you!

  26. I love vintage tops. Finding one that fits just right is so rare that when I do it’s always a magical moment and vintage items seem to last forever!

  27. I also love love vintage handbags and dresses. I was lucky to find a vintage Chanel bag at an estate sale recently for a great deal!

  28. Handbags, especially really ornate oscar worthy clutches to pair with a casual outfit oh and nice baubles too, to brighten up gloomy days

  29. Vintage coats. I’m a coat addict and coats are amazing. I’ve already called dibs on all of my Grandmother’s wonderful coats. I also love dresses and bags, but coats are my bread and butter.

  30. You know those all-sequin jackets people in the 80s used to wear? OBSESSED WITH THEM. Basically, I want to dress like Alexis Colby-Carrington all the time.

  31. I’m a sucker for vintage dresses, jewellery and bags! (I’m smitten with that green dress!)

  32. i totally agree with you, my number one is handbags! although jewelry is a close second.

  33. I think my first favorite is coats and jackets. I am addicted to vintage hats but I never wind up wearing them, so I would have to say chiffon blouses.

  34. bags and jewelry….and if they fit (or can be altered to fit), dresses and jackets!!

  35. Vintage jewelry and handbags (especially small purses) are so fun to shop for! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. I love buying vintages bags, jewelry and dresses. Love the green dress! Thanks!

  37. My favourite vintage finds are bags and dresses because they typically have some of the most classic shapes and can be kept for years.

  38. Such a great giveaway – thank you!! I think we all agree that the green dress is gorgeous on you – I hope you bought it! I think I have the most fun shopping for vintage accessories, jewelry, and bags. I am a huge fan of vintage fashion and vintage items for the home, as well!

  39. I’m on a clothing fast this year (going strong since September!) where I can buy only second hand…I have LOVED it! and have found that skirts and sweaters are my favorite vintage items. I don’t know that I will ever buy a skirt or sweater again that is not vintage!

  40. I love it when I can find a great vintage dress because I know no one else will have one quite like it!

  41. vintage bags and accessories are so much fun. it’s neat to imagine who’s owned these vintage items.

  42. I LOVE buying vintage bags or great cowboy boots! Vintage jewelry, dresses, and skirts are also super fun!

  43. vintage jewelry is the best! way better than most of the cheap stuff out in stores like Forever 21.

  44. I love vintage dresses because they’re fun and colorful and make me feel special!

  45. vintage accessories are great. especially scarves and jewelry. i also love dresses from the 50s and 60s– so girly and flattering.

  46. I love buying shoes when I can find them in my size. And dresses, and I love vintage dresses.

  47. I love the tailoring and high quality construction in vintage dresses and jackets.

  48. I love finding vintage jewelry. As a jewelry and textile designer, I love finding hidden gems to incorporate into my designs. Ad if a certain coat happens to be calling my name, well then so be it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  49. It’s a toss up for me, I love vintage jewelry but a great 50s dress with full skirt is just so romantic, especially a nice floral print.

  50. Vintage accessories are the best! It’s always wonderful to have a special statement piece that happens to be vintage. It just has more character and offers a special quality to any outfit…especially jewelry, sunglasses and scarves.

  51. DRESSES! Vintage sizing is more tailored to my figure as it is – plus it doesn’t hurt being one of a kind in a sea of Forever21! (Not to knock it, fast fashion has its charms.)

  52. Coats, bags, shoes, jewelry… Heck, it’s all great! Access to fashion styles from different periods is always a good thing!

  53. I love finding quirky vintage jewelery… it can be such a great conversation starter! I’m also a big fan of vintage skirts and shoes.

  54. I am loving Duke’s of Melrose first of all!!! I love buying jewelry, scarves, and BAGS! Can a girl ever have too many bags??

  55. I have to admit I am a relatively picky vintage buyer but there is nothing like finding the perfect vintage dress or statement jewelry piece. Even better are the compliments that follow, knowing you had to do a little hunting to find it!

  56. I LOVE THAT SHOW – Cameron and Cristos are the BEST!!! Vintage anything but my heart is with bags and shoes. A girl can’t go wrong, right?!

  57. I would have to agree with you – I love buying bags vintage, but I also love other accessories, too. You can get some great pieces that aren’t available in stores today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. I love buying vintage dresses for special occasions. It’s almost certain that I will be the only girl wearing it, while my friends complain when they see others wearing the same it-dress as others.

  59. Dresses and coats! I probably have 15 vintage coats bc i cant stop buying them. This the best giveaway ever!

  60. I love buying vintage bags and dresses. The style and quality are great. Thank you!

  61. How could I pick just one thing to buy vintage? Shoes, bags, dresses, tops…I love them all! The only thing I have a hard time finding vintage are pants – finding long lengths is tricky.
    Thanks for hosting this great giveaway, Joy! xo

  62. Oooo can’t wait to watch the show! I really love vintage blouses, because the cuts are usually very unexpected, but flattering as well as vintage jewels, because there is nothing better than some glamorous baubles!

  63. I love buying jewelry, bags & coats. When buying vintage, I love that the items are so unique and you know you have something that someone else just can’t go out and buy!
    Jodi

  64. This is amazing! I love shopping vintage dresses because you can find such unique, beautiful pieces. I also love vintage jewelry–especially rings!

  65. Vintage costume jewelry and evening/clutch bags.
    Quality just isn’t the same anymore! Also, anything with beading or sequins for the same reason.

  66. I love buying vintage dresses since they’re usually classic styles that you can accessorize in so many ways.

  67. What an amazing giveaway! Decades is an incredible shop and I usually shop for dresses and bags… but with all that inventory, who knows what I’d be swayed by!

  68. WOW. How fun is this giveaway???
    My favorite thing to shop for in vintage stores are dresses and jewelry. Especially costume jewelry.

  69. I really like vintage handbags, too! I have a couple that I’ve nearly worn out from so much use, but I LOVE them!

  70. I love vintage jewelry, but have recently started picking up a few vintage dresses. They’re like vintage furniture – nothing is quite as well made now!

  71. What a fun giveaway! I love to buy jackets and jewelry. Of course I would never turn down a good vintage home decor piece too.

  72. I love buying vintage accessories and handbags. Adding a vintage accessory to an outfit can add so much character and they’re usually great conversation starters because no one has anything quite like it.

  73. I love buying bags – they hold up particularly well, and you don’t have to worry about fit!

  74. I love buying vintage bags and accessories! They are so cute and go well with everything!!!

  75. I love to buy broaches and dresses! I love classic styles and it’s fun to have a great piece that no one else owns ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. I definitely love the bags !!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ a great story through handbags !! ๐Ÿ˜€

  77. Omigosh, how can I choose just one thing? That green dress you’re wearing in the photo is gorgeous! I’d probably end up with one of the bright colored bags, though… I need a new bag right now.

  78. Since I’ve started using my Vintage sewing machine, I’m all about the fabrics! I’ve really started to value the material more. I love buying skirts and altering them to fit my taste in length. Also, always a sucker for beautiful leather bags!

  79. I love vintage jewelry and dresses–nothing like having something that is one of a kind!

  80. i love buying vintage jewelry. Even the “low-ends” of years past look so amazing.

  81. I love buying vintage jewelry and bags! They can be paired with many different looks and you can get so much mileage out of them.

  82. I love your shiny heels in the last pic – are those vintage?
    My vintage pics – bags, jewelry, and sunglasses!

  83. I love buying vintage skirts and dresses. There’s just something about the prints that I love.

  84. I have a weird obsession with collecting vintage bags (and vintage camera bags) to use as my everyday purses. Love them! This would be the best thing to happen to me this year!

  85. I love vintage accessories – love having unique pieces, but that green dress is stunning!

  86. I love vintage handbags and dresses. I cannot resist snatching them up when I find a good one.

  87. I love buying vintage accessories! The quality is amazing and the attention to detail is such a joy

  88. I love buying vintage shoes- they are so intricate and detailed.
    I also love buying vintage jewelry- there is an essence of a story being told through it.
    Vintage dresses are also so beautiful and elegant.

  89. Bags and all accessories seem to have been made better in the past. Definitely sturdy vintage buys!

  90. I love vintage dresses — especially their uniqueness and how they fit I also love to shop for jewelry and t-shirts.

  91. I love shopping vintage for accessories!! Hats, bags, scarves, sunnies, glassies, and jewelry.

  92. I love shopping vintage jewelry especially art deco style I can’t get enough. I’m always on the lookout for coats!

  93. Vintage dresses are the best because they are classic and look good on every body type. I absolutely love the green dress you tried on!

  94. vintage dresses and shoes (if i am lucky enough to find a sz 11!)
    thanks for sharing!

  95. Bags!! I love collecting vintage bags, old leather just gets more and more beautiful with age.

  96. Oh jewelry,definitely,and bags…coats, i have quite a collection. i’d say shoes, but at 5’10 its rare i find ones that fit!

  97. I love buying vintage jewelry. They are so bold and beautiful and have passed the test of time,(it is very important thing in jewelry to me). Accessories should be able to last and retain its beauty throughout the years.

  98. I like fun vintage shorts – surferish short ones made of curduroy, old-school hiking shorts with different pocket arrangements, and fun flowy shorts that are colorful and have cool crazy patterns on them.

  99. Hmmm, I just posted a long, detailed comment but it looks like my comment got eaten by cyber-gremlins. So I’ll keep this short: Dresses! I love to shop for and wear vintage dresses!

  100. I looooove buying and wearing vintage dresses! Coats are the next favorite…but really I’m obsessed with vintage in general!

  101. I love love love vintage. Everyone says I have an old soul so it make sense. To pick one thing from their store is impossible.

  102. I really love shopping for accessories at vintage stores. They usually have fun quirky options with help an outfit come together.

  103. My absolute favorite vintage buys are always leather boots and bags. I love knowing that the pieces have a story that started before me and that I get to add to it.

  104. i love love vintage bags and dresses. shopping in a vintage store is like treasure hunting on a remote island, where you come home with things no one else have. hugs Li

  105. I have been buying vintage since high school and my favorite thing about it is that you can count on a good vintage piece to add that extra something to any outfit. My favorite things to buy Vintage are dresses and bags…

  106. I love vintage party dresses! I also love scouring for 60s-era clutches or a funky 80s designer bag! What a great giveaway, thank you!

  107. My favorite vintage pieces to buy are coats and sunglasses. Timeless!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  108. I love vintage coats, they can be beautiful through the ages because they can drape and not have to hug to make a statement. Thanks Joy!

  109. Vintage dresses are timeless! Pair with a modern jacket and cute sandals and you are ready for summer.

  110. i’m a vintage sweater kind of gal. nothing beats the charm in the details- glass buttons, hand embroidery- le sigh.

  111. Oh, how dreamy. Vintage dresses and coats are my weakness, especially when paired together.

  112. Discovering a great vintage find is so much fun! I especially love vintage bags and accessories…and anything else that fits well and feels timeless. As my grandparents would say, “They just don’t make them like the used to”.

  113. Hunting for accessories and one-of-a-kind trinkets/treasures are the best! I LOVE finding cool handbags, clutches, wallets, coin purses and unique jewelry as well!

  114. love it! haven’t tried the vintage style yet but i think this could be my chance to start wearing vintage inspired clothing!

  115. I love, love, love buying vintage watches! I love pairing my vintage watches with different outfits for different occasions! The vintage watches complete my outfits with a ‘mature casual’ look!

  116. Vintage jewelry and bags are my favorite but I also love vintage home accessories.

  117. Their vintage jewelry collection is just INSANE! Would love to have a piece to mix with modern j.crew tops and boyfriend jeans.

  118. I would want an over the top, glamorous gown. One that I would wear to places like the grocery store just to feel like a queen !

  119. This store looks like a paradise. I’m a big vintage fan- I love the styles and the fact that it’s pretty darn “green” too!

  120. I am loving this show! My picks would definetely be bags too! Especially Chanel. XD

  121. Definitely vintage jewelry, they seem to stand the test of time well! Oh, and the occasional vintage top/shirt.

  122. I love vintage handbags and accessories! The quality is often so much better than what you can get now.

  123. I buy all kinds of things second hand or vintage. My favs are boys blazers so the sleeves hit just above the wrist bone. I look for basic silk tanks, too. The cut is always perfect and they’re always less expensive if they’ve been pre-owned!

  124. I’m a vintage shopping junkie because I know what I’m wearing isn’t going to be on a coworker when I walk in the office. I also love how unique and elegant vintage pieces are. My fave vint-age piees to buy are blazers, button downs, clutches and structured bags.

  125. bags for sure! oh, and vintage coats too, but i think i’d buy a bag with the $500. love your blog, joy! <3

  126. I’ve actually never purchased anything vintage but I would love to get some tshirts that you could totally dress up especially for the summer time!

  127. i love vintage bags, jewelry, dresses, hats, gloves..hell, i love it all! and i love this store – nothing would make me happier than to have an excuse to get in there and shop shop shop ๐Ÿ™‚

  128. Vintage purses and jackets are my vices. I am also in love with the amazing green dress you’re wearing in one of the above photos. Perfect spring/summer color! It evokes ease/comfort but also very elegant. Hope I win!

  129. Vintage purses and jackets are my vices. I am also in love with the amazing green dress you’re wearing in one of the above photos. Perfect spring/summer color! It evokes ease/comfort but also very elegant. Hope I win!

  130. Vintage purses and jackets are my vices. I am also in love with the amazing green dress you’re wearing in one of the above photos. Perfect spring/summer color! It evokes ease/comfort but also very elegant. Hope I win! (sorry if this is a duplicate post, having trouble with the form)

  131. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE vintage costume jewelry. Jewelry is that one fashion element that I will use to step out of my conservative fashion choices! That pop of color in earrings, necklaces or brooches makes any tradional outfit I wear amazing! Loved the post!

  132. I love vintage silk blouses. There are so many unique patterns and colors I’ve found in vintage stores and closets…

  133. A day at Decades, how fun!!! I personally love vintage jewelry, bags, and jackets. Great quality and something a little different.

  134. every dress i wore to a high school dances and marine corps birthday balls was from this little vintage shop in my home town. it’s so unique and one of a kind. i couldn’t bear to go to a big department store and get one of the same six dresses that every other girl was wearing. always go vintage.

  135. Vintage Jewelery for sure! I love to think about the story behind each piece and who may have treasured it before me.

  136. My obsession is vintage handbags and jewelry. I am tragically feminine and nostalgic, so anything pretty with a past is addictive!

  137. I love buying just about everything vintage, however I usually gravitate towards dresses and bags! Amazing giveaway!

  138. My favorite thing to buy vintage? mod dresses, velvet blazers, wrap skirts, structured bathing suits, straw bags, and wooden sandals. Basically everything!

  139. Love vintage–especially jewelry and bags. So fun to imagine all the history behind them.

  140. I especially love to buy vintage coats, or proudly wear what my grandmother has passed down. Vintage jewelry is also wonderful!

  141. I love love the verde “green” dress on you! You look fabulous.
    I like vintage b/c oftentimes it last longer and the styles always loop back.
    I love vintage dresses and jewelery though I cannot say “no” to a vintage bag (a work in progress). Thanks Joy!

  142. vintage jewelry for sure, i’m a bauble addict. my outfits tend to be more basic but i’ve always got some great jewels on, and if they’re vintage they’re more unique!

  143. I love vintage for the same reason I love my old home – so much character and history! It’s so fun to have something one of a kind.

  144. I always receive so many compliments on my vintage dresses. I think the cuts can be more flattering and feminine for me, so that’s always a plus! I love the green dress you are trying on – it looks great on you! Thanks for the giveaway.

  145. that green dress is my new thrift shopping obsession as of now… I mostly like to look for bags and unique accent pieces such as scarfs, necklaces, fabric flowers, etc …Many thanks!

  146. That green dress was made for you! Vintage pieces always seem to have such a story. My favorite pieces, if I had to choose, are dresses, coats and jewelry. But I love all of it really. Thank you for another wonderful giveaway!

  147. As a college student, I love buying vintage dresses for events such as graduations, parties, or school functions. I know a vintage piece will be sure to make me stand out from the crowd.

  148. I love vintage clutches – so chic. And when I can find one that fits, nothing makes me feel more put together than a vintage shift dress.

  149. I love buying vintage housewares, jewelry, coats and dresses…that emerald dress you tried on Joy was fabulous! I hope you picked it up! Thanks for the great opportunity! Shopping at Decades online would be so fun! : )

  150. My weakeness is for vintage LV and Chanel, being a busy Mom now days neither have been on my budget, just my dreams. So, it would be amazing to be able to go and touch all that vintage goodies under one roof! And to be able to pick one or maybe even two with this great giveaway!

  151. I’m in love with quality vintage dresses and jackets! The tailoring and story behind the pieces are impeccable and so much fun just looking through everything and trying on. Great giveaway!

  152. I absolutely love to shop for vintage jewerly. It’s important to me to have pieces that no one else has with a lot of detail and vintage is the way to go.

  153. I love vintage shoes. They seem so much more authentic and creative that modern day shoes just try to copycat in on the cheap.

  154. I love buying vintage dresses! Bought one from a store in the Marais and love wearing it to parties!
    Thanks Joy!!

  155. i love buying vintage dresses, coats, shoes…. anything! i love buying vintage because it feels like the pieces I’m wearing have such a deep history and I am adding to their story.

  156. I love vintage accessories and bags. They’re easy to mix in with your existing wardrobe and can be worn in so many different way. Plus you don’t need to worry about getting the right size. I always find beautiful vintage dresses that I would love to wear but very rarely do they ever fit me as I’m very petite.

  157. I’m intrigued!! I’ll have to check the show out!
    I love finding vintage shoes!!

  158. I prefer to purchase my jewelry from vintage stores. There’s something very romantic and mysterious about the jewelry, like they have a past. I also love the quality which seems far superior to what you find these days. Also, since I sew, I love to buy dresses that may be a size or 2 too big and tailoring them to fit me perfectly. It combines the thrill of shopping and the satisfaction of DIYing all at once! Thanks for the giveaway, Joy!

  159. I love vintage shoes! I have a pair of boots of my moms, from when she was 18. They are my favorite!!

  160. I love looking for iconic vintage bags, especially Chanel purses. They never go out of style.

  161. I love a good vintage purse. It completes a desired look, can get the most use out of it and I won’t grow out of it (literally)!

  162. I love all things vintage, well, most things. Especially vintage jewelry and handbags!

  163. I love vintage bling. Brooches, art deco rings, everything… I am actually making my bouquet for my spring wedding next year out of vintage brooches/earrings and paper flowers so, this would be awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ And of course vintage bags what’s not to love!

  164. My vintage-buying weakness is BOOTS! The quality leather and craftsmanship make them a purchase that (with resoling through the years) lasts a lifetime!

  165. The hunt is just as much fun as the find. . I enjoy collecting vintage clutches, jackets, jewelry but ESPECIALLY scarves. Scarves and handkerchiefs can be transformed into wall hanging, belts, and turbans. I like searching for unique patterns and materials. My favorite find is a belt scarves with black fringe and a neon yellow print from the 60’s. I wear it in my hear or attached to my bag.

  166. Oh how I have admired Decades from afar for years…I adore vintage coats—the construction, the details, the ladylike proportions, vintage dresses—how the right one can feel transformative, vintage bags and jewelry—the “fixers”, but after having lived in London, I know that the right vintage hat can truly change everything.

  167. Jewelry! and then wearing the “fancy” stuff while I’m doing mundane things like changing diapers – it’s amazing how wearing a bit of bling can make you feel more special!

  168. I like buying vintage bags. The different designs are great and can add a little something extra to an outfit.

  169. I love pretty much Everything Vintage but especially LOVE vintage coats!!! There is so much history and personality in them and they last forever!!!!

  170. As a plus size girl, it’s hard to find vintage clothing that works for me, but I can occasionally find a great coat or dress. My favorite things are vintage bags and shoes!

  171. My favorite vintage pieces are often ones with a great story! A have a few of my grandmother’s garments that are timeless and that I treasure, and when shopping vintage I love to ask the owner of the store if they have any special tidbits about the last caretaker of the item.

  172. I’m actually not a huge vintage shopper since I’m not a big shopper in general but I would really love to get more into it though since I think there’s a greater opportunity to find more unique, individual pieces. When I do shop vintage, I love getting jewelry and outerwear!

  173. Vintage accessories and bags are at the top of my list. They usually hold up better than just regular everyday clothing.

  174. I love buying vintage accessories – I have some precious silk scarves I’ve bought vintage that I just adore!

  175. I love buying handbags, jackets and dresses. I love shopping for most things ๐Ÿ™‚

  176. I definitely enjoy buying vintage jewelery. The concepts are so unique and often set the example for modern day jewelry design.

  177. Vintage everything is great, but you can’t go wrong with coats and bags! My collection is small, but I would for it to grow with help from this giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  178. What a nice giveaway! I absolutely love vintage, I think it adds a special touch! Joy, I hope you bought the green dress because it looks stunning on you!

  179. Thank you for this amazing giveaway! I love buying vintage jewelry and purses. And I love Christos on the show– he seems very business savvy and yet lots of fun.

  180. My senior year prom dress was this amazing sky blue vintage gown–I still have it today! And I have several vintage bags, which are great for a night on the town. Dresses and bags would be on the top of my list. (Love this giveaway, Joy!)

  181. Vintage jewelry is my favorite by far but I also love finding cool vintage bags. Anything unique and fun! And I love that green dress!

  182. I’ve had my eye on a beautiful vintage dress on Decadesinc.com! I need this $500 so I can finally buy it! Love! Love! Love the show!
    Tina

  183. I love vintage shopping for stand out pieces of jewelry and coats. Can’t beat it.

  184. I definitely don’t buy enough vintage. I love purses and bags and have found some beautiful stuff. I just love the idea of the piece having a history!

  185. I can’t list only one type of item I love buying vintage, there are SO many … Jewelry, cool unique pieces that really stand out. Shoes, my absolute OBSESSION. Handbags. Now I feel like I must peruse Decades … Off to shop! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  186. Of course it’s no surprise, but I love finding a great vintage handbag. Coats are a very close second… It’s fantastic when you can find unique items that no one else has!

  187. I’ve never been able to buy anything vintage but know I would def look at bags!

  188. My vintage love affair is with dresses and motorcycle jackets. Nothing like a well constructed dress and an already broken in motorcyle jacket. I love old band tees but those are harder to find these days.

  189. Accessories! Bags, scarves, jewelry. I don’t discriminate! The show looks like it will be great.

  190. How can you pick a favorite type of vintage?! I LOVE vintage dresses and jewels! My favorite necklaces are those willed to me by an artist.

  191. I love buying vintage jewelry. Brooches and pins, clip-on earrings that I’ll convert, and the rings, oh, the rings!
    Can’t wait to watch the show–it looks fab.

  192. I absolutely love vintage rings! There’s so much character and history in each one and I definitely appreciate that they can be passed down as heirlooms.

  193. I usually buy vintage blouses because the prints are original and the tailoring really good.

  194. I have tiny feet, so I love finding adorable vintage kitten heels and flats. When I wear them, i feel like Audrey Hepburn!
    I moved to Los Angeles a month ago, so I’m trying to spruce up my wardrobe with warm weather friendly clothes. I could make GREAT use of this gift card, dude.

  195. I love to buy vintage dresses and handbags!! jewelery is also a favorite!!!

  196. Anything leather, canvas, cotton, silk, velvet, beaded / sequined, wood, metal or straw! It is all about good natural materials if you want an already used pieces to keep lasting. Plus timeless materials make for timeless fashions. Cheers!

  197. I love buying coats, hands down. There was some real attention to detail back then and every vintage piece I own has such personality and you know they aren’t crazy mass produced so you feel good knowing your score is unique!

  198. Feminine jackets and silk blouses. Since I was like 16. Oh, and shoes. People think its gross, but all my best shoes are vintage.

  199. I love shopping for vintage bags and dresses. By far my favorite items in my closet!

  200. I’m a vintage shoe, bag and jewelry girl all the way. Big fan of Jade glass pieces.

  201. I adore vintage bags as well. They have so much character and charm! I recently purchased a vintage coach purse from a local thrift store and absolutely LOVE IT. Also, I love vintage jewelry because a good piece of jewelry can tell such a cool story!

  202. Shoes. I wear anywhere from a size 3.5-5 and vintage is the easiest way to find “grown up” shoes that fit me!

  203. I love vintage bags and dresses! Dresses are so versatile and purses are always a statemen piece and can MAKE an outfit!!

  204. I love buying vintage handbags and jewelry! It’s a great way to add character to an outfit!
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  205. I am all about vintage dresses-it packs a big punch in terms of outfit and you know your look is totally your own.

  206. Bags! I found a vintage Fendi in a San Francisco shop a few years ago and used it until the strap fell off.

  207. Vintage bags and jewelry are my favorite. I love the idea of objects that connect you to other places and times. It’s living history and makes me feel like a modern day anthropologist!

  208. I love hunting for vintage dresses. There are just so many details put into that you don’t see in modern clothing.

  209. I love vintage blouses because you simply can’t go wrong with a flowy secretary’s top from the 60s ๐Ÿ™‚

  210. I would love to buy vintage. Have NEVER bought vintage before. Would LOVE my FIRST time to be from this store! Uhmmmmm what would it be…. a dress for sure.

  211. Dresses! Love the emerald one you’re sporting. And I pretty much died when I saw all those handbags. Wouldn’t mind finding some of those, either.

  212. I would get the Alexander Wang
    Black Lace Overlay Dress – Size 8 – that they have on their site! Or the Martin Margiela
    Olive Slip Drape Tee – Size Small -!

  213. Bags and necklaces! I only live about 10 blocks from Decades, it’s almost too handy!

  214. I love vintage dresses because they make some of the greatest statement pieces. Easy, too–vintage dresses are one piece of clothing that makes an entire awesome outfit!

  215. i can not get enough vintage dresses! its becoming a problem…taking over other closets in our house. fave decades? 70’s 80’s and 40’s silk nightgowns!

  216. I adore vintage anything…but bags are my favorite too! Thanks for this opportunity! Crossing my fingers ๐Ÿ™‚

  217. I have to go for bags or dresses because everything else is usually out my size league lol
    vintage = small, petite women = not getting my SIZE 10 1/2 foot into those Pradas!

  218. thanks for the giveaway! i love buying vintage jewelry and coats — love the random finds! thanks for the giveaway, joy!

  219. Everything? I seriously love buying dresses ( especially the rare 40s ones in my budget) but I’ve been limiting myself to only buying housewares because I get a lot more use out of them.

  220. I love buying a-line knee-length skirts because they are nearly impossible to find new.

  221. I’ve only ever bought dresses and home goods vintage, I think. But I love it when I see vintage sweaters on people- especially midcentury beaded cardigans.

  222. Vintage dresses are my favorite; I own far too many! And even though I never end up buying them (because I know I’d never actually wear heels), I still can’t help trying on vintage shoes! They always look sooooo cute; but so impractical for my real life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  223. What cute photos (and pretty pieces!)!! I absolutely love buying vintage jackets & bags ๐Ÿ™‚

  224. EVERYTHING vintage. Coats, dresses, jewelry, PURSES. Oh how I love thoses purses. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE and thank you.

  225. apparently i’ve got me an affinity for anything from the seventies. the longer and maxi-er, the better ๐Ÿ˜‰

  226. So awesome!! I get excited if I find one of a kind handbag. Cheers to Vintage and Eco-friendly!!

  227. I loooove vintage jewelry! It’s wonderful having lovely pieces from another era ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for this great giveaway!

  228. I’m loving this show! It’s a look into this world that seems so rareified and out of reach. But with the gift card, I could buy…. half a dress. Haha. Seriously, I’d love to pick up a dress, bag or shoes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  229. What a cool website! Vintage jewelry is so fun… I love imagining who wore it before, and to what event. Of course vintage bags are also at the top of my list because you can wear them anywhere!

  230. I really love buying vintage jackets, coats, dresses, and costume jewelry. They always get the most compliments from people, too!

  231. I love vintage jewelry because it can balance out a too-trendy outfit and vintage bags are a must!

  232. Definitely bags, and also oversized dresses and shirts that can be taken in or recycled into toddler clothes!

  233. I love vintage dresses and jackets. Both always have unique necklines, lengths, and buttons! They always feel like special pieces.

  234. I LOVE LOVE LOVE vintage sunglasses! The idea that someone else has seen the world through those same lenses is so interesting to me.

  235. I love buying vintage because no one else ever has the same piece! I especially love finding neat cocktail jewelry. This gift card would be absolutely wonderful because I graduate from college next month and am moving to L.A. to pursue a big girl career, but I desperately need a few good interview outfits!

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  237. I love, love, love vintage jewelry–especially brooches! They can be used to dress up a wrap dress or strung together to make a one of a kind necklace. I have really enjoyed a couple of my friends using them for their bouquet in their weddings. I love vintage shoes and dresses, but have a great time raiding my mother’s closet during the holidays!

  238. I am a HUGE fan of vintage jewelry, especially statement brooches or necklaces. They give pop to my outfits and make for a great conversation starter.

  239. Vintage silk scarves and jewelry are wonderful. That green dress you had on is really lovely too and I definitely wouldn’t mind owning something like that!

  240. I love buying vintage skirts! It’s fun to pair them with dressy tops for work. I know I’m never going to walk in with the same outfit as anyone in my office!!

  241. I LOVE buying vintage! It is wonderful to find unique pieces and style them with current trends to compliment my look!! xo

  242. Ahhh this is so exciting! I love buying vintage bags because the quality is so good for it to last ๐Ÿ™‚

  243. i love vintage bags and coats…and the random tshirt, too, to put under a blazer.

  244. Vintage dresses!! They are made for women with a shape like mine (instead of for skinnier modern ladies) and the fabric is always so interesting and gorgeous.

  245. Vintage bags and jewelry! No matter what size you are, you can always wear those! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  246. Right now I am really into vintage brooches! They are great to add to a cardigan, add to a chain to make a one of a kind necklace, add to a bobby pin to create a custom hair pin… the options are endless!! I have even created custom rings from brooches! Vintage accessories are simply the best because you can have fun taking today’s fashions and adding your own unique twist!
    ps…. I hope you bought that green dress because you looked ahhhhh-mazing in it!!

  247. I love everything vintage: shoes, bags, coats, dresses! Not only are the designs lovely, but the quality is typically great.

  248. This is such an amazing giveaway joy. I don’t get the opportunity to shop vintage pieces often (being from a smaller town limited to a couple Goodwills) but I LOVE scoring a great vintage dress. Nobody cuts clothes like they used to and I find them so flattering and different. I also love imagining the story of a great vintage dress (what fabulous nights on the town it has seen, where it has been..)!

  249. I love vintage handbags the best. If you buy the right one, it’s never out of style. I also like vintage blouses. I buy ones with a slightly oversized fit.

  250. My 2011 New Years Resolution was to shop thrift/consignment/vintage for the entire year with a few exceptions (undies, bathing-suits, work shoes). I will admit, I didn’t make it the entire year but I made it 9 months and it completely altered my opinion of shopping needs and practices – in the best possible way.
    My favorite thing to buy vintage is jewelry – there are some fabulously unique pieces out there just waiting to be showed off and loved. Last spring I found this incredible chunky bangle at Miss Master’s Closet (Brooklyn) that has become my go-to statement accessory. ๐Ÿ™‚

  251. I love vintage handbags. Especially Chanel and Louis Vuitton because they are timeless and match all my outfits! ๐Ÿ™‚

  252. Love this! I have a ever-growing collection of vintage accessories- belts, jewelry, bags, clutches…special one of a kind pieces I just can’t part with.

  253. I love vintage bags, of course. But if I can find a vintage dress that fits, nothing is better.

  254. oh so excited about this!! Vintage is my daily life ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am a collector of everything vintage but if I had to narrow it down it is accessories, blouses, and dresses. Oh and throw in handbags too. Nothing today can relate to how beautiful vintage is. being unique is key!! And giving these pieces get new life and journeys to go on. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  255. I love the show Dukes of Melrose. What a great giveaway!! Like you, a favorite is vintage handbags. ๐Ÿ™‚

  256. My favorite items to buy vintage are dresses, coats and handbags. These are items that I plan on keeping forever to share with my daughter and when they come with a past, it makes them even better.

  257. Coats! When I moved from the West coast to the East coast, I stocked up on beautiful vintage coats from Shareen Vintage in LA. Wearing an original, brightly colored coat can brighten the gloomiest winter day.

  258. love buying vintage – purses, jewelry, pins, dresses, you name it. way more interesting pieces than regular stores.

  259. I did not know about that show, but am going to start watching as I LOVE vintage, Decades, and LA!! My favorite vintage purchases have been jackets and coats. Such great statement pieces for parties and events. and you KNOW that you’ll be the only one in the room wearing it!!

  260. I absolutely love vintage bags and jewelry. Jackets are also a weakness of mine, and I’d love to get a piece from Decades. Obsessed with that store! Thank you for this opportunity Joy! Xo

  261. I love vintage dresses! the construction of cocktail dresses from the 20s-50s is unrivaled in modern day fashion, and a vintage piece will easily last and look good for another 50 years!

  262. i LOVE vintage handbags and shoes. They all tell a story and I love being a part of its history!

  263. I absolutely love vintage jewelry and statement pieces like vests and coats. I think that incorporating these items into outfits is a great way to jazz up modern clothes with unique, one-of-a-kind flare.

  264. I love buying vintage for the hunt! (and the finds of course! My favorites are bags (I completely agree with you!) but I also love looking for brooches, earrings – I look through it all!

  265. Since getting vintage clothes to fit is often a stretch, I love to shop for bags and jewelry.

  266. I normally purchase vintage furniture and home decor items. I’d love to add a vintage handbag to my list!

  267. I think dresses seem the most special to me. There’s nothing like finding a style so unique that you fall in love with it instantly

  268. I love vintage handbags and accessories (belts, brooches and jewelry). Actually I’m obsessed with anything vintage and fabulous.

  269. I’m a fan of vintage coats. They’re more likely than their contemporary counterparts to have a proper lining and be made of good quality fabric!

  270. Great giveaway idea! I absolutely love vintage bags and vintage jewelry! I do love to sport my mother’s faux leopard swing coat from the 60’s though!

  271. Vintage scarves are fabulous, too! I found an Hermes scarf at a vintage shop on Madison Avenue that I adore so much. You just never know what you’ll find!

  272. I really like to buy accessories from vintage places because they are easy to wear with everything. That being said, I’ll get a cute shirt or dress if I find one!

  273. Oh Joy, I could find happiness in many vintage pieces ๐Ÿ™‚ My Mother and I used to hunt for vintage jewelry and dresses together. I love finding pieces that bring up stories of who those pieces remind us of.
    I may have to make a trip to SoCal from NorCal just to go get inspired at Decades!

  274. Love handbags. The best by far. I am plus sized, not good for shopping, but bags are where it is at!

  275. I love a vintage purse. It has it’s own story, and you get to add to it!

  276. I love buying everything vintage – even my wedding dress is a vintage find! What a great contest ๐Ÿ™‚

  277. That green dress is stunning on you! I would love to get some beautiful vintage tops and a dress!

  278. Goodness, I want it all! I love white, silk vintage tops (preferably oversize), bags, statement necklaces and rings (the bigger the better) and floaty sundresses to be topped with vintage leather jackets.

  279. I love looking for dresses and pencil skirts–even if they need a little cleaning or mending it’s so worth having unique pieces.

  280. It has to be fancy dresses. Vintage dresses are classic and not too trendy.

  281. Vintage Jew,ry is my favorite, they make a simple outfit into a story…

  282. Accessories of all kinds! I love imagining the fun the women before me were having dressing up to go out on the town!

  283. Love vintage dresses with exquisite detail and beautiful jeweled broaches & hat pins…..

  284. What an amazing giveaway! Vintage purses and shoes are THE go to items for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  285. favorite vintage purchases- sparkly brooches and quirky scarves. what a fun giveaway!
    cheers.

  286. What a great giveaway. I always head for the vintage t shirts. (usually men’s) which I know may sound odd, but you find the coolest ones that way! I have gotten some way unique t-shirts by venturing out to the men’s section.

  287. I always stalk the purse section first, but I’m on the hunt for the perfect vintage denim jacket right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  288. What a fun give-away! (And congrats on the new office space. ๐Ÿ™‚ )
    I’m with you, Joy–vintage bags!! Coats and dresses are a close second and third, all of which you can find minimally worn even decades later.

  289. I love thrift stores I love to purchase vintage jewelry.Especially vintage cat-eye glasses and dresses.

  290. I love love LOVE buying vintage jewelry. Unless you’re planning on spending an arm and a leg, today’s jewelry in most stores doesn’t even come close to vintage jewelry in terms of quality. And the pieces in vintage shops always feel as if they’re one of a kind. Can’t beat that!

  291. I have a growing little collection of vintage bags, mostly clutches. I would love to move on up to vintage satchels…so yeah I would spend the cash on some BAGS!

  292. I like to buy vintage everything from dresses to tops, shoes and accessories. I go for high end vintage or salvation army finds that I take to the tailor:)

  293. I buy anything vintage, especially unique finds. I go for high end or salvation army finds that I can take to the tailor.

  294. I love buying vintage shoes in large part because there seem to be so many at reasonable prices floating around. I haven’t had as much luck with bags, though I’d definitely think about springing for an amazing bag with that gift card!

  295. i LOVE vintage! anything with a STORY and TRUE MEANING!!!! prob love buying vintage clothes and bags the most! i have a bunch of vintage cup towels and pillow cases too!

  296. In an ideal world, I love buying vintage dresses – 1960s wiggle dresses especially. I always feel like Joan from Mad Men when I am wearing them (va va voom!). I can’t always find them in my size, though, so I get my vintage kicks from great accessories – a gorgeous bag, a swank pair of shoes, or a statement piece of costume jewelry. Another way to get around the “people were smaller before” sizing problem is to buy vintage coats. They are much easier to fit – and so stylish. I may have 5 or 6 vintage 50s-60s coats and get compliments all the time (and they are usually less expensive than a good modern coat)

  297. I love a good vintage hat. They always have so much character and really make an outfit.

  298. Love the show, Decades & this giveaway! My favorite pieces to buy vintage are shoes (all the best styles seem to be inspired by vintage designs), statement/cocktail jewelry, & dresses because they fit real girls with curves like a glove! xo

  299. Now this is my kind of giveaway! Love it! My current vintage item I am on the lookout for is cowboy boots and if I end up finding a purse or two during that search that is totally fine too ๐Ÿ™‚ I also love finding a good pair of clip on earrings since I don’t have my ears pierced.

  300. Vintage bags and beautiful vintage scarves! I also love vintage pins and hair accessories! They always add a little sparkle.

  301. I love vintage handbags & accessories – jewelry. They are so unique, full of character and rare. Remind me of a different time/era. A well maintained vintage bag is the ultimate for me ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks Joy and Dukes of Melrose for this wonderful giveaway!

  302. I adore vintage handbags and accessories because they are so full of character!

  303. I love buying vintage jackets, jewelry, & hats! Mensware-inspired pieces are my favorite, with bohemian pieces coming in at a close second. …Love Dukes of Melrose, & am loving your blog site!

  304. Love me some vintage jewlery and skirts. So many great skirts from the 50’s and 60’s

  305. I love buying vintage because the pieces have stood the test of time and because it’s good for our precious enviroment.

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