Wrinkle Release Tips

February 4, 2013

This is a helpful guide to caring for your vintage clothing fabrics. It’s written by the costume designer of Mad Men. It’s obviously an advertisement for Downy Wrinkle Release but there’s good info. I actually was surprised with the different uses for Downy Wrinkle Release. Might have to go get some today. No, I am not a paid endorser for Downy :)


One of my Facebook followers posted that she makes her own wrinkle release concoction and it works great and is a lot cheaper….Here is her formula -

” In a spray bottle (I use a Febreeze bottle or an old Wrinkle Release bottle) mix half water and half alcohol. Then add a tablespoon of unscented liquid fabric softener and shake it up. Don’t use it on anything you wouldn’t steam like 1960s rayon crepe (which shrinks) or old silk that might get water spots. It works great on cotton, wool and synthetics, though.”


Here is a pic of some of the newest items in the shop……


You can see more detail about these and other vintage fashions in my shop -


New finds!

February 3, 2013

I went to an amazing estate sale this weekend and found several beautiful dresses.  This is one of my favorites.  I didn’t see the condition issues until I had purchased it and gone outside and looked at it in the sunlight. There are brownish stains or maybe just soil marks on the white stripes.  I am going to try and salvage this dress because I think it is amazing and I love it!  Wish me luck.  I will keep you posted on the outcome.



silk organza gown




Vintage Etsy Society SWEET 15 SALE Feb.1 – 15

February 1, 2013

vesties sale banner feb

I am a member of Vesties and am participating in the SWEET15 Sale from Feb. 1 -15.  There are about 50 vintage shops that will be offering 15% off for the next two weeks.  To see is list of all the shops, click on this link……


Or, if you want to browse all shops go to Etsy’s home page, http://www.etsy.com/?ref=si_home, and type sweet15 in the search bar and all items on sale will come up.  Or, be more specific, such as 1950s dress sweet15 and you will see the 1950s dresses on sale. Look for this Avatar when you are searching on Etsy and you will know the shop is participating….When you go to check out use SWEET15 as a coupon code and the 15% will be deducted.

vesties sale avatar

It’s been a while…

February 1, 2013

I have not posted on my blog for a very long time. This past year was kind of rough.  My mother came to live with us about a year and a half ago because she had dementia and could not live alone or even in a retirement community. She also was a breast cancer survivor for six years but she had a recurrence about six months after she came to live with us. It was very difficult caring for her as she declined.  We brought in caregivers but they were only here for short periods of time and my mother never was never very cooperative and didn’t want them to do much for her.  So, it ultimately was myself, my husband and my 18 year old son who cared for her most of the time. It was something we wanted to do and I am glad we were able to, but it was hard. She passed away on Dec. 17, 2012. I know she is happy and can now remember everything she had forgotten. I am throwing myself into work and starting to socialize again, as I had been kind of housebound, in a sense. My friends have been so wonderful and I am full of gratitude for their love and support.  I look forward to returning that and want to always remember to take that extra step and do that little something kind for someone each day. It means more than you realize.

So, I have been busy with my shop!  Here are some of my new listings – all the HATS!  …. I plan to update you each Monday with what great finds I came across over the weekend…Stay tuned. I have plans to go to a great estate sale on Saturday!

These pictures are from a photo shoot I had today with KELLY!  Isn’t she darling?






















A funny shop!

March 18, 2012

I stumbled onto this Etsy shop the other day and fell in love!  This seller is so creative and funny!  She uses a doll to showcase all of her vintage items – just like a model. It’s really hilarious!  Here’s the link to her store – http://www.etsy.com/shop/janastuff?ref=top_trail     It’s named Janastuff.

more cookie cutters

bread basket, Italian silver plate

a little bit of country life on a small Johnson Bros. plate

Facebook Fan Contest! Win $50 Credit!

February 23, 2012

I am looking to expand my Facebook fan base, so I am offering a $50.00 store credit for the winner of the Like and Share contest. It goes through Sunday night. Winner’s name will be drawn randomly from everyone who Likes and Shares my page.

Here is the link…..


You can click on the Etsy Store button to the left to be taken to the shop so you can peruse all of my fab vintage items that are for sale.

Thanks and Good Luck!


February 23, 2012

Ever wonder how to get those great looks with retro pin-up hairdos?  Here’s a good tutorial I found – makes it look easy!

Here are some fashions to match – from Etsy, of course!

Rare 1940s WW11 RED Pin Up Leather Peep Toe Cuban Heels Shoes  size 8.5 -9


Vintage 1940s Playsuit // Summer Fashion at Fab Gabs: The Rosie Pastel Striped Play Suit


1930s 40s dress  Black Satin Wrap dress Lovely Fanya 40s 30s dress  size M


Mardi Gras!

February 22, 2012

This is an interesting glimpse into the past – a trip to the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans in 1956!


Here are some cool Mardi Gras masks by Etsy artisans….


Mermaid/Masquerade/Holiday/Mardi Gras/Ocean/Sea Glass/Costume/Halloween Mask



Leather Mardi Gras Purple Green Gold Jester Costume Mask



The Life Mask for Mardi Gras/Costume/Masquerade/Cosplay



Friday Finds…

February 17, 2012

I have added quite afew great 70s platforms to my store lately. They get snapped up pretty quicky. Here are two I added last night….

Very inspiring – shared with me by my son

January 31, 2012

This speech is by Charlie Chaplin, from The Great Dictator. It has been put to the music from Inception. My son told me I needed to see it and I watched it and it brought tears to my eyes. AMEN!



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