This Weekend’s Vintage Finds: 3/22/2010
Once you get used to rummaging around estate sales and flea markets, going to something like the Vintage Fashion Expo is both a breath of fresh air and a rude awakening. On one hand, the selection is amazing and bountiful, on the other hand, almost everything is expensive and, in my opinion, overpriced. But since you’re also paying for the convenience of selection and well-taken care of stock, the prices can be almost justified.
Or maybe I’m wrong about things being expensive and that Novato estate sale just ruined me for life.
And now, the fun stuff — the purchases.
Of course I bought fabric. One vendor had the most wonderful assortment of vintage rayons. Even though the prices were higher ($5-$10 yard) than I would usually pay, I couldn’t resist purchasing some pieces.
And, not to anyone’s surprise, I snagged a few 1940s patterns.
My big find, however, has nothing to do with sewing. When I started The Sew Weekly project I had allowed myself a few exceptions to the no new clothes rule. One exception was I allowed to buy vintage and another was that I was allowed to buy something I just couldn’t make on my own. It turns out that I haven’t really had the desire to buy anything other than a sweater here and there.
Here’s my non-sewn splurge — four deadstock sweaters from the 1930s-1940s. I LOVE THEM!