Chic, classic go hand in hand at Rhiannon's Vintage Clothing

Buying and selling vintage clothing and accessories is a great way to "be green and recycle," according to Brenda Sabbatino.

It's also a great way to show one's fashion sense.

Rhiannon's Vintage Clothing, on Kent Road in New Milford, has given Ms. Sabbatino the opportunity to offer high end clothing from a variety of eras, decorative items and some antiques.

"I just like fashion. Always have," Ms. Sabbatino said. "When I look at a vintage dress, in my mind's eye I see what present-day jacket or accessory would go with it."

A native of the state of Washington, Ms. Sabbatino lived for a time in New York City. With contacts in the clothing market there and on the West Coast, she is able to acquire designer fashions from such fashion centers as Paris and Italy.

In recent weeks, she has had an Ornel'Soie, 1980s jacket from Paris and a Georgio Renoma knit jacket from Italy.

"I appreciate how a quality garment is put together," Ms. Sabbatino said. "I enjoy helping a customer put a look together matching a vintage item with a piece from her wardrobe at home."

In the vintage clothing business for the last eight years, Ms. Sabbatino shared space in a group antique shop in Bantam before opening her own shop in New Milford in April.

A New Milford resident since 1996, she found the location convenient just past the Rocky River power plant on Route 7 North.

"I'm always on the lookout for great buys," she said. "It's like a treasure hunt. I keep prices reasonable when compared to what you'd pay at a vintage shop in New York City, while keeping the quality comparable."

Named for Ms. Sabbatino's mother, Rhiannon's Vintage Clothing is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Call 860-799-7224 to set a day and time.