Each day this week I’ll be posting a collection of vintage costume ideas from my shop, Thrifty Vintage Kitten!

Mad Men costume Don and Betty Draper

My husband and me as Don and Betty Draper, Halloween 2010. This was the very first vintage dress I bought!

It’s October 1st and by the looks of all the Halloween decorations popping up on the houses in my neighborhood, I’d say it’s time to start Halloween costume shopping! Thrifty Vintage Kitten is stocked FULL of vintage dresses that would make awesome Halloween costumes. I know back in 2010, before I even owned a vintage clothing shop, or actually even really knew what Etsy was, I was on a hunt for a vintage 50s housewife dress so I could go as Betty Draper. I searched high and low through every thrift store I could find, but I came up empty handed. Little did I know all the best stuff I was looking for existed right on Etsy! I ended up finding a pretty dress (shown above) but I did overpay. You won’t have that problem at Thrifty Vintage Kitten! My shop has great prices and an incredible inventory.

So to start off this week’s series, I present you with Mad Men-inspired looks. (Or have you seen the new series from Showtime, Masters of Sex? Whoa. All I can say.) These garments would all fit into that era perfectly!

Vintage Mad Men Costumes1.Here 2. Here 3. Here 4. Here

1960s cocktail dresses

5. Here 6. Here 7. Here

 

1960s wiggle dresses

 

8. Here 9. Here 10. Here 11. Here

Tomorrow I’ll be back with 1950s costumes! Want to go as a character from Leave it to Beaver? A Hitchcock film, maybe? Or The Honeymooners? I’ve got you covered!

<3

Christy

My goal is always to add at least one new item to the shop every day. Some days I’m able to add A LOT more than that. And some days it’s hard to squeeze in the one. This week has been very productive. I’d added LOTS of children’s vintage, along with a few women’s things. Here’s a sampling of some of the newbies. Come check it out!

 

Vintage ladies' and girls' blouses

Vintage 1950s ladies’ and girls’ blouses still in their original packaging! Score!

 

Vintage 1960s girls' drop waist mod dress

Vintage 1960s girls’ drop waist mod dress

Vintage 1960s girls' red plaid dress

Vintage 1960s Girls’ Red Plaid Dress

A darling little snowsuit for the girls!

Vintage 1950s girls' pink snowsuit

Vintage 1950s girls’ pink snowsuit

We can’t leave out the boys!

Vintage 1950s boys' blue snowsuit

Vintage 1950s boys’ blue snowsuit

 

Be sure to check out the shop for all the latest updates!

<3

Christy

 

 

Shorts and t-shirts are still firmly planted on my body around these parts, but it’s time I confronted the elephant in the room. Fall fashion is HERE. While the weather still screams SUMMER here in Chicago, every store is pushing long sleeves and pants. And something that’s super hot this fall is plaid. ’90s grunge has made a major comeback (I’d like to give a nod to my 14-year-old self who could rock the crap out of a body suit, flannel shirt, and Doc Martens). So in honor of this season’s most popular pattern, the shop is offering lots of it for everyone in your family.

Vintage 1960s Girls' Mod Drop Waist Dress

Vintage 1960s Girls’ Mod Drop Waist Dress

Vintage 1960s Girls' Green and Blue Plaid Dress

Vintage 1960s Girls’ Green and Blue Plaid Dress

ntage 1960s Boys' Shortalls

Vintage 1960s Boys’ Shortalls

Vintage 1960s Girls' Brown Plaid Dress with Square Neckline

Vintage 1960s Girls’ Brown Plaid Dress with Square Neckline

Vintage 1960s Mod Plaid Dress

Vintage 1960s Mod Plaid Dress

Vintage 1960s Girls' Red Plaid Drop Waist Dress

Vintage 1960s Girls’ Red Plaid Drop Waist Dress

Vintage Red Plaid Baby Dress

Vintage Red Plaid Baby Dress

Vintage 1960s Mens' Plaid Fedora

Vintage 1960s Mens’ Plaid Fedora

Vintage 1960s Plaid Jumper

Vintage 1960s Plaid Jumper

Vintage 1950s Baby Plaid Suspender Skirt

Vintage 1950s Baby Plaid Suspender Skirt

And for your listening pleasure…one of my favorite songs from 1994. This makes me want to sit in my childhood bedroom, burn some incense, and write bad poetry.

 

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Christy

With all this back-to-school talk, it’s easy to put summer fashion behind us. But I’m not ready to let go. Summer is the most wonderful season of all. And like a crazy ex-girlfriend, I’m going to stalk the hell out of summer until fall comes waltzing in and woos me with all its spooky moons and turkey legs. (Never leave me summer. I love you forever.)

With that said, I had to hurry up and list these dresses before summer is over! All of these are available in the shop!

These dresses are super fun and even if you’ve turned your back on summer and are fully devoted to fall’s plaids, these cuties wouldn’t mind sitting in your closet until next summer.

Vintage 1970s halter maxi dress

Vintage 1970s Halter Maxi Dress

Vintage 1970s Hawaiian maxi dress

Vintage 1970s Hawaiian Maxi Dress

Vintage 1960s House Dress

Vintage 1960s House Dress In Groovy Print

All images are linked.

Happy (end of) summer shopping!

<3

Christy

 

 

I got my paws on some vintage baby clothes that are still in their original packaging! How cool is that 1950s 2-piece clam digger pant and matching hooded jacket set? There’s something so cool about finding items that have never been opened. Like, there is 1950s air inside that package! Is that not the neatest thing ever?! All items are available in the shop now!

Vintage 1950s baby outfit clam digger pant and hooded jacket

Vintage 1950s 2-piece baby set with clam digger pant and matching hooded jacket

Vintage Baby Romper

Vintage Baby Romper Still In Original Packaging

Vintage Baby Sleeper

Vintage Baby Sleeper Encased in Original Plastic

1950s Baby Sleep 'N Play Still In Original Packaging

1950s Baby Sleep ‘N Play Still In Original Packaging

All images are linked.

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Christy

I’ve managed to get my hands on some awesome vintage women’s clothing. There’s more I still need to list, but here’s a taste of what the shop has to offer. I’m so excited to share it with everyone!

Vintage 1950s Black Lace Dress

Vintage 1950s Black Lace Dress

Vintage 1950s Blue Dress

Vintage 1950s Blue Cotton Dress

Vintage 1960s Mod Dress

Vintage 1960s Mod Houndstooth Dress

Vintage 1970s Emerald Green Maxi Dress

Vintage 1970s Emerald Green Maxi Dress

Vintage 1970s Maxi Dress

Vintage 1970s Floral Print Maxi Dress

Vintage 1960s Hawaiian Dress

Vintage 1960s Hawaiian Dress

Vintage 1970s Brown Wool Skirt

Vintage 1970s Brown Wool Skirt

Vintage 1950s Emerald Green Velvet Skirt

The most gorgeous vintage 1950s emerald green velvet skirt. Swoooooon!

All images are linked and all items are available in the shop! Come say hi!

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Christy

A few years ago I stepped inside my first estate sale and within an instant a whole new world opened up for me. That first estate sale launched my career into the vintage fashion business. Up until that point I didn’t even know estate sales existed. I thought they were auctions…something aggressive and scary and not at all suited for someone like me. Was I ever wrong.

I walked across the threshold and into that person’s basement where the motherload of vintage clothing lay strewn across the floor. Piles and piles of 1960s clothing…from scooter skirts to cute mod dresses and petal pushers to shift dresses. I sat down on that dirty basement floor, surrounded by my heaven, and thought I’d better text my husband to tell him I’m never coming home. This. Was. Awesome.

I spent the next couple of hours sorting through those clothes. They were dirty. They were musty. The basement was barely lit. And I loved every minute of it.  I walked away with bags and bags of vintage clothes that day. And into my shop they went. I finally had some great inventory!

 

Vintage clothing

A picture from a recent haul. I was so excited to have found so many awesome vintage baby and toddler clothes!

Since that day I’ve been to tons of estate sales. I check estatesales.net every week to see what sales are in my area. I pour over the pictures to see which sales are likely to be most beneficial to me. Then I make a list and hit those sales. Since I’ve been to so many sales I’ve learned a few things along the way. Here are some tips:

1. Let’s start with what an estate sale is. An estate sale is like a garage sale but it’s INSIDE a home. The owner has likely either passed away or is moving and they need to sell most of their homes’ contents. If you’re a vintage hunter like me, estate sales are goldmines…as long as you do your research and find the right seller.

2. Get there early and on the first day of the sale. I’ve been to some sales where people have started lining up THE DAY BEFORE the sale. This is crazy to me and not something I’m willing to do, but I have gotten to sales before the sale has started so I can get my name on a list. Most companies will start a list of names based on who has gotten there first so when the doors do open those that got there first get in first. Which brings me to my next tip…

3. You will likely have to wait in line. Most houses are not big enough to hold everyone at the same time. So you wait. In line. For a long time sometimes. I’ve waited in line for hours waiting to get into a sale. In the snow. Without a coat. Good times. Be prepared to wait so you don’t turn into one of those crazies who yell at the door man. Wear a coat, bring water, kill time by checking Twitter and Facebook obsessively.

4. If you’re not concerned with getting one specific item, go on the last day of the sale. Most estate sale companies offer 50% off all items on the last day of the sale. They want to clear out the house so this is their last chance to move everything out. If they don’t offer posted discounts you’re likely going to be able to negotiate on the last day of the sale.

5. Hit up the ATM. Most estate sale companies only take cash. The listing on estatesales.net will tell you what they take. Some take credit cards, but likely it’ll only be on purchases over $50.

6. You will be the most normal person there. Estate sales notoriously attract the strangest people, so there will be all kinds of characters there. If you’re stuck standing outside waiting to get in, you have two options; interact with the crazy for fun or keep your head down and stay focused so as not to attract their attention. I choose the latter.

7. Bring tissue and hand sanitizer. I’ve walked out of sales with so much dirt and dust that after blowing my nose, the tissue was black. And some of these sales are pretty sketchy. I’ve been to sales where the owners were hoarders. I didn’t know what kind of gross was living on all the items I had been digging though. Best to coat your hands with a some hand sanitizer once you leave a sale like that.

8. If you’re a serious vintage hunter, try to mentally map out the house based on the pictures provided. That way you can make a bee line for the items you’re hoping to get. For instance, if I’m on the hunt for some dresses I saw pictured I try to figure out what room they are in. Look at the backgrounds of the pictures. Is it a bedroom? A basement? Are they on racks? Are they in a closet? In a box? A few minutes of savings here can mean the difference between leaving empty handed and leaving the winner of a rockin’ vintage dress.

9. Dress appropriately. This is not the time to try to upstage Kim Kardashian. Wear flat shoes, jeans, and a comfortable shirt. These sales can be dirty. You could be digging through dusty boxes. You could be on the floor of musty basement for hours (if you’re lucky!).

Hope these tips help! I love estate sale shopping. It’s like a treasure hunt. You never know what kind of awesome lies behind that front door!

<3

Christy

Here’s a dress I recently found at an estate sale. Be sure to check out my shop for more great vintage pieces like this!

Vintage 1960s wiggle dress

Vintage 1960s wiggle dress

I was perusing through my inventory and noticed some of my items have been in the shop for a very long time! They are lonely a need a good home.

Vintage 1960s pleated floral garden party dress

Vintage 1960s pleated floral garden party dress

Vintage 1960s kimono style shift dress

Vintage 1960s kimono style shift dress

 

Vintage baby sleep sack

Vintage Baby Sleep Sack in Pink Gingham Print

Vintage Christmas baby sleeper

Vintage Christmas baby sleeper

Vintage 1975 Cross Stitch

Vintage 1975 Cross Stitch

Vintage 1960s toddler outfit

Vintage 1960s toddler outfit

 

Vintage pink baby sweater

Vintage pink baby sweater

 

 

Vintage 1960s men's fedora

Vintage 1960s men’s fedora

 

Vintage baby book in the sign of cancer

Vintage baby book

 

 All images are linked.

<3

Christy

 

 

 

Whenever I think of 4th of July I always picture a day set in 1960. Not sure why. I was an 80s baby. Maybe it’s all The Wonder Years I watched as a kid. Regardless, there’s something so wholesome about the middle of summer. Backyard BBQs, kids playing outside, fireworks in every neighborhood. I picture pool parties and people in sandals. And everything looks like it has an iPhone vintage filter on it. That’s what plays in my head. Probably not in yours.

Either way, I love listing red, white and blue themed clothes in my shop right around this time every year. With 4th of July right around the corner, now is THE time to pick up some awesome vintage patriotic frocks to rock. Here are some I’ve recently listed.

 

Vintage 1960s girls mod dress

Vintage 1960s girls’ drop waist sailor dress

Vintage baby sailor shirt

Vintage 1960s baby nautical sailor shirt

Vintage 1960s girls mod dress

Vintage 1960s girls’ drop waist denim dress

 

Vintage 1950s baby romper

Vinage 1950s baby romper

Vintage 1960s girls mod dress

Vintage 1960s girls’ mod dress

Vintage 1950s girls red, white and blue dress

Vintage 1950s girls’ dress with matching vest

 

Vintage 1970s blue and white maxi dress

Vintage 1970s maxi dress

 

Happy 4th of July!

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Christy