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20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

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:

February 26, 2015
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Wearing Vintage

Fast fashion, like fast food, is standardized, cheap, and available globally. There are times when it is just the thing, but a steady diet of either one is ultimately unsatisfying.  Adding vintage clothing and accessories to the mix is a … Continue reading

February 25, 2015
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Sweet Things

Yesterday I found a small black change purse. It was nothing special, a plain, nondescript little item. The real treasure was inside: a tiny pair of scissors and a yellowed handwritten note that said, “Given to me by Mrs. May. 1937, … Continue reading

February 24, 2015
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Purple Rug

A few years back, “overdyed” rugs started to appear on design blogs and print magazines. These are old, worn wool rugs that have been bleached, then dyed in a bright color so some of the original pattern shows through. I … Continue reading

February 23, 2015
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Squash Blossom

Vintage squash blossom necklaces. I’ve had them in the back of my mind for a long time, but lately is seems like they are having a resurgence. In the shop, silver and turquoise is a super popular combination in rings … Continue reading

February 20, 2015
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The Secret Lives of Dresses

A customer came into the shop looking for a 1920’s dress.  She and her husband go to  classic car shows where they  display their lovingly restored old roadster, and she wanted  something of the car’s era to wear. I had a gorgeous … Continue reading

February 19, 2015
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Displaying Jewelry

I am slooowwwly putting the shop back together & making displays that (I hope) make sense. Here are some Victorian/early 20th century pieces in a glass case:

February 18, 2015
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Vintage Owl Pin

Here is a pin I have at the shop. It’s called a “duette” and was made by Coro in the 1940’s. It was a really popular style then and, among vintage jewelry, now. There is so much detail in this … Continue reading