‘Round these parts, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer. While the weather can be hit or miss, summer bbqs, flip flops, and long days in the sun are on everyone’s mind. In honor of this patriotic holiday, here are some great red, white, and blues in the shop now!

 

Vintage 1960s patriotic tie-waist cotton blouse

1960s tie-waist cotton blouse

 

Vintage 1950s white linen midi skirt

1950s white linen midi skirt

 

Vintage 1960s patriotic ribbon cardigan

1960s patriotic ribbon cardigan

 

Vintage 1960s patriotic ribbon tank blouse

1960s patriotic ribbon tank blouse

 

Vintage 1960s navy and white linen dress

1960s navy and white linen dress

 

Vintage 1960s sailor dress

1960s sailor dress

 

Vintage 1960s white sundress

1960s white sundress

 

See something you like? All images are linked, so just click!

Grab your sunnies and let’s jump in the pool! Summer is here!

<3

Christy

Hello! The daffodils are starting to pop up in my yard, so spring is here!

Heart daffodils

Image from pinterest.

It’s time to fill your wardrobe with soft pinks, purples, and blues. I’ve stocked the shop with a fresh selection of springy pastels just for you!

Vintage 1960s pink gingham pinafore / size medium large

Vintage 1960s pinafore / medium large

 

 

Vintage 1950s pink tulle prom dress / size small

Vintage 1950s pink tulle prom dress / small

 

 

Vintage 1960s polka dot mod dress / medium

Vintage 1960s polka dot mod dress / medium

 

 

Vintage 1950s pink cotton day dress / medium large

Vintage 1950s pink cotton day dress / medium large

 

 

Vintage 1960s child's yellow and white seersucker overalls

Vintage 1960s child’s yellow and white seersucker overalls

 

 

Vintage 1960s girls' blue plaid overalls

Vintage 1960s girls’ blue plaid overalls

 

All images are linked! And as always, if you have any questions feel free to ask me!

<3

Christy

Hello!

It’s been awhile since I did a ‘recent arrival’ post. So no delay…let’s get to it! I’m still on a vintage baby clothing kick, so I listed a bunch of great baby and girls’ items this week. My favorite is the ’50s grey suspender skirt down below. I think it so perfectly fits into modern times. So cute. And I scored an awesome brown L’Aiglon day dress too. Such a great label.

I’ll be back next week with more fun things to show you! If you see anything you like, just click on the pictures and you’ll be taken directly to the listing…unless it’s sold out already. You never know how fast something might go! Grab it while you can!

 

Vintage 1950s L'Aiglon cotton day dress

Vintage 1950s L’Aiglon day dress

 

 

Vintage 1950s Bobbie Brooks wool pencil skirt

Vintage 1950s Bobbie Brooks wool pencil skirt

 

 

Vintage 1960s girls or very petite womens drop waist dress

Vintage 1960s girls’ (or very petite womens’) drop waist dress

 

Vintage 1960s "The Villager" red wool a-line skirt

Vintage 1960s “The Villager” red wool a-line skirt

 

Vintage newborn baby layette gown

Vintage newborn baby layette gown

 

Vintage 1960s girls' 5T navy and white dress

Vintage 1960s girls’ 5T mod navy and white dress

 

Vintage 1950s girls 6X Betty Winkle hunting dog blouse

Vintage 1950s girls’ Betty Winkle hunting dog blouse / 6X

 

Vintage 1950s girls' suspender skirt

Vintage 1950s girls’ suspender skirt–SOLD OUT!

 

Vintage 1960s girls' 6x mod navy blue overcoat

Vintage 1960s girls’ 6X mod overcoat

 

<3

Christy

It’s FRIDAY! How did we get here so fast? When I used to work in an office the days would crawl by, but now that I work from home they zip by! So here we are again for another weekly roundup of all the newly added vintage to Thrifty Vintage Kitten.

This week I added an eclectic assortment of styles to the shop. No real theme this week…just a bunch of pretty items for you!  See something you like or want more info? Just click on the picture!

(Check out the 40s pink rayon dress below. It’s seriously the sweetest thing I’ve ever listed. If it’s possible to be in love with a dress, consider me a goner.)

 

Vintage 1950s pink baby snowsuit and bonnet

1950s pink baby snowsuit and bonnet

 

Vintage 1960s paisley cut-out dress

1960s paisley cut-out dress

 

 

Vintage 1960s morning dew floral rayon dress

1960s MORNING DEW floral rayon dress

 

 

1960s GOLDEN FLOWERS rayon dress

1960s GOLDEN FLOWERS rayon dress

 

 

1950s evergreens supper club wool dress

1950s EVERGREENS SUPPER CLUB wool dress

 

 

1950s dapper day dress

1950s DAPPER DAY dress

 

 

1960s california sunshine silk dress

1960s CALIFORNIA SUNSHINE silk dress

 

 

1930s DIZZY WITH A DAME knit dress

1930s DIZZY WITH A DAME knit dress

 

 

Vintage 1940s forever young pink rayon dress

1940s FOREVER YOUNG rayon dress

 

 

Vintage 1960s barstool wisdom linen dress

1960s BARSTOOL WISDOM linen dress

 

Have a fabulous weekend, Thrifty Vintage Kittens! See you next week!

As always, if you have a question about any of the items you see or anything vintage-related, just drop me a note!

<3

Christy

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Saturday morning I woke up way before the sun was up and headed out to an estate sale. The way estate sales work around here is if you want to be one of the first ones in the door (which I always do…that’s how you get the good stuff) you have to camp outside hours before the sale opens. It’s kinda boring and time consuming, but the competition is fierce here so that’s how it is. I like to kill time by crocheting.

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Crocheting a baby blanket for my new niece!

 

When I first started going to estate sales, back before I really understood how they worked, I would mosey in on the last day and I still managed to find vintage. These days there’s enough dealers out there that the good stuff gets scooped up within minutes of the sale starting. Here’s proof. This was my pile after 35 minutes of the sale starting:

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My pile ‘o vintage at checkout!

I was number 8 in line and there were two other dealers ahead of me! Between the three of us we cleaned out the closets. I’m pretty ruthless when it comes to getting inventory for my shop. I’m typically a very reserved, polite person, so I have to scrape deep to bring the pit bull out of me during these sales. It’s uncomfortable for me, but when getting that amazing 1950s cocktail dress is the difference between walking or RUNNING to that closet, it’s worth it. Many apologies to the man I jumped over (hurdling style) that was crouching looking at jewelry (eep).

In total I walked away with 35 items. Most of them are 1950s dresses, with a few 1960s dresses, and sprinkle of baby boy clothing in there as well.

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Above is a small sampling of the women’s dresses I found. I washed them all up and now they are just waiting to be pressed and photographed. If the sun makes its appearance this week I hope to get some good shots.

You know how you feel after a really stressful event? Like, maybe a really important presentation you have to give or a particularly demanding test? That’s how I feel after these sales. I commit hours to them and so if they don’t go my way it feels like a huge fail. So because of that I’m a bundle of nerves for the whole thing. Then as I’m driving home, I’m like AHHH. I did it! And I only had to hurdle one person. ;)

Hope you all had a great weekend. Next week I have a bundle of new inventory coming to the shop so keep an eye out! Spring is in the air! (at least I’m pretending it is. Never mind the snow on the ground right now.)

<3

Christy

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

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