Monday, April 27, 2015

JUNKING AT THE JUNK JUBILEE

\It's been a year since I've attended the local Junk Jubliee, so I was in the mood to rediscover its many treasures. Of course, this booth filled with quilted treasures from the past caught my eye.


This quilt in my favorite color combo of pink and brown was too expensive for my pocketbook but it was a delight to see.


I have a fondness for vintage children's cupboards like this one. Their diminutive size is so charming and is a great fit for the nooks and crannies of homes.


Can you imagine having enough trinkets and treasures to fill this massive antique tool holder? 


Several booths were filled with plants and garden tools—just in time to get us in gardening mode!


Here are my finds from the day...a lovely selection of vintage 1960s fabrics. I especially love the pink and green one. I'm thinking it might make a nice summery skirt.


These three 19th-century needle books were a steal at $3 each. I love Victorian wooden leaf frames but most are too pricey for my budget. Luckily this one was only $6.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

HENS AND FROCKS

Did the title of this blog post pique your curiosity? I hope it did enough for you to read on. It will all make sense!

Are you all enjoying spring's arrival as much as I am? This season seems to recharge my batteries like no other. I know it's spring when I see all the neighborhood chickens out and about again. During one of our evening walks, we met this pair of lovely hens. They were so docile that they gladly ran to their owner, pictured in the below photo, to get a bite to eat. In our small community, I think we are only allowed to have up to six hens.


Spring also means new treasure hunts, including the first flea market, which is rapidly approaching in May. Sadly, one of our favorite antique haunts—Found Things—closed its doors this past Saturday. East Village won't be the same without it. These were the last treasures I found among the shop's many wondrous finds. If you're a regular blog reader, you know I am sucker for Victorian ephemera like the old book pictured below. I was also delighted to find the vintage pink fabric and vintage trivet (a very tiny size compared to the others in my collection).


One of the reasons I couldn't resist the book was that it was filled with the sweetest kitty illustrations like these. It's the perfect eye candy for a cat lover like me. The Victorians must have loved kitties as much as I do—just proof that we really are kindred spirits.



Later in the day, I met up with a friend to explore a vintage clothing shop. I could tell I was going to love it just by looking in the window, which greeted passersby with a blast from the past—pretty pink dresses from the 1960s (What could be more perfect for a pink lover like me?). When I stepped in the door, I was greeted by a dazzling rainbow of frocks and fancies from days past. Henry Mancini's Moon River from my all-time favorite Audrey Hepburn movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's, was playing in the background. It couldn't have made for a more blissful shopping moment! When I think of the 1960s and 1970s, I often think of wild, psychedelic colors, but these were a pleasant sorbet of pretty, feminine hues. Best yet, the shop owner provides bust, waist, and hip measurements on the tags so you can get a better feel for whether the dresses will actually fit before trying them on. If you are interested in finding out more about this shop, feel free to email me and I can give you all the details.


I was even able to find some petite dresses, perfect for shorter gals like me. Have any of you ever heard of Staccato Petites? What a fun name for a clothing company. This dress came in a pretty lilac color that seems to be very popular this spring. It's amazing how everything old is new again! Anyway, I left the store with two fun 1960s dresses, including this one, and the funny thing is, I'm not sure anyone would guess that they were vintage. Is it just me or are the 1960s dress styles in again? I'm no fashion expert so I wasn't sure.


But my favorite find from last Saturday was this vintage 1960s purse, which I found at another shop. Most of the other purses I spotted at the shop were pretty wild and I couldn't see myself carrying them around, but this one felt more understated since it was primarily brown. It would be really pretty with a buttercup or mustard yellow dress. It looks to be handmade, perhaps a kit that people could buy? I'm not sure since I'm by no means an expert on 1960s clothing. If any of you out there know anything about this purse style, I would love it if you would drop me a line! You can reach me by clicking the Email Me button under my profile pic in the right-hand sidebar of my blog.