black suede 1940s heels ∙ ebay
black suede 1940s heels ∙ ebay
it's just a simple black rayon 1960s dress with a wide satin peter pan collar, and i think it's more suitable for my holiday plans this year, or rather the fact that my holiday plans consist of opening presents at my house, and then lounging around eating snacks and watching 'a christmas story' all day. the other one seems a bit too fancy for that sort of thing. maybe if i was going to a holiday party it would be more appropriate, but for now, i think i'm sticking with this one. of course, i'm very fickle when it comes to deciding what to wear and sticking to it, so there's every likelihood that i will change my mind again.
on an unrelated note, i found these little 1940s heels hiding in the back of my closet the other day. i bought them probably about 5-6 years ago at a thrift store for a dollar (and likely didn't even realize they were 40s at the time) and had completely forgotten about their existence. if anything, i think that is a sign that i need to clean out my closet more often.
i've been wanting to do a post for so long about some of the new things i've been finding, but i've been putting it off. things have been so busy lately, which is good i guess, but there hasn't been much time to just stop and relax. i've been finding so many amazing things for my shop, and finding them quicker than i can wash/dry clean, mend (if needed), measure, photograph, and get them listed. so i've amassed quite a collection of lovely pieces. some have already hit the shop and some will be showing up very soon! i had planned to do a big shoot today, so that i could get almost everything listed tomorrow and tuesday, but the weather was so dreary and there was absolutely no light, so i'm glad i was able to sneak in a little photo session yesterday before the sun went down.
i'm finding, lately, that making connections can be extremely valuable for my (or any) vintage business, and i've made several wonderful connections in the past few weeks. it seems that once you tell someone that you sell vintage, they suddenly want to help you out; they have some things you might be interested in, they know someone who knows someone who has an attic full of vintage clothing, that sort of thing! one of the best connections i've made recently happened by accident. i had been looking for a reputable dry cleaner for some of my dry-clean only shop items for quite a while but hadn't had any luck finding a quality one with vintage clothing experience, so i posted on facebook asking if anyone had any recommendations. no one really seemed to have any, so i kind of put it out of my mind. then, a week or so later when i had almost given up searching, an acquaintance responded to my post with a glowing recommendation for a cleaner that she occasionally used to do alterations for, and it seemed promising.
so a few days later i gathered up several thing to take to the cleaners, which was located in one of my favorite areas around; a group of streets in the historical district lined with pretty brownstone buildings, old medicine shoppes, cute french bistros, and little antique stores, called canal street. it was decorated for the holidays, with little white lights everywhere and garland wrapped around the lampposts, and the weather was so nice and it really made me excited for the holidays. i was just planning on dropping off my items and then heading back to a few thrift stores close to my house, but i passed a little antique shop that i could not resist. it was probably the best antique shop i've ever been in; not one of the ones that are junky and fun where you can sometimes find amazing valuable things amidst the junk, but the kind where they had clearly already skimmed through all the junky antique stores and picked out all the amazing valuable things and then compiled a storeful of their amazing findings. everything was stunning, but way out of my budget. they did have a few clothing items though, and some of them weren't expensive like everything else, so i ended up buying a 1950s black cashmere sweater for myself because i've needed a plain black sweater forever, and you can't find a cashmere sweater, or even a plain cotton sweater, anywhere for $20 these days. i also left with a 1950s black cashmere sweater with a mink collar, and that went straight into the shop.
the ladies working there were so nice, and showed a lot of interest in what i do. when they asked me if i collect for myself or sell and i told them, i do both, but i sell vintage online, they got really excited about it and kept asking me questions and showing me things. they kept bringing me things to look at that were lovely but ridiculously expensive, like $200 turn-of-the-century quail feather hats, and then they told me about a little vintage shop a few towns away that i have no idea how i didn't know about until then. i got really excited and hurried out and went straight to the shop, which turned out to be the BEST shop ever. the lady was so nice and excited about the fact that someone younger was interested in vintage clothing, and i found so many amazing things. i found more in the hour or so i spent in there than i had over the past few months combined.
one of my findings, soon to be added to my shop.
the lady took my information and told me she would let me know as she got new things in, and i've since been back one other time and again left with a pile of amazing things, including a 1940s floor length frank starr original gown, a beaded 1950s dress, a 1960s novelty print dress with the best print ever, a silk 50s dress, a velvet 50s top, and a bunch of hats and bags from the 30s-50s. so i now have an amazing source that i never would have found had it not been for this series of random events!
1960s lion print dress! heading for the shop soon!
another good thing that came out if this turn of events, the lady who originally recommended the dry cleaners to me, who had mentioned she used to do alterations for them, is now doing alterations/mending for me! now i just need to find a good cobbler...
i'll have to go back to canal street and take pictures for a later update. i also have a christmas dress update but it's way too late so that will have to wait until tomorrow. night!
clockwise from top:
1. 1920s flapper beaded necklace by HendricksandDaughter
2. 1930s rose pink dress by pistolpoppy
3. 1960s turkish kilim purse by NiepceGallery
4. 1960s rhinestone bow necklace by jeanjeanvintage
clockwise from top:
1. felted mittens by aureliaLT
2. hand knitted bow cowl by bysweetmom
3. hand embroidered wishbone pendant necklace by merriweathercouncil
4. tempest black lace necklace by treeandkimball
i'm keeping my fingers crossed!
1950s silk wiggle dress
i also bought these amazing 1940s heels to wear for the holidays, but much to my disappointment, they ended up being the tinest bit too small. i could have cried, they are too perfect and i wish they would have fit. but i put them in the shop so someone else can enjoy them as much as i would have!
i bought a few other pairs as well and only one ended up fitting (although they are probably a tad too big), so at least one other pair will be showing up in the shop soon!
'for the smart matron'
i love the hair and the sweet little collar. now if only i could come across some of these dresses on my searches!
weekend recap: after months of complaining about the weather, wondering when it would actually start to feel like fall, it finally got cold here (it probably won't last, our weather is fickle that way). friday evening was the first chilly night this fall, so i was ridiculously giddy and excited, mainly about the fact that i could wear tights and not die of heat exhaustion. the plan was to go get my hair cut (way overdue- see how long it was?!) and then get hot chocolate, go home, and watch a movie with my mom (we have little movie-date night things all the time).
excuse the grainy, taken-at-dusk photo, but i just really wanted to document how incredibly long my hair had gotten. so i got a few inches lopped off (still really long!) and got super short little bangs. i asked my hairstylist to leave it long and give me a sixties sort of short fringe-y bang that i could push to the side when they got annoying (they always do). these are the picture i sent her before my appointment, to use as examples.
and julie christie.
i didn't take any after pictures yet, except this one for a hat from my shop, fanciness.
today i decided to be pretty lazy, sleeping in and staying in bed on the laptop for much longer than usual, then i got out of bed and took some photos for fanciness and listed some things i had been meaning to list for a few days. the weather was so nice and i didn't want it to be a total waste of a day, so i decided to go to one of my favorite antique shops to browse around a bit. i don't know if it's a favorite anymore though, because the person who was working today seriously sat behind the counter chain-smoking the whole time. how can someone do that? i find smoking inside repulsive enough, but it just seems like common sense NOT to smoke in a small, enclosed shop filled with valuable antiques. i still really love it though because i always find cute things there, even if i don't buy anything (which i usually do!) it's still fun to look around at all the pretty things.
vintage tin toys
pretty vintage clothes
that red coat was AMAZING but waaay out of my budget. i almost got the little cream beaded 1950s cardigan for myself, but it had a lot of holes scattered throughout so i just couldn't justify it at the moment, although i might cave and go back and get it eventually. the only thing i ended up getting was a 1928 'needlecraft magazine' with the best fashion pictures ever (scans at a later update!). after the antique shop i came home and did some shop things, then put on pjs and resumed being lazy.