Thursday, March 4, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
This is what it looks like outside, today FEBRUARY 22, 2021, in The FingerLakes region of NY State..
which is NOT enough degrees (in my book) for much of anything,
NO YARD SALES.
NO SHORTS & FLIP FLOPS.
(you get the idea!)
I really SHOULDN'T complain, because FEBRUARY 21,2021 looked like this...
PERFECT BLUE SKIES!
an AWESOME DAY, that we enjoyed by walking some waterfall trails!
OH WELL, we must enjoy it when we can!!
When the weather allows, I have been out Diving for Treasures...
|GOODIES for the local soup kitchen...|
|...and MORE Goodies for the local soup kitchen|
|GOTTA stay hydrated in these cold months!|
|.... even some Goodies for the Grand(?)-fur babies (LOL)|
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Recently, my Mother and I have been discussing the fate of
Her My OUR 1950's wedding dress (NOT Plural!)...
- Christmas Eve 2000 - I got engaged!
- October 27, 2001 - The Wedding.
Then, The.Perfect.Answer! I remembered that box in the attic - The dress that my Mom had worn down the aisle on 3-14-53. I had tried it on when I was in my teens, when Mom was cleaning out 'junk'. She was going to toss it, but I had told her to hang on to it - you never know. It had fit perfect at that time - just a little long! Well, as luck would have it, the dress had survived, and I found a GREAT seamstress - a Serious WIN-WIN (Mom was beyond Thrilled that I would want to wear her old dress!).
and now it is 2021!
~ Dad passed away a couple of years ago, but Mom & Dad had a wonderful 66yr. marriage...
~ J & I are going strong, and will be celebrating our 20yr anniversary this Fall...
~ Mom is now 87yrs old, and continually curious as to what will happen to her 'stuff' when she's gone, and trying to get things settled (?)!.
~We have both decided to set The Dress free, and let it bring Good Luck to someone else (we don't foresee future generations having any desire for this MidCentury dress - they will have their Mother's to wear!!). The dress is headed to Ebay & ETSY - For Sale
I pulled the BOX from storage, and I enlisted the help of Sesame Shimmer (mannequin) for a photo shoot (I am certainly not fitting back into that dress again in the foreseeable future!!) I think she did quite well.
During this cleanout, much 'reminiscing' has taken place with my Mother (priceless!). She asked what had ever become of her 'GOING AWAY SUIT'?
For those not familiar with the term / tradition:
"The tradition of the going away outfits where before the bride and groom leave they change out of their dress and tux and leave in more comfortable clothes, especially if they are heading straight for the airport that night or the next morning following the Wedding."
"Whereas most wedding dresses are commonly only worn once by (especially by modern brides), in all likelihood, your going away dress or suit is something that will then be folded into rotation in your usual everyday wardrobe. As such, feel free to spend a little more on it then you might if you were only going to sport it one time."
I let Mom know that it still hung in My closet. NO, I didn't wear it for it's original purpose, but in the late 80's -90's it was 'folded into rotation' of MY work wardrobe. Mom's GoingAwaySuit was the Original 'Capsule Wardrobe', consisting of 4 interchangeable pieces - Houndstooth Jacket, 1 solid red skirt, 1 houndstooth skirt and a reversible vest (you guessed it - houndstooth/solid red)! This was my Power Suit! I wore it during my co-op position @ Kodak, and I even wore it to my 'Real-Just Graduated College' job interview at Beardsley's (which I got!). In this suit I felt invincible.
- I can no longer fit into it.
- I no longer have an Office job that requires this attire
- Since the Wedding Dress is going, WE decided the time was right for The suit to go as well.
In the old Wedding Dress Box, I had found a little bag tucked off in the corner - a Classy, light pink PEIGNOR SET.
Since it too had a correlation to 3-14-53 & deserves a New Life, we are giving it the same treatment, and will have it it's own listing, for sale on-line!
HOPEFULLY, these vintage pieces will continue on for many more years.
Friday, January 29, 2021
and, though 'J' generally refers to this Great Guy, who is currently outside digging us out - on his BIRTHDAY, we must keep on tract with Alphabet COLLECTIONS!!
Todays featured collection goes to....
JONATHAN GASH / JOHN GRANT
and his LOVEJOY Mystery novel series!
Lovejoy is a series of picaresque novels by John Grant about the adventures of Lovejoy, a British antiques dealer and faker based in East Anglia. A less than scrupulous yet likeable rogue, Lovejoy has a reputation in the antiques trade as a "divvie", meaning one with an almost supernatural talent for recognising exceptional items as well as for distinguishing fakes or forgeries from genuine antiques. Lovejoy's first name is never mentioned in the books. In the TV series based on the novels, he insists on being addressed by all solely as "Lovejoy".
ANTIQUES + MYSTERY + BRITISH SETTING (+'bit' of Harlequin) = WIN! WIN!
I can't remember 'exactly' how I stumbled upon this series, but it was around 2004. Each 'mystery' involves a bit of 'Obscure Antique History', quick/easy reads... I was hooked!
HOWEVER... The first in the series came out in the late 70's. You would think they would be a common site at Sales & Thrifts, but (to my knowledge) they have only been published by PENGUIN, and so they aren't common in the USA :(
To date, I have 17 in my posession, most of which were purchased on eBay. Yes, SHOCKER!, but I enjoy them That Much!!
Now, we are off to see what we can find for BIRTHDAY FESTIVITIES!
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
INFANT of PRAGUE
~~~~~FLASHBACK to the Late 80's~~~~~
I was freshly out of college, finding my way in a new city, with a new job, and MY OWN APARTMENT! ThriftStores were my friend! I was searching high and low for design ideas... reading every magazine I could afford to get my hands on (desktop computers were a thing of the future still!!) This MARY RANDALPH CARTER had a JUNK Book out... I found it - in a book store!! (AMAZON? Ebay? What are those???). I became absorbed by her style, and learned SOO much!! I think she had an influence on MANY of us 'STUFFers'! She opened my eyes to MANY, MANY things, including this 'funny little guy in a dress' ie: Infant of Prague.
So, yes, I do 'collect Iconic pieces' - but my home is NOT Filled with them! Since we took a booth at an Antique Co-op, our 'Yellow Wall' section has been devoted to all things Spiritual - IoP, Buddha, Tarot Cards, Ouija... and with every item we purchase, there is an education waiting to be uncovered! Prime Time Treasure Hunter has a great YouTube video on identifying religious statues that we refer to often.