Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Hallowe'en Romp

To celebrate this beautiful New England Hallowe'en Day, my husband and I joined two friends and made the drive up to Rowley, MA to visit the Todd Farm Flea Market.  Did I take any photos of the fall foliage and historic houses in this classic New England town?  No.  Did I take any photos of my friends and my husband? No.  I did, however, snap one photo of this vintage TV.

Evidently we were missed as this was the sight in two different windows when we arrived back home.

It was a good day for Christmas goodies (most for my wreaths) and vintage tablecloths!  A few other goodies were spied as well, though, nothing on our kitchen remodel list was found, sigh.

This Lancaster (Springmaid) cloth is design #5 - an early design! - and still retains its paper tag.  Amazing find!

This silk scarf has some minor issues, but, I  was smitten with the art deco ocean liner design!  Carmen and Ginger will be doing a vacation and travel listing after the new year and this will be included for sure!

This roll of printed wallpaper must have 50 yards on it!  I do not yet know what I will use this for but I simply loved the texture and pattern and it will get used for something, that's for sure!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Polly Wanna Rhinestone Makeover?

To continue our "What Do You Keep?" series I wish to feature this lovely pave parrot.  Found for a few dollars and missing half her stones last week, I decided to take her home as a project for my own collection.

All I did was dry-brush her crevices and wipe her down and fill in her empty spots with rhinestones.  I am not the most skilled at this, which is why I never repair items for resale, just for my own collection.  I used vintage rhinestones whenever possible as the newer ones seem so bright in comparison to the older, intact stones.  I used a pink stone for the eye since the piece already has this color pink originally and I think it worked out well.  I also tried to match the size of the stone to the space designed to house it. As you can see in the first pic, the settings for the stones varied quite a bit.  This is how the designer used the stones size to create a more dimensional final bird.  I think she looks pretty grand there at the end!  And I love those gradated painted metal parts in contrast to the rhinestone body.  Pretty girl!  Pretty girl!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Forever Evergreen

At my thrice-weekly visit to the Post Office today, I was immediately drawn to a display of these new Forever stamps.  Designed by longtime illustrator and Philatelic artist Ned M. Seidler, they feature wonderful botanical paintings of a variety of evergreens.  These claim to be "Holiday Evergreens" which suggests that they will not be around much past the end of the year.  Since I love evergreens for not only the winter holidays, but, for their lovely year-round designs, grabbing a stack of these was a no-brainer!  And with the postal rates scheduled to increase yet again this coming January, these are a wise investment with regard to money as well as design.  No offense to the Liberty Bell, but, aside from my quarterly excise tax bill, who would want to send a brown bell when you can adorn your envelope with a lovely bough of evergreen?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Yup, Santa is here to tell you that it is almost THAT season.  You know, the season where Carmen and Ginger offers the best of vintage Christmas goodies, and, when Hang Out A Shingle features an assortment of handmade wreaths and other vintage inspired Christmas items!  And once again, 10% of all Christmas proceeds from both shops will go to The Forgotten Cat.  Now, this little Santa found above today for $3 (heh, heh, heh) will become part of my permanent collection, however, the equally fun and hard-to-find stuff for sale will be featured on this blog in future posts, and, appear in both shops beginning November 1st!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Top Shelf Flea II

Just in case you missed the 647 previous posts about this event, it is tomorrow.  Please spread the word and bring a friend and stop by and say "hello!"

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Men's Department - First Level

As usual, there are a number of sellers at the Top Shelf Flea with very nice vintage menswear.  You know, actual suits and proper shirts, jackets and shoes and such.  At Carmen and Ginger, we typically have a lot of "girlie" stuff but want you to know we've got some fun stuff for the guys too!  A great selection of Hawaiian shirts plus a nice vintage jacket or two, rockabilly Jantzen sweater and rockin' 1950's fringe jacket.  And we've always got some great skinny and zoot-suit style ties!  We'll put the men's goods right up front, in plain sight and with easy access, so that you do not even have to touch the "girlie" stuff - we promise!

To my blog regulars - please excuse the relentless Top Shelf Flea promotional topics these past two weeks!  Very busy preparing and generating buzz for the event and will add some diversity of topic back again after Sunday, I promise!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wear Purple

To show support for "wear purple" day, a grass-roots day of support for those who may feel bullied based on their appearance, behavior, or sexual preferences, our blog will simply sport this sporty purple bag.   The bag will be available at the Top Shelf Flea if you wish to show your support for this cause year-round, or, if you just like purple!

A quote from the Facebook page that is the hub of the event:

It’s been decided! On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the LGBT youth who have committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and schools.


PURPLE represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality.


We want to thank Brittany McMillan for creating this event!
http://www.easternecho.com/index.php/m/article/2010/10/spirit_day_to_honor_recent_homosexual_suicide_victims


Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and schools.


RIP
Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase, Asher Brown, Cody J. Barker, Harrison Chase Brown, Caleb Nolt, Billy Lucas, Jeanine Blanchette, and Chantal Dube.


Spread The Message. It is important that all this hate be stopped.

Friday, October 15, 2010

It's Leathah Weathah

At least that's what they'll be saying up in Somerville next weekend at the Top Shelf Flea!  (Translation from the Boston Accent: "Leather Weather.")  If you love vintage leather jackets, Carmen and Ginger is going to have some beauties for you at the event!   Each has it's own special appeal, so come early, try on, and find exactly what you want before someone else does!  This is all fresh stock.  Doors open at 10:00 am...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Leapin' Leopards!

Leopard print - whether real fur or faux - has been a recurring trend in women's fashion for decades.  When done right, we believe faux is the way to go, plus, just one bold piece, or, a hint of the pattern in an ensemble is often most effective, like this lovely collar detail from a September 1953 Harpers Bazaar layout.

Accessories are a great option for leopard because they can be great statement pieces that do not overwhelm your wardrobe.  The hat shown above looks so fab with that modernist simplified shape overcoat.  Also from September 1953 Harper's Bazaar.  I do not have this exact hat in my shop, but, will have four other shapes for you to choose from over the next several days!

Here at C&G we prefer our cats alive, not stuffed, but do appreciate the retro-chic appeal of this photo and ensemble from an August 1953 Harper's Bazaar.

Leopard seems to always be around come September in one form or another, but some years seem to bring it out in full force.  The Fall 2010 Vogue was chock full of so many leopard bags and shoes it was hard to choose which images to use!  I chose this woman who looks like she is locked outside of her hotel room door with nothing but her slip and her enormous Jimmy Choo bag.

I have not been impressed by Talbots typically conservative styles in past years, but, this retro-inspired leopard print coat for Fall 2010  is a real breakout winner!

Of course Vogue's own photos are some of the best in the business.  I was glad to see they not only outfitted Mary Kate in leopard for this layout, but vintage leopard from New York Vintage.  (Psst...it may actually be her own piece...)

What Vogue does best of course, is their own fashion layouts.  Look at these two wonderful leopard pieces worked into gorgeous photos that give a nod to the 1950's influence on this trend.


Glamour was on the bandwagon putting the print on the cover of their Fall 2010 issue.  Here, Jennifer Lopez channels a look reminiscent of the last decade the trend was extremely popular: the 1980's.  In their October issue, they revisited the trend in their "Dare of the Month" column, enticing this woman to take to the streets in animal print overload and track the reactions.
While not originally considered a "don't", this advertisement from a January 1956 Harper's Bazaar certainly seems like a don't to me.  Meow-zah! - that's a lot of leopard in one place...

At Carmen and Ginger we have been squirreling away great leopard items all spring and summer to release them to you this fall.  This is the weekend!   We've got hats, belts, lingerie, coats.  Not a lot of everything but some really fab, truly vintage pieces.  We will supplement with some sexy lingerie and other coordinating items.  A sneak preview is below.  We will make the photos "live links" as we add the items to the shop.  Keep watching, we will start a few items tonight and finish in a few days...






Just found this awesome photo in Drawing Room's Etsy Shop.  I bought the original as soon as I spied it but simply had to add it to this post!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

And the winner is...

Number 3, hands-down!  I do appreciate all your voting via the web, via Facebook, via email and to those of you who called me to be sure their votes were counted!    Number 9 (pumpkin patch) was second, but nothing outmatched "the hair."  Personally, I liked #11 which nobody picked, so, I guess it's a good thing I went to the experts on this one!  Click here or the photo above to see the active listing...

Monday, October 11, 2010

October Bliss

Each Columbus Day weekend, the League of Women Voters in Harvard, Massachusetts holds a flea market in the middle of this classic New England town and almost every year promises lovely weather.  This past Saturday was no exception with sunny, clear October skies, warm weather and just the occasional gust of wind to keep dealers on their toes!  (No disasters while I was there though...)  Each year we arrive early, shop until noon, grab lunch from one of the vendors (this year: pulled pork sandwiches or homemade paella!) then finish the second field.  Here are some photos from the day:


A trip to a flea would not be complete for me without photos of some killer chairs!  This time, these fantastic vintage industrial chic stools had me drooling!

Diana from  Find Me A Memory works hard to find those memories for you!



This adorable Boston Terrier wins the doggie award of the day!  Look at him in that sweet argyle sweater!  How vintage cute is that?  His owner was very gracious to allow me to take these pics for the blog.  Because I'm a dope I forget his true name but we'll just call him the cutest thing ever.

Catnip mouse in the original box, unused.  I have cats and they find anything.  This must have been in some DEEP storage to be intact since the 1940's!


I read a little about this company and it turns out that Spratt's, which began operations in England, was the first company to market commercial pet food! They began with dog food in the late 19th century and added cat food and other animal food in later years.  They were masters of marketing, (just imagine, convincing the world that table scraps were no good and you needed "special" food for pets when this was unheard of!)  I love the box graphics and how they illustrate the mad marketing of this remarkable company.


Two awesome vintage hats and this incredible bathing cap above were found from two different dealers.  (I think I put the cap on sideways making it look more cloche-like than turban-like!)

Pair of awesome vintage tablecloths.  I was a little skeptical of the stains on these but I cleaned them both and hung them on the line yesterday and they came out FANTASTIC!  I already have five or six killer Christmas tablecloths ready to go.  Christmas items will likely begin to appear in C&G by the end of the month...

Vintage library bookends in great 1970's teal.
Lastly, a bevy of flea market goodies: Christmas items for my wreaths, a sweet little silhouette mirror, and reverse painted framed scene that will accompany me to the Top Shelf Flea!

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