a few recent finds from my treasuring hunting adventures, now freshly listed in decorativeworkVTG on etsy: you will love love love this kelly green vintage straw handbag with its bright color and ladylike design, these classy vintage floral clip on earrings in a great creamy neutral with a touch of shine are the perfect bit of vintage to add to your November wardrobe rotation, I am inspired by the optimism of this vintage mug not to mention its boy scout history and kitschy patriotism, spend this holiday season making dances with help from this classic book on choreography, and this handmade belt is a pop of color and homespun goodness to accessorize your winter looks.
“There’s more to dressing today- more charm, more dazzle, more DELIGHT!” says the point of view section of this Vintage Vogue magazine from 1976 and I’d agree. The word delight is really on my mind these days. I’m trying to be more aware of the delight contained within in the mundane activities of my life and allow myself the space and time to linger in the enjoyment of the everyday, the ordinary stuff, things like getting dressed, preparing a meal, writing a note, or walking the dog. Perhaps as a consequence, I keep seeing delight everywhere, in fashion, in art, in words. Even something about these 1970s images are really delightful to me right now, inspiring me to be my best self, bold yet soft, embodying a kind of quirky quiet confidence.
I’ve been offline for much of December spending time with family and friends, celebrating a birthday, and setting my goals for decorativework for the new year. Recently back home in Long Beach from several weeks out of town, I am excited to share a few finds from my thrifting adventures, available to purchase at Long Beach Vintage Etc later this week: This lovely green and ecru plaited basket purse has a fantastic pattern and is in great shape , I’ve resisted keeping this lovely knit dress for myself with its feminine cut and ruffle trim at the skirt so hurry and snatch it up before I change my mind, Here is a detail of the print on a 1970s polyester blouse depicting some textile pattern greatest hits: twill, herringbone, and ikat, This handsome striped blouse has lovely gathering at the chest and sleeves and a dusty desert palette, I can’t stop looking at the interesting details of the print of the 1970s blouse, And lastly here is one pair of vintage clip on earrings among many many other pieces of vintage costume jewelry that were worn by my grandmother in law Joan, which will slowly begin to infiltrate my vintage etsy shop, decorativeworkVTG, throughout January.
Its been a good few weeks for thrifting accessories, coming soon to Long Beach Vintage Etc: a pair of beautiful straw wide brim vintage hats from the 1950’s, perfect stylish shade for the sun drenched southern California fall, check out the ivory floral pattern on this 1950’s wiggle dress, an oh so ladylike creamy antique hand beaded bag, the pineapple clasp on this black vintage clutch is a great icon of vintage hospitality, fun 20s imagery cover this vintage tie, and Ladies, if you are a size 10, these fantastic red kitten heels with circle cut outs would be great to accessorize your back to school looks.
a few finds from the past few weeks of thrifting headed to Long Beach Vintage Ect later today: fantastic set of trivia cards from 1984 focused on world events or music, puzzle book with tons of word games and various puzzles- great for a vintage loving teacher, cleaning out my closet: this sweet vintage light weight creamy sweater is sure to turn heads and i always received compliments whenever I wore this crazy colorful skirt, vintage nostalgic birthday postcard, and a few skinny ties for fall, great for men or women.
A few highlights from the past few weeks of thrifting: This sweet floral vintage mug is looking for a new home, I couldn’t resist these black heels when I saw them a few weeks ago with their stunning vintage glamour (Can’t you imagine these paired with your little black dress for that perfect pop of vintage for a night out?), My weakness for poetry was fed when I found this book of verse by William Wordsworth, A few of the great vintage patterns, prints (and SEQUINS!!) on some of the vintage clothing added to my current inventory at Long Beach Vintage Etc, Platter of vintage pretties including some clip on earrings and this fantastic costume gold rope bow broach with pearl ends, One of the basketful of handmade yarn tassel variety packs,priced to sell at $5, perfect for your craft and decor projects.
some treasures i found this week heading to LongBeachVintageEtc today: great book of vintage photography of California…this image taken of Long Beach way back when, crazy handbook of all things from first aid to plumbing to safety tips geared towards women claiming that with “a copy of it in your home, you are equipped to handle, on your own, a whole range of home emergencies, and to deal with them before they become out-of-control emergencies.”, beautiful Chantal heels with a distressed shiny finish in a size 8 1/2, an illustration of asparagus from a great vintage Better Homes and Gardens how to book on Vegetables and Herbs with a handy ABC’s of vegetables section for the gardening novice to get started, tiny vintage book on how to be a successful hostess, i just couldn’t resist showing both the front and back covers of this one…
check these out and more at Long Beach Vintage Etc located at 737 Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach. Open Tuesdays to Saturday 11 to 6, Sundays 12 to 5.