Monday, November 14, 2016

Our Providence Retail History Totes have arrived!

Ready to take you shopping anyplace you choose, these totes are also designed to take you down memory lane!  Each features a motif of logos of the downtown Providence, Rhode Island department stores that once made this area the retail destination of the East Coast.  Peerless, Gladdings, Shepards, Cherry & Webb and The Outlet Company are just a few included.  These make the perfect stocking stuffer (the nylon shopper collapses into a 4" x 5" drawstring pouch!) or holiday gift for someone who recalls the stores "back in the day" or who may just be getting to know the history of Providence now. 

Nylon Shopper $12 in our Etsy shop here, or, at our downtown Providence location in the Historic Arcade.   Cotton Canvas Gusseted Shoulder Tote $18 in our Etsy shop here or also at our downtown location.  

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

We've Opened a Retail Store!

On "Black Friday" 2013, Carmen & Ginger opened its first retail location at the historic Arcade in downtown Providence, RI!

We apologize for our absence from blogging.  After returning to work full time it became difficult to put together the posts we had enjoyed creating in the past.  Now that we are 100% devoted to the "vintage biz" we plan to resume blogging soon.  For now, follow us on facebook where we post daily.

We have two large cases of jewelry at the new store, showcasing Rhode Island made Coro and Trifari mid-century pieces as well as many many other pieces from the 1930's through to the 1970's.

We are also excited to carry New England made jewelry from three local artists who make new pieces from vintage items.  Ariana Porreca, Sue from La De Dah Jewelry, and Lily from Memory Relics are represented in this case.  In addition to jewelry, we carry bags made from vintage fabrics created by Gina of Gina's Creations.  In our clothing department, we are also fortunate to feature the upscale stylings from Michelle of The Red Velvet Shoe, and, the fun and festive from Val of The Fox Affect.  (PS: Val also works at the shop two days a week!)

We have had a huge response to our selection of vintage cameras and vintage camera-related items, so, we constantly add to this inventory to keep you coming back!


Our clothing selections will change with the seasons.  Right now, our windows feature a 1970's ski bunny in a Jean Claude Killy jacket, vintage Apres Ski boots, and a 1978 Rainbow Polaroid One-Step while her friend shows off fringed boots and a rabbit fur coat.

We are constantly changing our selection of interior items as well!  Right now we are featuring items related to in "travel away from these sub-zero temperatures!"  Or, well, at least think about it.

Our location is an historical wonder, noted on the National Register of Historic Places.  If you visit, you will not only find a great selection of vintage at Carmen & Ginger, but, you will be able to grab a great meal, coffee, cupcake or whiskey, have your hair or eyebrows done, get your bike tuned up, and shop for on-trend clothing that range from custom couture to bespoke finery to second-hand designer and smart and sexy fun!  There are fine jewels handcrafted locally, art of Africa, crafts and jewelry of the Southwest and upscale gifts for everyone.  A day of shopping in an historic building - what a treat!

Oh, and just for the record, we have not forgotten about our Etsy shop.  We will get that spruced up with new items weekly by the end of this month as well!  Keep do not want to miss anything...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Vintage Bazaar

The Vintage Bazaar is only two days away and Carmen and Ginger is so excited to participate!  I have been snapping pics during the cleaning, pricing and packing process, so decided to put them all together in a little sneak preview blog post for you.   I am selling side by side with my friend Deb from Vintage Haven.  We each have a 10' x10' tent of vintage goodness for you!  We would so LOVE to meet you if you can stop by - please try and remember to say "hello!"

The Vintage Bazaar
June 23rd & 24th
Saturday & Sunday

10am to 5pm
Pettengill Farm
45 Ferry Road
Salisbury, MA

"Whether you are searching for a vintage treasure or a beautiful artisan piece or just looking for something unique to do for the day….The Vintage Bazaar is the perfect place. Stroll through our display gardens, visit each “outdoor boutique”, and stop along the way to enjoy treats from local food vendors. Live music, activities for children, and raffles."

We will have linens, linens, linens galore!

A huge selection of vintage lemonade pitchers and so many more mid-century outdoor living items!

Our "fashion" items for this show are decidedly laid back - from cowboy boots to summer straw hats for hiking and gardening to classic Hawaiian dresses to wear when you sip your lemonade in a breeze at the end of the day!

This is just a taste of the goods we will have for the weekend!  Not shown is a HUGE selection of colorful flower pots and jardinières for the garden, wonderful vintage fabrics for your crafting projects, industrial chic wire trays and baskets, more mid-century kitsch and kitchen, antique embroidered linens, vintage photos, albums, books and so much more!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

I was poking through some vintage photos I'd set aside and realized I'd already compiled a great set of dad photos!  How fitting then, to share them with you today.  That is me above, by the way, with my dad, in 1966, in front of a clock that my husband would kill for today!  (Sadly, no longer in the family as a mid-century heirloom.) I had a "Mohawk" hair style when born, so, they called me "the little Indian."  Love Dad's skinny tie!  Happy Father's Day Dad!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Turning Something Negative Into a Positive

This past Sunday was the first day of the season at the local flea.  Although it was not nearly the long dreary endless winter of last year - in fact it has been quite balmy! - I was looking forward to heading over to poke through the goods.
Sadly, it started to rain a bit just as the dealers were setting up.  This was frustrating to all, but, some still braved the weather so I managed to scrounge a few things.  At the bottom of a box I found a bag full of negatives in sleeves.  I had no idea what the photos were, only that the sleeves looked like they dated to the 1940's.  I purchased the lot plus a couple of vintage magazines for $5 and came home with a new project.

At home I made a cup of coffee and took a quick look at each negative in the sleeves.  I broke them into two piles, those I wanted to scan and those I thought I could pass on for now.  As I went through I found a couple of photos here and there too - only three (see above).  As I made my my way through the negatives I could see that they were indeed 1940's - not only from the dress, and hairstyles of the women, but also from the fact that there were servicemen in uniform in many of the photos.  As typical of snapshots - both now and then - most images fell into the categories of people at the beach, traveling, with family or dressed up for special occasions.

My scanner does not have a film setting, but, I put them on the bed in groups, scanned, inverted, flipped and adjusted the details within Photoshop to try to bring out the best possible images from the scans.  Although I had an idea from the negatives what I would see, each time I inverted the scans I had a whole new set of images to surprise me!  Although these may in fact be in someone's album somewhere, I felt like I was giving the images, and, the people within them, new life by turning them to positives and sharing with you here.

I believe the photographer was a woman, as the name on some of the sleeves was a woman's name.  They were processed in Fall River, MA, and, I believe that southern Massachusetts and a trip to New York City are what most of the images capture.  The woman in the photo above appears to be holding a Kodak, so, it could very well have been her.

This idea ties neatly into a lovely set of pamphlets my mother gave to me recently.  They all show images of Kodak marketing still and moving images to women in the early part of the 20th century.

There are many photos at the beach, and, although the most fun, they are also the most overexposed negatives and thus the hardest to get the images from.  I still tried, however, as I love vintage snapshots of people laughing and goofing around and that is what people are usually doing in the beach photos.

There are also many photos of people dressed to the nines!  The one date I found was 1943 - I believe these hats and bags support that, don't you?

 Even the packaging and inserts were a fun glimpse into history.

Some of my favorite photos were those that showed storefronts or signage; the items and lettering style further help to date the photos.  The one directly above, and, likely the one above that, are taken in Manhattan.

I wish I knew more about these photos to share, but, it would all be speculation, so, I will just let you take a look at those I turned to positive and decide for yourself who these people are and what they are doing.  I will add the remaining images below - enjoy!




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