Flea Market Dos and Don’ts

With the holiday season (which for me includes Halloween) arriving soon, Patrick and I have been hitting up more flea markets in search of fresh vintage Halloween decor to add to our home, and after witnessing and overhearing certain things at the flea market I decided to go ahead with a dos and don’ts for flea markets. The same of course can be said for antique shows!

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Orange Vintage Shopping Guide

Within even a short time of moving to California I was receiving e-mails of people planning visits to California and wanted to know where to shop. I have wanted to do a vintage shopping guide for awhile, but I wanted to really get my feet wet before offering one up. And now with over two years under my belt, I feel like I can. The greater Los Angeles area, and Orange County area have many different areas that you can visit to find antiques and vintage clothing, so I plan to do several posts like this covering each area. Today I’ll kick it off with the town I call home, Orange.

You can easily spend an entire day shopping in Orange’s “Old Towne”, also known as “The Circle”, and today I share with you the shops I frequent the most. So it is important to note that not every antique mall and vintage shop is listed here.

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Western Party at Paper Moon

Well, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I got laid up with a really wretched cold right after Dapper Day, and only recently have I began to feel normal. And thank goodness, because Paper Moon was hosted their Full Moon party last night, and it was western themed!

Paper Moon is hands down one of the best vintage shops in LA. The wide range, age of many of the garments, and the way the shop is laid out makes you feel like you are shopping in the dressing room of an old Hollywood movie star. Every time you look around you find something that is simply stunning. Especially if you’re into 30s and older, Paper Moon is the place for you! Nicole, the owner, really knows how to throw a shop party, with tasty treats, libations, and even live music, where last night she featured Tiny & Mary, who sung classic western songs.

Outfit
Hat: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
Top: Buffalo Exchange…I think…
Tie: Joyride Vintage, Orange, California
Skirt: Dolly & Dotty
Tooled Leather Belt: Knott’s Berry Farm
Tooled Leather Heels: Re-Mix
Tooled Leather Clutch: Found by my dad
Rings: Various

Let’s Get Some Shoes!

Last night a little birdie told me that Re-Mix was having a warehouse sale that began yesterday and carried on through today. They were doing the sale in tandem with Loco Lindo at their warehouse. The sale for Re-Mix included “overstock, old stock, and second quality” pairs of shoes and prices between 40% to 75% off of regular retail! Since I adore Re-Mix’s shoes, I was elated over the opportunity to score more pairs, as I often get one pair about every other year due to their hefty price tag, that is unless I happen upon a pair at Buffalo Exchange or somewhere similar.

The sale was up in Glendale, about a 45 minute to one hour drive for us, and we left early as to arrive a little early, as I had some concerns that there may be quite the line, which is known to occur with other vintage inspired lines, like Pin-Up Girl Clothing‘s infamous yard sales. Thankfully, it was low key, with only a handful of girls already in line.

I felt there was little chance for me, as I am a fairly average size in shoes, a 7/7.5 depending on the shoe, but I walked out with four pairs of shoes!

I was so excited to find one pair that I had been ogling over for some time, the Spectator. Not only did I snag a pair in classic black and white, but also a pair in brown (which apparently is no longer offered) which I think will look swell with some of my Adventurer Chic ensembles.

I also picked up a pair of their Veronicas, a style I wasn’t necessarily on the hunt for, but since they were available in my size and in white I scooped them up, as I was in desperate need of a new pair of white shoes.

And a girl can never go wrong with a pair of classic pumps, which for Re-Mix is their Babydoll. I have many pairs of red shoes, but my classic pumps have been on their last legs for awhile, so I was pleased to get a pair to replace them.

I was a little bummed there were no pairs of their Pleated Toe shoe, as I practically live out of my pair that I have because they are incredibly comfortable. But I am so pleased we went! If I were to purchase all of these from their website, I would have been looking at a total of $698! But the total of all four pairs at the sale was $367! Talk about a deal! I can’t wait to step out in each of these!

San Diego Finds

Well, we are home from San Diego! What a trip! It was lots of fun, but I’m certainly glad to be home. I was planning on my “haul” post to be my last post about San Diego, but it seems y’all are just too impatient to hear about this vintage shop I’ve been hinting at on my Facebook and Twitter pages! So here we go!

I was delighted to find out that San Diego had a decent number of vintage shops and antique malls to visit during my stay. Three out of my four full days in San Diego I spent shopping with Carla of Tiny Angry Crafter. When shopping out of town, I have to be pickier, especially as we were flying back, and I loathe checking bags, but being pickier was a little bit easier as my wallet was on the slim side after two days at Expo, so I really didn’t come home with much, but boy did I want to! I wasn’t finding too much on day one and two, but on day three I fell in love. And let me tell you, if I had a bottomless pocketbook and drove to San Diego, I would have bought basically the entire store. What is this shop you ask? It’s The Girl Can’t Help It.

The Girl Can’t Help It is quite possibly the best vintage clothing store I have ever been to. It really encompasses everything a vintage shop should be, and carries items some of us only dream about. We’re talking novelty print skirts, amazing tiki dresses, true felt circle skirts with fabulous appliqués, adorable shorts, western wear, even showgirl outfits! Of course there are frocks galore, and they are stunning. There is also a plethora of Bakelite and jewelry, jaw-dropping hats and purses. There’s even a men’s section that is spectacular. Nearly every piece in the shop is a showstopper! And all of it is real vintage. Most (like 99.9%) being from the 1930s through the early 1960s, with the occasional 20s piece, 60s mod dress or 70s band tee. All of the items are in immaculate condition and the prices reflect the condition and rarity of the items in the shop.

I chatted with Gail, the shop owner, for a bit, as she shared her passion for vintage that spans the decades. Before opening the shop in San Diego, she had her business in London for 25 years, then relocated to California and has catered to some of the Hollywood elite among the avid vintage lovers and collectors.

Also noticed the shop were some of Vivian of Holloway items, including dresses, tops and shorts. Talk about a brilliant business move. I can’t tell you how often girls unfamiliar with vintage come into vintage shops wanting that perfect 50s sun dress with a full skirt, only to realize that very few still exist, and if there is one, it’s not in their size. Having vintage repro at the ready is super smart.

While I would have loved to have walked out with the entire rack of western wear, including the two gorgeous sets on the wall and much more, I instead walked out with only a (much needed) black blouse.

I especially love this black blouse as it has puff sleeves, which means it will pair well with some of my Mexican and western themed pieces.

If you aren’t in the San Diego area, take a peek at the shop’s Etsy page, where you will find over 200 items! You can also like The Girl Can’t Help It and find out more on Facebook.

So what else did I buy while in the fair city of San Diego? Here is the haul!

I scored another much needed piece – a red peasant blouse! I also found an extremely comfortable Hawaiian (that was $8!). Buffalo Exchange on 5th Avenue.

I picked up this wooden sombrero and metal charm bracelet at Ms. Vintage. Which I simply had to purchase as it matches my wooden sombrero necklace!

I found this Disneyland Hotel shot glass at Newport Avenue Antique Center. It’s a little worse-for-wear, but I love it.

I also picked up a tie for Patrick. This hand-painted hula girl, with fringe skirt was too good to pass up, even with its issues, at $15! La Mesa Antique Mall.

There are a few more posts about San Diego headed your way in the next few days!

Day Trip Treasures

Yesterday I took a little day trip down to Eugene to visit with my friend Lyndsie, owner of Retro Rejuvenation. Under grey clouds and sporadic downpours, we drove around town visiting vintage and thrift shops alike and when the day was done we nearly filled up my trunk! Here’s a peek at the treasures that came home…

I was thrilled to add to my western wardrobe with the vintage plaid western shirt and fringe leather vest, plus the plethora of belts! The pink tooled leather one especially made me happy!

I think this “Noel” hankie will be used more as a doily of sorts come Christmas time. I’m such a fan of chartreuse and pink for Christmas colors, and each year I tell myself I’d like to do more with those tones, so this hankie is a step in the right direction.

I seriously couldn’t pass up the mink and velvet bow choker. It was paired next two a blue satin garter with a mink bow as well, though as Lyndsie is getting married soon, she took it home. It will be perfect for her on her wedding day!

While I am tapering down my sweetheart/WWII themed jewelry collection, I couldn’t leave the little sailor brooch at Goodwill at $6.99. He needed a home! I also picked up a beautiful silver and turquoise ring. While I like larger, gaudier rings, I felt the need for a daintier one, and this fit the bill.

But I think my favorite find is this Golden Horseshoe Review album. It features such a marvelous cover of Betty Taylor as Slue Foot Sue, it was only 99 cents!

As much as I love shopping, I think I’m going to have to put it on hold for the remainder of June and the beginning of July, as Expo is in just under a month! And that always means saying goodbye to lots of dough! I think I’ll fill the in between time with listing pattern for my Etsy shop and working on my repairs pile that has slowly grown into a small mound over the last few weeks. *sigh* No rest for the vintage loving!

Miner 49er

As highlighted in our visit to Sutter’s Mill, my passion for the west continues into the history of the gold rush, and our recent travels through gold rush country influenced my wardrobe choices today as we ran did some much needed grocery shopping and errand running

I found this mining themed skirt featuring shovels, picks, pans, sieves, gold dust and pouches when searching “vintage novelty print” on Etsy, one of the most dangerous things one can do.  Some of my favorite road trip memories, including this last road trip, are driving through some of California’s gold rush towns.  Sutter Creek and Senora are just downright adorable, and I adore the tiny town of Mariposa where some of my family lives.  And while it doesn’t take place in California, but rather in the Dakotas, I am a big fan of the show Deadwood, which revolves around the gold rush in the Black Hills.  So I just had to have this little beauty to add to my growing western themed skirt collection.  A few days after the skirt arrived in the post I found myself looking at cowboy brooches on Etsy (another incredibly dangerous thing!) and then happened upon this gold miner! I’d like to think it was all just meant to be. Believe me, I considered wearing this outfit to Sutter’s Mill, but the extremely early start we had that day left me wanting to just wear a t-shirt and jeans. Maybe this outfit will get its day in true gold rush town one day.

Even though the Pendleton’s 49’er has nothing to do with the gold rush (it was named that because it was released in 1949), I couldn’t help paring it with the skirt ensemble, besides, the colors worked perfectly! This 49’er though happens to be a knock-off, for which there were many.  It’s funny, for living in Oregon I actually don’t own a true Pendleton 49’er.

It’s good to be home after such a long trip, and I was glad when the sun decided to show its face and warm up Portland today, allowing for a lightweight jacket such as a 49’er.  It’s really rough coming home to grey clouds and rain after days in the California sunshine.  Meanwhile I’m trying to find homes for some of the purchases we made during our trip, as well try to get back into my normal routine of things, including listing on Etsy.  I hope you all are having a lovely weekend!

Outfit
Fake ’49er by Western Star: Local rummage sale
Blouse: Living Threads, Portland, Oregon
Skirt: Trove Vintage Boutique
Boots: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Purse: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Earrings: Don’t remember…
Miner Brooch: Thrift Pop