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.
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.
I probably should have bought this photo of a sportswear storefront. This will be my first stop if I ever get that time machine.
Great image of 1890s cyclists, but I can’t help but hate to see magazines torn apart for the ads.
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.