Shopping with the Vintage Traveler, Spring 2021

I’ve been spending my stimulus money in local antique establishments. At this point in my life I don’t buy everything that I see that I love. I buy old stuff with a particular goal in mind – it has to either fill a gap in my collection of vintage sportswear, be a print source that aids in my research, or be a good graphic representation of what women wore for their fun times. So here are some recent finds that didn’t come home with me.

The spool case above was an excellent buy for someone who loves using cotton thread. I have enough already.

For the most part, I don’t collect undergarments. But I found this corset to be interesting with its soft boning and supporting straps. I know next to nothing about corsets, so I’m asking those of you who are more knowledgeable – Is this a riding or sports model?

I almost bought this poster for Skateland in Asheville. Had it not been for the overbearing frame and the price tag to match, I would have added it to my collection. For those of you who know Asheville, this rink was in the building that now houses the Orange Peel, or as we said in the 1970s, the Almighty Orange Peel.

Fishnet stockings had a moment around 1967. I remember wearing white ones over pastel colored stockings. It was a fun look, and not a bit tarty.

Here’s a sorry photo of a cute little pin. I have a hard time justifying paying a lot for “jewelry”.

Again, I apologize for the terrible photo, but this dress was just too interesting not to share.

It was worn by actress Rhonda Fleming in the 1953 film, Inferno. How it ended up in an antique mall in Western North Carolina is anyone’s guess. It’s actually a very nice linen dress, with pretty bodice details.

This 1930-31 basketball team photos shows an important step in the development of gymwear – the transition from bloomers to shorts.

I love this so much, in spite of the fact that men’s sportswear is not my thing. It’s a standing counter display card.

This hat had to have been worn by the “kooky” girl in every 1960s beach movie.

I probably should have bought this photo of a sportswear storefront. This will be my first stop if I ever get that time machine.

This store display was cute. Several years ago I passed on the chance to buy some really great Keds store displays, but I didn’t have the space. I still regret letting those get away.

Great image of 1890s cyclists, but I can’t help but hate to see magazines torn apart for the ads.

And here’s another fantastic counter display.

I wish modern drivers were this attentive.

I love this photo so much, and would have bought it had the factory been identified.

And finally, this shopkeeper is not having it with the anti-maskers.


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25 responses to “Shopping with the Vintage Traveler, Spring 2021

  1. K Dave

    It would be appreciated greatly if you would share the names of vintage MEN’S clothing stores.


    • I’m afraid I don’t know of many. If you are local to me (Asheville area) then Ragtime in Asheville sells menswear. Also there is s booth in Lexington Park Antique Mall that has some great men’s accessories.


  2. morningwaters

    Hip Hip Hooray for the shopkeeper. I will enthusiastically patronize any shopkeeper with that kind of sign and attitude. I am a retired nurse who spent a year dealing with pregnant covid patients and am sick to death with everyone out there that lacks the self discipline and generosity of their heart to help us ALL end this covid pandemic once and for all.

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  3. May I copy that last image to share on my Facebook? It expresses my sentiments exactly.


  4. Also, who could resist going into a shop called Two Legs?

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  5. If only everyone shared that shopkeeper’s commitment and concern for human life and well-being. The insanity, the denial, the stupidity and the selfishness revealed in so many people has been one of the saddest things about the pandemic.

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  6. jacq staubs

    Applause for the mask sign owner!

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  7. jacq staubs

    PS my sentiments exactly Maria Cate Thank you!

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  8. Fishnet stockings! I remember them being very uncomfortable–all those little ridges to step on all day long. Thank you for this tour.

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  9. I think I can help with the corset. The Ferris Waist company made soft, corded corsets like the one you show; I posted an entire Ferris corset ad from 1910: Maternity corsets often had lace-up room for expansion: The one you saw doesn’t seem to lace up in the waist/midriff area, so perhaps it’s for “wide hipped” or older women? Soft, corded corsets were in use in the early 1800s, too. . They used cording instead of whalebone or metal stays. This post has links to several in museum collections. (Sorry for linking to my own blog, but that’s where the images are….) Your site wouldn’t accept all these links as a comment.


  10. Is that sportswear store called Two Legs? That’s entertaining!
    I’m not a corset expert either, but I think the ones with lacing like that are usually maternity corsets? So you can unlace as you expand….
    Lots of fascinating things, as always, thank you – if you get that time machine, could you pick me up en route?


  11. It looks more like a maternity corset to me. The ads for sports corsets I have seen have had elastic siding, not side-lacing. I’ve only seen that side-lacing on maternity corsets. The straps are very sports corset though, but maternity corsets also sometimes had removable straps or even tops.


  12. jonathanwalford

    If the maternity corset is still there next time you go there…


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