I poked my head into a little estate sale today and walked out with some really interesting finds.

 

Vintage clothing finds

My small, but respectable, finds from today’s estate sale.

 

Let’s zoom in on those killer shoes.

South Pacific hand crafted wooden shoes from 1944

My absolute favorite thing is when there are little notes that come along with my vintage buys. I love learning the history behind items! This note reads, “Handcrafted shoes sent to Amelia Brown (Maver) from the South Pacific during World War II, circa 1944). How cool is that? They are beautifully made with an incredible pagoda scene carved into the heels. The colors are still vibrant too. From some research I did on these shoes I learned that soldiers often brought these back from the war to give to their sweethearts as souvenirs.

Hand carved South Pacific wooden clogs World War II

 

Underneath all the goodies is a really pretty kimono perfect for lounging around in. I can’t wait to get her all cleaned up and listed for the shop.

 And, never one to pass on adorable baby clothes, I picked up these pretty little outfits. And the best part…they all came with tags with dates! I want to hug that mom and thank her for taking the guesswork out of dating her items!

Vintage baby clothes

Here are the up close images of the baby tags.

Vintage baby clothes with dates

So there’s a little taste of my Friday morning! I’ll be getting these in the shop soon! Stay tuned!

Hope you have a great weekend!

<3

Christy

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

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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

Hello!

It was a week full of pretty slips, pretty sweaters, and pretty dresses! Light springy colors took over the shop this week! I guess I’m hoping for an early spring. How about you?

Here are all the newly listed vintage from this week. If you see anything you like, just click on the picture and you’ll be taken directly to the shopping page.

Vintage 1940s FULL OF MOXIE dress / XS

Vintage 1940s FULL OF MOXIE dress / XS

 

 

Vintage 1950s PICNIC IN THE PARK sundress / medium

Vintage 1950s PICNIC IN THE PARK sundress / medium

 

 

Vintage 1950s STREET FAIR chevron dress / medium

Vintage 1950s STREET FAIR chevron dress / medium

 

 

Vintage 1970s PROUD MARY fringe dress / medium large

Vintage 1970s PROUD MARY fringe dress / medium large

 

 

Vintage 1980s squared pointelle sweater / medium

Vintage 1980s squared pointelle sweater / medium

 

 

Vintage 1980s light blue pointelle sweater / medium

Vintage 1980s light blue pointelle sweater / medium

 

 

Vintage 1980s peachy pink cable knit spring sweater / medium large

Vintage 1980s peachy pink cable knit spring sweater / medium large

 

 

Vintage 1950s yellow half slip / medium

Vintage 1950s yellow half slip / medium

 

 

Vintage 1950s peachy beige half slip / medium

Vintage 1950s peachy beige half slip / medium

 

 

Vintage 1950s light blue half slip / medium

Vintage 1950s light blue half slip / medium

 

 

And a few baby items sprinkled in too! Easter is coming after all!

 

Vintage 1950s purple baby dress / 12-18 months

Vintage 1950s purple baby dress / 12-18 months

 

 

Vintage 1950s baby Alice in Wonderland Dress / 12-18 months

Vintage 1950s baby Alice in Wonderland Dress / 12-18 months

 

 

Vintage 1950s Baby Swing Coat / 12-18 Months

Vintage 1950s baby swing coat / 12-18 months

 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! They are calling for about 10 inches of snow here in Chicago. Eeep!

<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

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