Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy 'Haul'-idays

See what I did there? Not like nobody's ever said that before ever, but I like to work under the guise that I am what some may refer to as "clever". Even if I'm not.

As I noted in my last post, it's crazy lucky if one stumbles across vintage clothing at an estate sale, garage sale, thrift store, street corner, what-have-you, etc., and so forth, so when you do come across a bunch of clothes it's like some kind of weird vintage-lover's Christmas, even if the real Christmas is just a few weeks away.

That's what happened last weekend. I hit the motherload at an estate sale that advertised "vintage clothing from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s" along with "Baby Bjorn- new in box"!, which would typically ward me away. It entirely threw me off, as in our time going to sales, every weekend for the last 8 years (for me, at least, my mother has been doing this longer) vintage things usually don't coincide with anything new or Baby-related. But we (female, garage-sale hunting, clothing obsessed Batman and Robin) went anyway and boy, am I glad we did.

Holy torpedoes, Batman. It was insane. An older lady who owned a vintage store in Illinois had moved down to Florida to be with her kids and did not want to store her wares in the garage any longer. There were boxes and boxes of high quality dresses, blouses, skirts, sweaters and suits- most new old stock and with original tags still attached! Everything in immaculate, beautiful, unworn condition.

Ugh, it was heaven. And we were the ONLY. ONES. THERE. Call it the "Miracle on Whatever-Street-That-Was". I was straight-up Natalie Wood pulling on Santa's beard. Amazing.

I'm still sorting through everything and, since most items were too small for me, trying to figure out what to keep (a.k.a anything that will fit). It was so exciting and good timing, because I was having a rough week and it definitely lifted my spirits sharing the love of vintage with the store owner. They may just be clothes, but they're something that can bring people together and make someone smile! It's something that doesn't happen very often, and she was so happy to be letting go of her things to someone who appreciates them like her, so I guess in a way it was fate.

I'll be posting more updates about this group after the holidays, into spring and summer, so keep an eye out!

Happy Holidays and an even better New Year! :-)


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Having a Blue Christmas...(and realizing how terrible of a blogger I am)

Oh man. It's been almost a solid 2 months since my last post. I am a bad blogger.

It's good that I am admitting it...that's how you fix your problems. Hopefully I will be posting more now that I have a smidgen of free time with it being the holiday season and all!

I was taking pictures of new items for the shop when I noticed that they all had something in common. Instead of being red and green to celebrate the upcoming yuletide holiday or sparkling and festive, they were all blue. From teal to sky blue, from navy to cyan, all of the blue spectrum is covered.


The circle skirt, novelty print set, seafoam sweater dress, and the gorgeous wool suit (which I would have kept if not for that it is, in fact, a full-on WOOL SUIT. That + Florida = heat exhaustion...Have I mentioned that it's hot here?) are recent estate sale finds. Ignored (why?, I don't know) by a pair of dealer ladies who were giving me the sideways eye as I arrived late and encroached upon their territory. This happens a lot, actually. With quality vintage being so rare nowadays, you gotta watch out for the competition!

It's a dog eat dog world out there and I'm just a possum.

That made no sense.


These goodies will be heading into the shop through December and into January, so stay tuned!


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sweater Set

Yes, this is the second post in less than a month that has to do with sweaters.
I said I was obsessed!
Fortunately, what I am about to discuss is an entirely different animal.
The sweater SET.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Novelty Prints

One of the benefits of being a student (besides education, I guess...) is having access to archives of magazines and newspapers, including the outstanding Vogue archives, with issues dating all the way back to the 1920s. I love flipping through old advertisements and magazines from the 1940s and 1950s so having access to this eye candy is wonderful. Nothing catches my eye more than a retro novelty print and there are plenty to see, especially in the 1940s issues. Many of them done in summer cotton, rayon crepe, or silk.
How dreamy would it be to see some of these dresses in person, let alone own them! I'd be a lot poorer, but man, would I be happy!
These are a few of my favorites in back issues of Vogue, taken from the Vogue archives...

                                            Vogue 111, Issue 5, March 15, 1948, pg.147, photo by Frances McLaughlin
That cherry print! Yes, please!

Read on for more of my faves as well as a sneak preview of some novelty prints coming to the shop this week!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Leaning Tower of Sweaters

There is nothing better than a vintage sweater.
Ok, well, there are probably a few things better, but not much when you're talking about clothing and not food or baby animals doing something hilariously adorable...

I was lucky enough to come across an estate sale with a closet-full of beautiful vintage sweaters- cashmere, lambswool, beaded, collared, etc etc. I'm talking quintessential bombshell sweater girl stuff. It was very exciting and a decent workout- a towering pile of sweaters and hangers falling out of your arms as you struggle to leave a 4x4 foot closet is great for quads, in case one ever finds they are in such a situation.
That sale produced more goodies, but the sweaters were the highlight for me.

Despite living in 90 degree weather 364 days of the year, I still insist on toughing it and am frequently the only one rocking a full-on wool sweater in the middle of the day like an insane person. I'm pretty sure I'm also the sole record-owner of "Most Sweaters in the Sunshine State"- a lonely but proud record to hold.

Didn't somebody say that you needed to "suffer for fashion" or "pass out for pashminas" or something like that?

That person was totally right.

These are the sweaters in question along with some others that I randomly found another time, stuffed in a box, underneath towels and fabric scraps- typical for an area where the uniform is tank tops and shorts...for women and men.


All of these will be making an appearance in the shop throughout October, just in time for sweater season! When my home state will be a balmy 85 degrees!

Hopefully others will get more use out of them then I would...despite my love of fainting like an overheated Victorian debutante.


Thursday, September 19, 2013


Hello! Welcome to Savvy Spinster Vintage's new blog!
It's taken me so long to actually start a blog for the shop because, very much like a 105 year old woman (which I am most definitely not- tack off about 80-something years), I am terrified of technology. Vintage phonographs are much more my speed, I think...not that I'd know how to operate one as, mentioned above, I am not actually 105...
This will be the space where I will post new additions to the shop as well as my crazy adventures in thrifting-land where I attempt to dig up treasures for customers to enjoy.
I love vintage clothing- it's pretty much all I wear and a part of why I started my shop was because I love finding it as much as I love wearing it. I've been chugging along at estate sales since high school, soaking in the historical magic a well-loved piece of clothing can bring as well as unearthing a buried-away treasure that could very well be somebody's sartorial-Hope Diamond.
So if anybody reads this, please bear with me as I attempt to muddle my way through this whole blogging thing! :-)
To kick it off- here are some lovely vintage dresses that will be coming into the shop this week!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Melissa (Owner and Operator (is that what it's called? curator? madwoman?) of SavvySpinsterVintage)