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

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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!

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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

 

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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!

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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

I recently came across the book, Everyday Fashions of the Fifties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs, by JoAnn Olian at my local library.

Side note: To those of you not using your library, you’re totally missing out. Shelves and shelves of books! For free! Genius.

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some vintage Sears catalogs, but since the thrifting gods have not smiled down on me in that respect yet, here is the next best thing. Glossy pages full of 1950s clothing for men, women, and children all neatly tied up in one book. The book takes you through the entire decade from start to finish. I have a real soft spot for the fifties. There’s something so pure and ideological about that time period. As the author so perfectly states in the introduction of the book, “To leaf through the pages of a 1950s Sears catalog is to be transported into a Norman Rockwell vision of middle-class America with “clean-cut” young men, “ladylike” women, and “girl next door” teens.” I’m much too young to have come anywhere near that decade, yet I often find myself longing for the simplicity of those times.

I’d like to do a couple of posts on this book (I also picked up the 1940s and 1960s volumes), but I’ll start today with 1950s kids clothing. Is there anything more adorable than a 1950s ruffled sun suit, like the one shown below? And the vintage Mickey Mouse? Love.

Vintage 1950s Sears Catalog

Suspender skirts! I seem to have a lot of luck finding these for my shop.

Vintage 1950s Sears Catalog

Adorable car coats. Still such a classic look.

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Those swimsuits! The one with the removable skirt…so chic.

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“Walt Disney Official Davy Crockett” So wholesome! A far cry from today’s superhero costumes.

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I love the way copywriters wrote back then…”Skillfully made and gaily detailed with all kinds of pretty trimming. Imagine such lavish use of fine cotton at Sears modest prices!”

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Denim Dungarees…for, you know, when you need to rake some hay on the farm.

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These costumes are so precious. Roy Rogers, western wear, and baseball uniforms. Playtime was so fun.

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Vintage 1950s Sears Catalogs

Aren’t these pages super fun? I love flipping through the past. I wish so badly I could order a few of these things now! Just wait until I post about the 1950s cocktail dresses. Such glamour! What do you think about these clothes? Aren’t they adorable? As always, Thrifty Vintage Kitten is always fully stocked with 1950s kids clothes! You can find items just like the ones found on these Sears catalog pages!

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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