1.05.2011

At work

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I love my job. Weird, I know. People aren't supposed to love what they do almost every day. But I work at a vintage shop, so it's kind of hard to not appreciate the freedom of dressing in vintage everyday, listening to whatever music I want, and sometimes helping people find crazy costumes for disco parties.
And my boss is awesome, she's had the store about 8 years, and hired me nearly 4 years ago. Partly because I spent so much time there :)

A normal day involves putting new merchandise out on the racks, working on endless repairs, helping customers find an outfit for a play/party/date, and putting together merchandise displays. And enjoying lunch from the french bakery, while sometimes finishing a Sherlock Holmes story if it's a slow day :)

Working at a vintage shop is also one of the reasons I have so much clothing, I have first pick after all! But, you can visit our Etsy shop here.

Dress-The Red Light, Portland, OR

Sweater-Handmade by me, using this pattern

Hat-Handmade by me

Shoes-A gift from Jodi

Brooch-A gift from Sam

Petticoat-Urban Eccentric Vintage

57 comments:

Miss P said...

Sounds like dreamy days at work! I adore the plaid on that dress. It's fab you've got such a classic hourglass figure. You look beautiful in vintage.

I struggle with finding an authentic, wearable vintage look as I'm more of an apple shape. Adore the 40's and 50's.

Would you ever consider doing a post on how to adapt looks from different eras to suit different body shapes? Your work in the shop would have given you an insight into styling different shapes wouldn't it? Just a thought!

Cassandra said...

How fun! I would LOVE to work at a vintage shop. (Actually, right now, I'd love to work anywhere. I really need a job, haha.)

And you made that hat and sweater? Amazing! You are truly talented. :)

-Cassandra
Back-to-School Giveaway!

jeanine romo said...

What an awesome job! Getting paid to be in a dream closet. Sounds like lots of fun.
You look fabulous, btw :)

xx,
Jeanine

Danielle said...

You are so pretty! It sounds like a really great job!

delia hornbook said...

You look beautiful as always and you suit vintage so well. WOW you do have the ideal job i would be in heaven every day working there. Mustard looks great on you cute cardigan and hat. Happy new year. Dee x

P U R P L E - D E E R said...

Ummm....DDDRREEEEAAAMMM JJJOOBBB!!!

tunabake said...

Oh I know, I used to work in a vintage shop in London and got first pick of the new stock, it was my favourite day of the week.

Your cardigan and matching hat are just so sweet.
^U^

Fran said...

How many ways can I say Dream Job??!! One day I hope to be able to afford to open my own little storefront of vintage loveliness, but until then, I'll have to be content selling online, sigh.

ponys.on.parade.blogspot.com

Penny Dreadful said...

It is no wonder you are so happy, it looks like an amazing place to work! I would love to have my own little store one day, especially if I could break for soup and Sherlock Holmes at lunchtime.

Svenja said...

I would enjoy working at a vintage store too and I really like your dress and cardigan!

Sara said...

Beautiful outfit, there's something french in it :)

And your job is so cool, I wish I could have the same kind of shop.. :)

-Sara
autumn, coffee and inspiration

Anonymous said...

I have a 9 week old Miniature American Eskimo who is not fully potty trained yet. I'm at work for 8 hours mostly everyday while my kids are at school.
ZetaClear

Ilaria, Il filo di perle *vintage* said...

you are so lucky!! great job!

http://ilfilodiperlevintage.blogspot.com/

lilala said...

i wish i had vintage shops in my hometown (germany)! i would be there every day :P

vintagereflection said...

Very jealous! I work in Topshop and so long to work in a vintage store, I'm always being told off for wearing vintage not Topshop clothing.
Love your outfit and little socks! x

Alex Webley said...

You are such a terrific asset to the business. A gem of an employee.

Erin Smith said...

I should very much like to bury myself in those racks of clothes. oh my. :)

You're so cute, your hair and makeup in the first shot is immaculate! Sounds like such an awesome job!

xErin
anodetoreverie.blogspot.com

Julie Sandberg said...

Everyday happiness is the best! I wish more people truly loved their jobs.
Also; I love your cardigan, amazing color on you.

Love Julie

Colleen said...

I love my job too, but I would love it more if I had first pick of a wealth of vintage clothing. Looks fun!

Leslie said...

Sounds like a pretty wonderful job. I love your pink petticoat and the little golden sweater and hat. Adorable as usual!

Casey said...

I have always been jealous that you work in a vintage shop! ;) hehe. I think that would totally be my dream job too... Being around all that vintage, all day, would be amazing!

I love your outfit--and that your beret and sweater match! So cute! :)

♥ Casey | blog

♥Music Fashion Clutter ♥ said...

Loved this post, your so lucky to do what you love and get first dab at what you want!

Love the look xx

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

This is a perfect place for you to work at!! Lovely! You look lovely while working there too.

FoofandFaff said...

Ah this place looks amazing! Admittedly I hated working in retail, but if I went back to it this would be the ideal place for me to be! :)

KristiMcMurry said...

That does sound like a pretty fantastic job! I miss working in retail (unfortunately, I didn't get to work with vintage).

It was always really fun seeing things before they were put out. And dressing other people up is a blast too :)

Mrs. Deem said...

Ah! I remember going there during Spring Break in 2000. It was my first trip to Portland. So fun.

Hello Jodi said...

Lovely as always! And LOVE that sweater. If I made something so beautiful I'd wear it constantly.

cb said...

one i am very envious that you love your job and two i would LOVE to work at a vintage shop! that sounds very awesome!

xo,
cb

sarah louise said...

Living the dream, girl! That place looks massive, too!

Stephanie said...

You are inspiring me to get my knitting out more. Your knitted pieces are amazing!

BTW as a book lover I was just curious about what book was in the third picture?

rosie-alia said...

I work in Topman, and although we really are meant to wear Topshop clothes, I luckily never get pestered about the fact that I never do. I think they know that there's just no way they'll get me out of my vintage! haha. Very jealous of your job, that looks like a lovely place to work!
xxx

Dashfield Vintage said...

Sounds great! Up until recently I worked for a big costume hire company where we have an entire warehouse filled with vintage clothing which we hire out for film, television and fashion shoots. I could have spent forever in that department!

Ms Wanda said...

Now it makes sense - I wondered how you always had such amazing vintage outfits. You lucky thing!

JeanieB said...

Ok I've now scrolled through most of your posts - *sigh* you look beautiful in every shot. What exquisite taste!

:-)

Lauryn said...

Your job sounds simply perfect :) I've wanted to visit Portland just for the clothes...every other vintage shop I hear is from that area. I would definitely visit yours!

elisse said...

Sounds like the ideal job for you :-) You look very happy in the pictures as well!

Annuschka said...

I regret that I do not live in the U.S., then certainly I would have come to your store and bought half of this clothes ;)

♥Miss Brittney♥ said...

sounds like a dream job!! :)

The Attic People said...

Great to have a job your happy in. And first picks is always a good bonus !

Happy new year from the UK .

Marisa :)

http://theatticpeoplevintage.blogspot.com/

Emily said...

sooo lucky! dream job for real!

Lizzy said...

Que suertuda eres chica! You are a lucky girl! it is very difficult to find a job we really love and enjoy going ....I envy you, well I do LIKE my job but don't LOVE and I envy you also ebcause you can choose fist than everybody else..I wish I could have at least ONE thing authentic vintage not like the ones I have vintage inspired or sewn by me, I'll visit your etsy shop and perhaps I'll be able to buy something not very expensive.....I am mexican living in mexico, I eran in pesos wich is almos 13 times less than ONE USD.
I LOVE your blog!!

sacramento said...

I have just found your blog, and I love it, so I am putting it straight in my blogroll not to miss any of your future post.
Un abrazo from Spain.
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Johanna said...

Very nice outfit! Love the hat. =)
Your blog is great too.

xx

http://ffashion-or-something-like-it.blogspot.com

Aya Smith said...

You are so adorable!!! I love the whole look :) I also love your new blog design, so sweet!!!

love,
Aya of Strawberry Koi.

LizAnn said...

Fabulous ensembles. Love the way you mix and match!

LizAnn
VPV Intern
http://www.shopVPV.com

sueper said...

indeed, the perfect job for you!

Mici Milovaného said...

sounds like a dream work to me! I adore your outfit!

BARGAIN BEX said...

coming from a currently unemployed bargain-y, thrift-loving blogger, i'm a-green, green with total envy that you have my dream job.

bex.

My Stylish Muse said...

Just lovely - I love the colour of your hat and jumper and the fact that you made them yourself - excellent!!

ANewPairOfVintageBoots said...

wow! Wish I had the chance to work in a vintage store! It can imagine it must be very hard to be surrounded by cute clothes the whole time!

http://anewpairofvintageboots.blogspot.com/

Kaitlynn said...

That yellow looks so good on you! I'm torn between being jealous of your job and being thankful that I don't work in a vintage shop, because then I would be taking even less of a paycheck home, lol.

Angela said...

Oh wow I LOVE your blog!! The header is adorable and are you the one modeling the clothes, too? Stunning! Just had to share. Have a great day

The Greedy Seagull said...

Who could ask for a better job? I've turned half my house into a vintage shop and I love every minute of it. Cheers to being fortunate enough to do what we love. Cute, cute sweater too.

meet the squirrels said...

i found you today through "the vintage wife" - what an amazing collection of pictures and ensembles!

i had to mention you in my blog!

there are so many of us gals who are inspired by classic silhouettes and accessories. your hair is coveted!

-nicole

mrs. olson said...

Do you work at the Urban Eccentric?! If you do, I am so jealous!! That was my favorite store when I lived in Vancouver!!

Katie FEATHERS said...

Your style and especially your hair are amazing !

Solanah said...

Mrs. Olson, I do!