Vintage sale

I can’t tell you how much I look forward to this time of year. Just like a kid that anticipates summer break, I get giddy when Memorial Day rolls around each year. The sunshine and warm temperatures are back! I can throw open my windows and toss on my cutoffs again! So to celebrate…

The entire shop is 20% off Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30. Enjoy your backyard BBQs! The unofficial kickoff to summer is here! No coupon code needed! Just head to the shop!

‘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

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

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

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

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

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