Q: What can you tell us about this platter? The family story is that it was found hidden in the wall of a Baltimore hotel that was under demolition, and that it was put there to save it during the Civil War. My grandfather got it between 1920-1935.
Pictured here is the first bus the Ford T in1923. (AP Photo)
Author and super shopper Carolyn Schneider has a soft spot for vintage fashion.
Sydney Ballesteros started shopping vintage in yard sales and thrift stores back when her mom still bought her clothes.
Stylist and consultant Sydney Ballesteros wears modern shoes from her personal collection to complement vintage outfits.
A 1940s needlework clutch purse, $32, and gloves, $18, at Desert Vintage can make oh-wow accessories.
Antique Native American jewelry at Desert Vintage, which author Carolyn Schneider praises for its period pieces.
Monica Gauthier models a '50s-era prom dress, $25, at Buffalo Exchange's Speedway location near the University of Arizona. The dress is complemented with a collar necklace from the '50s-'60s, $12.50; modern shoes, from Gauthier's personal collection, accented with vintage clips, $14, and a p…
Mia Convertino, 18, is wearing a 1950s raw silk romper/playsuit, $78, with 1940s brown leather sandals, $42, and 1950s straw hat from Mexico, $52, at Desert Vintage.
Mia Convertino, 18, seems to have stepped out of a 1950s magazine in this breezy vintage patterned cotton summer dress, $85, at Desert Vintage.
A 1940s copper bracelet and 1950s copper studded belt are among stylist and consultant Sydney Ballesteros's collection.
A lot of vintage and retro clothing may come from the depths of grandma's closet, but it is still subject to the ebb and flow of fads. From worn-looking writing on T-shirts to a poodle skirt from the 1950s, definitions of vintage vary.
A red carpetbag from the 1960s, $18.50 at Buffalo Exchange, adds some color to traveling.
The Northern Lights seem to sparkle in this 1950s aurora borealis-inspired costume necklace, $13.50 at Buffalo Exchange.
A briefcase doesn't have to be black or brown, as this 1960s piece shows, $16 at Buffalo Exchange.