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)