Thursday, July 31, 2014

Estate Sale Weekend #6, 7, 8, 9, 10...

...well, you get the point.

Here's the thing with my garage sale outings- I go every weekend, but most weekends yield nothing of much interest to talk about so they don't get a post.

The past number of vintage hunting trips haven't been the best. I found a lovely antique hat pin, some Bakelite rings for myself, and a few other bits and bobs, but it's hard for me to form an entire post around one or two small items.

You can understand my plight.

This past weekend was a good (but odd) one, though, so I thought it would be a good time to recap my latest adventures!

On Friday we went to a house where the family owned one of the town's older department stores. I found a beautiful 1940s Fred Perlberg tulle gown there as well as a vintage leather cross-body purse. (I also scored full-sized, unused Bumble and Bumble hair products for $1.00! Woo!)




Unfortunately, that's where most of the fun ends. :-/

Saturday we drove pretty far out of our way to a sale that advertised vintage clothing. We even emailed them the previous night to determine what type of clothing they had, etc., etc., so that we didn't waste our time.

Much to our dismay, we discovered that the community was gated and guarded by a...well, a guard. We told her we were there for a garage sale, but she said that the ad was fake and that there was no sale.

"Um. What?"

It was like some bad episode of "Murder, She Wrote". The tale of the forged estate sale! Apparently she called the house it was "supposed" to be at and they yelled at her that they weren't having a sale. So, she was not letting anyone in. 

Long story short, we were pretty peeved, so we bustled off to the next one where I found a pretty 60s beaded dress (which made the day better):


I figure there was some type of confusion between the first garage saler who arrived at the gate and the guard. Maybe they told her the wrong number or she misheard them because: 

1. Why would the fake ad-putter-on-er answer our questions about the clothing?
2. Why would the ad sound so not fake and kind of boring and typical?
3. And why would a prankster put on an ad for a house in a gated community, knowing full well that no one would be able to get in?

But whatever the case, it was a disgruntling sort of morning for us. Fortunately, most weekends aren't as peculiar as this last one, but sometimes the weirdest things can happen when all you want to do is find some pretty dresses!

At least it makes for some interesting stories, though! :-)

-Melissa

(Oh, and I haven't fallen off the face of the planet! I've just been trying to focus on finishing up school because when I do I'll be finished foreeeevvvveeeerrr! Yay!)


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chirp Chirp

For those who live in particular parts of the world where summer is ripe with the incessant chirping of cicadas, you know the little buggers well.

Did you know that the insect was actually thought to be a good luck charm?

In the 1930s French women wore cicada brooches to bring themselves luck. The power of the cicada goes back even further, though, to the Chinese who believed the insect was a token of immorality! 

The brooches were done in all sorts of styles, sizes, colors and in different materials from celluloid to metal.

I just think they are so creepy beautiful and would love to find one of my own someday!

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They are such interesting representations of Art Deco jewelry!

That probably doesn't make the chirping any less annoying, though.  :-P

-Melissa

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fashion News

Alongside catalogues and original, period advertisements, sometimes the best representations of what women were really wearing back in the day are sewing patterns. 

The illustrations on these patterns are not only pretty to look at, but they are also great pieces of reference material for dating styles of clothing. I found these "Butterick Fashion News" pamphlets from February and March of 1948 in a group of vintage patterns. They were used to demonstrate upcoming patterns for home sewers to order.

You gotta love everything in them- not only are the shapes and styles perfectly late 1940s, but the patterns,  prints, and suggested materials demonstrate exactly what was "Fashion News"! for the Spring at the time.

Which is your favorite?











March 1948 below the cut. (Photo heavy!)


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Red, White, and Too Late

I'm a little behind here. I wore this outfit the week of the 4th of July, but because I was viciously attacked by a sandwich, I was unable to take pictures of it. 

But I did like it, so I recreated it today. Who said you can only wear red, white, and blue on July 4th? 

Plus, I think I look a little like a nautical mime, but like, in a good way.










Details
Shirt - H&M
Jeans - Vintage via eBay
Shoes - H&M
Belt - Vintage via garage sale
Scarf - Vintage via garage sale
Brooches - Vintage via estate sale
Earrings and Oval Ring - Vintage via garage sale
Enamel Rings- Forever 21 from Forever Ago

I love these vintage jeans from the 1950s- and they were deadstock with the tags still attached! I wish they still made high-waisted jeans that weren't completely plastered to you.

I think the mosquitoes liked them too, because my legs were BIT. UP. I was only outside for a moment, but they got me. 

The skeeters and I are super tight, obviously. 

Or maybe they're just fans of mime.

-Melissa

Friday, July 4, 2014

Window Shopping (and how not to eat a sandwich)

I was going to take some outfit pictures yesterday, but being the classy dame that I am, I was eating a sandwich and dripped red pepper juice down the front of my shirt, so that was out.

I found a bit of refuge from my clumsiness and inability to properly feed myself in some online window-shopping! I do enjoy it seeing as I don't buy too many things for myself outside of vintage items from garage sales or the occasional clearance item.

It's fun having a fantasy wardrobe/home! Like, if I had an unlimited budget for myself...what would I buy?

I'm kicking it off with some mid century home decor! Now, technically this doesn't count as window-shopping because these are from my mother's shop, but I just love these watch coasters! They are one of my favorite things she's found!

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As I've noted before I really love a vintage pinafore/jumper dress and this one from Jitterbuggin' is so cute! And the emerald green color is beautiful! Their suspender pants are adorable as well.

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Loving these wide leg 1930s style pants from Jack's Daughter on Etsy, too! They would look amazing with a white art deco style blouse like...

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This one! From Love Charles on Etsy. They have some other great things too that I was eyeing!

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I am constantly on the hunt for a 40s style swimsuit-y/playsuit-y outfit that has enough coverage, but is still really cute with a fun print. This one from Vintage Rags and Digs fits the bill pretty perfectly!

I also found some really lovely, super affordable pieces, too! Such a pretty print and mix of colors on this 1950s day dress from ZoweeVintage!

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These skirts are beautiful. The cut, style, and patterns are wonderful and I think I may just have to get myself one soon! The anchor print is also very patriotic! :-)

(Source: Hannah Everly)

So that's what happens when I ruin a shirt- I immediately start figuring out how to replace it...with skirts?*

I obviously have other problems besides not being able to eat a sandwich properly. :-P

I hope everyone is having a nice Fourth of July! To those not in the states- have a nice weekend too! At least you won't have to listen to 9 straight hours of neighbor's launching illegal fireworks!)

-Melissa

*It wasn't actually ruined. I got the stain out, but it was scary for a second there. Red pepper juice on white = a full 10 second freak out (i.e. "It's destroyed! There's no way I can get this out! Might as well throw it away! I'll never get that 20 dollars back now!, etc.")