Once upon a day at the thrift store, the vintage gods were smiling down on me...
My local thrift store is responsible for furnishing a large part of my wardrobe as well as many rooms in my house. As you can imagine, it is totally hit or miss. One day I came across a hit - a big one. A fur wrap made of four mink was winking at me from the display case. I immediately asked to look at it. The wrap was in pristine condition! Each mink had eyes, ears, feet and tails. Unfortunately it was not tagged with a thrift store price so I sadly, and oh so slowly, handed it back.
I do have a few vintage, fur pieces in my closet, but so far nothing with actual faces on it. And I've garnered enough gumption to wear my fur out and about; people can think whatever they want. But I'm not sure I have enough guts to wear something that literally stares back at said people. I went home and told my husband what I had found. After gushing for several minutes, Hank asked, "And why didn't you buy it?" So Ladies, you see, I really had no choice. I headed back to the store the following week to purchase the mink.
Now here's the really cool part. While I'm at the counter handing over the most money I have ever spent at a thrift store, the lady in line behind me strikes up a conversation that went something like this:
Her: "You must be into vintage?"
Me: "Yes, I am."
Her: "I could tell. I love your jacket. I'm cleaning out my mother's house and have a wool suit."
Her: "Yes. It's a beautiful wool plaid with a peplum. I think it would fit you great!"
Well, when she mentioned "peplum," my ears perked. Our conversation continued in a similar vein, and I walked out of the store with not only four cute minks blinking lovingly at me but also her phone number. Two days later I was standing in her kitchen, agog over this suit.
It has your classic 1950s lines, and it does fit me beautifully. The suit was purchased brand new by her now 94-year old mother. Oh, she had wonderful taste!
The jacket has three-quarter length sleeves and great detailing. The buttons are fabric-covered with rhinestones around the outer edge. Little bows adorn the breast pockets. I was so happy to have a plaid in blue and brown instead of a grey/black combination.
The skirt is your basic pencil skirt with a side zip. And I love the little bow at the top of the kickpleat!
To tell a bit about my shoes, they are vintage 1940s suede peeptoes that I purchased at an antique shop last year. They still have a lot of life left in them!
And I'll go you one better, the dark brown leather gloves were also from this fabulous new acquaintance of mine. They fit like a glove. I am simply beside myself when I wear them.
|Behind the camera, Hank was cracking up|
over my "hula hand motions."
The only thing that would make this outfit better is a hat. And I just so happen to know where there is a brown wool beret for sale...
So the moral of this story is that you never know how or when vintage will find it's way into your life. A fabulous piece could come from your thrift store or that generous person standing beside you. Don't ever be afraid to strike up a conversation with the other people waiting in line. I've been doing this for years, and for the most part, people like to chat. Also, I'd like to publicly say thank you to the previous generation who purchased quality clothing and kept it in such good shape! There are a few mends on this outfit, but even the darning was done well "back then."
I sincerely hope that your thrifting trips will be as amazing as this one was!