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Avant Gaudy

I have never been much of a vintage shopper myself.  I DO really admire those that are...thrifting definitely requires a keen eye and I'm assuming a lot of patience (that's what really crosses me off the list).  I have, however, been inspired numerous times to find those thrifted treasures by the amazing Judy Aldrige (she styles it like no other), the amazing Laura White of ARCH Vintage (as one that seldom wears jewelry, ARCH Vintage tempts me to don even the statement pieces for everyday!) and just recently, the amazing Deborah of Avant Gaudy. 

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At a mere 25 yrs old, Ms Deborah Umunnabuike, coowner and cofounder, of AVANT GAUDY / MODERN VINTAGE is impressively now into her 5th year of staking her claim in the world wide web....and right here from Chicago (well, Bridgeport).   Deborah has always loved looking for those special pieces that are relevant to fashion today and that passion has grown into over 500 pieces in her collection as well as a great new space in the ZHOU B Art Ctr AND to top it off, she's just about to complete her degree from the University of Chicago...not too shabby!
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Their awe inspiring office surroundings at the Zhou B Art Ctr...ART, ART and more wonderful ART :] all throughout the building.
Floor to ceiling by artist, Rhett Johnson
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Deborah's pick of the moment...vintage Bill Blass cape
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Brandon could not keep her hands (or feet!) off the goods!
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some of my picks of the day...
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$35!!

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cool camera shaped bag

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No better era for animal prints than the 80's!

Get YOUR picks from AVANT GAUDY at 30% off now through Labor Day.  Just enter discount code CHICNOW_09 at checkout.

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