Author and super shopper Carolyn Schneider has a soft spot for vintage fashion.

"It's part of history," said Schneider, who lives in New Jersey and published her first volume of "The Ultimate Consignment & Thrift Store Guide" in 1997.

She regularly updates the guide, which features shops not only in the United States but across the world. Schneider also runs a website - - in which people can search for stores. She sells an ebook version of her shopping guide for $3.99 on the site.

In her fifth and most recent edition, she gives a shoutout to two local stores: Casa de los Niños Thrift Store, 1302 E. Prince Road, and Desert Vintage, 636 N. Fourth Ave.

Schneider, who began prowling secondhand stores more than 20 years ago when she was working in sales and had a tight budget, praised Desert Vintage's period pieces.

"I love their mix of clothing, jewelry and accessories," she says.

A great bonus to shopping vintage is that certain designers, like Chanel, never lose their value, Schneider said.

One of her best scores - a denim jacket with silk lining from Chanel's 1993 collection. She got it for $5. She later saw the same jacket in a Paris consigment store with a $1,500 price tag.

Which brings up another cool aspect of vintage shopping.

"For somebody who has vintage items and wants to sell them, it's a great way to make some extra money," Schneider said.

Kristen Cook