1.13.2011

Three Feathers Thursdays

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1950s hand knit mustard yellow cardigan with wood toggles S/M (More)

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Sand colored wool unisex cardigan-blazer with wood toggles S-L (More)

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Red linen high waisted shorts XS/S (More)

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Justin Roper black leather fringe boots womens 8.5 (SOLD)

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Dark green button up shrug or crop top S/M with white crochet peter pan colalr (More)

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Electric blue pure silk shift dress M/L (More)

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Semi sheer floral sundress with cowl neck XS/S (SOLD)

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1960s cream and gold brocade mini dress with 3/4 ruffle sleeve XS/S (More)


Some finds for my  store, hope you like!

And while I'm here, let me just give you a little spiel about my vintage buying ethic...

I'm a strong supporter in buying vintage clothing. First of all, most clothing nowadays that is considered "affordable" is so shoddily made (F21 I'm looking at you...) that it's a shame to spend money on something that will fall apart in a month's worth of washing. I mean, I buy from places like F21 now and again because they carry trendy clothing  and accessories that are cheap ("What?! $5 pants?? SOLD!!") and am always, without fail, disappointed in myself for getting suckered into supporting such a huge corporation that blatantly rips off legit designers left and right. Don't get me wrong, Urban Outfitters really isn't much better. In fact, a lot of stuff that you get at UO you can find at F21, the only difference is UO is way, way more expensive for basically the same quality of product. I think what irks me is that UO stuff is just re-tweaked vintage duds that aren't anything new and with a heftier price tag.  If you buy vintage you often get better quality (buying a piece of clothing that is still quite viable after 20+ years is pretty awesome, in my opinion) and hey, you're recycling too!

Another thing about my store is that I only buy vintage that I believe is still wearable and modern in its fit. Not gonna lie, there are so many Etsy vintage shops that I browse through and think, "The heck? You're charging that much for a frumpy 1980s Laura Ashley dress?? Who is buying this stuff? I want answers!" It legitimately boggles my mind when Etsy vintage sellers charge so much for something I think is so mediocre and run of the mill. I still struggle with pricing things because at the end of the day, let's face it: I picked up most of my finds for pretty cheap...is it okay to charge an arm and a leg for something that cost me $1.50? If you're curious, I price  things like this: I do an etsy search for an item I already have and see what other people are pricing their stuff as. If I think what I have isn't as good of quality as something I see on the page then I price it lower. If I have something super awesome and think its the best on the page I will price it a little higher then what I see.

Anyway, I definitely keep afloat of current trends (especially those circling the fashion blog-osphere) and specifically look for those items when I go buying. So rest assured that I'm always abreast of the latest craze (Irish sweaters: check, toggle coats: check, velvet dresses: check, clogs: check...)

So yes, enough words.  But that's what i'm about and if you're about it too then don't be afraid to pay my store a visit! Prices are reasonable and I always have lots of things on sale :)


AND a new YouTube video! I've been on such a vintage children's book kick. I can't get enough, especially of the Dear Golden books! Stay tuned for some scans of my favorite illustrations. OH and I used my camera for once so the quality is actually better ;)

36 comments:

  1. Absolutely lovely finds! I'm a new follower, and I love all your vintage finds. :D

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  2. that first sweater is great! i really love the color, its rare to find such a nice shade in a hand knit!

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  3. Love that first sweater!!!
    And yea, I've stopped buying from F21, it also helps that I hardly ever go to the mall, but I try not to buy from there if I can avoid it...
    And that's a good way to go about pricing your stuff, I think its fine that you charge a lot more than what you paid, after all you 're saving us the work of digging through piles of bad stuff to find the good stuff ;)
    *rambling over*
    http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

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  4. Oh wow, I wouldn't know where to start. I like everything you're wearing in these photos. I'd love to personalize this comment more and name an item and the reasons why it's my favorite, but I can't. You model them all so convincingly!

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  5. those first two knits are great, they look so comfy! and yeah, i agree, f21 pisses me off. buy a jacket and notice the button has fallen off by the time you go to hang it up...so frustrating!

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  6. Oh man I'm obsessed with vintage children's books! I really liked reading this (I actually have never had anything from F21 fall apart though) its really great that you price fairly. WHen I see crap thats really expensive on Etsy it makes me so confused.

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  7. You obviously have great taste in vintage clothes. And there are people for all price ranges too. Can't wait to see more of your finds. I wish those boots fit me!
    XOXO
    Annalise
    Hummingbird Girl

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  8. I pretty much agree with everything you said. And I really appreciate your honesty, too. I can't wrap my mind around the UO prices, and I may be bias because I'm an employee of F21, but most of the time I just buy stuff from there because...it's there, ya know? But I do recognize the shoddy quality as well.

    I think it's great the way you price your items. I see these Etsy shops and I'm like, really? $50 for a velvet dress that I just saw at salvation army for $3? Uh, no thanks. I don't shop online very often, but if I started to, your Etsy shop would be the first vintage shop I'd check out because of your fairness.

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  9. you've got so much great stuff! i love it!
    i also like what you said about buying vintage vs. f21 those stores. i always have an urge to get the 5-10 dollar stuff from those stores...but i'm proud to say i have lessened what i get there by a lot!

    x

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  10. You got some really cute items!
    I love the color of that sweater and those boots.. super cute!
    p.s. I like your voice hehe

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  11. I SAY PRETTILY TOO :) And thank you so much. The shape of my nails are really bad, but I've had a LOT of practice in painting my nails, so I guess that makes up for it. Yes, Lush is GREAT! It's pretty pricey in the US though, so I try to get it only when I'm desperate for Lush (which is almost all the time, sadly!) Your video is very cute, by the way :)

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  12. I seriously wish there was more good vintage in my city. I went into some trendy shops the other day and saw that they had some amazing vintage dresses, but the prices were insane! Looks like it would be cheaper for me to buy from someone like yourself and having an item shipped than buying it from around the corner.

    Anthea,
    Embracing Style

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  13. I love those woolen sweaters! Gosh I love knit, oversized comfy things. And I love vintage shopping - especially on ebay and etsy. And I'll be checking out your store soon!

    xo Sherrie

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  14. Wow you've got some beautiful items for sale at the moment - I especially like that cropped green button up shrug (how sweet is that colar!).

    I loved your video too! You've inspired me to do a video - I have no idea what it will be about but I'll figure something out! Great finds by the way, I absolutley LOVE thrift shopping :)

    xx christie www.christie86.blogspot.com

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  15. Boots are great.
    You have so many questions about but I don't know nothing abotu vintage and vintage shop. :/

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  16. I do always love your selections, I'm not sure how you actually part with most of them!

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  17. Such great finds, love the video :) Helen Bell's sweater is to die for and I love those books :)

    Ice blocking sounds like a laugh. If you could buy ice that big here (ha, I wish there was a market for that! 70 in winter sounds heavinly) I'd so be up for giving that a try!

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  18. I hear you on UO and places. But I'm getting kind of fed up with Etsy prices at the same time. You price reasonably, but I'm sick of finding some reasonably pretty, but let's face it, second hand and OLD dress for $70. I kind of never pay more than $40... have a mental block after that, since I know the seller got that dress and six others in an estate sale for a fiver. Any-way...

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  19. love all these outfits. one day I hope something in your shop would be my size. I saw you were featured on Modcloth's vintage finds! that's awesome!! yey!! Great job on all the hauls you got!

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  20. Ooooo, love those boots!!!!!!

    Happy Friday!!!!

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  21. Fabulous, esp the last outfit! You have such great style :)

    x

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  22. I loveee the dark green crop top :D it's so cute, the first outfit is too, great boots!
    xxxxx

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  23. You always find really cool stuff! I LOVE old maps, I have a Britannica World Atlas that's from 1957 and it's awesome and the cover is made of leather. The last photo is my favorite find!

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  24. I hate singing by myself and quartets are the worst since you're the only singing your part. In a few weeks we'll be starting on our solo performances for the class and I hate those the most!! We sight read sometimes but not all the time.

    okay thats so good. I like have no idea where the hot spots are in California besides Disneyland and Hollywood. ahaha

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  25. Loving all your new additions to the store. I'm like you - I seldom buy things from those cheapy shops unless I really like it, and the fabric looks good. F21 has some pretty good + cheap basics too!

    I don't have much luck buying vintage here in NZ, but I trawl ebay and sometimes get some gems that I adore. I usually find when I shop I spend quite a lot more money on something, but that's because the fabrics are generally silks and the pieces are well made :)

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  26. First. I ADORE the red linen shorts/graphing paper top outfit! It's way too small for me, but I am going to search for lookalikes as soon as I can. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Second. I agree with you re: vintage. It's even worse here in the RP where charity shop finds are priced as authentic vintage (pre-90s) when they were clearly manufactured only in the last decade. As for F21, great for trendy stuff (like, print dresses) but I avoid it otherwise.

    Third. Keep on the good work! :D

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

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  27. Love the sand coloured cardigan and red shorts!

    x

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  28. Hi there,

    Your blog is really lovely. Please come by to have a look at my fashion blog Pretty Portobello

    See you soon.

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  29. Every damn thing I liked while scrolling down through this post was SOLD. Dang! Apparently I have popular tastes... Great finds!

    As a fellow seller of vintage, I also feel a bit weird about pricing sometimes and I try to be around the middle of the pack. Shipping from Canada makes things extra-expensive, unfortunately.

    One thing that helps me justify pricing is the fact that I often spend a LOT of time hunting for finds. I've started keeping track of the hours I spend photographing, listing, and thrifting, and I found that while I'm definitely making more than minimum wage, I'm not exactly rolling around in a Scrooge McDuck pool of gold coins.

    I'm often shocked at things in my store that people snap up immediately and then write glowing reviews about. It drives home the point that there are such varying tastes out there, and the odd but vaguely interesting ruffled top I post may seem a bit 'hunh?' to me but may be that one item that someone out there is dying to find. So that thought keeps me afloat when I'm pawing through things and has helped me to broaden my notion of what people want.

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  30. I'm so in love with the vintage books you purchased! That's such a great idea. I'm always admiring book illustrations, but I've never thought about framing them. I'm definitely putting that on my To-Do List now.

    I also couldn't agree more on what you said about F21 and UO. UO is completely overpriced for the quality and well, F21.. it's a love/hate relationship for me because you can find really great pieces, but those occasions are rare. My favorite pair of black denim do come from F21 though. On sale for $8 anddd they fit me perfectly? Yes, please!

    I've been really lucky about not wearing glasses as well. I think eyeglass frames are so much fun to wear, but my eyes aren't going bad.. yet! I'm sure it'll happen due to all my time spent in front of the computer.

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  31. vintage is definitely definitely your thing! and I have to agree with you on f21, *sigh* But such a generous post, these are all spectacular photos, you look wonderful in every frame, the wool cardi outfit is my favorite from this lot <3

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  32. so pleased i have found your blog and shop

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  33. hey! its so nice to be able to hear about your thoughts on your shop...how important quality, uniqueness and wearability are. imma go shopping now on your store!

    FASHIONMADEMEFUNKY
    www.fashionmademefunky.blogspot.com

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  34. I completely agree with everything you have to say about thrifting. I hate seeing a vintage seller putting a $60 price tag on an 80s knit sweater I could've got for 50 cents, but I can appreciate that people do need to make a living, and set a value that is inkeeping with the market. However, I get really really REALLY annoyed at the vintage sellers in my city. I live in a pretty small town where there are <10 good thrift stores, and I hate to see them pillaged and those wares resold for ridiculous prices. I think it can ruin the fun for everyone and take the magic and personality out of vintage shopping sometimes. Sigh. I don't know.

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  35. hah! i'm the same way - i only post vintage that is something that i'd personally wear. ripping off someone on a $40 80's dress with the bottom cut off (and no hem!) blows my mind.

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  36. I wish I saw this sooner so I could snatch those boots up! I love your shop! Definitely got my eye on a few things! <3

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