Vintage Violet

December 11, 2008

Consignment Couture

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I recently wrote an article about shopping at consignment shops to save money over the holidays. The article is Couture? Sure.

There are some great styling tips from Chery Ann Wadlington of Evoluer image consulting, as well as a list of great consignment stores in the South Jersey area. You would be surprised the treasures I found.


May 4, 2008

Read about vintage

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On Saturday I was at Borders book store and I got caught up in reading about vintage. I had no idea there was so much literature about vintage clothing, fabrics, and how to run a vintage business or consignment shop. I mostly found a lot of coffee table books with more photos than writing. But here are some books that will expand as well as entertain your little vintage minds.

Vintage books at Borders

Vintage Vixen’s book list

Best Book Buys vintage clothing book list

April 19, 2008

Vintage greetings and decorations by Carole for sale

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Carole Monterosso creates greeting cards and decorative pictures with vintage flare. She offers her works cased in double matting, wooden frames, or both. Each piece contains a quote personally created or chosen by Monterosso. She collected all the quotes over the years.

“I was inspired to make these pictures to help females keep a positive mental outlook as well as a spiritual side. I chose these quotes, because to me they stood for female empowerment and spirituality. I used card stock, feathers, beading, and lace. The materials represented femininity to me and I really wanted that to show immediately in the work.”

Quotes include:

“A woman is like a tea bag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”-Elanor Roosevelt

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”- Lauren Bacal

“One is not born a woman, one becomes a woman.”- Simone de Beauvoir

Her works have been featured at craft shows around Southern NJ. Cards cost $2.50 each and decorative works range from $10 to $25. To purchase contact her via email at

Each hand crafted card will show you care more than running to the local drug store for a card.

April 16, 2008

What do you know or would like to know about New Hope, PA?

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Over the next two weeks I will be reporting on vintage in New Hope, Pennsylvania. If anyone has any information about the area, comments about a particular vintage store, questions you would like answered , or things you would like to see, please send in your comments. I’m excited to hear from you and even more excited for this project. New Hope is actually the city that sparked my infatuation with vintage clothes.

April 10, 2008

Vintage brings families together

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I have obtained a lot of my family’s old clothes over the years. However, I have never asked whether or not I could use it or what the story was behind them. My dad saw me wearing one of his old sweaters the other day and just broke out into a story about it. So I decided to ask about some of my other favorite items. It turned out to be a real bonding experience, especially because my mom and grandmother passed away a few years ago and it gave us the opportunity to remember them at their finest- in platforms and fur.

So here are some of my favorite vintage items that have never been abandoned on a store shelf. They may have spent a few years in the attic or had new trends out shine them, but they always stayed in the family.

The sweater that started it all.
“I bought that sweater in 1969. I just thought it was a fashionable sweater then. I just wore it in high school. I wore it on dates. I think I was working at a movie theater then, as an usher. It was a very expensive sweater, $75. I bought it in Willingboro Plaza at a place called Standford Reed.”
I like to wear it…with everything. It’s probably my favorite piece of clothing. First, it’s wool, warm, and uber comfy. It also works well with a lot of other pieces. But most of all, it reminds me of my dad. I do a lot of traveling, therefore get homesick a lot and curling up in this thing feels like a big hug.


April 2, 2008

Vintage Hair

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I always wondered how every woman from the 40’s had flawless hair. Tiki Savage presents a lesson in 40’s hair by Amanda, The Queen of Vintage. I’m not sure if she’s cheating with the rollers, but whatever gets the job done.

March 27, 2008

Can’t afford designer vintage? Rent it.

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While one can dress right without designer threads, wearing them can give one a certain swagger. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have enough money to buy designer or enough status to get it for free. Well if you can’t buy it, now you can rent it.

Bag, Borrow, or Steal rents out designer jewelry and handbags ranging from $17 to $150 a week. They offer over 2,000 handbags from clutches to totes and Prada to Pucci. Their vintage collection includes some iconic 60’s handbags.

My pick: 1960s Hermes Vintage Crocodile Kelly Bag.


Save New Orleans

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To all my loyal readers (if I have any) or for those just stopping by: I have not been posting for the last week and a half, because I was in New Orleans for Spring Break doing relief work. Yes, I know this post has nothing to do with vintage clothing or fashion at all. But it is something very important to me and I hope you will take time to consider it.

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The French Quarters are open, the Saints are playing in the Superdome, and Bourbon Street is lively as ever, but New Orleans is still suffering. Thousands of houses are still marked by x’s that were spray painted on during search and rescue to identify the date first entered, the organization that entered, and any dead bodies found a few weeks after the levees broke.

The Lower 9th Ward, perhaps the most devastated area, is almost obsolete. All that remains are a few return residents in FEMA trailers, crumbled houses, and debris.

Luckily, people do want to come back and several volunteer organizations are working to get them back home. Volunteers make up 70% of the relief work in New Orleans and the people of this city are the most gracious and optimistic I have ever met.

What can you do?

As much as possible. Donate, spread the word, or go down for yourself! Here are some links to organizations working to relieve New Orleans. Every little bit counts, so just give your little.

Make it Right: Brad Pitt’s organization building 150 houses in the Lower 9th Ward.

Hands on New Orleans: Provides housing, food, work, and transportation for $20 a day.

ACORN: Get their red shirts!

Xavier: This is the school I volunteered with. I’m not sure how our team leader set it up, but I would just call. The school administration are really nice and hospitable.

March 10, 2008

My top 10 favorite “vintage” movies

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I’ve been watching a lot lately. Movies are so important, because they document style and culture. Like vintage clothing, the good ones are timeless.

10. Grease (1978): Poodle skirts, Australians, T-Birds, and a skinny John Travolta. One of my favorite outfits of all time is Sandy after her makeover in black tights, an off the shoulder top, and red pumps. My mom bought the exact same shoes in the 70s. I stole them but they’re too high to walk in, which makes me appreciate Olivia Newton-John’s dancing so much more.

9. A Christmas Story (1983): I think anyone can recite the movie thanks to 24 hours of it on TBS every Christmas. No matter how many times I watch it I still laugh when Randy can’t put his arms down due to abundance of winter apparel.

8. Uncle Buck (1989): When John Candy (Buck) takes his golf clubs out of his trunk and starts nailing balls at Bug…hysterical.

7. My Fair Lady (1964): Audrey Hepburn manages to be chic even when she is a poor cockney English flower girl. Definitely the first time I fell for an English accent. What I would do to wear that enormous black and white hat draped with feathers and fair lady

6. Annie Hall (1977): Even though I hate Woody Allen, I love Diane Keaton in this movie. She (and Yves saint Laurent) made it cool for women to wear suits. For that reason, I will always love this movie.


March 9, 2008

Daylight savings?

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I’m not sure if anyone was aware of this…I wasn’t when I woke up, but today is daylight savings day. Spring forward so you’re not late!

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