I’m so thrilled! Not only do I have a new friend/estate sale-ing/thrifting/sewing buddy who does vintage sewing and lives literally within walking distance of my house (HOW did we never meet before?), but we went on our first joint outing today and I found these two amazing sewing machines at a thrift store! One is a hand crank with Egyptian style markings and the serial number dates it to 1917. The other one is electric with a knee pedal and is from 1920. I need to find tables for them, but seriously they are so beautiful- and not only that, they were 75% off the regular price at the thrift store! WOOHOO!
Aren’t the so beautiful? Machines back then were a work of art!!
Have you ever found a sewing machine at a thrift store? Please tell me about it!
I also wanted to let you know that I finally have a Pinterest account. You can find me here on Pinterest- feel free to “follow” me on there. I have now enabled “pinning” from my blog. Feel free to share, just please link back to me :) Can’t wait to see your inspirations on there!
It’s Spring! This is an outfit post of sorts, but more of a show-and-tell, I suppose. I was so excited when my mom found me this lovely vintage red dress at an antique store, and when I put it on this morning it fit to a “t”. I love when that happens! It’s such a cheery dress with the cheerful flowers on the skirt, that I had to snap a few shots to share.
I admit I’m usually a bit too modest to go with spaghetti straps (unless it’s really hot outside), so for going about today I paired it with a modern short sleeve cardigan from Kohl’s that I got on super clearance. Here’s my vintage/modern look.
I also have to show and tell one of my latest thrifting finds. I love this kooky purse made out of old license plates. and I LOVE that it’s from Wyoming and has a cowboy on it! I’m hearing the call of the open road…
>I had just enough fabric left over from the plaid dress to make a blouse, so I dug around in the pattern stash and came up with three I’d like to make. The one I was really keen on was a lot like the top of the dress I just finished, but I didn’t have enough fabric and was determined to cut it on the bias so I could get the chevron shape. I was a little wary of making this one, McCall 4369, because it is a teen style, but it actually came out really cute and not too teen-like. I dug in the rick rack sash and picked a blue, and wore it today with my vintage jean capris I got from a friend this summer. The rick rack bow got veto’d by my husband (who said it looked too homemade) so I put a fun vintage harvest brooch I picked up at a garage sale a while back there and it was a perfect color match!
My husband and I had a really fun day of thrifting and playing. I was SO excited when I found this early 60s suit at the last minute- it’s I Magnin and is a silk shantung and reminds me so much of Audrey Hepburn, but when I got it home and tried it on for pictures I was so sad because it’s just too tight for me :( I guess it will go on etsy along with some other goodies I found today. Probably the saddest thing I left behind was a fake beaded purse- it was plastic stamped to look like beads and on the inside it was printed all over with atomic looking poodles. It was just beat to all heck, though, and so stained and gross inside. Oh well- someone will be excited when they find it.
Oh, and my new favorite fast food burger other than In N Out is the Teriyaki burger at Jack in the Box. I’m usually not a fast food nut these days and stick mostly to In N Out and Rubios if I have the urge, but this one rivals a restaurant burger and it’s got teriyaki sauce and a pinapple ring on it. Yum! If you’re having a burger craving you try one out.
>I don’t know what it is, but I have been hearing the siren song of vintage calling to me all week- and ya know, if you listen- it will come… (just like field of dreams, but for girls instead).
Monday or Tuesday I heard the swan song of the Goodwill, and it was true. Yesterday I heard the estate sale calling to me, and it was true. Today I heard Salvation Army and Amvets, and they came true, too! But the antique store? False alarm. You win some, you loose some.
This is a story of a sad little plastic bag. Actually, two little sad plastic bags, thrown on the bottom shelf of the often neglected craft section of the AmVets thrift store. In amid cast off knitting needles, macrame, and half completed cross stitch samplers, they waited patiently for someone to find them.Although they may be ugly to the eye of most vintage mavens, I know that there are sometimes diamonds in the rough, so I pawed and turned over the sad little baggies, and spotted what could possibly be a promising little bit of evidence of a prior, pre 1980s, life.
Can this be? Vintage feed sack? No, it must be repro! But look at the weave! Look at the thickness? *paw paw* Yes, it is indeed!
So I came home and dumped them all out over the floor, and there they are! Lovely little pretties from the 30′s to the 50′s that someone, at one time, was making a quilt out of! Hurrah!
Do I need another sewing project? Heck no! But these are awfully pretty! Think of the dresses they might have been! Isn’t that the most romantic part about finding vintage? I love coming up with stories of the past owners, or stories for the fabrics themselves. Oh, and btw, here’s all the parts left over. Oops? Up to etsy they go.