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Antique Mall Adventures

Since we moved last autumn, I have been really looking forward to visiting all the local antique stores that are now just a short drive away. With the weather being cold and rainy on the weekend, it was the perfect time to go for a Sunday drive to check them out. Ready with my camera, tape measure and Bakelite testing kit, we set off to St. Jacobs, Ontario.

First stop: Market Road Antiques

One thing I love about this location, it is extremely clean and everything is neatly organized by vendor. Everything is easy to see as you browse from kiosk to kiosk and definitely a real gem of an antique shop to visit. In the past, I have found a couple items here but more enjoy it for the window shopping of vintage treasures. Be ready to pay more for these treasures as the sellers did all the dirty work sourcing them and know what they have on their hands.

When we first arrived, I immediately spotted this adorable 1950s Lefton Miss Dainty set. I know a bunch of gals who collect Lefton ceramics from this era as they are so cute and extremely addicting. Shortly thereafter, we came across more Lefton pieces that included the Enesco Teddy Bear collection and Thumbelina Honey Bun Girl.

Being a huge Disney fan, I was immediately drawn to these amazing movie posters and vintage Disney memorabilia. I haven’t yet started collecting these types of items as I know that it would quickly lead to massive hoarding with little space to display them in our home.

Of course, there was no shortage of vintage Pyrex dishes to swoon over. Sadly they are so pricey, especially the highly coveted Pink Gooseberry collection. If you ever lucky enough to find these at second hand thrift shops for cheap, don’t pass them up!

There was little vintage clothing this time around but there was a nice selection of vintage furs to choose from. The vintage sleepwear of the 1950-1960s was so feminine and classic.

Now these vintage cat eye rhinestone sunglasses are a real statement piece! They would have been perfect for the Viva Pool Party festivities. Sadly there was no selection of vintage wicker handbags, this was the only one I saw the whole trip. I always enjoy seeing all the lovely embroidered handkerchiefs, often handcrafted by the talented homemakers of the 1950s.

Finishing up our visit at Market Roads Antiques, we saw some stunning antique furniture in pristine condition. This French Provincial Settee was simply breathtaking, I didn’t even want to touch it. One thing you learn quickly in vintage shops, always look up! That is where this unique mid century lamp was hiding.

Second Stop: St. Jacobs Antique Market

This antique shop is where you’ll find a more eclectic mix of antiques and collectibles. The kiosks are smaller in size but loaded floor to ceiling with treasures waiting to be found. The prices tend to be on the more affordable side but you have to do more work to find them.

If you are ever looking for inexpensive way to decorate your home with a vintage theme, I highly recommend framing old magazine covers and advertising from the 1930-1950’s. They make incredible conversation pieces and relatively cheap to find in most antique stores. Large signage is another great way to spruce up the garage or basement family room.

One thing I have a real weakness for is antique rose print china. Someday I hope to own such a delightful collection to put on display in a glass china cabinet. If you are lucky enough to have one of these in your family, please treasure it dearly.

It is hard to believe that drapes from the mid century era have lasted for decades but when you feel barkcloth in person, you will quickly understand why. Often the motifs will feature a tropical style or atomic prints. They are wonderful piece to incorporate with a modern style as well, that is what I am intending to do in our new living room.

Sometimes there are rare pieces that remind of every day life from another era, like their modes of transportation. They did not have strollers that folded up, had cup holders along with every gadget like we see today. Infant carriers were simple. They were often made out of wicker with a metal frame on wheels. The vintage bicycles are simply spectacular and they have made a huge comeback these days in the vintage style cruisers.

Vintage plastics are incredibly sought after today, especially all items made from Bakelite. This is one thing I specifically go hunting for every time I visit an antique shop. Although I have never found any for $1-5, I have picked up some great bangles to add to my collection. Unfortunately this trip only yielded a few carved bakelite pins and the adorable little mint radio.

Last Stop: Southworks Antiques

This was our first time visiting Southworks Antiques in Cambridge, Ontario so I wasn’t too sure what to expect from their selection. Located in an old building, the kiosks are staggered throughout and filled with a very interesting mix of antiques. Apparently they will be moving into a new location early this summer so all vendors were offering booth wide discounts. It was quite busy when we arrived, so we made our way through much quicker than the previous two stops.

Normally it is easy to find tons of vintage hats and gloves in these markets, but unfortunately this venture was not so plentiful. I did find some gloves but opted to pass on them as they aren’t something I get to wear often. Sometimes it’s harder to leave items behind but you really have to rationalize if it’s worth purchasing.

Although I was searching for vintage chalkware fish for our bathroom decor, these guys were a little too 60’s.

Regrettably, there wasn’t much that caught our eye this time. I found that many kiosk were quite underwhelming, possibly as they were preparing to downsize until they relocated. Many items were very rustic, more a shabby chic look. Although we came home empty handed from our day of adventure, I never regret the time spent browsing antique shops. It is also quite fun seeing what other people pick out as their treasures. Thrifting is such an eclectic mix of styles recycled for future generations to appreciate for years to come.

 

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Thrifting Pin-Up Style by Jen from Betties N Brimstone

***Guest Post by Jen from Betties N Brimstone***

Hi, I’m Jen from the Betties N Brimstone (www.bettiesnbrimstone.com) blog! I’m so excited to guest post today about one of my most favorite hobbies – thrifting! So many people tell me that they never find anything when they go thrifting… but you have to know WHERE and HOW to look! It also doesn’t hurt to go regularly. Some days I score big time, and other times I may walk out with nothing. Here’s a typical trip through the thrift store with me:

I start at housewares.

housewaresI collect Pyrex, so I buzz past there first, just in case…on this particular day, there were two pieces of Pyrex, but they were so dishwasher-damaged that it wasn’t worth it. Pass.

Then, I head over to pictures and frames.

framesI collect religious art, so I sometimes find an awesome gaudy piece for my collection. No such luck today, but there are always a bunch of chunky frames (you can buy these and just pop out the artwork and glass!) that are super cool for brooch display boards and other DIY projects.

Speaking of brooches, I like to wander by the jewelry display case to see what kind of cute brooches or other accessories are available:

broochesCurrently, there are a ton of cute holiday brooches available. I do dream of spotting a Bakelite bangle one day…but it hasn’t happened yet!

Next, I wander through the other housewares and decorative items. Today I found an awesome black cat sculptural ceramic piece that I think I’ll use to hold business cards at art fairs. Score!

Next, I stroll past the skirts, just in case.

skirtsSavers organizes all of their clothing by size, so I’ve developed a pretty good scanning eye for specific fabrics (I once snagged a Hell Bunny dress for $9.99!), and I seem to have most success at finding pencil skirts in vintage-y wool plaid fabrics. I’m always looking for swing or circle skirts, too.

One of my favorite sections as of late is cardigans! I have discovered that it is best not to put yourself in just one size. I’ve found awesome sweaters tagged large, medium, AND small, so you never know. If you have the patience, flip through all of them, and pull out anything that catches your eye. You can try them on later and weed out your faves. It’s amazing how many designer brands you can find on the rack!

bananarepublicI always look for pin-up-ish cardigans with a slightly fitted style to them, which usually means sizing down. Lately, I’ve been scouring for cropped cardigans, as I’m only 5’1” and the cropped style works really great over my vintage repro dresses. Be open minded! I’m always surprised at what works and what doesn’t prior to trying them on! Today I found four possible options that I threw in my cart:

cardigan-choicesI tried them on, and ended up keeping the black cropped cardigan (always a staple piece that one can use!) and the striped tie-style cardigan:

tryonNormally, I don’t go for tie-style cardigans, but I do love me some black and white stripes! I have a black Jenny dress from Pinup Girl Clothing that would be so cute with this! Score!

I have actually built up quite a collection of cardigans from thrifting, both cropped and longer length:

cardigansI actually keep a list of what colors I have, so that when I’m out, I can look specifically for colors that I don’t have, and don’t accidentally re-buy a piece I already have! The best part about thrifting for cardigans is that I typically spend $5-$10 per sweater, sometimes less if there’s a sale or I have a coupon!

Next, I head across the aisle to long-sleeve knits. This section is newer for me. I used to skip over it, until I realized how many awesome boat-neck-style tops I could find for my circle skirts for awesome prices!

boatneck1 boatneck2On the way to the next section, I pass by coats and skim the options. Today there was a super cool faux fur coat that’d be great for a pinup style! I don’t currently need a winter coat, so I passed, but how cool is this?

coatMy new favorite section is the lingerie and nightgowns. I’m on the hunt for awesome vintage nighties and glamorous robes!

lingerieSo far my collection is quite small. Only two vintage nightgowns. But today I found this awesome long sheer black robe/dressing gown that I am so psyched about! I think I’m going to start lounging around the house in this and pretend I’m Dita Von Teese. 🙂 All I need now are some maribou slippers.

My final stop on the thrifting rounds is belts and accessories. This is a great place to find vintage hair scarves! I have a ridiculous collection right now though, so I instead focus on belts.

belt-shoppingI’m kind of collecting a whole rainbow of options at the moment. The best part about thrifted belts is that I typically pay $1-2 dollars each, so if they don’t hold up, I’m not too sad about it. Today I spotted three options:

belt-ideasBut when I tried them on, one was too worn out, and the other two were too big. Whomp whomp. Even though I didn’t get any belts today, I have actually had a LOT of luck finding them. Check out this collection:

beltsEvery single belt in this photo was thrifted!

In the end, I purchased six items: two cardigans (one black cropped, one striped tie-style cropped), a vintage Tupperware canister in green, a ceramic black cat sculpture, the long black sheer robe, and a pale pink nightie. My total was $21. Seriously! Awesome!

whatIpurchasedThis was just one trip on one week to the thrift store. Every week is different from the rest. You just have to keep going and looking, and you never know what treasures you’ll end up with! I hope that this post helped you form a strategy for your next thrifting trip, pin-up style – and feel free to drop by my blog (www.bettiesnbrimstone.com) and let me know what awesome items you’ve scored while thrifting!

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Getting Thrifty with Devyn Beth

One of the questions I get asked the most from girls who are just starting out in the pinup lifestyle, is where they can find affordable pinup style fashions.   Fabulous reproduction clothes and vintage alike can become very pricey it’s true! However you can look just as fabulous on a tiny budget as well.

Girls, get your thrift on!!  I for one, would much rather go shopping at my local thrift store, than a pricey department store at the mall any day of the week.  I have found amazing vintage finds for just a few bucks!  Not every thrifting trip is successful,  but if you keep checking, you are bound to find something amazing.

Here are just a few tips to help you on your search for pinup-style -finds  on your next thrift store outing!

1-      #1  Know what you are looking for!  Have in mind the silhouettes, and styles you would like to find. A good rule of thumb for pinup is to look for dresses with full skirts, circle skirts, halter dresses,  wiggle skirts and dresses, and high waist pants, and skirts.  Keep a look out for fun prints too, a pinup can never go wrong with polka dots, leopard print, gingham or cherries!

2-      #2  If you are hunting vintage, look for key indicators of vintage like union labels, metal zippers, sturdy cotton fabric, and if you are really lucky bakelite buttons.

3-      #3 Know when to get the deals, many thrift stores have sales on certain days of the week,  my local Salvation Army, for instance has 50% of women’s clothing on Thursdays.  You can always find me there on a Thursday!!!

4-      #4 If you are looking for vintage pieces,  go to thrift stores in communities with older homes,  If I want to find stuff from the 50s, I have the best luck finding them  in stores near homes built in the 50s.

5-      #5 Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find anything!  The beauty of thrift stores is that they are constantly getting in “new” stock!  If you don’t find anything one day, that doesn’t mean you won’t find something the next day!

Here are a few examples of wonderful vintage pinup styles I have found from thrift, each outfit for  less than $20!

outfit1 outfit2 outfit3 outfit4

Make sure to check out Devyn Beth’s Facebook Page for more helpful pinup tips and fabulous photos!

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A big thank you to Devyn Beth for guest posting on Pin Up Persuasion. Your fabulous thrifting tips are going to be so incredibly helpful to every pinup on a budget.

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