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Shopping with the Vintage Traveler

When the going gets tough, the tough shop for vintage.  As usual, I spotted some really interesting things.  The table croquet set above is complete in the original box.  I am guessing that it dates to the 1880s, but could use some help narrowing down the date.  Click the photo to get a better look at the beautiful label.

In the same store was this cracker box lid.  I loved the big dog carrying the basket of crackers for the child.

Child clothing experts, is this a girl or a boy, or is it impossible to tell?

Progressing through time to the 1940s, I loved how a very fashionable woman was being used to sell Skrip ink.  “Individuality with Color”

This early 1940s (or very late 1930s) sure has shades of  Scarlett O’Hara wearing the drapery.  Gone with the Wind was released in 1939, and of course fashion was influenced.

WWII era instruction book for making hats, or rather, “Fascinating Toppers.”

If I were not so fascinated with clothing, I think I’d collect Edwardian books just for the decorative appeal.  1907

Tammis Keffe is probably remembered more for the whimsical hankies she designed in the 1950s, but she also did work for household linens companies.

Will you have that cocktail on ice?

I’m sorry about the quality of this photo, but windows are impossible when the sun is shining.  I simply could not pass up a vintage sewing themed window, spotted in an antique store.

Even more vintage sewing.  I’ve been tempted to actually buy and use one of these folding sewing stands.

I must have had sewing on my mind.  This box is covered with a Grandma Moses print.  In the 1950s the Riverdale Fabric Company made home furnishing fabrics using Moses’ paintings as the print.

Spotted in a photo album, this photo of a woman circa 1930 was of interest because I own a similar pyjama.

All this talk about shopping has put me in the mood for a trip out to the stores.  Who needs Black Friday!


Filed under Collecting, Curiosities, Shopping

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.


Filed under Road Trip, Shopping

Liberty Antiques Festival, Fall 2011

I’ve written about Liberty before.  It is by far the best seasonal market that I know of in the South.  People who know say it is like a mini Brimfield, being held outdoors in a big field.  The difference is size.  At Liberty there is only one field, which can be a plus because in one day you can pretty much cover it all.  So even though it is a three and a half hours drive for me, and the blooming thing opens at 8 am, I rarely miss it.

This year, the weather did not look promising.  It’s rare that the weatherman ever commits to 100% certainty of anything, so why did he give a 100% chance of rain for Liberty on Friday?  When this sort of thing happens, I usually have the good sense to hold off a day, but the forecast for Saturday was almost as bad, so flinging fate to the wind and drowning out in my mind the reports of the dismal rainy, muddy time that was this fall’s Brimfield show, I threw my rubber boots in the car and headed off.

So did I make a big mistake?  Surprisingly, no.  When I arrived, having driven four hours in the rain, there was just a fine mist falling.  Most of the booths were still covered up due to the earlier rain, but things were improving to the point that I almost left the boots in the car.  If there is one thing I really hate it is having wet or cold feet, so I pulled the boots over my thick socks and entered the show.  The crowd was considerably lighter than in previous shows, and the sellers were eager to please.  The rain had completely stopped, and so for the next two hours the show was as always.  I was finding some pretty amazing things (to be reported later this week) and I was pretty smug about having taken the risk.

I took my first round of purchases to my car, and realized that some parking spaces had opened up closer to the entrance.  I pulled my car up to the front, totally forgetting that I had propped my umbrella next to the car.  I was sitting there eating the spinach cheddar scone I’d bought that morning at Ollie’s Bakery in Winston-Salem when it started to rain.  That’s when I remembered the umbrella.  I scurried back to my old place, hoping that it would still be there, but no such luck.  So to the person who happened upon my umbrella, and who did not have the decency to turn it into the lost and found, shame on you.

But I still had a rain jacket and a hat, so I felt like it would not be too bad.  And, really, it wasn’t.  I got a little wet, but the crowd had thinned to the point that sellers where happy to discount without me even having to ask.  And because of the pouring rain, I (and other buyers, it seemed) tended to spend more time in each dry tent, and so I’m sure I spotted some things I normally would have missed.  The sellers were saying that all things considered,  they were having a pretty good sale.

By the time I left, the place was a horrible, muddy mess.  I felt really sorry for anyone who was not wearing rain boots.  As Banana Republic used to advertise, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”

I don’t have many photos, but here’s a sampling of what was there:

This was so funny.  I really think that movie might be about me!

Missoni inspiration?  This little girl’s skirt came with the fair award it won in 1908!

The clasp has a mirror on the underside:

These mittens were label as Victorian.  Any thoughts?

And, finally, something I did buy, after much wavering and negotiating:

Yes, I’ll do a post on the swimsuit, probably on Tuesday.


Filed under North Carolina, Shopping

Columbia, SC Antique Shopping Scene

Columbia is one of those cities which I’d passed through dozens of times, on my way to somewhere closer to the Atlantic Ocean.  It wasn’t until I retired six years ago that I took a day and made Columbia the destination.  I was pleasantly surprised, having found nine antique malls, four of them top-notch establishments.  Well, six years later, things have changed a bit.

I recently found myself in Columbia, with a free afternoon to revisit some old favorites.  What I found will not come as a shock to anyone who regularly shops the second-hand market.  People like me expect these types of places to be in a constant state of flux.

My favorite mall from 6 years ago is now closed.  Actually, it closed three years ago at the height of the economic crisis.  My second favorite place is still doing well, but an annex building is now closed.  Two of the largest malls have become  dumping grounds for junk, though they both have a small selection of vintage clothing.  The most interesting mall is suffering from “no stuff added-itis”, meaning that it is terribly shopworn and I can’t tell that any new stock has been added recently.  And another favorite from the past is now more antique-y than antique.  They must think that decorators really care only about the look.

So what was a really great place to spend the day antique and vintage shopping is now a “I’ll stop if I have a few hours to kill” type of place.  And that’s really sad to see a formerly great vintage market just sort of, well, dry up.  Anyone who happens to find themselves in that area, email me and I’ll fill you in on the particulars of the hits and misses.

A few things of interest:

One thing I love about antique malls is they they usually have taken a big old building from a closed-down business, and have adapted it for use as a mall.  This one was formerly a dry cleaner and laundry, and was possibly something before that.  The building itself is interesting, though like many of the other malls in the area, not air conditioned.  I can’t imagine how miserable it was working in this building when it was a laundry, because it was pretty steamy on the day I visited.

Great photos of the old laundry days.

Nice selection of wearable vintage clothing.

Here’s what I mean by shop-worn.  I’m sure you noticed the dust before you even thought, “I bet Lizzie bought that.”   I didn’t buy it, but I’ve been visiting it for several years now, and will probably continue to do so.  Yes, it is completely wonderful.  Note that there are two levels.  But $175 is too much for faux reptile.  Of course the tag is so faded that I only know the price because I remember it from previous visits.

I thought this was neat.

And this:

And this…



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