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For many, playing dress-up is a hobby but for Suzanne Pettit, it’s an occupation. Years of working as a costumer supervisor (screen credits include The Hours, Armageddon, and Sweet and Lowdown) have given her an unbeatable eye for attire, which she uses to the shopper’s benefit at her stellar vintage clothing boutique. Psyche’s Tears is by no means an emporium: Instead of fifties circle skirts and outlandish Hawaiian shirts, it stocks a manageable number of impeccably preserved pieces for men and women, as well as standout accessories. Pettit finds many of the items during trips to that vintage mecca known as “the rest of the country” —specifically, while visiting her mother in Arizona, friends in Florida, and her Ohio hometown. She proudly admits to being picky, favors bright colors, believes that a nice pattern or cut is more important than a label, and disdains the idea of selling anything damaged. “As Is” is a phrase you’ll never see on a tag here, since before each garment hits the floor, it’s dry-cleaned and repaired. As a result, customers have been known to walk out the door wearing their newly purchased vintage goods.