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Find: In Retrospect

Downtown's new vintage treasure trove

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Vintage shopping can be a crapshoot. You come across the perfect pleated pea green polyester pantsuit only to notice there's a yellowed cigarette burn hole on the right thigh and it's missing an impossible-to-replace daisy-shaped button.

Luckily, at In Retrospect vintage clothing and accessories, owner Nancy Zurcher sifts through all the unsavory stained blouses, dinged-up dresses and torn trousers to pluck out the cream of the vintage crop. Her State Street store, which has been open since October by appointment only, is now keeping regular hours: 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The store is located in the quirky all-white Arcade Building across from Albertsons at State and 16th streets and features what might be the city's most extensive vintage clothing and accessories collection--everything from elegant cocktail dresses to blocky men's eyewear to delicate handmade wedding dresses to big, flashy costume jewelry.

Zurcher is the former owner of Once Upon a Time, an antiques store in the Collister Shopping Center. She put In Retrospect on the back burner while she worked on Green Chutes, an artists' co-op and consignment store also in the Collister Shopping Center. Now she spends her mornings hawking art at Green Chutes, then zips down to her vintage treasure trove in the afternoon.