Vintage Finds: New England Edition
My time spent in Manhattan vintage and antique stores really gave me an appreciation for my local resources in California. My goodness, things are expensive over there! I hit a great number flea markets and individual shops in Manhattan and didn’t buy one thing that I would have considered a bargain. But it was a vacation, after all, so I splurged. The real deals cam once we headed north to Massachusetts and Maine.
I love this white glass necklace from the 1940s (I believe) that I bought at the Chelsea Flea Market Annex (the Garage). The disappointing fact about it is that Penelope pulled it off of me while I was wearing it and all of the beads came crashing down to the floor. When I got home, I restrung it from what I remember. The picture here is that result.
I’m always on the lookout for vintage fabric, patterns and notions but I also shop for costume jewelry — particularly enamel floral bouquet brooches. At a flea market in Arundel, Maine, I actually scored a good number of brooches for very reasonable prices.
All but the middle brooch and the one on the bottom left were bought at the Arundel Flea Market for $24 total. The other two were bought in Manhattan at a neighborhood flea market for about $18 total. I absolutely love love love the brooch at the bottom right!
I picked up this rather old Necklace at a Manhattan flea market as well. It was under $10, I believe.
In Maine again — this time at Arundel Antiques — I bought this button card for $10. I don’t know if I can bring myself to use them since they’re a piece of art. I’m sure I will — most likely on a Gatsby dress for September.
There were no deals to be had in the vintage fabric department. However, I couldn’t resist these two pieces I purchased at The Family Jewels in Manhattan. I believe I paid about $50 for these two pieces which are about 4 yards each. At about $6.25 a yard, that’s not bad, but it’s more than I usually spend.
At Bananas in Gloucester, Massachusetts, I couldn’t pass on this vintage nautical print. When I saw it I said to myself “I’m in America’s oldest sea port! How can I not buy a fabric with sailboats on it?” When I got it home and unfolded it, however, I saw the lighthouses. It’s not that I don’t like the border print — it’s just, well, really lighthousey.
It was $10 for 2 1/2 yards. I haven’t a clue what to do with the thing, though. It’s not long enough for the kind of skirt that would do it justice. Any suggestions?
I also purchased this adorable necklace complete with little glass fruits. I’ve been wanting some sort of fruity necklace but the ones from the 1940s that are incredibly cute are usually too expensive or just too much necklace for my taste. This is a good compromise though it doesn’t look that old. I can’t remember what I paid but I believe it was less than $15.
Still at Bananas, I bought this World War II-era Red Cross Nurses (Aide) uniform complete with hat for $20. There’s two reasons why I purchased it: 1. I rarely run across pieces of clothing with such obvious history baked into them. I always wonder about the previous owners and this one even has a name attached — the hat has a label that says “Nancy S. Lamont.” So that’s who wore it. 2. It’s actually a really cute silhouette and I would like to use it to create a pattern.
The only downside about the uniform: There are tiny little stains on the dress which I believe is blood. I hadn’t noticed it until I brought it home and kind of freaked out a little bit. You know in shows like the Ghost Whisperer — or really anything with a ghost and antique stores — when some weird haunting starts happening and they can’t figure out why until the middle of the show when someone realizes that “oh do you think the haunting might have something to do with this antique medical skull drill I brought home from the hospital?” Well, that’s what I thought about when I saw the stains. As my mom reads this paragraph I can already imagine her saying to herself “that uniform better now be in my bedroom when I come to visit.”
Did I mention it has a cute little hat?