Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Think Pink

Is your retro room decorating project in need of the finishing touch ? Make a bold statement with a set of pink panel curtains featuring a flocked (raised velvet)pattern of fabric draping.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Designer Clogs

Can clogs really be "designed" ? Who cares ! If you just have to be seen wearing Dolce & Gabbana, I have a pair of comfy clogs for you for only $65.00 (new, they would be around $495.00 !). They are in great shape, hardly worn, with a veeerrrry faint water spotting. They are size 38.5 which I think translates into size 7 & 1/2. Too big for me, and a little too tall. I'm not the courageous type who can make it in 3 & 1/2" tall clog heels. Post a comment if you want more info.

Handmade Vintage Goodness

Lately, I've listed some sweet handcrafts in my Etsy shop like this lovely crocheted apron and this set of delicate crocheted collars. I like to reflect on the love and care that someone took to create these items and who might have worn them.


One of my hobbies is to reconstruct certain vintage pieces I find that need a new life. Here are some of my reconstructions which I am proud of. The black and white dress was too obnoxious to be worn in public so I reconstructed it into a halter dress (sold) and a groovy shrug top . The yellow plaid skirt needed a new look so I fashioned a purse and a dress/skirt .


The irony of my thrift-shopping obsession is that when I was young, my parents dressed me in thrift store clothes which I disliked. After rebelling during my teens by sewing all my own clothes, I finally came to my senses in college, spurred on by a roommate with a wonderfully quirky sense of style, and jumped headlong into thrifting for vintage. I still continue to pursue the increasingly rare perfect 40s dress and generally keep an inflow and outflow of black pants and black, grey or beige knit shirts going. Along the way, I can't resist funky home decor, vintage hankies and accessories and of course, clothing of all time periods and styles. Check back to see what's new in my collection of dresses, tops, sweaters, jackets, suits, shoes, hats, accessories, and decor. And I will now follow my dream of having a category (I wanted a whole website) devoted to what I call "ugly duds", in other words, the most horrendous fashions ever worn by a human being, discovered by me in a thrift store, and now shared with the world in order to bring peace through humor. Most of my collection is housed at Southworth Antiques and Rare Books in Fredericksburg, Virgina. What I will post here will be items from the shop and other items listed in my Etsy shop: RetroThreads . Check the categories (labels) on the side if you are looking for something specific. Enjoy !