Eyeliah and Alli both with their thrifted outfits-a-day but I will, on rare occasions, give it a try!)
Ann Taylor Loft (I can't help it - I love the place and their sales!) Found on the sale rack marked down from over $100 to $39.99 then another 40% off - who can resist? It has hung, unworn in my closet for two years so this was its debut! What I really want to talk about are the shoes.
Thrift Scores ever! I recall the day I found them I could not believe they were just sitting there on the rack for about $6.99! Blue Suede cut-out peep-toe wedges with red leather trim, tiny red metal enameled stars and killer ankle straps. IN MY SIZE! I would guess mid-1940's for sure. No, you cannot touch them!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
If a seller is lucky enough to be selected for the treasury, and, the treasury is good enough to be selected for the front page, you have hit the jackpot for advertising!
Of course, Etsy also creates its own Front Page treasuries, so you could be lucky enough to be selected for that bit-o-press, or, if you are really, REALLY lucky, you might be selected for an Etsy Storque article like the one below from a few days ago:
So pandering, although often seen as a negative thing, can actually be a very, very smart thing to do around holidays, seasons (not just seasons like fall or spring, but, think wedding and baseball!), special events (from movie openings, season premieres, and awards ceremonies to Earth Day!) and trends (what are people saying?, doing?, reading? blogging about? wearing?) Etsy actually has a great resource for this right on the site. In the "How To" section of the Etsy blog look for the heading "From Etsy's Merchandising desk." Click the links and you will be told exactly what trends are coming for the next month and Etsy's recommendations for playing right into those trends! (Yes, sadly, I was not the first person to think of this.) I have linked the image below for you to bring you to the latest article in the series:
And in case you think I am the only one who thinks this way; take a look around! Everyone with an ounce of marketing savvy is playing right into the July 4th holiday this week, including me! (click the two top images in this post, both active in my shop!) And here are a few more clever goodies for you to check out:
From my mom's shop: Find Me a Memory
From my West Coast friend Cindy's shop: PumpkinTruck
From my Etsy mentor: PetitPoullailler
From the talented hands of Bonnie at Bonnie's Knitting
Friday, June 25, 2010
1. No contemporary tags. I know some of you girls have not been around as long as I have but please try to familiarize yourself with brands. If something has a Merona tag (Target), Nine West, Old Navy or so forth, it is NOT vintage! These brands have only been around for the past ten to 15 years.
2. Where is it made? These are not hard and fast rules, but, if a bag has a "Made in China" tag it likely dates to the past ten years. Made in Sri Lanka or Malaysia, likely 10 - 15 years. Made in Hong Kong?; likely dates to the 1970's. Made in Japan?; likely dates post-second World War to the 1950's and 1960's. Items made in the USA vary. If it is handmade or by a specialty company it could be new. If mass-produced, items made in the USA likely date to the 1960's or earlier.
3. Hardware. Hardware is a really good clue to age of bags. If something needs to buckle with a metal buckle, zip with a metal zipper or clasp with a metal clasp it always gets my attention. These are signs of quality construction and are also often indicators of a vintage bag. Yes, contemporary bags do buckle and some have metal zippers, but, most are designed for ease of use and even if they have these details there are usually hidden modern details to clue you in to the fact that they are more recently made.
4. Materials. Early handbags were most often fabric, beaded or leather. Into the 1940's and 1950's they were also mostly fabric or leather with some hard plastics like lucite for bodies and handles. It really is not until you get into the 1960's that you start to see soft synthetics used for handbags. And unfortunately, many of these early synthetics were still new to the market and unstable. Always check to make sure a faux leather 1960's bag is not "sticky" feeling or it may be an indication of deterioration. Likewise, if the interior lining is "dusting" (breaking down and creating "dust" when touched or moved) think long and hard about the investment. Once in a while these bags are still too great to pass up, but, if they are falling apart, literally, at the seams, be wary. In the 1970's synthetics were often used, and were more stable, but not nearly as convincing as those used in later years. Once you are looking at a synthetic bag that really looks and feels like leather, you are usually into the 1980's and later.
So, how did I know this was vintage? First of all, there is NO tag. A vintage tag would be useful for sure, but, the absence of a "Made in China" or similar tag on a bag in this good condition is a clue in itself. Second, the hardware used to close it. It is metal and requires twisting to clasp. It is riveted through and visible on the inside as well. You just don't see hardware used on bags like this anymore. Anything made in the past 20 - 30 years would have either a plastic twist style clasp, or, more commonly now, a magnetic or large flat snap type clasp at the closure. Third, the great oval shaped pads where the handles are attached. You just don't see this type of attention to detail on contemporary, unmarked bags. Finally, the feel of the materials. This is hard to convey via the web, but, the construction of the bag, with solid inserts that can be felt beneath the vinyl surface, and, even the texture and color of the vinyl is a clue. The bag is older, for sure.
is already for sale in my shop. I had to put it with the other mod items right away.
Oh, and that mod dress you saw peeking into one of the photos above? I found this one-piece number today too. The tag is long gone, but again, clearly (to me!) vintage. I will post this one later in the summer with some other fab color-block mod dresses for the office...
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Images courtesy of Ann Kerr's Collector's Encyclopedia of Russel Wright
So, despite the striking similarities in some areas (get it? "striking???") the piece remains a mystery. Perhaps Sessions' answer to the popularity of the GE/RW clocks? I was not aware that they were flying off the shelves so much. Perhaps Harker approached Sessions after the RW clocks stopped? Any thoughts or facts are much appreciated! I've got all the time in the world.... (heh heh heh)
Monday, June 21, 2010
a couple of times over the past few months about the two Amaryllis bulbs I received as Christmas gifts. I lamented about the fact that they took about 5 months to bloom, and, were somewhat squat, although the flowers were brilliant! Well, being the not-so-diligent housekeeper that I am, after the blooms had passed I cut them back but had not really attended to them. Should I toss the bulbs, or, attempt to save them until next year? As I debated, I left the cut bulbs in the pots. Next thing I know, one of them had sent up a shoot.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Guess my memory is not so good after all...seems it was a girl who went to the store, and, a container of milk she was after. (though others on the internet swear they recall "quart of milk" as well, hmn....) Still cute and oh-so-1970's after all these years. Click here to check it out!
Monday, June 14, 2010
previous flea market post. I was thinking he may have had the Horace McCoy on top there, but, turns out he lost his copy so this is a timely replacement.
Monday, June 7, 2010
national retail consignment shop, was this strange sight. It was surrounded by other objects painted in solid gold. A drinking glass, some wine glasses, and, this. I immediately saw right through the gold paint to the "golden" object beneath.
Just Art Pottery. (in pink, of course, LOL!)
heritageheirlooms on Etsy.
Just Art Pottery. (in pink, of course, LOL!)
heritageheirlooms on Etsy.