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Alligators, Old Mink and New Money: One Woman's Adventures in Vintage Clothing

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Great for seasoned or fledgling second hand scavengers!

    This "vacation read" never hit the nightstand, I couldn't put it down!
    If you've ever though of running a consignment store, Ms. Houtte outlines the praise and pitfalls. Or, if you're in it like me, for the thrill of the hunt, the stories won't let you down. I swear I could smell that great "paper stuffed in handbags" smell as I read her adventures on the great score, the purse that got away or bidding on auction lots for her store. The back of the book is an easy carry reference for the next flea market. I hope to visit the store for an autograph of my NBB (new best book).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006

    Fun adventures of a fun girl!

    I found the book a very entertaining and easy read. As a vintage clothing lover, I could picture the clothing as it was being described. I think I even learned a few things! I even found myself chuckling out loud as Alison described her childhood and modeling adventures. As an ex-model myself, I can relate to some of the stories. This book was wonderfully written. I had a hard time putting it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    A Vintage Junkie's Fix!

    Allison went from being a gawky teenager to a supermodel. That's a story in itself. But then she elaborates on relationships with her family members and demonstrates how old clothes that were owned by them have incalculable sentimental value. She and Melissa bring a compelling human component to what would otherwise be just a bunch of fabric and accessories. With that passion as the motivator, Allison opens a vintage clothing store named Hooti Couture. One appeal of this book is the inclusion of everyday people associated with Hooti Couture. The customers who find personal treasures that let them express their unique individuality and Henry the homeless man who finally feels some pride when he gets to wear a tuxedo. There are a range of emotional experiences that will tug at your heart. The Judith Lieber necklace that got away, the theft of Allison's car, and of course we are all rooting for her to find the right guy to share her life with. After reading this book, vintage shopping will be a whole new experience!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005


    Alison Houtte¿s passion is vintage clothes. From her early years, she has been surrounded by people who appreciate great style and amazing deals, which influenced her career choices. After spending a few years in Europe as a model and her big adventure with high fashion, Alison comes back and opens up a vintage store called Hooti Couture. This captivating memoir puts vintage in a completely new light. Houtte¿s vintage is exciting, colorful, full of new ideas. Each piece of clothing has a different, interesting story. Each day is different both for Hooti¿s customers who never know what great piece they can find, and Alison, who meets a wide variety of people. Reading Alligators , Old Mink and New Money is an exciting journey in the world of vintage fashion. It gets your attention from the very first pages. It simply pulls you in and makes you want to get up and go to the nearest vintage store and just enjoy new and amazing finds.

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