Our Contributor Sarah Zhao visited a fantastic vintage store in Chelsea that will certainly rock you fashion world! Here is what she said about it:
Walking into the quaint jewelry shop in Chelsea feels just like being transported to a different age. From classic and timeless diamonds in the Roaring Twenties, to bright and colorful stones in the Swinging Sixties, Pippin Vintage Jewelry is sure to satisfy your curiosity for every decade.
Pippin Vintage Jewelry is owned by Stephen and Rachel Cooper, whose first date was to an auction! Before opening the shop, Stephen was a vendor at the Chelsea Flea Markets and Rachel, an antique collector and teacher.
In the summer of 2006, the Coopers and their friends and families renovated what was previously a hidden carriage house down an alley, and Pippin has opened its doors to vintage lovers across New York City ever since!
What sets Pippin apart from most jewelry stores is that while others specialize in certain kinds of jewelry, Pippin has a whole spectrum. Their selection ranges from five dollar charms to engagement rings that cost thousands of dollars; the jewelry come from as early as the 1800’s and as current as the 1980’s.
As well, while most stores guard their jewelry behind glass encasements, Pippin displays their jewelry in creative ways and changes them up often, allowing customers to interact with the pieces.
We asked the store manager, Tatianni, her advice for vintage jewelry lovers.
“First of all, come here,” she laughs, “But seriously, with vintage jewelry, you just have to find something that speaks to you because vintage has such a range of style through the decades. Buying vintage is great because it has a lesser impact on our planet, and most things were made here.”
“The type of jewelry that is trending right now are unique stones like agates, and druzies are very in vogue right now.”
Besides the jewelry on display, Pippin also has drawers upon drawers of earrings and cufflinks. Tatianni let me play around with the jewelry, and even helped me pick out a pair of clip-on earrings from the 1970’s, that I fell in love with.
Fun fact: most vintage earrings from the 1970’s happen to be clip-ons, so you do not have to worry about whether you or your intended recipients have pierced ears or not!
Behind Pippin Vintage Jewelry, through a whimsically lit alley, you will find its sister store, Pippin Home. It specializes in furniture and antiques carefully curated and bought from estate auctions in Western Massachusetts and Vermont.
Manager Jack advises those looking to furnish their homes to never be too anxious, “Space fills up quickly, so you want to be well thought out on your pieces. The advantage of buying vintage over mass produced is that vintage always maintains integrity and value.”
So the next time you’re in Chelsea or New York City, be sure to visit this treasure box of vintage jewelry and home goods!
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm | Sunday & Holidays: 12pm – 6pm
Location: 112 West 17th Street
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Zhao