Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

November 6, 2017
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Sleek Seventies Style

The 1970’s are the Sybil of fashion eras. In case you’ve somehow forgotten, Sybil was a compellingly cheesy 1976 made-for-TV movie starring Sally Field as a character with multiple personalities. Like Sybil, the 70’s had so many faces: it was … Continue reading

October 31, 2017
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The Secret Life of Clothes, Part 2

Here is the next installment of  a little series I’m writing about the backstory of  vintage pieces in my shop. The phone call that started me on this treasure hunt came from a young couple who had purchased a ramshackle farmhouse, … Continue reading

June 13, 2017
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Retro Fashions On TV

Once, back in college, a friend was taking a class called The History of History. It was one of those mind blowing freshman epiphanies: how we think about the past is influenced by what’s happening in the present, and the … Continue reading

June 20, 2016
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Vintage Reruns

There is a school of thought that says, If you were old enough to wear shoulder pads in the eighties, you can never wear them again. People who come up with fashion “dont’s” clearly have too much time on their hands.  Really, … Continue reading

May 30, 2016
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All Vintage, All the Time

Most of my customers wear a splash of vintage with their everyday clothing. They pair it like this: a seventies owl pendant with a tee shirt or a fifties handbag with a modern dress. Then there are Ray and Joanie. They wear … Continue reading

October 16, 2015
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How to Wear a Vintage Brooch

Writing this post is making me think about the book Green Eggs and Ham as if  it were written about vintage brooches: I would wear one on a boat! I would wear one with a goat. And in a car. And in a tree. They … Continue reading

March 6, 2015
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For The Hair…

Here are some quick snapshots of vintage hair accessories in the shop:

March 4, 2015
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On Vintage Jewelry

Here is a nice quote from the actress Salma Hayek in the New York Times about jewelry: “To me, jewelry can be, if you are very lucky in life, a little map of your story,” she said. “It doesn’t have … Continue reading

March 3, 2015
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A Vintage Car Club Visits

A few weeks ago, a group came into the shop looking for 20’s-30’s clothes. They were part of a vintage car club called ACD, which stands for Auburn Cord Duesenberg. These are cars that were made in Auburn, Indiana  in … Continue reading

March 2, 2015
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Welcome to the Shop

While I’m deciding what to do with the shop signs, I’ve been trying to add some welcoming touches to the storefront. This is what the shop looks like from the outside these days: