Reading fashion magazines is a dangerous pleasure. It's one thing to dream about wearing new creations from high-end designers. It's quite another to drum up the cash to buy them. Real-life example: An L.A.-based mag recently featured a Hermès bracelet for $276,500, a Balenciaga skirt for $2,950, a Thakoon dress for $1,280. In these hard times, can anyone make such purchases with a clear conscience? A better solution might be found at the Helms Design District Vintage Boutique hosted by Clever Vintage Clothing. Thoughts of overpriced indulgence will fall away when you eye approximately 20,000 fabulous fashion finds at bargain prices, all located under one roof, including including designer dresses and suits, flowery '50s frocks, stoles, eveningwear, costume jewelry, bags and shoes. Want to capture the new black-and-white theme? The chunky jewelry craze? A statement bag? It's all doable here. Best of all, there will be a seamstress on hand for simple alterations. LightSpace Studio, Helms Design District, 8755 Washington Blvd., Culver City; Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $5.

Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2013

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