Monday, October 29, 2012

Shop Preview: Fall Jackets

Just a sneak peek at a few things hitting the shop this week - long sleeves and tweed, perfect for fall.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Vintage Shopping: German Science Posters

I was at the Alameda Flea Market last month and there was a gentleman there selling beautiful German pull-down posters with all sorts of science related diagrams out of the back of an old van. I haven't stopped thinking about them since, and may have to return next month ready to pony up some cash for one.

In the meantime, I've been looking around for them online. I spotted these from Berlinner Strasse. They are all original (instead of all the reproductions out there), ship straight from Germany, and range in price from $200-$300 - and they are so pretty:

(and other similar posters can be found at Ekho Vintage or Bonnie & Bell as well)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shop Preview: Costume-y

I was in a vintage shop the other day when a girl came in and told the shop owner that she was looking for a costume, and she was thinking of going as a flapper in an authentic dress. Vintage shops must get that kind of thing a lot around Halloween, often coming from people that probably don't wear vintage in their everyday life, and seem genuinely surprised that their local vintage shop doesn't have racks of pristine 20s dresses hanging there, waiting for someone to wear them for Halloween.

I guess the idea that vintage clothes are costume-y to a good portion of the population leads to one of my best thrifting secrets - I always check out the costume racks for pieces that the thrift store worker thought looked weird and retro but that I want to bring home and actually wear.

In honor of Halloween, I'm previewing a few gems that could be costume-y if you wanted them to be ... (but just know that I'd wear all of em on a non-Halloween occasion too).

Mad Men:

20's Inspired:
(or we have a fun fringe dress here)
Prom King:
Picnic Food:
A fabulous sequined party witch?
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Estate Sale Finds: How to Be a Super Secretary

This week's estate sale find is a little booklet that I found stashed with a pretty old typewriter. There isn't a date on the pamphlet, but it was produced by the typewriter company Remington Rand, and is full of all the bad advice you'd expect from a piece written for women in slightly more sexist times (aka the 50's).

The pamphlet takes on a very Seventeen "do's and don'ts" tone, and I've picked out some of my favorite tips to share:

My biggest takeaway is that the author really didn't think secretaries should wear bobby socks.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Shop Preview

We've got some new treats hitting the shop this week. Ooo la la:

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Vintage Inspiration: HD Buttercup

HD Buttercup is a really lovely furniture store located in SOMA in San Francisco. Aside from being huge and full of the kind of furniture that is pretty enough to make you feel okay about dedicating your next several paychecks to it, they have worked in a lot of really great vintage decorating ideas that could be some DIY inspiration for around the home.

A wall of vintage plates:

Bowler hats turned light covers:

Old shoe stands painted for display:

And lots of vintage pieces around every corner, like this trophy collection:

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