Sunday, July 31, 2011

20+ Years of Vintage Clothing Collecting



Since my Senior year in high school, I have been collecting vintage clothing from the 1970's and earlier. Those bold, bright, patterned dresses, shirts and pants have been drawing my attention ever since. Estate sales, thrift stores and flea markets have provided me with some wild and totally retro clothing over the past 20+ years. Currently, there are tubs and boxes full of vintage clothing that haven't been touched in years. They're just sitting around, doing nothing. Slowly, but surely, I am pulling these gorgeous pieces from their hiding places and bringing them to life. I plan to spend the rest of the year and probably next year, taking pictures and selling these gems in my store. This will be the first time I have offered my collection to the general public.  Enjoy!






Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Crazy Recipe Box Coincidence

About 2 months ago I was shopping around, looking for treasures for my store and stumbled upon a bright yellow recipe box with bold red flowers painted on it. I am a sucker for those 1970's, flower power items and just had to have it. I brought it home, cleaned it up a bit, and sat in on the shelf, keeping it there until I thought it should be listed in my store. Meanwhile, I went about my business and kinda put the little box to the back of my mind. But this box just didn't want to be forgotten. I am sure it felt neglected as better, more expensive things kept leaving the shelf. I might say, I think it was jealous and just needed some attention. So what did this little box do to get my attention? Well, it decided to appear in front of my eyes in a documentary from 1975. It was about 2 weeks later that I sat in front of the TV screen watching the documentary Grey Gardens, when my eyes caught a quick glance of a recipe box in the movie. Toward the middle of the movie, one of the main characters Edith Beale (the mother) was given a recipe box just like the one that sat on my shelf. At first I didn't believe it, it couldn't be the same box. Since I was watching the movie through the DVR, I paused it at the exact moment the camera was on the box, and went to get mine. As I examined the screen and examined my box, it was very clear they were the same. I was shocked! My little box was a minor character in a vintage movie. 
If you are interested in the movie, you can find more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Gardens
Find actual items owned by the Beales here (including the real recipe box):
http://www.greygardensonline.com/memor.html
If you are interested in purchasing my recipe box, you can find it here:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/75493855

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