Well, hello end of January 2014. A second ago it was mid-December and it was Christmas all up in here and now whoops…here we are at the tail end of January. Hi!

I’ve neglected this space because I’ve been a busy little beaver updating my shop. Lots of really incredible vintage dresses are now available. I hit a landmine of vintage glory a couple of weekends ago and I’m still working on getting them all up in the shop. In the meantime, here is a roundup of the vintage I’ve gotten into the shop this week.

 

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Christy

 

Is it just me or is the build up to Christmas better than the actual day? I’m not at all religious, so the holiday doesn’t take on any religious significance for me, but it does ignite feelings of snowy nights, warm fires in the fireplace, decorating the house with my family, and twinkling lights all over the neighborhood. The entire month of December is one big cozy hug for me. So when the actual day comes and goes, I’m left feeling a little…empty. Anyone else?

Either way, I’m going to continue on with my Christmastime is Awesome Time until I crash and burn December 26. So with that, I present you with my latest holiday-themed post. I was sitting here, laptop on lap, with my Christmas tree staring me square in the face, when I thought…I want to see how people of yesterday decorated their trees! I love looking at old photographs, especially of the 40s and 50s. So here are a bunch of cat vomit-inducing tinsel trees coming at ya!

1940s Christmas tree

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A Christmas Story

The ultimate humilation

 

My husband would strongly disagree, but I think the BEST Christmas movie out there is A Christmas Story, hands down. I watch it every year (sometimes more than once) and the Christmas season wouldn’t be the same for me without it. I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is that makes it so amazing. The story takes place in the 1940s and that’s one of the hooks for me. That shouldn’t be surprising. I run a vintage shop, afterall. Of course I’d gravitate toward a movie that takes place back from where my clothes originated!

Besides that, the story is really charming. I love movies that are narrated. Ralphie, the main character who’s a young boy, narrates the story as an adult. He is someone everyone can identify with. He’s adorable, and young, and crafty. He gives us a glimpse into his life for a short period of time during the Christmas season. If not for the story, the clothing, home decor, and outside shots are authentic and charmingly vintage.

Below are some screenshots of the best scenes!

“I double dog dare you!”

A christmas story

 

 

 

 

“Fra-gee-lay.” It must be Italian.”

A christmas story

 

“Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf, I hate meatloaf!”

 A christmas story

“COME ON KID!”

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“You’ll shoot your eye out!”

A christmas story

“Deck the harrs with boughs of horry, fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra.”

A christmas story

A christmas story

A christmas story

If you’re one of the few that haven’t seen this movie, you MUST see it. It’s charming and silly and such a crowd favorite!

Happy holidays!

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Christy

Vintage holiday party

She looks fabulous, doesn’t she?

 

‘Tis the season for holiday parties! Between company holiday parties, family celebrations, and friendly get-togethers, it seems like most of us spend the entire month of December bouncing from one holiday party to the next! (And maybe even into January!) Every girl needs a fabulous dress to wear to these special occasions. And Thrifty Vintage Kitten is here to help you with that! The shop is stocked full of awesome vintage cocktail dresses. For example…

Vintage 1950s Candy Apple Red Dress with Bow Belt

Vintage 1950s Candy Apple Red Dress with Bow Belt

 

Vintage 1950s Little Black Dress with Bow at Neckline

Vintage 1950s Little Black Dress with Bow at Neckline

 

Vintage 1950s Teal and Black Silk Dress

Vintage 1950s Teal and Black Silk Dress

 

Vintage 1970s Pink Chiffon Dress with Rhinestones

Vintage 1970s Pink Chiffon Dress with Rhinestones

 

Vintage 1950s Blue Dress with Sleeves and Full Skirt

Vintage 1950s Blue Dress with Sleeves and Full Skirt

 (All images are linked directly to where you can purchase!)

This is just a taste! There are so many more vintage dresses in the shop that are perfect for holiday parties this year! Happy shopping!

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Christy

 

 

 

 

The holidays are coming! Does your little girl need a new dress for Christmas? Or maybe a new dress for a family photo shoot for your holiday cards? Children’s clothing designers in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s really did it right. The dress shapes are so cute and the designs are so charming. You can’t go wrong with a classic red plaid dress for your holiday celebration. It says preppy, traditional, and adorable all in one breath.

Be sure to pick up one of these vintage frocks from Thrifty Vintage Kitten! All of them will be available in the shop soon! (Bet you’ll even be able to find a one-of-kind look for yourself!)

Vintage Christmas girls dresses

 

 

Vintage plaid dresses

 

 

 

Vintage little girls holiday dresses

 

This is my favorite time of year. Happy holidays!

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Christy

 

Lately, I can’t get enough of vintage advertisements. I just love how DIFFERENT they are from today’s ads. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought there was no better time to display some of these wholesome, down-home-feel ads from the days of yore. So grab yourself a turkey leg and check out these vintage gems! Tell me which one is your favorite. I find the cigarette and turkey one hilarious. Mmmm…cigarette-smoke-flavored turkey….NOT. Or how about that Seagram’s ad? I think they are trying to imply drinking is a part of a healthy lifestyle. And I love how they act like only men drink whiskey. LOL…oh, 1940s. You silly little sexist.

(Speaking of Thanksgiving…have you bought that special outfit for yourself or your little girl to wear at the dinner table? I always like to pick out a new outfit for special holidays. Be sure to check out the shop for great vintage dresses for you and your little girl this holiday season!)

 

Vintage Heinz Beans ad

 

vintage beer ad

vintage reynolds wrap ad

vintage old gold ad

vintage thanksgiving ad

Vintage thanksgiving ad

vintage thanksgiving ads

Vintage seagrams ads

vintage thanksgiving ad

Vintage ocean spray ad

Are you hungry now? I can’t wait for Thanksgiving. A plate full of turkey, stuffing, corn casserole and a slice (or two) of french silk pie awaits me! numnumnum

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Christy

My son is currently teething which made me think to look up what kind of crazy teething products they had back in the 1950s. Advice like putting brady on baby’s gums was not unheard of (Can you imagine??). All that research led me to finding a whole bunch of vintage baby product ads, which are so charming (Hello cute Gerber baby!) and crazy (giving a baby 7UP??). I just had to share some of these!

Vintage baby milk ad

 

1947 Gerber baby food ad

 

1956 7up Baby ad

1959 baby play pen ad

Vintage ivory soap ad

1947 baby oil ad

Vintage baby sunlamp ad

Vintage Swifts baby meat ad

Aren’t these fantastic? So crazy, right? Meat for a 3-week-old baby? A baby sunlamp? I love these things.

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Christy

Finding vintage patterns always makes me wish I knew how to sew. I would love to make all of these!

This week I’ve been busy listing a bunch of vintage patterns in the shop. My favorite one was a 1950s bathing suit pattern that sold out in minutes! Get the rest of these while you can!

 

Vintage 1950s girls circle skirt pattern

Vintage 1958 Girls jumper pattern

Vintage 1960s girls wardrobe pattern

Vintage 1960s teen shift dress pattern

Vintage 1960s young junior pantjumper

Vintage 1961 Barbie Doll Wardrobe Pattern

Vintage 1976 Barbie and Ken wardrobe pattern

Vintage 1960s Barbie Wardrobe Pattern

There are a lot more patterns in the pattern section of my shop! This is just a small sampling! Please buy these and show me the awesome vintage clothing you’ve made so I can be super jealous of your sewing skills!

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Christy

Made a last-minute decision to drive out to Naperville for an estate sale today. Glad I did! I walked away with 10 women’s dresses, 20 kids clothing items, 1 women’s skirt, a 1950’s crinoline skirt, and TWO little girls’ crinoline slips! It was like the sale was made for me. Usually I wait outside these things forever and claw my way in. But today I walked right in and had the entire upstairs to myself! Thank you thrifting gods!

 

Vintage clothing haul

 

Vintage clothing haul

 

Now I just have to inventory all these goodies, get them photographed, and get them into the shop for you!

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Christy