An aged brooch, a clutch with a slightly worn interior, a top that's seen time pass before it.
For lovers of things from the past, vintage is a portal to eras of style that are making a comeback but have actually been there themselves. In Miami, where things flashy and new are always in, there are tucked away boutiques and shops that serve as palaces of vintage style. Whether you're on a budget or have money to blow, you'll find that perfect cocktail dress from the '50s or a crazy neon accessory from the '80s.
Plus, when someone asks where you got that awesome Chanel purse, you can flick your hair back and say, "It's vintage."
See what stores are worth a visit to the past:
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Night-Owl/147920131889333" target="_hplink">Night Owl</a> Where: 5528 NE Fourth Court, Suite 6B Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 5 p.m. to midnight Just like its name implies, this store is perfect for shoppers who are most inspired during the late night hours. Inside, find vintage bags, shoes, jewelry and household accessories, as well as quirky items that would make the perfect gift.
<a href="http://www.angelsvintageboutique.com" target="_hplink">Angel's Vintage Boutique</a> Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open since 2009, the boutique is a treasure trove of vintage clothing and accessories, spanning all sizes and prices. With items from the 1930s to the 1980s, you'll probably have an easy time finding a piece from whatever era speaks to you.
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/MIAMI-TWICE/117480263600" target="_hplink">Miami Twice</a> Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. A family-owned business, this store has been around since the 1980s. With a large collection of both modern and vintage designer clothing, it's become a popular place to visit during Halloween (just around the corner!) for period clothing -- some vintage items can be rented out. For the everyday shopper, check out the jewelry, shoes and other accessories that spans the 1990s.
<a href="http://www.backinstyle.com/" target="_hplink">Back in Style</a> Hours: By appointment For shoppers that want a personal touch, Back In Style provides appointment-only experiences for help finding the perfect items for your closet. Go online to see what they have to offer. Also, the store owner says Julia Roberts wore a vintage Yves St. Laurent dress purchased from Back In Style to the 2010 Golden Globes. But don't let your pocketbook gasp at that thought -- the store carries items of all prices, from $10 to *holy cow!*
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fly-Boutique/187121941380960" target="_hplink">Fly Boutique</a> Hours: Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store recently moved locations, but the selection is still as vibrant as ever. A cozy store by the beach, shoppers are transported to a gypsy's caravan filled with designer vintage clothing, bags, shoes and accessories for men and women.
<a href="http://www.shoprabbithole.com" target="_hplink">The Rabbit Hole</a> Hours: Tuesday to Saturday noon to 8 p.m., Sunday 2 to 6 p.m. Find accessories and clothing from the 1950s to the 1980s and turn it into something brand new. Also, customers can shop from the comfort of their home by checking out pieces online.
<a href="http://www.lastias.com" target="_hplink">Las Tias</a> Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Perhaps the store with the most variety, Las Tias not only has the standard clothing and accessories but also home wares, tables, chairs and other furniture. Although they're quite pricey, anyone wanting a unique piece for their home will be glad they came.
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/SaleRack" target="_hplink">Sale Rack</a> Hours: Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This Coconut Grove boutique mixes modern trends with everlasting vintage looks with items from both eras -- for prices you won't find a lot of other vintage stores. Other items from the past -- a old pair of roller skates and a record player, for one -- are also for sale.
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