Shopping with the Vintage Traveler, Spring 2018

I really think of April as the beginning of Shopping Season, because that’s when all the outdoor markets start up. I have managed to do a bit of antique malling recently. Here are the things I liked but did not, for the most part, buy.

I have a theory that you can tell if the proprietor of a mall booth is male or female just by examining the merchandise. Of course that’s not always true, but I’d bet money on the fact that this booth is stocked by a guy. I love booths like this one with all the sports stuff. I even found a pair of red and white saddle shoes for my collection.

This door stop is not as old as the era that the golfer portrays. It is a great example of how nostalgia-driven the 1960s and 70s were. For some reason I have it in my head that in the 1960s reproduction and fake door stops became a big problem in the antiques markets. People were after an “old” look, in home decor as well as in clothing.

I have a few cheerleading dresses so I probably should have bought this megaphone.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Google books archive of Life magazines, looking for one particular ad. What is striking about the ads before the mid 1960s is how few persons of color are represented. This early to mid 1960s advertising poster is a sign of change.

I spotted this wonderful 1920s dress in my favorite vintage store, Design Archives in Winston-Salem, NC. So beautiful, and the condition was exceptional.

And here’s a close-up of the embroidery. Wouldn’t this be a peachy wedding dress?

This little suitcase or hatbox is made of heavy cardboard, was was meant for a child. I see these on occasion, and they are almost always battered from play.

I have no idea what is going on in this illustration.

I was all ready to buy these when I realized the envelopes felt a bit thin. A quick look inside revealed multiple missing pieces. It’s a common problem with buying used sewing patterns, so I always take a look at the contents before spending much money on one.



Filed under Collecting, Shopping

11 responses to “Shopping with the Vintage Traveler, Spring 2018

  1. jacq staubs

    YES! A “peachy” wedding dress!

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  2. I wonder if that one box was someone’s idea of how a ski lift should work? If it was real or just a made up illustration, like a kind of men’s magazine idea of beautiful girls and skiing? In fact, I wonder if that was German or something. And if you buy a cheerleader’s trumpet (?) you have to get a set of pompoms! My husband’s parents had an old metal ship doorstop, not painted, and now I wonder where it is? (I’ve been going through almost 40 years of storage after a move, their stuff and ours, and I’m finding the strangest things.)

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  3. mimilulu

    About the tin, for what it’s worth….I grew up in the 50’s and loved to read the comics, or the funnies as we called them, that were in the daily newspaper and the Sunday edition as well. I am pretty sure that this is Humphrey, who always rode a bike with a little red house on the back. His pal was Joe Palooka, who I think is the male skier coming up to check on Humphrey’s passengers. If you google Humphrey, you’ll see several of him riding his bike with a girl in or on his little house. Joe, by the way had his own comic strip, which I never read. I liked Nancy and Sluggo and Little Lulu much more. :-}
    Perhaps this was the beginning of the character lunchbox.

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  4. Amanda

    Lizzie – thank you for sharing your shopping outings. I never get anywhere, so fun to see your finds. That dress was outstanding.


  5. Another fascinating post. The dress is great!


  6. Katie

    Oh my goodness, that dress! Do you know if it was cotton or silk? The embroidery is outstanding!


  7. Christine

    It’s a cheerleader’s “megaphone”, but “trumpet” was a good grab. I loved this post and laughed out loud after looking at the strange little lunchbox and then scrolling down to see the caption. My sentiments exactly. And thanks to an alert reader . . . a Joe Palooka lunchbox! Fun!


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