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Vintage Shopping with the Vintage Traveler

Once again, it’s time for a little shopping trip, this time to antique stores in east Tennessee and along I-26 in South Carolina.  Above you see what could possibly be the most interesting girdle produced in the 1960s.

Lilli Ann is a well-known (and coveted) label in the vintage world.  Most desired are the high quality suits and coats from the 1940s and 50s, but the company produced some interesting clothes in the 60s as well.  In the mid 60s and into the 70s they made some great dress and coat ensembles in a nice polyester knit, sort of mod for the married set.  This vest is made of wool knit and is made in Hong Kong which seems to put it in the early 60s.  I’m sure there was originally a matching dress or skirt.

That’s a lot of design.

The over-flowing hat basket is a commonly found feature of antique malls.  This one gets extra credit for being a double.

This is a close-up view of a 1890s bodice.  The fabric is velvet, and is beyond beautiful.

There were several Vested Gentress dresses at one store.  This one is a classic, with Briney Bear the dog and his nemesis, Pedro the parrot.

In 1919 the US Army had not quite given up on the horse.

This Caribbean themed fabric was interesting.  It was in three pieces, all the size of feedsacks, but it was rayon instead of cotton.  There were even stitch holes like are seen in deconstructed feedsacks.

Collier’s Weekly often featured sports on their covers.  I love that she’s reading a book titled, How to Ski.

This is a late 1930s dress for a preteen girl, which shows that even a ten-year-old wants a fashionable sleeve.

As long as I live I will never understand why anyone would cut up an old crochet piece so she can hot glue it to a pair of vintage (and almost antique) boots.  These are canvas, of the type made by Keds, though I’ll admit I was too upset to even look for a label.

When I was a kid in the 1960s, Evening in Paris was considered a cheap gift given by boys who were beyond clueless.  I do have to admit that this set from probably the early 50s is pretty nifty.

This bag is by John Romain, which looks to be an attempt by that company to keep up with the times.  Romain bags were popular in my area in the mid 1960s, but nobody was carrying them by the 70s.  Funny, though, to see a handbag with a piece symbol.  By that time it was all about the shoulder bag.

Cute Scotty dog sighting, but I was strong and left the pair for another dog lover.

And finally, possibly the largest item I have ever seen for sale in an antique store, a late 1940s Pontiac Silver Streak.

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Road Trip Results

A visit to an antique store in a new area seems to always provide things I’ve never seen before.  The new-to-me area is southwestern Pennsylvania, which I passed through this week.  And the never-seen-before items are these antique fashion prints that were enhanced with bits of fabrics, lace and beads.  Perhaps these are common in that corner of the US but I found it odd that I’d never seen this particular craft, and here were four examples of it!

It had been several years since my last trip to West Virgina and into Ohio.  I had fond memories of several super antique malls that were on my way – malls that had provided me with some very fine vintage sportswear.  Unfortunately, several of these have closed, and others are now just glorified junk shops.  Not that I don’t love a good junk shop, but when I’m on a strict schedule it’s hard to justify the time it takes to plunder through old dusty boxes with little hope of turning up anything of value.

Vintage shopping is the great fringe benefit of the Road Trip.  I have to stop every few hours anyway to walk around, and I figure that walking might as well be in an antique mall.  They are perfect for getting out the kinks in one’s shoulders and feet, for stretching the legs and relaxing the mind.  But most importantly, the rush of adrenaline when I make a super vintage find motivates me to get in the car and keep driving to the next spot.  And the lack of super vintage finds is , well, depressing.

I don’t mean to give the impression that there were no goodies to be found on this trip, as there were.  It’s just that I’ve gotten pickier, and my wants are more specialized than they once were.  It really did seem that there were fewer booths that contained vintage clothing, and those that did had it priced quite high.

Anyway, here are some things I liked, that I did not buy.

I thought this little Anne Fogarty dress was really nice.  The beige and pink combination was interesting, and that detailing is hard to beat.    If I didn’t already have three AF dresses, I might have bought it.

Okay, I’m a sucker for prints, and i thought this one was really great.  Another interesting color combination, don’t you think?

I really loved this Key West Handprints dress and matching handbag.  This set was reasonably priced, but I just did not need it.  ( I have the sweater shown to the right of the dress, but it is in browns and beiges.  I won it in a give-away from Kim at Fast Eddie’s Retro Rags.)

Isn’t that sweet?

For the poodle lovers.

I fell in love with this box.  Those dapper guys just make me smile.

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