B: I love sorting through antiques stores, especially in unfamiliar areas.
A: Yes, you have to rummage through a load of old tat, but occasionally you might find something really unexpected.
B: I’m always on the look-out for vintage Italian leather boots, hoping that the store owner wasn’t aware of how valuable they were.
Photo: Paul Cooper, Taipei Times 照片：台北時報古德謙
A: You could be waiting a long time. I think the owners have an eye for valuable items, or get somebody to evaluate them before they put a price on it.
B: You can always live in hope. Look, there’s a charity store over there. You might be able to pick up something unexpected and cheap there. And if you buy something, the money will go to charity.
（Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱譯）
“Vintage” refers to something which is old, but the age is not the important thing. It means something that represents something of high quality, perhaps the best of its kind, from the past.
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