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Dreaming of Swing Dancing

Well, Monday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week. Why? Because I get to share with you all the prettiest things I have found!

This past week I was able to get to several thrift stores and pick out some very cute pieces.

I found this red and black polka dot number at a nearby Salvation Army


The best part? I found it’s matching coat in a different part of the store! I love vintage separates because you can mix and match them with more modern things. I can definitely see that jacket being paired with some dark jeans.


I also stopped at a Goodwill out in the suburbs over the weekend. I usually find more vintage pieces in the suburbs. There’s so many people in Chicago who are also looking for vintage that the racks at thrift stores can be picked over.

I found this gorgeous 1970s dress. It’s so flowy and comfy that I really wanted to keep it for myself. Don’t worry though, I’ll post it in the shop with the other pieces.

I also found this 1930s top. Those buttons are actually snaps! I don’t often find such old pieces so this was a very exciting find.


Did you find anything good this past week? I’d love to see what other people are finding!


Fall Prep – Vintage Coats

Fall is just over a week away, you guys! Even though I know there’s still some (lots) of 80 degree days left for Chicago, I can’t stop myself from shifting entirely into fall-mode.

Some people are obsessed with shoes, bags or hats. But I can’t get enough coats. Ever. It’s an issue, actually.

What better way to psych ourselves up for fall that to dream about some lovely vintage coats?

Pretty golden coat! Will be added to shop.

And, of course, bunches of other coats that I’ve found and can’t stop thinking about. For the love of all things fall, someone get me this coat:


Available at Crush Vintage


Then again, this one would be perfect for apple picking and fall bonfires:
Available at The Vintage Domain
Oh, and this one for date nights:
Available at Ravishing Ruby

And this one too, just because I know my sister would love it:

Available at Dirty Birdies Vintage


Well. I’ve officially got a problem. Hope you all have fun dreaming about vintage coats all day.
And have a wonderful weekend, while you’re at it! If you have nothing to do on Sunday, check out the Vintage Garage and pick out some fun vintage pieces. I’ll be soaking up the very last bit of summer at a baseball game 🙂

Booties and Bags

Lately I’ve been wading through mountains of clothes and needed a change of pace. So I’ve been working this week on getting some accessories photographed for the shop. Yay for things that don’t require me to measure them!

Here’s a sampling of what will be added to the shop by the end of the week:






There’s still several more items I need to photograph, but thought you’d like a little preview. See anything you like?

A Little Monday Boost

Ugh, Monday.

If you’re most people, Monday’s suck because it means saying goodbye to the weekend and “hello” to the day farthest from more weekend.

But, if you’re me, Monday means finally realizing just how many brownies you ate over the weekend. Yikes.

Let’s cheer ourselves up, shall we? Who doesn’t like to look at pretty pictures of lovely vintage things? No one, that’s who.

Here are some of the great things I found this weekend.

I stopped at maybe one of the best estate sales I’ve been to this weekend. The woman who lived there seemed to have kept all of her favorite clothes growing up. Good news for me, because I left with these 1970s treasures:


Don’t you just love that cropped ducky halter top? I was very tempted to keep it, but lucky for someone, it just didn’t fit right. Both these pieces will be in the shop soon for someone to scoop up!
There were some more (very awesome) pieces that I left with, but I have a fun idea for photos. So you’ll just have to wait!
One last little thing I found this weekend that I couldn’t leave behind:
Isn’t it beautiful? Even though it’s not quite fall, we’ve been having some very cool days in Chicago, so this just called out to me. Maybe I’ll fill it with candy corn and those disgusting pumpkin candies. No offense, I know some people love them.
So these are few of my finds from the weekend. Also, if you love embarrassing stories, you’ll probably want to make your way back here tomorrow. Because I’ve got a doozy for you.