Last week while browsing on Amazon, I came across Alligators, Old Mink and New Money: One Woman’s Adventures in Vintage Clothing by sisters Alison and Melissa Houtte. With a title that intriguing, I knew I had to investigate further. After downloading a sample to my Kindle, I was hooked and immediately bought the rest of the book so I could finish reading.
(Incidentally, this is one of the things I LOVE about the Kindle. If I read a sample that captures me, the rest of the book can be at my disposal instantly. No more calling around trying to find it at a local bookstore or waiting days – or worse, weeks – for it to be delivered to my doorstep. But I digress…)
The book is part memoir, part guide to vintage clothing and accessories. It details how Alison went from being a model to owning and running successful Brooklyn-based vintage clothing store Hooti Couture. Peppered with fun anecdotes about her family, buying trips, amazing finds, pricing foibles and the interesting cast of characters she meets along the way, this book had me at every turn of the page. The addition of a Vintage Shopper's Guide at the end makes this a true gift to anyone with an interest in fashion, who enjoys the thrill of the hunt and the tales that go along with it.
In short, I couldn’t put this book down.