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Shopping with the Vintage Traveler

It’s been a while since I did a shopping post, but that’s mainly due to the fact that I’ve not been able to do a lot of shopping lately.  But I’ve finally managed to get out a bit, and so can show you the things I thought were interesting, but that I did not buy.  The items are from a variety of local venues.

The picture above is a painted pillow cover.  I called it “Two lovers adrift.”

This beautiful 1920s box originally held fragranced soaps.

Here’s a potato chip can for The New Era Scientifically Processed Potato Chips.  The chips are so healthy that they are good for athletes.

They were made from that healthy substance, hydrogenated vegetable shortening.

This adorable little nautical shirt was made by Catalina, and was for a child.  How about that Breton shirt the sailor duck is wearing!

I’d never seen the label before, but it is similar to the labels Catalina used in the later 1950s.

Here’s a hat devoted to my favorite golf hole.

Being in the East (but not in Nashville) , I don’t see a lot of western wear, but these women’s pants were really nice.

Proof that there are still bargains to be found, these 1920s shoes were priced at $6!  The condition is better than my photos look, as the cracks are on the surface and would be covered with polish.

Here’s a new one on me – a hankie greeting card.  And the inside:

A shipboard romance triangle in the making…

And finally, I spotted this rack of dresses in a local antique mall.  I’ve learned from experience not to get too excited about a rack of clothing because they often contain the seller’s closet rejects.  But in this case the rack was full of 1930s and 1940s frocks.  You just never know.


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What I Didn’t Buy – Late Edwardian Shoes

I’m pretty sure this needs very little explanation, but I have a bit to say nevertheless.  As you can see, the shoes were in very poor condition to start with, and I’d not have bought them anyway, but using those plastic zip ties on an old object is a crime against vintage!

To be fair, it was really the stand that was for sale with the shoes just thrown in, and I guess the seller just did not want them to get separated.  Still, it seems a very odd way to display items that are for sale.   The end result is that shoes that were already pretty much gone are now crunched up and completely gone.

Instead, what if there was a bit of polish to make them look their best, with nice tissue stuffing to give them shape?  Add some ribbon ties and they might even make a charming display.

I’m not really too upset about these poor old shoes, but it does concern me that a visitor to this shop might see this display and think it is a good idea.   Who knows what might be zip tied in the interest of convenience?


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Liberty Antiques Festival, Spring 2014

Last weekend was the one event that try to never miss, the spring Liberty Antiques Festival.   Twice a year some of the best sellers in the region gather for a big two day sale in the middle of a large field.  I can honestly say that I always find at least one exceptional item every show.

And now for the virtual shopping:

I used to collect vintage Halloween before the prices went sky-high-crazy.  These cards were tempting.

Store and salesman display boxes always get my attention.  I loved this one from Kickaway because I have a pair of black wool Kickaway bloomers.

This was a huge table of just summer handbags.

I thought this display for hair nets was interesting.  “For the Woman in Every Stage of Life”

That’s a great pair of 1920s or 30s outing boots.  The wooden thing behind them is a sweater block for knitters or for reblocking a sweater after washing.

This great dress was in the booth of Down South Vintage.  It is actually two pieces, with the skirt being attached to a bodice, and the beaded top is worn over it.  Note the curving waistband of the top. This was an exceptional garment, and I was not surprised to find an exceptional label:

Helena Barbieri was a very high-end evening and cocktail dress maker.

I’m afraid I’m starting to enjoy the self-portrait in the mirror thing.  Here I’m modeling a 1940s tilt hat that was all one big bloom.

Nice travel tag

This is a reminder to always look under the tables.  This was a lovely 1950s suit with matching shawl.

1966 Ar-Ex cosmetics color card.  I sure wish I’d saved all the ones the Avon lady used to drop off at my house.

I’m not a big fan of  Catherine Ogust for Penthouse Gallery dresses, but this print is great.  Seen at Design Archives in Greensboro.

For years Shadowline was a family-owned business in Morganton, NC.   Then the business sold and production stopped.  Now they have reopened with many of the products still being made in the USA.  Seen at Granddaddy’s Antique Mall in Burlington, NC.


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Vintage Shopping, Hendersonville, NC

I lived in Hendersonville for a short time in 1977, but I still drive the forty-five minutes it takes me just so I can take donations to my favorite thrift store.  It’s the Blue Ridge Humane Society, and they do a great job with their shop, which includes a vintage section with reasonable prices.

Last week the corner of my basement that holds the donation pile was full to over-flowing, so we packed up the car and off I went to drop  off the items.  I like going to Hendersonville because there are several nice thrifts, and enough antique stores to keep me busy for an afternoon.

I spotted the swing coat above in one of them, a nice piece, but it was the lining that really caught my attention.

It was a print giving the time in various cities around the world: Paris, Baghdad, New York, Cairo…

Who knew that pith helmets came in pink? No doubt, this must be the special girl’s edition.

This is a display piece from a 1920s soda fountain, and is about three feet long.  What really interested me was the aviatrix you can see through the window.

I loved this label which was in a man’s wool plaid jacket.

Have you seen this rick-rack trick?   The blue and the white were woven together, and then a crocheted edging was added.

This is false advertising.  I can attest to the fact that terriers do NOT do laundry.  Or at least mine does not.


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Vintage Shopping – East Tennessee

I took a day last week to revisit an old shopping haunt, Kingsport,Tennessee.  Kingsport is like a lot of small towns across America, with businesses moving out of the downtown areas and onto the side of highways leading in and out of town.  Many of the downtown buildings now house antique malls, so that it is easy to spend an entire day wandering through lots of great old stuff.

Unfortunately, the one store that has a large inventory of vintage clothing was closed the day I visited, darn it!  Still, there was more than enough to keep me amused.  And on the way home I made a stop in Jonesborough, Tennessee, which is the oldest town  in TN.  They have a nice antique mall there as well, with a good selection of vintage clothing.

This is in the Jonesborough store, looking down on a booth of vintage clothing.  Sometimes it is worth going into these old places just to see the great old architectural features.

When I spotted this hat rack I got excited, but then noticed that it was dated 1991!

They had this super Pendleton mannequin, , dress and odd tie belt included.

I tried really hard, but just could not get a photo that did these lovely wedge sandals justice.

It is impossible to get a good photo of a halter dress with a full skirt that is just hanging, but check out the beautiful detailing on it:

You can tell that the ribbon is woven though the fabric, right?

I see this print all the time, and it always makes me smile.  I had this, and a few others in the same series, on my walls as a little girl.  My great-aunt had ordered them from an ad in a magazine.  I believe it was from Scott bathroom tissue.

Debbie Reynolds Dress Designer Kit Colorforms.  I loved Colorforms.

Before there was Project Runway, there was the Betsy McCall Fashion Designer set.

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of Mattie’s cheerleading dress.  It’s made of wool flannel and lined in heavy satin and weighs a ton.  I can’t imagine jumping around wearing it.  At some point someone thought it would be fun to add a ripped fringe.  Just weird.

And what about this little early-mid 1960s cutie?  It has a function.  Can you guess what it is?

More and more, I’m seeing antique malls with booths that are selling new things that are “antiquey”.  The hard part is that sometimes these booths have a smattering of old stuff, and so one is forced to browse it anyway.  I know it is hard to make a living selling antiques and vintage items  these days, but I really hate when booths are allowed to sell any new thing.  Just my opinion.







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Vintage Charlotte Pop-up Market

There’s a relatively new vintage market in Charlotte, and I felt like it was my responsibility to check it out.  The venture is called Vintage Charlotte, and for about a year now they have been hosting vintage pop-up markets.  The latest one was Saturday, so I made the drive into the city .

First, I loved that the event opened at 10 am for a small admission, and then at 11 for no charge.  Compared to events that open at 7  or 8 am, this is wonderful for people who have to drive for a couple of hours.  So civilized!

The market was held at the Charlotte Fillmore, an old textile mill turned music hall.   There were about 60 vendors, most of whom were selling vintage clothing and household items.  there were also quite a few people selling handcrafted items, such as jewelry.

Most of the vintage clothes were from the 1960s , 70s and 80s, with a scattering of older items.  Anyone who loves a hippie vibe would be in Heaven at this market.  There were also a few people selling vintage patterns and magazines, and I was able to find several ranging from 1917 to 1969.  That was enough to make me satisfied with the trip.

Will I go back?  Probably.  The quality and the condition of items was excellent, and one just never knows what she’ll find at a place like this.  Still, the Manhattan Vintage Show needn’t worry about the competition just yet.  It would be nice to have a market that was just textiles and clothing of all eras.

More scenes:

How cute is this little tennis skirt from the 70s?


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Vintage Shopping – Athens, Georgia

When I hit the road for an event or museum visit, I always try to fit in a bit of vintage shopping.  Before going to Athens, Georgia last week, I came up with a list of vintage stores and antique places around the city. Athens is primarily, a college town.  The University of Georgia is located there.  It is pretty much my experience that vintage stores in college towns cater to the young, because that is their main clientele.

When it come to the vintage market, that means these shops are often heavy on 1980s and 90s clothing, along with newer vintage-inspired clothing.  And for the most part, that is what I found in Athens. But then there is Agora, a vintage a co-op, with different seller booths .  This store is an Athens vintage mainstay, with clothing and accessories from many eras, along with an impressive selection of newer designer accessories.   The staff is helpful and friendly, and the store has a fun atmosphere.  But you do have to look, and look carefully.  A 1940s dress might be stuck between a 1970s poly dress and a 1980s prom dress.  This is not fast shopping, it is a treasure hunt.

And now for the tour:

Stuff outside is always a good sign.

Look carefully to find the gems, in this case, a pretty 1940s dress.

There is a great selection of handbags…

including some high-end designer pieces.

This late 1950s dress has a pretty lace capelet and a Pattullo – Jo Copeland label.  Really, really nice!

I had to show this because THIS is the type of dress Sally Draper would have been wearing in 1968, not those silly little cotton pre-teen frocks with bows.   (Careful: spoiler alert and haughty activity)

Too bad I didn’t need this, as I already have several basket bags.

Yep, it’s an Oriental dress alright.

This was a very nice vintage  Diane von Fürstenberg wrap dress.  With the complete lack of hanger appeal of these dresses, it really is a miracle they became such a hit.  There must have been some mighty persuasive sales persons in 1974.

Smashing design on this non-labeled jacket.

Not for the shy!

And here are some general scenes to show the eclectic nature of Agora.

An off-topic aside: up the street is the Lamar Lewis Shoe store, which has been in business long enough for the mid century modern sign to look fresh once more.


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