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The Chramostas have built their international reputation utilizing their buying expertise, value, honesty, and integrity. They scour the globe in the quest to purchase the finest curated collection of authentic, timeless, luxury pieces. Each item they sell has been purchased personally and/or vetted by the couple, rather than offering products on a consignment model like many other sites. They offer a 100% authentic with an authenticity promise.

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The Vintage Contessa & Times Past & Times Past

The Vintage Contessa & Times Past & Times Past, an internationally recognized showroom based in Houston, is a one-stop, family run shop for high-end vintage and estate pieces. Dynamic husband and wife duo, Rob and Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, travel the world sourcing the finest estate jewelry, watches, designer handbags and accessories, GIA certified diamonds, rare coins, and antiquities that appeal to collectors around the globe.

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Do you know the difference between wants vs needs? Because I don't! 🤣 When I say I ‘need’ a #tiffanyblue #kelly32 in my life—what I actually mean is that it’s an essential piece missing from my #handbagcollection 👜✨ Deciding what classifies as a "need" is all about identifying what you already have, versus what you don’t.💯 Think about what already exists in your closet & go down a list of what from your wardrobe you can wear with the piece you're considering.🧣👗👛 For me, the best part about #prelovedfashion is knowing any "wants" or "needs" I buy will have value & longevity once I bring them home 💃💸. How do you decide if your #fashionwants are actually #fashionneeds? 🤔 ...

Cue the snowflakes it's #wackywatchwednesday! ❄️ The coldest season of the year has a lot going for it—holidays, gifts & Christmas movies, to name a few—but sometimes, the #winterblues still set in 🥶 There's no perfect system for beating the winter blues, but you can sport it in style with a #bluedialwatch 🤩 Beat those cold-weather blues & sleigh all year with these killer #bluedial #watchesforsale:
⁃ Rolex #Submariner
⁃ Rolex #LadiesDatejust
⁃ #AudemarsPiguetRoyalOak
⁃ Rolex #41mm #Datejust2

I'm not a Dior girl, I'm a Dior lady 💃💯 My favorite thing about #Dior is their ability to make me feel like a princess 👑 every day. It’s a classic brand, and it’s classic because it never fails to be beautiful & stylish. 🙌 From the #itbag carried by Sex and the City’s #CarrieBradshaw 🔥 to a bag fit for a princess 👸's pretty hard to choose a favorite! To help you whittle down your wishlist, here’s our low-down on the most iconic, irresistible #Diorhandbags:
⁃ #LadyDior Bag 👸
⁃ #DiorSaddle Bag 👜
⁃ #DiorBobby Bag 🤍
⁃ Dior #BookTote 📚
⁃ #DiorDiorama ✨

Who needs Cyber Monday or Black Friday when you have @thevintagecontessa?! 🎁💸 As much as we all love standing in lines 🙄 & fighting crowds at the mall 😣—nothing beats finding a #meaningfulgift like knowing that you're also getting it at an incredible value 💯 Christmas is coming 🎄 & we are ready, check out the #designerdiscounts in this week's #flashsale 👀:
◦ Chanel 2022 #SmallDoubleFlap Bag: $6,600 ($1,600 off Retail) 🔥
◦ Dior Ultramatte Large Lady Bag: $3,900 ($2,600 off Retail) 👜
◦ #HermesEvelyne III 33 Crossbody:$2,700 ($1,025 off Retail) ❤️‍🔥
◦ #LouisVuittonKeepall Bandouliere 55: $1,695 ($875 off Retail) 🧳

Sundays are a day of reflection 🤔 for me, especially during this holiday 🎄season. I’ve made so many plans 📆and set so many intentions to come to the realization it’s not always what God🙏 had planned for me. People talk about the power of intention & I’m a big believer in it. 💯 My intention for the end of the year is: to find joy in the journey🌎, accept the ups 📈and downs 📉 with grace, & make the most of every moment ✨. Sometimes progress🧗‍♀️ is failing in one area so we can focus on what’s most important in another 💥. I'm committing to my family’s health ⚕️first, my business 👜⌚️💎💍 second and my connection 🤝 with the people I’m closest to in my life. It's too easy to get overwhelmed & overcommitted 🌪. Would love for you join me in the journey⏳. What are the most important things you plan to focus on 🌟 this holiday season? ...

“Women who wear black lead colorful lives.” #NeimanMarcus 🖤✨ Some might think head-to-toe black can feel boring, but the best #allblackoutfitideas are anything but. ✔️ Layers of black can be exciting when styled in an intriguing way 🤵‍♀️ You can shift from formal to casual by removing layers & adding a few well thought-out #designeraccessories—like a #diorhat and #saddlebag 🫶 Black is a flattering color to wear, but more importantly, it’s a chic one 💯 Happy #blackfriday! 🖤🖤 ...

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃from our crazy, fun loving dysfunctional Texas family. We are grateful for all the food 🍽and all the family time🕰 and even all seven dogs. 🐶🐕🦮🐩🐕‍🦺🐾🦴

Thanksgiving wishes and blessings to you 🫶 from our family to yours! 🍁 May the chairs around your table be filled with those you love 🦃✨

Time for a closet clean out? 🤔 After a sudden change in our Colorado Thanksgiving plans 🦃 we're feeling grateful for a little time to #declutter! 🙏 If your closet doors are barely closing, or you're tripping over boxes & bags every time you open them 😣, it may be time to do the same. 🧼✨ Here's our expert #closetorganizationtips straight from the Contessa 👑:

1. Pull everything out. Yes, everything! 💯 The first step in a #closetcleanout is to completely empty & deep clean it.
2. Reorganize: Organize everything into 3 sections: SELL, DONATE or KEEP ✅
3. Only put the items you plan to KEEP back in the closet!! 👛🧣💍
4. Set an appt & bring your SELL items to us 📦🤑 (Remember we're even better than #consignment,#sellyourstuff & get paid immediately: #webuywatches, #webuydiamonds, #webuygold, we buy select #designerhandbags and #signedjewelry) 💸
5. Donate the rest & make someone else's holiday extra fabulous! 💃🎁

Oh reindeer, the holidays are already here!! 🦌 It's hard to believe but it's time to start making that list & checking it twice 📝 A gift card doesn’t exactly scream “thoughtful" 🤨 so if you're looking for a chic splurge that your recipient will love long enough to pass on to the next generation 😍, we've rounded up the 5 most iconic #luxurygifts this year:
1. Chanel #DoubleFlap Bag 👛
2. #Rolex Watch ⌚️
3. Louis Vuitton #Neverfull 💼
4. Cartier #LoveBracelet 💎
5. Hermes #Birkin Bag 👜

Sell Your Luxury Handbags and Jewelry Today for Top Dollar

Our growing family of satisfied customers across the globe know that at Vintage Contessa & Times Past, we buy designer handbags and jewelry in pristine condition. We not only offer clients the ability to get cash out of their initial investments, but also offer in-store credit for individuals looking to trade in an item and upgrade to a new style or designer. Vintage Contessa & Times Past & Times Past team has discerning taste and features a full array of gorgeous and tasteful handbags from designers such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes and many others.

Clients love to buy and sell high-end luxury handbags and jewelry with us because they know we offer:

  •     Guaranteed authenticity on all items we sell
  •     A rigorous inspection process to ensure you receive a top quality item
  •     An extensive selection of world-class designer products
  •     A collection full of limited edition, one-of-a-kind and hard-to-find items
  •     Fair pricing, deep discounts and more

We buy designer jewelry, including watches, from a full range of world-class manufacturers including, but not limited to : Audemars Piguet, Breitling, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Omega, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tag Heuer, Tiffany & Co, Tudor, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Shop a Premium Selection of Luxury Watches

Attracting customers from around the world, The Vintage Contessa & Times Past is known as the premium designer watch store in Houston, TX. We offer a truly unique and ever-changing selection of vintage as well as newer pre-owned timepieces for men and women from names like:

And more. Our pre-owned luxury watches, all come with our Authenticity Guarantee and a warranty. Vintage Contessa is proud of the reputation we’ve earned around the world over more four decades with both buyers and sellers for honesty, integrity and value. That’s why many of our clients do business with us again and again.