Thursday, November 27, 2008

My Three Pretties

I found 3 new pretties yesterday. They aren't jewelry but they are just as cool!

A 1940's handbeaded purse tagged Handmade in France. Gorgeous and exquisite, isn't she? Very few beads are missing and all the beads are handsewn, not glued. She has a clamp style opening with a beaded strap. Very pretty satin lining with very little discoloration. Somebody took care of this little pretty.

A very very lovely handbeaded satin purse "made in Hong Kong". She has a chain strap that either doubles over to carry under your upper arm or make the chain longer and she drapes to your ribs. Absolutely gorgeous and in great condition!

And last but definitely NOT least! This gorgeous black rouched bag by JR with the coin purse still attached with a snake cord! Circa 1940's Perfect for your New Year's Eve date!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A question about vintage...

I was asked this question today...

"Why do you like old stuff so much?"

I knew immediately what I wanted to say - but I stopped and thought about it for a minute.

And I realized that there is not just one answer to that question.

I realized today that my love for vintage comes from many things-

1. Visiting my Grandma as a child and seeing all her pretties. She is a military wife/mom and she lived all over the world. She has beautiful kimonos from Japan, depression glass from her years growing up, jewelry from all over the world, and a myriad of other items. I was endlessly fascinated every time I visited.

2. The durability of vintage items. Older items were made to last. People couldn't afford to run to Wal-Mart and buy something everytime theirs broke. So things were made to last and last and last.

3. The history of things. Where did it come from? Who first owned it? Why did they sell it? Did she save pennies for months just to buy this one dish for her table? Did she work at Woolworth for years to buy her Coro brooch?

4. The uniqueness. While many items were made in large quantities (depression glass), they were all still slightly different. An air bubble here, a machining mark there, each has its own story of how it was made, and I want to know that story.

5. Recycyling. When you purchase a vintage item, you are preventing it from ending up in a landfill. Think how much prettier that Art Deco bracelet is on your wrist or a friends' verses thrown away.

6. And my last reason? Just because! Vintage is beautiful! Vintage is fun, its creativity, its vitality, and its beauty.

So that's why I love vintage.

Why do you?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

There's a Vintage Market Sale going on!

Have a seat, kick back with a cup of coffee (specially cuz it's 4:10 am here) and start surfing.

There's a wonderful Vintage Market Sale going on at next weekend Nov 8 and 9th.

You'll find treasures of all kinds-

and more!

Here's a list of links to the individual stores.