I Enjoy Being a Girl

Well, it’s been awhile since we’ve posted but, darnit, the Portland Swap Meet tuckered us out! We’ve regrouped, though, and are getting back in the swing of things. And, since so much of our recent activity has centered around more manly pursuits, we thought we’d throw in something special for the ladies!

We’ve been lucky enough lately to score some really fantastic vintage clothing and accessory pieces and, since prom season is right on top of us, what better time to feature some beautiful accessories for the teen girl who loves vintage? But, really, even if you’re not going to a prom or even close to an age that you would be going to a prom, these gems are sure to please.

Photo of a vintage black karakul sheep cape on a dress form.First are a couple of vintage karakul sheep pieces. Karakul sheep is also known as Persian lamb or curly lamb and is characterized by a tight curly hair that is usually black or very dark in color. The process for acquiring the pieces to make garments or hats from the karakul is not a kind one and, thus, finding genuine karakul is generally unheard of these days. If these weren’t vintage pieces, we certainly wouldn’t be advocating for the purchase or wear of such a garment. However, these particular pieces are from the 1950’s and come from an era when the the practice was more commonplace.

Photo of a vintage black karakul sheep wrap on a dress form.In any case, we found these pieces as part of a small sale out of storage unit! They are both in remarkably fantastic condition. One is a collared cape with hook closures down the front and the other is a wrap that features pockets on the front. Hurray for pockets! Ladies, you know what I’m talking about! Both pieces are fully lined, too! The cape lining definitely shows wear at the collar and it’s clear it’s been repaired, but, when worn, it doesn’t show at all. The wrap, however, is in excellent condition. It’s amazing they have withstood the test of time as they have. And, while vintage pieces, they are timeless enough to wear today and still look outstanding with nearly any outfit!

Photo of a vintage white hand beaded hand bag with a gold handle.Next, we happened upon two stunning hand beaded handbags. Well, one handbag and one clutch to be exact. The black clutch was made in West Germany and the white handbag was made in British Hong Kong. Both are 50s era and, like the pieces already mentioned, have aged beautifully. Neither shows signs of missing beads or trauma of any kind, which is amazing as we found them buried at the bottom of a cardboard box at an estate sale in a house that looked like it was about to fall over any minute! But, really, these two pieces are just lovely. If you’ve ever done any beading, you know how tedious the work can be. Looking at the detail, especially on the black clutch, I can only imagine the care that went into making these two! Certainly both are special pieces. Can you imagine what venues they may have seen? Cocktail parties, the opera or theater, special formal nights out. The white handbag would be a fantastic edition to a bridal ensemble, too!

 

Alas, as beautiful as all these pieces are, keeping them would be selfish. They really do belong in the hands of someone who has just the right occasion for their use. If YOU are that person, hop on over to our Facebook page and click on the Shop Now button where you can purchase them. But, if you do, be sure to send us a picture!

Portland Swap Meet 2017

Whew! Another successful swap meet is in the books! And what a weekend it was! Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly…

First, the good… We were blessed with the help of a renter on Wednesday night and managed to get our 17′ U-Haul truck filled completely up in short order. Wow. We had never taken so much stuff! Bonus – Karen commanded that 17 footer having never driven anything larger than a large passenger van before! She even backed that bad boy up into the driveway from the two lane road in front of the house! Well done! Karen’s youngest son joined us on the last day of the meet, too, and was a great help loading the truck and unloading back at home!

Photo of a 17' U-Haul truck backed into a driveway with the back open and the ramp extended.

More good came in the form of meeting up with friends at the swap meet. We’re blessed with having some terrific longtime neighbors at the swap meet and we were glad to get to share the weekend with them again. We also saw countless friends that were also there as vendors and attendees. One thing that is fantastic about being in the same spot each year is that people know right where to find us and find us they did! We were happy to do business with them and to create new friendships along the way. Plus, a huge shout out to the organizers and staff of the Portland Swap Meet. This is the 53rd annual show, and it is a HUGE show (the largest on the west coast with approximately 3,500 vendor stalls and over 50,000 shoppers). The men and women that keep it going are so helpful and so nice. We LOVE doing business with you folks!

Photo of Karen and Mark with the guys who are their booth neighbors at the swap meet.

Our swap meet neighbors Randy, Dan, and Virgil. Missing from the pic is Frank, who was picking up the truck to drive them all home.

On to the bad… The weather this year certainly could have been better. Last year we had sunshine all weekend and it was WARM! This year…not so much.

Which leads us to the ugly… If you live in our local area, you know what this last Friday was like. If not, let us break it down for you. We started Friday morning with five popup canopy tents. 20 minutes after raising the tents to start the day, we had four. Despite the tents being lashed to each other, tables, wheels, and more, our casualty tent was lifted up, bent, and thrown on top of another tent all while the two of us were trying to keep the other four tents from flying away, too! We managed to get the destroyed tent down, took another tent down completely, and kept two of the remaining three lowered as far as they could go for the whole day. The last tent wasn’t even extended fully and that’s where we spent the day. Much of the day found Karen hanging onto the frame of that remaining tent to keep it from flying away as so many others did. It was exhausting. And cold. And wet. The dumpsters were full of canopy carnage. We heard that the folks at the swap meet down at the racetrack didn’t fare any better. We’re told that canopies were blowing across the track and that there were even porta-potties that were blown over. Eew.

Photo of the bent up metal frame of a pop up canopy tent.

Not ours but a good representation of what many of us experienced!

All in all, though, we had a great weekend. Lots of great people, great cars and trucks, great sales, and great finds! It wore us out and we were in bed and asleep before 9pm on Sunday, but we’re excited to do it all again next year!

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Back to the Beach

Third weekend in a row…making a run down to Astoria. Hit a local swap meet on the way out of town (pics of treasures to follow later), an unexpected storage unit sale (pics to come of that, too!), and finally arrived in Astoria to pick up the gas pump we purchased last weekend! Weather is beautiful; we hope your day is, too!

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Beachcombing

We spent the day at the beach yesterday and, of course, we had to poke around in the local antique stores as well as a flea market we happened upon on the way! Duh!

Just like tide pools at low tide, you never know what you’re going to find! The flea market yielded a few goodies for our home – a couple of new spice tins for the vintage spice rack and a Quaker Oats tin that has become the new home for our large utensils.

Photo of three vintage clocks sitting side by side.The antique stores in town yielded decidedly larger (and more costly) items. We found a never ending supply of glass fishing floats of all sizes, plenty of maritime antiques, dishes, linens, antique hardware, and even the bones of a covered wagon! There were a surprising number of beautiful vintage clocks of all kinds that Karen was quite enchanted with, too!

Photo of antique canopy bed frame, settee, dresser, chair, and amiore.But the furniture! Wow! We saw some really amazing antique pieces! Just check out these pieces! This beautiful wood double canopy bed frame and lace canopy was to in amazing condition and, if we had space in our own home or a buyer to pass it on to, we certainly would have picked it up. The dresser and mirrored door amoire behind it were stunners, too!

Finally, we did make one larger purchase and will return to bring it home shortly. This beauty was sitting just inside the door of a store we stopped in and both our jaws hit the floor when we saw it.

Honestly, the shop was closing soon after we got there so we didn’t purchase it at that time. We couldn’t stop talking about it over dinner, though, or even on the way home. Mark called the store this morning and spoke with the gentleman that owns it and put a deposit on it over the phone.

We haven’t decided yet if we’re going to keep her or pass her on to someone else but she’s a real looker! It’s hard to even decide if she should be restored or left as is. The patina on her is extraordinary!

All in all, it was a pretty fantastic day. It was a beautiful spring day on the Oregon Coast, we got to experience sea spray on our faces, indulged in the obligatory clam chowder and fish and chips, and, like almost all of our treasure hunting excursions, we found creepy dolls. It’s just not a treasure hunt without creepy dolls.

Photo of two creepy dolls.