Buying Old Stuff In A New, Improved Way-------
The e-tailing juxtaposition of very old and very new is, well, not new. Vintage obsessives have been trawling eBay since two crashes ago, but the latest news on the front comes from Bluefly.com and Yoox.com. The former is teaming up with fine jewelry buyer CIRCA for a 48-hour sale, starting at 6 a.m. on June 8, when bargain hunters can buy heirloom and estate pieces from Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany, and Van Cleef for less without leaving their desks. How much less? A Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace worth $4,900 goes for $3,920. Or you could snag a Cartier Love bracelet, originally $3,850, for $3,080. The one slightly strange throwback is that though you can see the jewelry on your Mac, orders will only be taken by phone from a real live human being, reportedly well trained in customer service. (Now there’s an idea so old it’s new again.) Meanwhile, this Thursday, Yoox.com is having a dual debut of its new iPhone app and an impressive cache of Pucci—always a smart vintage buy in my opinion—dresses, scarves, jewelry, and swimwear.