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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 movingΒ 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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Viva Rockabilly Weekend 20 Outfits Round Up!

As many of you know, the one thing I truly look forward to when attending the Viva Rockabilly Weekend is getting all dolled up. The guarantee of beautiful hot and sunny weather always makes it the best place to step up my game and really go for it especially at the car show. This year, I chose to shop my closet rather than spending a lot of unnecessary money outfits just for Viva. I am the first to admit that in years’ past, I went way overboard with how much money I spent on outfits just for Viva. Luckily over the years, I have curated a lovely collection of vintage pieces and learned to be way more budget savvy along the way. To complete a few ensembles, I sourced inexpensive staple accessories from Etsy and Ebay that I can wear again. In addition to showcasing each outfit in the round up, I will detail what was from my closet vs purchased.

Wednesday

We flew in that morning from Detroit and I chose to arrive already dressed for a day of exploring Vegas. This entire look was put together from items in my wardrobe.

  • Top: Peasant Top in Mint by Pinup Girl Clothing
  • Skirt: Vintage Novelty Print from Ooh La La Vintage
  • Jewelry: Vintage white beaded necklace from Etsy & bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker handbag from Etsy
  • Shoes: Ballet flats white from Payless

    Thursday

This was the “official” first day of the Viva Rockabilly Weekend but many people were still arriving throughout the day. I was quite excited about this outfit to be quite honest as it is my all time favorite vintage skirt! That said, I opted to custom order this golden yellow top from Violets in May to complete the ensemble beautifully for only $52.

  • Top: Brittany Top in golden yellow by Violets in May
  • Skirt: Vintage Rose Print from The Vintage Mistress
  • Jewelry: Vintage Bakelite thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker handbag from Etsy
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Mid afternoon, I changed into one of my favorite vintage Hawaiian dresses by Alfred Shaheen. All items were curated from my closet, including this amazing wicker fish handbag that I found on Ebay for under $40.

  • Dress: Vintage Alfred Shaheen from Hidden River Finds Co
  • Jewelry: Vintage wood bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker fish handbag from Ebay
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

In the evening, we went to dinner at The Golden Steer with friends and thus commencing the parade of gorgeous formal attire. I searched high and low on the interwebs for this exact vintage gold atomic necklace that the original seller of this dress had paired it with and luckily found one on Etsy for under $30. Although you cannot see them in my photo, I purchased a staple pair of gold t-strap heels from Royal Vintage Shoes as soon as they were restocked for only $68.

Friday

It is no secret that I have a profound adoration for vintage 1950’s Hawaiian clothing, especially by designer Alfred Shaheen. I recently acquire this red and orange dress from Ooh La La Vintage from an old friend and knew it had to make its debut at Viva. Since I often wear a lot of red, I purchased this gorgeous marbled flame red beaded necklace on Etsy for under $50.

  • Dress: Vintage Alfred Shaheen from Ooh La La Vintage
  • Jewelry: Vintage red beaded necklace from Etsy & wooden bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Coconut handbag from Ebay
  • Hairflower: Custom tropical by Miss Sneaky Tiki
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Friday afternoon, we were fortunate to have a cabana by the pool to lounge with friends. This vintage playsuit was another very recent acquisition from Ooh La La Vintage that I had the elastic shirring restored just in time for Viva.

  • Playsuit: Vintage Kamehamaha from Ooh La La Vintage
  • Jewelry: Wooden bangles thrifted
  • Hairflower: Glitter orchids handmade by a friend
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Now here I must confess, I searched for a vintage prom dress for almost 2 years in anticipation of wearing it at Viva. It was the one thing I desperately wanted but was not willing to spend an insane amount of money. Fate must have been on my side as I only just found the most perfect one a couple months before for under $200. With little vintage evening jewelry in collection, I picked up a classic rhinestone set from Etsy for under $40 along with this timeless Vintage Silver evening bag for $25 on Ebay.

  • Dress: Vintage blue prom dress from Xatabay Vintage
  • Jewelry: Vintage Rhinestone set from Etsy
  • Purse: Vintage Duramesh silver handbag from Ebay
  • Petticoat: Vintage long petticoat borrowed

Saturday

One of my favorite events at Viva is the Car Show and I always save my most favorite outfit for that day. As many of you know, I spent many hours restoring this vintage dress in recent weeks and could not wait to wear it for the first time at the Car Show. The morning started off with getting glammed up by two of the most talented ladies in the community, Erika Reno and Madame Pomp. To complete the look, I found this amazing vintage hat on Ebay for under $20 and added a pink millinery rose to coordinate with my dress.

With the hot afternoon sun, I opted to switch into an unplanned outfit for the afternoon in hopes of staying a little cooler. Not only did I receive tons of compliments, the lightweight rayon fabric was so refreshing while we perused the classic cars and vendors. This lovely reproduction 40s loungewear set was custom made using vintage fabric by the incredibly talented Alexandra of California. All pieces were sourced from my closet.

  • Playsuit: 40’s Beach Pajama Set by Alexandra of CA
  • Jewelry: Wooden bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Coconut handbag from Ebay
  • Hairflower: Pineapple by Andy’s Eye Candy
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Saturday night is when everyone pulls out all the stops and wears their most glamorous evening attire…it is truly a sight to see right out of an old Hollywood movie. In the past, I have splurged on expensive gowns for this occasion but this year I got incredibly lucky when I happened upon this floor length gown with train on Ebay for a insane STEAL!!!! The breathtaking scalloped beaded bodice and beautifully cascading train made me feel like the belle of the ball. Luckily I had my sewing kit for any vintage emergencies as the zipper seams started to let go as soon as I put it on. You just never know what can go wrong with vintage!

  • Dress: Vintage evening gown from Ebay
  • Jewelry: Vintage 20-30’s borrowed
  • Purse: Vintage Lucite gold confetti handbag from Curiosity Shop
  • Shoes: Sergi gold Chelsea Crew T-straps from Royal Vintage Shoes

Sunday

With Viva winding down, we enjoy spending the day lounging by the pool at the infamous Sunday Pool Party. This year I wanted to be comfortable rather than all gussied up. Since the walk from our room is quite far on top of waiting in line for a while, I couldn’t believe my luck when these green playsuit shorts matched my novelty fish print swimsuit perfectly (yes, completely unplanned). The whole look was created in my closet and so comfy!

Enjoying a relaxing afternoon, I decided to switch up my planned evening look for something a little more comfy. Originally I had planned to wear this Vintage Alfred Shaheen Sarong the afternoon before at the car show. Knowing it could not sit hidden in my suitcase, it made a great evening look for a casual dinner with the hubby.

  • Dress: Vintage Alfred Shaheen Sarong from Ebay
  • Jewelry: Wooden bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Coconut handbag from Ebay
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

To finish off our Viva festivities low-key, we enjoyed a couple games of bowling with friends. This was a spare outfit I had packed as this vintage novelty skirt was too darling to not show off. I picked it up recently at The Toronto Vintage Clothing Show last month for under $75.

  • Top: Peasant Top in Orange by Pinup Girl Clothing
  • Skirt: Vintage Novelty Print from Retrouverbiz
  • Jewelry: Vintage Bakelite & plastic bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker handbag from Etsy
  • Shoes: Pleated toe in black by Remix

Normally, Viva is known for a parade of spectacular vintage clothing from around the world but this year felt quite different than years past. There appeared to be very little vintage during the daytime festivities, replaced by a sea of low end reproduction attire (think $20 Ebay knock offs from China). Yes there is something for everyone of course and reproduction clothing can be done extremely well as we all know. Overall, the atmosphere at the 20th Anniversary was really not the same for seasoned attendees. Of course we did not let that ruin our spirits…we did as we always do…HAVE FUN!

Viva has wholeheartedly allowed me to showcase my true love of genuine vintage clothing and I think it is time to bring that to the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. Until now, the blog was primarily focused on vintage reproduction reviews with small snippets of vintage here and there. That is definitely going to change from this moment forward, now with a greater focus on vintage mixed with repro. I would like to ask all of you…what would you like to read in vintage outfit posts? Your recommendations and requests are always welcome! ❀

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Vintage Restoration ~ Velvet Flocking Part Two

After taking a week off working on this lovely restoration project, I am excited to bring to you Part Two. If you missed Vintage Restoration ~ Velvet Flocking Part One, please click HERE to read it now. Seeing as this beauty needed a good cleaning and there was some residual velvet fibers in some areas where I had to scrape off the old stuff, I opted to give her a nice mild bath before completing the flocking on the skirt. It is ALWAYS nerve racking when washing vintage clothing as you never know how the fabric will respond to water and chemicals. One product that I have found to be incredibly gentle and always resulted in a great outcome is Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Liquid Soap in peppermint for a nice fresh scent. As I was afraid the pink in the velvet flowers might bleed, I also added some vinegar and ensured the bath water was cold. This definitely did the trick. After hanging the dress to drip dry…it came out beautifully and had zero odor.

Since I had made the stencils previously for the velvet branches on the skirt, I carefully verified if each one still was accurate before tracing on the sheet of heat transfer. With a few spots having breaks in the old flocking, I decided to extend the stencils a bit further to achieve all over consistency. Due to the small nuances in the design, I worked on two sections at a time before proceeding onto the next.

As I cautioned you previously, I made sure there were no scraps of the heat transfer material on the skirt portion before I applied the heat from the iron. One thing I found very useful for cleaning off any loose velvet fibers was a fresh lint roller to ensure the area was 100% clean.

Painstakingly, I trimmed and verified each section to replicate as closely as possible and then applied the heat transfer material with the iron. This time, I left the protective plastic coating on each section until the end so not to damage the new flocking.

The last step was replacing the hook and eye clasp above the size zipper, since the old one was beginning to rust. The end result was even better than I had imagined, it gave this beauty new life for many more years to come.

 

 

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Vintage Restoration ~ Velvet Flocking Part One

Over the years, I have steadily amassed a lovely collection of vintage but some did not stand up well with the test of time. These “wounded birds” require a lot of TLC to revive them to be enjoyed for many mores years to come. Very rarely do I take on these big projects myself but when the most beautiful treasures come along, I feel compelled to take it under my wing. Late last summer I was very fortunate to come across this gorgeous vintage 3D floral applique dress, which is quite famous as the lovely Dita Von Teese owns one herself. Sadly, she was in very poor condition with the velvet flocking missing in many areas, several loose seams with a torn zipper therefore the seller decided it was too much for her to take on. Her loss was my gain…but I sure had a big undertaking on my hands.

The very first step was to ensure the dress was structurally sounds before focusing on the esthetics. I inspected every seam and zipper to confirm how much reinforcement was required. The front waist seam was letting go, the side zipper was ripped around the waist area and there was a tiny hole from the strain on the fabric. I suspect someone tried to force the zipper close meanwhile the dress was clearly too small for them. Although I am comfortable around a sewing machine, I decided to ask my mom for help as she knows zippers like a boss. Reinforcing the waist seam was super easy but the zipper mending took some finessing but we were successful. The zipper is sturdy again and fully functional despite missing one tooth on the track. Our inside patch job did the trick and cannot be seen from the outside. I’ll be sewing on a new hook and eye to replace the rusted one as well.

Now onto step two, esthetics! I consulted with the vintage community for recommendations on DIY techniques to restore the velvet flocking that was missing in several areas on the bodice and skirt. With a few suggestions in hand, I eventually landed on sourcing black flocking by the roll online. After watching tutorials and reading reviews on various brands, I decided to use “Silhouette Heat Transfer Material” from Craftdirect.com since no local stores carried it here. Once I had the Silhouette flocking in hand and compared it to the dress, I was confident it would be a good fit for the restoration project.

  1. To begin, I grabbed some trace paper and a fine Sharpie marker to create the stencils for the appliques. One by one, I traced the leaves on the bodice along with the branch located on the shoulder. Next, I traced the long branches on the skirt portion that were missing from the waist to the middle where the flocking was still present.
  2. After carefully cutting each stencil out, I then double and tripped checked on the dress to ensure they were correct.
  3. Since the heat transfer material is meant for a digital cutter, you only need to follow one very important thing…place the stencil on backwards, then trace! Make sure you have very sharp scissors for this part, I used hair scissors as they are more precise for this small detail work.
  4. TEST!!! Take your first applique and use a scrap piece of fabric to see if it will transfer correctly for your application.
  5. Using a hot iron (cotton setting, no steam), apply a piece of material over the heat transfer applique, and iron for 45-60 seconds. Let cool completely before trying to remove the protective plastic film. Success…now onto the real thing!!!
  6. Now trace all of your stencils onto (backwards) the roll of heat transfer material and cut them out very carefully, avoid any burred edges since that will show on the application. I suggest doing them one section at a time, it is less overwhelming that way.
  7. Take each applique and take the time to triple check that they match perfectly with dress. I had to painstakingly trim each one to mimic the original design, shaving off the slightest amounts to get them just right.
  8. Make sure all old flocking is scrapped off, I used my fingernails mostly to ensure the fabric would not be damaged. In some areas where there was a lot of patchiness, a sharp kitchen steak knife (not serrated) was necessary.
  9. Repeat steps 5-6 for each applique. Leave the protective film on until each section is complete to avoid damaging the new flocking.

As you can imagine, this is a very long tedious process and needs to be done precisely for the best results. Restoring the bodice portion of this beauty took approximately 3+ hours. One word of caution, make sure to clear away any heat transfer shaving from your project before applying the heat. This was a small mistake I made which resulted in tiny black marks on the cream fabric that I now have to treat as pesky stains. DOH!

Stay tuned for the completion of this restoration project…

 

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