3.04.2012

Antique expo finds

I usually have a little mental list of things I want to find every time I go to the Antique expo. And while I always leave with bags of goodies, it's rare to find exactly what I want. But this time I got everything! Friday I went to early admission with Twila Jean and Rhiannon and picked up the suit, green dress,and acorn sweater. I went the next day with Marjorie Mink of Reviving Vintage, and we had a blast!

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I had a red acorn accessory on my list to match the sweater I got Friday. At the beginning of the show I found this cute little squirrel pin and thought it would go with my acorn sweater very well. But at the end, as I was waiting for Sam to pick me up I browsed a bakelite dealer and saw the perfect red acorn necklace. It was way out of my price range, but I chatted with the dealer and told her about my sweater, and she cut over $100 off of the price because she loved the fact that I was dressed up and that I had a sweater to match the pretty necklace. Wow! She said "it's been with me too long, and needs a good home."

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This green dress is fantastic, late 30s, early 40s, with side button closure and a bow belt! 

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This was in a booth full of hats, under a table! It was calling me. I was so excited to find it, this style of hat has been on my list for ages, and it's just so perfect! Even the label is cute!

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Sweet little 1940s lovebirds pin 

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Also on my list for years have been brown leather driving gloves, for all that driving I do. 

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A beautiful New Look suit, with nipped waist and full skirt! Who could ask for more?

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Two bakelite bangles.

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A fabulous 40s face framer with pheasant feathers. Say that five times fast.

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This is a "Hollywood Head Topper" but I can't quite figure out how it ties. I have it tied just fine, but that little triangle is just so random I can't make it work. Yet.
 
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This beauty was a gift from Marjorie, isn't that sweet! Can't wait to accessorize with pink and blue.

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Something recent on my wish list was an Edwardian corset for The Titanic Tea. A tall order, and one I honestly didn't expect to fill, but while we were in a booth looking at a girdle the vendor asked if I was looking for a Victorian corset. Read minds much? I replied I was on the lookout for an Edwardian one, and she pointed to a corner, and lo and behold, there it was! Even better than I could have asked for. I'll have detail photos of it soon!

36 comments:

Courtney said...

i love the green dress- the bow is so pretty. also love the bakelite bangles. i only ever find lucite bracelets. great finds!

Rueby... said...

The dressing up has helped me get deals as well! Sellers sometimes just love to know their item is going to someone else who knows, loves and appreciates its history and will actually wear/use the item. You got SO much awesome stuff. I need to come to this Expo one day...I have a feeling my mind will be *blown*. I always run into the exact same people every time I go out here, and then when I go to antique stores I see them again, with most of the same things.

lauren said...

holy hell that green dress. just, holy hell.

I Art Fashion said...

Great finds
Loving the green dress and the hats as well.

Sounds like you had a great time :)

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

Oh! That acorn necklace is pure genius. I love the story behind it too. I'm kind of the same way when selling vintage. I always want it to go home with someone that will love it as much as I do. The Vintage Expo is happening here in San Francisco in a couple weeks and I can't wait! I hope I find as many great things as you did.
XOXO

voguevintage said...

I've always wanted one of those acorn necklaces LUCKY!

Rhiannon said...

I wish shopping was that fun everyday!

VintageDanielle said...

The first sweater is so adorable and lovely!

erinkg said...

Does the corset fit you? It is so awesome looking!

Janey said...

I cannot get over that sweater and necklace! That green dress is stunning and looked so beautiful when I bumped into you on Saturday! Congrats on all the wonderful finds!

d said...

Holy Moly, the cut of that suit and the construction are amazing. Pics soon, please!!!!!!!

Meg Eileen Carroll said...

wow wow wow wow. I wish we had fair's like this in Australia, but it seems like it's a bizarre Australian custom to throw out anything worn before 1980, hence no amazing fairs. love the bakelite, love the hats, love the green dress.

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art deco dame said...

I love acorn items so I'm head over heels for the necklace and sweater!

Irene :: { Heirloom Attire } :: said...

Wow, I am in love with that green dress and those driving gloves! Sooo jealous right now!

Adin B said...

I love everything! Just love it! The sweater, the acorn jewelry and the hat are lovely. I got a long green dress the other day, but not as lovely as yours though. Love it!

Adin B

Straight Talking Mama! said...

Oh WOW! So many gorgeous things but my favourite is definitely the acorn necklace, just stunning!

daria said...

these are all terrific! but my very favorite is the acorn necklace - and what a steal!

Joana Love said...

Terribly in love with those driving gloves and the New Look suit!

Joyness Sparkles said...

Oh my goodness! The suit is my favorite, I have always loved suits and I love the color. The acron sweater and necklace are a close second though! :)

Congrats on all of your great finds!

Miss Maple said...

OMG, how I love the acorn necklace. That's too cute! You must be really lucky. Are the leaves bakelite too or are they wooden? I look forward seeing you wearing it.

In The Heyday said...

Wow, you did super well. The Vintage gods were on your side for sure and it is amazing how the corset seller suggested what was on your mind. Am loving everything.

Babes in Thriftland said...

You got so many great things! I would love to go to something like that with a person like you. It's always hard for me to know what is worth the money and what isn't. That green dress is SO pretty. I can't wait to see how you wear it. I'm also jealous of that pink hat. love!

Retro Therapy Vintage Fashion said...

The cardigan and the 1930s dress, I like! Solanah, you found great treasures!

Lauren said...

What awesome finds!!
Funnily enough, I have the same acorn sweater but mine is yellow and green. We're sweater twins :) SO neat to see another one in another colorway!
That necklace is to die for!

Gabby said...

Hi Solana,

I am swooning over that green 1930's dress, Edwardian Corset, and blue 1940-50's suit. Great picks, but then again I expect nothing less from a vintage fashionista like yourself.

Gabrielle
www.thegiftofgab-gabby.blogspot.com

Sean MacKenzie said...

Okay, I've been known for my "deal finds," {I got my sis a Dolce&Gabana purse for $15} but I dunno if it's as good as getting the owner of the necklace to take off over $100.

I think I need to take you with me next time I go shopping for vintage.

casey said...

WOW!!! I always love seeing what treasures you find at vintage shows and it seems like this trip you really hit the mother-load! The acorn necklace is my favorite--so cute and it's going to be perfect with that sweater.

casey said...

Oh, and I forgot to say that the Edwardian corset is such a great find... I'm coveting that! :)

Laurence said...

You are the best!!! I love all your finds especially your accorn necklace and this blue suit: LOVELY!

Tasha said...

Wonderful finds! Rarely do I even remember to look for items that I swore I'd look for at a vintage fair, let alone find any of them. I'm absolutely gaga over the wonderfulness that is the acorn necklace, sweater and squirrel brooch. Just SO awesome!

ConstantlyAlice said...

Ooohh, everything is so beautiful! I wish we had an expo near us! I'm especially in love with that wonderful acorn necklace. What a great find!

Lou said...

The green dress is amazing its worthy of numerous words to describe its awesomeness! That’s great about the necklace; I’m trying to get more accessories to match my vintage clothing. I’m saving up to come over next year just for this.

Kim said...

That red acorn necklace is AMAZING. I am so, so jealous!

hattitude said...

Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

what! that acorn necklace is amazing! i'm a jewellery designer, so inspiration for sure!
it's going to look so rad with that sweater!

talk soon wild child
-Hattie
Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

Kristian said...

I'm excited to see all of these turned into outfits!

Zane said...

amazing finds