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The Times' Critical Shopper column avoids the Black Friday question entirely today, as Cintra Wilson investigates vintage as a fast-fashion alternative Chelsea Girl and Laurel Canyon. Wilson's toothless this time, but informative. Chelsea Girl is the "glitzier" of the two stores, and has a rack of vintage Diane Von Furstenberg dead stock (ie: it's never been worn). Considering the wrap dress is basically the same as it's ever been, paying $225 for an unworn example from 1976 sounds like a pretty good idea. Laurel Canyon, on the other hand, thinks its a ranch and deals in vintage western apparel, American brands like Wrangler denim, flannel work shirts, and vintage T-shirts they're selling for $110 each. [NYT]