Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Every so often a dress comes along that you are happy to just sit and look at. This 1930s wedding dress is just that kind of thing. We met in a dusty antique mall, she was peeking out from behind a big old desk, I wrestled with the desk and pulled her to safety. The dress is missing it's back hook and has a few marks, liquid stains etc on the lower skirt....I would say from spilled champagne! She needs a good professional clean as I think the cream lace will also come up a treat. The dress is not teeny tiny, more like a 2-4 fit and is bias cut so there's a little give. I actually think the low back would look rather lovely in the front though the slight blousing of the bust would not sit right then....anyhoo...she's a grand dame that's for sure!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
These pieces are either in the shop right now or coming to the shop later this week! or after the Manhattan Vintage Show....or after I can think straight.....whichever comes first right! if you like something and don't see it in the shop yet just drop me a line.....have a lovely start to your week friends.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
These past couple days have turned my living room into a "booth" at the Manhattan Vintage Show...I was just texting a friend "getting ready for show" and my iphone changed it to "fretting" which I thought was pretty funny....and accurate. I would LOVE to see you at the show, we will be in booth #17 with bells on.....saving a whole bunch of goodies to take, and if they are not snapped up the shop will be getting a mighty fine update after the 4th....
Friday, January 27, 2012
Am sure if you love old stuff you also love old photos and postcards, this is a handpainted photograph of Miss Kathleen Vincent and I got a little surprise on the back....
The writer describes going to Huddersfield (England), this is where my Grandmother was born. When I kept reading "her brother is out at the front...." it hit me just how many of these correspondences must have been circulating, queries about loved ones, not knowing for many months or even years if men and women in your life were alive or not. When I was younger my grandmother told me amazing stories about running for the bomb shelter, what they ate during time of rations....I'm hoping to scan a box full of photos from my grandmother that I have never seen before as I just found out a relative has them in New Zealand....can't wait to go through them, RIP Lilian Ivy.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I was photographing a bunch of bright pieces for the shop today but this beautiful late Victorian piece is the kind of thing that really rocks my boat! Call me gloomy but dark, distressed and Victorian is my favourite kind of thing....this jacket is actually the side panels on this blog. My seamstress commented it'd a be a fabulous piece to take along to the Manhattan Vintage Show, but I just can't part with it, especially since it would most probably be taken apart for the beading. My golden age syndrome just gets worse....
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Why do I look like Marcel Marceau? was terribly hard to make these look like pants rather than a maxi skirt, hence the weird poses....I had twice as much fun aging these pics though! now I want to age all my pics, am thinking of adding an aged pic to my listings, fun times in this snowy weather I tell ya.
Friday, January 20, 2012
This is perhaps the most beautiful thing I have ever been given for free. Timely also as this art deco swan/duck number is def' going to the Manhattan Vintage show....I think it looks really fab with these hats displayed upon it....the 2 black and lovely straw hat will also be saved for the show...it's so cool when the word you love "old stuff" spreads to a wider range of folk who then offer you stuff like this.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
My day always starts with that little red jug, it's a one person French press, I love it, if someone took it or it broke I am not sure what I'd do. The granny cart is my "New York Car"....until I get one she helps me take packages to the post office....the day ended yesterday with reviving a beautiful Edwardian blouse and whipping up a kale salad....the mustard comes courtesy of a dear friend who lives in France, I can eat it out of the jar. If you ever see it, buy it. Hope you guys had a good day too.....