clover and a jacket

Oh the Clover Market hangover has arrived…

We had a fantastic time yesterday at the fall opener with splendid September weather. It is so fun to see all of the familiar faces after the long summer break. It is kind of like back-to-school for adults.

My brother, Jake and I, worked the booth from 10-5 and sold nearly all of the vintage treasures that we brought. You guys are awesome! Thank you!

We’ll be back for both October markets. The 13th in Ardmore and the 27th in Chestnut Hill. I am very excited about the new location!  Put those dates on your calendar now.

If you went to Clover, what treasures did you find?

So in other news, I’m obsessed with vintage military right now. I guess I have been for a while actually. Specifically personal military items like soldier’s bags, trunks, army blankets and jackets. I suppose I missed this trend in high school.

vintage army jacket

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to buy an entire lot of one soldier’s army jackets from the 50’s or 60’s. I just pulled them out since the weather is getting cooler and snapped photos of this lightweight jacket.

vintage army jacket

What I found so interesting were these yellowed tags still in the pocket. I find myself wondering where they were stationed and what, in history, they were doing.

vintage army jacket

Can you read that?  It is his quarter’s assignment and bedding receipt all typed up.  Each soldier was responsible for their iconic army blanket, sheets and pillows.

vintage army jacket

The other jackets are all wool.  I haven’t photographed them since coming back from the dry cleaner but there is a long overcoat, a button up jacket and a very cool cropped bomber that I think I have to keep…at least for now.

my summer blogcation

So I took an impromptu blogcation last week.  It was bliss.  Not that I don’t love you and all but I have to admit it was nice to disconnect from the world weird web.  My social media was limited to instagram.  In case you missed it, we got some R&R in on the beach.

4th of july beach

Took a delightful stroll through an enchanting farm.

4th of july chick

4th of july piggy

And took time to adore the hydrangeas that Cape May is known for in summertime.

4th of july hydrangeas

Plus we caught the most fabulous sunset I have ever seen followed by fireworks!

4th of july sunset

But don’t worry it wasn’t all fun in the sun last week.  We did a lot of, yawn, home organization along with some other projects for the love of vintage.

Like this oh-so-traditional turned leg table which is now a pop of color redone in Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint Flow Blue.

flow blue turned leg spindle table

flow blue turned leg spindle table

Here’s the before.  Traditional oak which you know I don’t hate simply because of that wood grain but using milk paint as a stain keeps that grain grinning and wakes us all up a bit.

turned leg table before

Isn’t the Ironstone basin & pitcher sweet too?

flow blue turned leg spindle table

But seriously those brass claw feet. Love. Love. Love.

flow blue turned leg spindle table

And those legs.

flow blue turned leg spindle table

In other news, The West End Garage in Cape May is hopping and apparently South Jersey magazine has taken note because we were vote “Best Eclectic Market” at the Shore!

Annnnd Circa Dee is now offering a collection of vintage clothes at the Garage.  I have been hoarding some really fun vintage summer dresses and crazy prints that you never knew you needed to complete your down the shore vacation.

vintage clothes

For those of you out of the region, that’s what we say.  “Down the Shore”

How was your 4th? And 5th and 6th and 7th?  Did you take a break?  Did you go down the shore?

the classics

We’re getting back into the swing of things around here.  Our new year routine is in order and our lazy winter break week is behind us along with all of the Christmas decorations now packed away.

We managed to catch quite a few movies over the holidays.  Most of the new ones are not even worth mentioning except for Lincoln.  Brilliant – the acting, the set, Daniel Day Lewis.  I loved every minute of it and was still thinking about it the next day and now, a week later.  Have you seen it yet?  I was also fixed on certain props specifically the antique chairs in the film.  I would love to know more about how the set was put together.

Sally-Field-Lincoln-photo: FoxNews

As for the classics…there are a few favorites worth highlighting not just because of the story lines but because of the brilliant vintage props and sets.  I found myself getting lost in the details at times.

It’s a Wonderful Life 1946

I love all of the glassware featured in Gower’s drug store in the beginning of It’s a Wonderful Life.  I am definitely having a moment with vintage labware.  Nerd alert.  Bust seriously look at all of the apothecary bottles and pretty labels and such.  I spy a fabulous typewriter back there too.

It's a Wonderful Life

Fast forward to the end of the movie.  Hopefully you know the storyline – it is one of my all time favorite movies!  I love George and Mary’s fixer upper.  Mary is the ultimate DIYer and look at how chic she is!

In this scene I was particularly drawn to the curves of the French chair George is sitting on.  Love. It.  The chair is both masculine and feminine all in one.  Also, in the background, something about the mounted framed butterfly collection caught my eye.  The collection is definitely right on trend again.

It's a Wonderful Life

Breakfast At Tiffany’s 1961

Oh Holly Golightly, what a character!  She’s got so much style both fashionably and in her apartment.  Check out her stack of white luggage!  Holly hides her phone in there you know.

Holly Golightly - Breakfast at Tiffany's

But Holly’s most iconic piece has got to be her claw foot bathtub turned sofa.  I love the color choices as well.  Holly is the original upcycler!  By the way have you watched Salvage Dawgs yet?  They repeated this exact project on one of their first episodes.

Holly Golightly - Breakfast at Tiffany's

A Christmas Story 1983

Can you believe I never saw A Christmas Story before this year?  Yeah, me neither.  I think we need to invest in the leg lamp for next year.  It’s a “major award”.

Anyway, I found myself smitten with the mom’s hot pink chenille bathrobe.  I want one just like it so I can wear it around the house all winter.  As I write this, I am wearing a much less fashionable bathrobe.  Too much information?

A Christmas Story

Beyond the fabulous bathrobe, the mint and white hoosier cabinet really knocked my socks off in this movie!  How wonderfully vintage is that thing?  Perfection.  And I spy melmac dishes in the cabinet.  Those vintage kitchen chairs aren’t bad either.

A christmas story kitchen

What classic movies did you catch over the holidays?  Did you find yourself coveting anything from the movie sets like I did?

Hope you’re settling comfortably into 2013…