Could you use a diversion? I thought so. I need one too, and to get my mind off the sorry state of the world, let me share one of my true loves – vintage shopping.
I really haven’t been shopping much this summer, but the few trips I have made have been really, really good. Above, and in the next few photos, you see the Greenville, SC shop of Kate DiNatale. Kate has a full range of vintage clothing, plus home furnishings, all presented in a lovely old building.
It used to be that vintage clothing stores were stuffed to the brim, making finding anything a real chore. And while I do enjoy a good dig, I prefer the experience of shopping in a lovely space where everything is presented to its best advantage. That dress on the left came home with me.
I probably should have gotten this bathing suit, as it has a super Claire McCardell vibe. There was no label, though.
I was also tempted by the cutest giraffe pants ever.
I’m afraid I caught Kate’s two shop assistants sleeping on the job.
Here’s another view of this fabulous space, with lingerie and little black dresses in the background.
If you are in the Greenville area and plan to visit Kate’s shop, set aside a bit of time to also visit her mother’s antique mall, Old Faithful’s. Kate had a booth there as well, with even more great vintage clothing and accessories. Too bad I’m not a “cat person.”
A couple of weekends ago I took in the Virginia Highlands Antiques Market in Abingdon, VA. It’s held every July and August, and it is always an interesting show. Little Lizzie above is actually a doll printed on cotton for you to cut out and sew together. Or, you can paste it to a board and hang it on your wall.
I love old pennants. I don’t know why; I just do.
Here’s an example of my restraint in buying things I do not need, and for which I have no space. I love this little Scottie bookshelf, and seriously contemplated buying it, but I was a real adult and told myself I had nowhere to put it. When I went back to say goodbye to it, the piece had been sold. Not a surprise.
Old quilts always get my attention, if for no other reason than to appreciate the old textiles. I do love a good hexagon.
I was completely taken with this old canvas trunk. I wanted it, badly. I didn’t like the price tag.
No buttons were harmed in the making of these plastic bracelets.
Is this not the best salesman’s sample card ever?
Amazing, size 17 Pro Keds! I could get both my feet in one shoe. I’m pretty sure this is the largest vintage sneaker I’ve ever seen.