Today I’m modeling an interesting little number I picked up at Goodwill. It is a black & white poly dress without tags—my guess is that it was manufactured in the late 60s. It has sort of a majorette-meets-mod feel with the color blocking and the crazy upholstery buttons. Other stuff: Vintage pumps by ‘Coquettes’, vinyl red, white & blue purse (60s?), and white & gold enamel bracelet.
Did a little thrifting today.. part II.
Yet another purse! I just can’t help myself! This one’s a buttery soft, leather, Amanda Smith in a nice, bright yellow. I also got the turquoise-green belt which is exactly the same style as the pink one from the previous post. Other stuff: white Briggs shorts (thrifted), Camp Keep t-shirt (my son’s, from his 2004, 6th grade class trip), and a fun flower ring used as a brooch.
Did a little thrifting today…
I went to return a couple of things at Goodwill, and ended up getting a few things more!
New stuff: pink belt with gold clasp and a nearly perfect, a-MAY-zing ’80s Jasmin handbag in snakeskin and leather. Other stuff: White shorts (Briggs New York) thrifted, Old Navy tank, and vintage goldtone necklace gifted from my fiances grandma (love her!!).
While I’m cleaning up my studio, my poor mannequin sometimes gets weird clothing combos thrown upon her. This time, I liked the random things she got to wear:
'eccobay' sweater in red, with black & white swirls (thrifted); 'julie's closet' striped, knit shirt (thrifted); retro, blue bead necklace (gifted); and tiny, ribboned, goth hat, hand-made and purchased at this year's Bats Day event.
I’ve been off for a couple of days, having my birthday weekend, but I’m back with stuff to share. :)
First up, this gorgeous birthday cake made by my mom. If you recall, I had really wanted a doll cake. The pan and decorating set used for this little masterpiece was purchased at one of my elementary school rummage sales. (I’m 40 now, so you do the math…) What a thrifty buy!
Creative minds, help!
Just about weekly I find some piece of bric-a-brac that I can’t seem to leave the thrift store without, and this week was no exception. This metal hot air balloon wall hanging spoke to me in the softest whisper—I’m really not sure what it said—and I have been trying to figure out what to do with it since.
Anyone have any brilliant repainting ideas? I know there’s something more to this piece than meets the eye, but I’m not terribly creative in the DIY department…
By the way, it is one connected piece, measuring approximately 2 1/2’ long x 2’ high.
Vintage Find of the Week
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to find a vintage Leona Caldwell Original dress in just about perfect condition. This beauty looks like it stepped right off the atomic ranch and onto the Goodwill rack where I picked it up for $4.50!
Leona Caldwell was a silk-screen artist from Scottsdale, AZ who belonged to a fashion artisan group begun in the 1950s. The design of this dress features her depictions of Agave Americana, or the Century Plant, an Arizona succulent which blooms only once in its lifetime, after which, due to expending all its energy, it dies.
I absolutely love the simple design, retro color palette, quality stitching, and cute pattern of this dress! (Bonus: After checking around, I’ve noticed Leona Caldwell Originals usually go for about 10x what I paid for this one.) :)
4th of July—50% off sale at Salvation Army!
It seems like every time I go into this particular Salvation Army, a pack of some kind of cute trays are waiting for me. This time it was a 4-pack of mini, vintage, tin trays in an Oriental motif with yellow birds, for which I paid $1.42. I also picked up the white and gold, enamel and metal bracelet for $.75.