One day only! 30% off everything in the shop! Sale starts at MIDNIGHT Friday!

In need of a holiday dress? Friday is the day to grab it!

Vintage black friday sale

Here are some new arrivals to whet your appetite.

Vintage 1970s dress

Vintage 1970s CHERRY SWIZZLE party dress / small medium

 

Vintage 1950s wool plaid skirt

Vintage 1950s PACESETTER wool skirt / small medium

 

 

Vintage 1950s RAZZLE DAZZLE cocktail dress / small

Vintage 1950s RAZZLE DAZZLE cocktail dress / small

 

Vintage 1960s LITTLE IMP velvet cocktail dress / XS

Vintage 1960s LITTLE IMP velvet cocktail dress / XS

 

Vintage 1960s TUXEDO SEASON Bill Blass dress w/ tags attached / Large XL

Vintage 1960s TUXEDO SEASON Bill Blass dress w/ tags attached / Large XL

 

Vintage 1930s THE GRAND ILLUSION Silk Satin Wedding Gown / XXS

Vintage 1930s THE GRAND ILLUSION Silk Satin Wedding Gown / XXS

Vintage Dress Talon Zephyr

While listing this dress in my shop I realized I had stumbled upon a little bit of history! The tag on the dress reads, “Revolutionary new nylon closure. Talon Zephyr. Virtually snag proof and “self-healing.” If fabric should catch, bend fastener in half and pull apart–zip to bottom and up, Zephyr heals itself.”

So I did some research to learn what this “revolutionary” new technology was they were talking about. Metal zippers were used almost exclusively from the 1940s until 1960 and most often into the ’60s, but in 1960 a company, Talon Inc., introduced the nylon zipper (something we are all very familiar with now!). This dress happens to be one of the early adopters of this “new” technology.

These nylon zippers were not immediately popular, but you will find one from time to time, as I did with this dress. Pretty remarkable to find a dress like this with its tags still attached.

Here are a couple advertisements for the Talon Zephyr:

Talon Zephyr

 

Talon Zephyr

 

What I most love about vintage fashion is that each garment is literally a piece of history. When you own a vintage 1960s dress, for instance, you are holding in your hand a piece of the 60s. The world was a completely different place than it is now, and you get a taste of that. When you wear a 1950s prom dress, you are wearing history. Someone who shopped at very different stores than we shop at, who dated boys in a different way than we do now, danced to music we don’t listen to anymore IN THAT DRESS. It’s like a time casual. I’ll never get over how cool that is.

This dress is available in the shop now.

 

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Ann B. Davis, known more affectionately as "Alice" from The Brady Bunch

Ann B. Davis, known more affectionately as “Alice” from The Brady Bunch

On Sunday, actress Ann B. Davis, who we all knew as “Alice,” the wise-cracking housekeeper on The Brady Bunch, died. She was 88. The Brady Bunch has become one of the most iconic shows on television. The fashion alone is something to behold. I thought in honor of Alice I would put together a Brady Bunch themed post today. Thrifty Vintage Kitten has lots of vintage dresses for women and kids that the cast of The Brady Bunch would easily have worn on the show! I’m sure they would all be Alice approved!

Let’s start with the girls…

Girls' vintage 1970s dress

Girls’ vintage 1970s dress

Girls mod vintage 1960s jumper dress

Girls mod vintage 1960s jumper dress

 

Vintage 1960s girls sailing romper

Vintage 1960s girls sailing romper

 

Vintage 1970s child's jumpsuit

Vintage 1970s child’s red jumpsuit

 

 

And now the ladies…

Women's vintage 1960s skort dress

Women’s vintage 1960s skort dress

 

Women's vintage 1960s Step 'N Go Housedress

Women’s vintage 1960s Step ‘N Go housedress

 

Vintage women's royal blue 1960s drop waist jumper dress

Vintage women’s 1960s drop waist jumper dress

 

Women's vintage 1970s denim romper

Women’s vintage 1970s denim romper

 

Vintage 1960s Hawaiian brady bunch dress

Vintage 1960s Hawaiian dress

 

vintage womens 1960s hot pink go go dress

Vintage womens 1960s hot pink go go dress

All images are linked.

All of these super fun Brady Bunch-esque dresses are available in the shop now! Be sure to stop by!

 

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Christy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently I’ve gotten my hands on a bunch of really pretty garden party dresses. These are perfect for summer weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, luncheons, or any special occasion that warrants a really pretty dress! All all these are available in my shop so grab them while they last!

 

Vintage garden party dresses

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We mustn’t leave out the little girls! They too need their own fabulous garden party dresses!

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Be sure to check out the shop for all these vintage dresses and more!

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Christy

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

 

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!”

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“Fra-gee-lay.” It must be Italian.”

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“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

Happy Christmas season! Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way we can get down to business. CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! In between grabbing the best Black Friday deals, trimming our Christmas tree, and decking out our gingerbread house, I wanted to post some awesome vintage Christmas ads. Christmas shopping is in full effect so in honor of my favorite time of year (shop-a-holics unite) here are some of the best retro-fabulous ads I could round up!

A couple of my favorite lines from these ads…

“A few minutes of the lamp each day on your children will keep their cheeks from looking pale this winter.”

“Crisco. It’s digestible!”

vintage christmas ads you'll shoot your eye out

 

Vintage Christmas Ad 7UP

 

Vintage christmas ad Avon

 

Vintage christmas ad

 

Vintage christmas ad Hoover

 

Vintage Christmas ad

 

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Vintage christmas ad Plymouth

 

vintage christmas ads santa

 

vintage christmas ads santa smokes

 

vintage christmas ads swifts

 

vintage christmas ads

 

vintage christmas ads schwinn

 

vintage christmas ads

 

vintage christmas ads war bonds

 

Don’t forget! If you’re looking for a great vintage dress for you or your little girl this holiday season, be sure to check out the SHOP! A huge selection of the finest (and most fun) vintage frocks on the web!

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Christy

 

 

I get a lot of questions about sizing, so I’m hoping this sizing guide will be a helpful reference for those buying vintage clothing. Vintage sizing for women’s clothing (from 1930-1960) is vastly different than by today’s standards. What is considered a 1950’s size 20, for example, is close to a modern size 14. And in reverse, a 28″ waist by today’s standard falls into a size 6, but by vintage standards is a size 12.

Did you know that while today’s ladies sizing scale starts at 0 or 2, in the 1930s-1950s the sizes started at 8, 10 or 12? This is why there is the misconception that women during that time period were larger than the standard woman today. In fact, the average woman today is actually taller and wider.

The only true way to know if a vintage garment will fit you is to know your measurements. I’ve created two visuals below to show how to measure yourself and how to measure a child. (Let’s thank these paper dolls I had laying around for their mad modeling skills. Bravo ladies.)

How to measure yourself for vintage clothing

 

How to measure a child for vintage clothing

 

 

 

When I measure garments for Thrifty Vintage Kitten I place the garments on a wood floor and take the measurements laying flat. I find this to be the most accurate way to get the measurements. Bust, hip, and waist measurements are taken flat and then doubled. I make sure to list all measurements in each garment’s listing, so there shouldn’t be any mystery on whether an item will fit you or your child.

I hope you’ve found this guide helpful! Let me know what you think. Any tricks you’ve learned that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you!

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Christy

1960s hippie flower children

How awesome is that yellow and orange floral head wreath?

The flower children of the 60s made undeniable fashion statements. And their presence made a huge impact on our culture. They influenced music, art, fashion, and even politics. The height of the hippie was probably during the most notable concert in history. In August of 1969, The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held in New York. More than 500,000 people came to hear what would become some of the most iconic music known today. It wasn’t long though before peace, love, and maxi skirts faded out of popularity to make way for disco and punk.

So to honor that legendary era, I present you with some of the best finds my shop, Thrifty Vintage Kitten, has to offer. Putting together a hippie costume is super fun! Braid your hair, throw on some peace signs, and nab up one of these far out garments, and you’ll be nothing short of groovy, man.

Vintage 1960s maxi dresses

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Vintage hippie skirts

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 1960s Woodstock Fashion

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Have fun channeling your inner love child! Peace!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another installment of Halloween costume ideas for the vintage fan! Stay tuned!

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Christy