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Welcome to Drunk Shopping, our feature celebrating the time-honored tradition of getting totally wasted while the sun's still shining before buying a bunch of debatably useful stuff that the sober you would be too timid or too restrained to take home. Each Friday we'll cobble together a new itinerary starting you off with a boozy Saturday or Sunday brunch before meandering through a few neighboring retailers and happy hours notable for seasonal specials, limited time availability, fantastic deals, recent openings, or new shipments.
Hey, hey, hey—we are mere hours from the weekend and it couldn't be more overdue! This weekend is all about fondly recalling the good old sepia-toned past when the world didn't seem to be on the constant cusp of totally ending and Oprah wasn't about to move to cable. Why the nostalgia attack? The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show at Chelsea's Metropolitan Pavilion is upon us—it started today but runs all day tomorrow. So Drunk Shopping is gonna get all wastey on sangria before trolling the antique clothing booths for Chanel costume jewelry and vintage actual workwear made for and worn by actual working people.
Start your day at Las Chicas Locas. We know: It's in a hotel. You're probably thinking: How unauthentic and anti-vintage. You're probably thinking: Yuck. Well elitists, check the bottomless booze brunch—$18 for all the Bloodies, mimosas, red or white sangria and cactus punch you can muster plus some Mexi-brunch dish of choice—then get back to us. That's what we thought. You get 90 minutes to guzzle and remember: Drink enough to lower shopping inhibitions but not so much that your stamina is affected.
You need to head a few blocks south to hit the expo. It runs from 11am to 6pm and it's $20—ouch! But click here and join their mailing list to save $5. It'll be worth it though. You'll find vintage, antique and designer womenswear, menswear, jewelry, accessories, shoes, children's clothes and textiles at all sorts of price points. Vendors include Amarcord, Marmalade, Norma's, What Goes Around Comes Around, Rue St. Denis, Scout, Go Vintage and A Second Chance. And judging by the show's blog we're expecting a lot of '80s cowboy boots, early workwear and Victoriana.
If that's not enough for you here's Lynn Yaeger's take: "To fully appreciate the lavish scope (and plunder potential) of the last 100 years or so in fashion, world-famous createures visit this traveling vintage-clothes road show that alights now and again in Manhattan." We really heart her.
Or you're just not that in to vintage. In which case: Pin a rose on your nose and meet us for complicated, speak easy-style cocktails at the handsome, softly-lit Rye House on 17th. They serve a vodka called Death's Door and, well, that's probably all you really need to know.
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments.