I go both ways. My favorite purses are vintage, but they tend to be too small for my needs. I love finding vintage dresses in my size and then wearing them. I figure that if you have something you should use it. But of course PUG is great because it is made for modern bodies and the care is so much easier than on vintage clothing. I say if you have something and you like it, use it!
I couldn't have put it better myself; if something is new or vintage isn't important to me, I'm more bothered about whether it's an "everyday" or "special occasion" item
There are a couple of shops around town. There is one that specializes in jewelry and smaller items, and another one that specializes in furniture and clothes.
There are others in the San Francisco Bay Area that I love, but I rarely get to them these days.