It’s been a busy week here at Thrifty Vintage Kitten! I started listing all the vintage baby dresses I acquired last weekend. I still have some more ironing and photographing to do, so that’s on the agenda for next week! Aren’t these just the cutest? Here are all the ones I listed this week. To shop, go here. These are going so fast so if you see one you like, grab it!

Vintage 1950s baby dresses

I also listed a handful of women’s items too. Check ‘em out!

Vintage 1960s grey plaid wool skirt / medium

Vintage 1960s grey plaid wool skirt / medium

 

Vintage 1960s winter white sweater / medium large

Vintage 1960s winter white sweater / medium large

 

 

Vintage 1960s OFF THE RECORD dress / medium

Vintage 1960s OFF THE RECORD dress / medium

 

 

Vintage 1950s LOVE AT FIRST BLUSH prom dress / xs

Vintage 1950s LOVE AT FIRST BLUSH prom dress / XS

 

 

Vintage 1960s SWEET EVE dress / medium large

Vintage 1960s SWEET EVE dress / medium large

 

 

Vintage 1960s TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN dress / XL plus size

Vintage 1960s TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN dress / XL plus size

 

 

Vintage 1960s SUNKISSED SHOULDERS yellow cocktail dress / medium

Vintage 1960s SUNKISSED SHOULDERS yellow cocktail dress / medium

 

The images on the women’s dresses are all linked directly to the listing where you can find more information and shop! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

<3

Christy

This past weekend I drove out of state to go to an estate sale for what looked to be a promising selection of vintage women’s dresses from the 1940s. Unfortunately, the dresses were scooped up by someone else while I waited in line to get into this very teeny house. What I discovered that made the long trip worth it was a closet FULL of 1950s little girls’ party dresses! Behold…

 

Vintage baby clothes

This is just a small sample of what I brought home! I came home with 4 bags of vintage kids clothes!

 

 

Vintage 1950s baby dresses

So many pretty dresses!

 

 

So this is how I spent part of my Saturday night! (After I’d washed all of them!)

 

Vintage baby dresses

I imagine moms of the 1950s spent most of their time ironing. Puff sleeves and pleats take forever!

 

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Vintage kids clothes are so fun. I find something so irresistibly charming about them, don’t you?

These items will be trickling into the shop a few at a time starting today!

<3

Christy

1957 Good Housekeeping Magazine

Good Housekeeping cover, April 1957

I adore looking through old magazines. Talk about a step back in time! Recently I got my mitts on a Good Housekeeping from April 1957. It was only 35¢! The pages smell a little musty and are yellowed, but I don’t mind! With classic article topics like “10 Ways to Look Different” that suggest you “change your dress color” and “point your eyebrows out” to a full-length article asking “To Refreeze or Not to Refreeze?” life just seemed so simple and sweet in the 50s.

But the real prize are the advertisements. Check out these incredibly revealing (and sometimes hilarious!) peaks into the past!

A Kotex “belt”? Oh my god.

Good Housekeeping Kotex ad 1957

 

Such a pretty bottle of makeup!

1957 Good Housekeeping Makeup ad

Why isn’t there a spray nozzle on the starch bottle? Would you just dump it on?

Vintage 1957 Good Housekeeping Starch Ad Sta-Flo

Underwear sure has come a long way. I’d love to step back in time and shows these ladies a pair of thong underwear. Imagine!

Vintage 1950s underwear ad

Obviously.

Vintage 1957 Good Housekeeping ad Perma-lift Magic Oval Pantie

Compared to today’s makeup this probably isn’t very good, but the pink liquid looks so pretty I want to try some!

Vintage 1957 Good Housekeeping ad Revlon Touch and Glow Makeup

There’s nothing cuter than vintage baby clothes!

Vintage Carter's ad 1957

To think this staple was once “new!” I use this stuff all the time!

Vintage Comet ad 1957

Imagine!

Vintage 1957 Oxydol ad

Aren’t these fun? I’ll probably eventually do another post on some of the articles I found in here. Such a time capsule! Let me know what you think in the comments!

<3

Christy

Happy Friday, y’all!

Fresh Prince

Source: Pinterest

You scream, I scream, we all scream for FRIDAY! It’s here again (yay!) so it’s time for a weekly roundup of shop listings. Here are all the fun vintage items I listed this week. See something you like? Click on the links below and you’ll go right to the shop. Have a great weekend!

Vintage fashion for the modern girl

 

1 here | 2 here | 3 here | 4 here | 5 here |

6 here | 7 here | 8 here | 9 here | 10 here

<3

Christy

Sunbathing in Palm Springs, CA, 1956. Photographed by Loomis Dean

Sunbathing in Palm Springs, CA, 1956. Photographed by Loomis Dean (Source: Pinterest)

 

Spring break is coming…is it here yet? Now? Please? It’s currently 18 degrees here in Chicago so my mind is looking ahead to warmer days. Are we there yet?

Since Spring Break is on its way (not soon enough) I’ve been a busy little bunny listing summer rompers in the shop. While spring may be a ways away, it’s a good idea to get your shopping done a little early so you’re not panicked looking for cute stuff at the last minute. Get ‘em before they are gone! You might even spy a really rad little yellow swimsuit number down there. So cute and perfect for a Palm Springs getaway!

All the following items are available in the shop! Images are linked for easy shopping!

 

Vintage 1970s twist of lime skort romper / medium large

1970s TWIST OF LIME skort romper / medium large

 

Vintage 1960s gidget sunsuit / medium large

1960s GIDGET sunsuit / medium large

 

Vintage 1960s lemon yellow skirted swimsuit

1960s lemon yellow skirted swimsuit

 

1960s mod graphic design cotton dress with shorts / large

1960s mod print cotton dress with shorts / large

 

1960s MAKE THE SCENE cotton canvas romper

1960s MAKE THE SCENE cotton canvas romper

Vintage 1960s luau party dress with shorts

1960s LUAU PARTY dress with shorts / medium large

 

Feeling in the mood to take a vacation now? If you’re going somewhere, tell me about in the comments section. I love hearing about people’s travels!

<3

Christy

Cleaning vintage clothes

The number one reason I love vintage fashion is because you get to literally wear history. But the downside to wearing history is that history is old and old is stinky. Clothes that are 60 years old (and that have been sitting in storage for nearly that long) no longer have that lovely ‘fresh out of the dryer’ smell. They are usually musty, dusty, and sometimes even toxic smelling. Ick.

But luckily all that can be remedied by washing them. However, the tricky thing about vintage clothing is not all of it can be tossed into your washing machine. Vintage fabrics can be delicate due to their age or the material is higher end and needs special care. And so those items need to be hand washed, but in the modern age we live in most of us have never had to hand wash anything! So how the heck do you go about hand washing?

Over the years I’ve picked up a few tricks and found what works best for me. Recently I acquired a number of beautiful 1960s party dresses, but they all had underarm staining (GAH! The worst). So down into my dark cellar-like basement I went armed with my trusty tools…

1. BIZ (it smells clean and works well)

2. Borax

3. A giant scrub brush

4. A soaking basin

 

The method I use is this:

1. Fill a laundry detergent cap 1/2 full with BIZ. Pour a drop (quarter size) of the laundry soap from the cap directly onto the stains. If the stains are bigger, use more detergent. Pour the remaining detergent from the cap into your soaking basin.

2. Rub the detergent into the stain (and if you’re like me and your fabric is tough enough, use a scrub brush and your muscles. Stains that are 50 years old need some coaxing). Add warm water to the basin, along with a 1/2 cup of Borax. Put your garment into the basin and allow it to soak for 30 minutes.

Pretty linens soaking

I wish I had somewhere as pretty as this to soak my garments! Image from Pinterest.

 

 

3. After the 30 minutes are up, rub the clothing against itself and then rinse with cold water until the water runs clear. Check to see if the stains are gone. If not, repeat the process. If you’re good to go, move on to step 4.

4. Pour 1/2 cap of laundry detergent into the basin and this time fill the basin with cold water. Soak your garment for 30 minutes. When the 30 minutes are up, gently wring the excess water from your garment, rinse in cool water, and hang up to air dry.

 

Image from Pinterest

Image from Pinterest

The dresses I washed are now free of dead skin, dander, and years and YEARS of dirt! They smell pretty and all but one are free of underarm staining. (You win some, you lose some). Sometimes no matter how hard you try set-in stains are just that…set in…for good. I hope some of you find this info helpful! If so, let me know in the comments. Would love to hear from you!

<3

Christy

Happy Friday! Lots of great additions for the shop this week! Here are the freshest picks from Thrifty Vintage Kitten. See something you like? Just click on the picture to shop!

 

Vintage 1960s CANARY IN A COAL MINE silk linen dress / size small medium

Vintage 1960s CANARY IN A COAL MINE silk linen dress / size small medium

 

 

Vintage 1960s ALONGSHORE silk linen dress / size small

Vintage 1960s ALONGSHORE silk linen dress / size small

 

 

Vintage 1960s HOT TODDY dress / medium

Vintage 1960s HOT TODDY dress / medium

 

 

Vintage 1960s GIRL CRUSH linen dress / medium

Vintage 1960s GIRL CRUSH linen dress / medium

 

 

Vintage 1950s chiffon IN THE GARDEN dress / XS

Vintage 1950s chiffon IN THE GARDEN dress / XS

 

 

Vintage 1960s TRINITY KNOT dress / medium

Vintage 1960s TRINITY KNOT dress / medium

 

 

Vintage 1960s mod BLUE AS BLAZES dress / medium large

Vintage 1960s mod BLUE AS BLAZES dress / medium large

 

 

Vintage 1960s READY, STEADY, GO! dress / medium

Vintage 1960s READY, STEADY, GO! dress / medium

 

 

Vintage 1960s TWIST OF LIME skort romper / medium large

Vintage 1960s TWIST OF LIME skort romper / medium large

 

 

Vintage 1970s SUMMER OF LOVE maxi dress / XS

Vintage 1970s SUMMER OF LOVE maxi dress / XS

 

 

Vintage 1940s little girl's turquoise cotton dress with daisy appliques

Vintage 1940s little girl’s turquoise cotton dress w/ daisy appliques

 

All the images are linked!

If any of the links take you to the shop storefront and not the item itself, it’s because the item has already sold! So grab ‘em before they’re gone!

<3

Christy

Vintage basic dress

The 1960s birthed a dress silhouette called the “fitted dress.” It’s also known as the “basic dress.” It was a far cry from the huge skirts Dior made famous in the 1950s with his “New Look.”

1951 Christian Dior. Image from Pinterest.

1951 Christian Dior. Image from Pinterest.

It’s a simple fitted dress that is usually cut with a jewel neckline, bust darts, fitted, set-in sleeves, natural waistline, and a straight skirt.

I seem to attract this silhouette more than any others when I’m hunting for vintage. Perhaps women in Chicago favored this shape more than others in the 1960s. As they should, because this type of shape translates so well over time. Take any one of the dresses below, toss on a cardigan (for the sleeveless ones), and you have yourself an extremely sharp outfit for the office. Wool is fantastic for winter and silk linen is beautiful and breathable for summer. Look polished, put together, and pretty. The ideal combination, if you ask me.

Here’s a number of fresh listings in the shop that all fall under this 1960s fitted dress category. All images are linked, so shop away!

 

Vintage 1960s SO BERRY PRETTY silk linen dress / size medium

Vintage 1960s SO BERRY PRETTY silk linen dress / size medium

 

Vintage 1960s ALONGSHORE silk linen dress / size small

Vintage 1960s ALONGSHORE silk linen dress / size small

 

Vintage 1960s CANARY IN A COAL MINE silk linen dress / size small medium

Vintage 1960s CANARY IN A COAL MINE silk linen dress / size small medium

 

Vintage 1960s BICOASTAL plaid dress / size small

Vintage 1960s BICOASTAL plaid dress / size small

 

Vintage 1960s Emerald Isle silk dress / size small

Vintage 1960s EMERALD ISLE silk dress / size small

 

Vintage 1960s CITY BEAT wool dress / size medium

Vintage 1960s CITY BEAT wool dress / size medium

 

Vintage GUEST EDITOR wool dress / size medium

Vintage GUEST EDITOR wool dress / size medium

 P.S. If any of the links take you to my shop homepage and not the dress itself it’s because the dress has sold. Scoop ‘em up before they go!

<3

Christy

Beach

Photo from Pinterest

If you’re like me and looking out your window to a snowy, cold, dreary day and wishing you were laying on a hot beach listening to the surf hit the sand, this post is for you. Or better yet…maybe YOU ARE taking a vacation this winter, you lucky little snow bird. If that’s the case, these hot weather-worthy essentials are perfect for some fun in the sun! All of them are available in the shop now. Either way, let this post inspire warm, beachy thoughts in all of us!

(All images are linked!)

1980s white cotton boat neck sweater and 1960s checkered walking shorts

Wear these two together!
1980s white cotton boat neck sweater and 1960s checkered walking shorts

Sweater here / Shorts here

Vintage green chambray a-line skirt / XS

Vintage green chambray a-line skirt / XS

 

Vintage 1960s Hawaiian maxi skirt / Medium

Vintage 1960s Hawaiian maxi skirt / Medium

 

Vintage 1960s colorful linen dress / Medium

Vintage 1960s colorful linen dress / Medium

 

Vintage 1970s cotton rompers / Medium

Vintage 1970s cotton rompers / Medium

Orange romper here / Blue romper here

Feeling warmer? I am! How many days till spring?

<3

Christy