Friday, October 4, 2013

Ah Friday, time to sit back and reflect.

It has come to my attention that there is now a 'flashback Friday' as well as a 'throwback Thursday' and I don't know about you but I love it! I think these two little social media trends are a great time to reflect on our lives what a great way to start an internal dialogue about ourselves! Alright, I guess the majority of people don't think of #tbt as a profound day of self exploration (I used a hash tag purely as an example, I never use them otherwise. I swear I;m not one of those people who says 'lol' and 'smh' in everyday conversation)

I realize that this is a vintage/thrifting blog and I've been neglecting those topics lately. For the last couple of days I've been thinking about how I came to be the vintage lover I am today.

I have always been interested in everything vintage. I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandparents and my fraternal great-Grandmother when I was little and I think that from the things that they taught me, and even being around them in their homes, taught me an appreciation for the past. My love for Nick at Nite and TV land did not help much either. Oh and my first favorite band was The Carpenters. When I was ten years old I was obsessed with ABBA and that solidified my love for 70's fashion So now you can get a sense of what I was working with as a small child.

Cut to 2010, in the beginning of the year I was floating through life. In fact, ever since I graduated high school in 2008 I'd been floating through life but in the beginning of 2010 I was tired of just being there. I had been looking at a lot of Bettie Page pictures and I decided I wanted to try my hand at pin-up modeling and so in July of 2010 I did my first pin-up/vintage styled shoot with Synthesis Photography.
Just getting my feet wet in modeling and giving off a vintage vibe. I was so inexperienced in pin up on this shoot so here's one from the vintage styled evening gown part of the shoot.

This shoot marked the end of my drifting period. I had something to throw my energy into and something that made me feel like myself! I wanted to learn all I could about vintage fashion and every facet of life that went along with the fashionable 20th century! 

So now I had a passion but I had not one vintage article to call my own. I also didn't have a lot of confidence to dress the way I wanted to every day. When I think of vintage I think of loud looks and I feel the need to dress up every single day. I don't understand the word 'casual' at all and when I wear my vintage duds this is amplified. In December of 2010, after months of cocooning, I gathered  the confidence to step out in a vintage inspired look. Since I am my own worst critic, I look at this outfit as a crude prototype of what was to come. 

I must say Jeremy looks all the better when he's in a suit. He doesn't look bad normally but the suit sends me over the top. 
I will skip right to 2012 since 2011 was such an awful year, it was another drifter year for me. Anyway, at the end of 2012 I started to surround myself with everything vintage. I got a fantastic black 50's dress from my Mommom that year which I wore of Christmas day. 
This is a priceless dress, and one of my favorites. 

Since Christmas day 2012 my vintage collection has grown immensely! I still have so many outfits to show to you, dear readers! I have found one of my raison d'ĂȘtre. I say one of since I have so many things that interest me and keep me going now. It's boring to only have one interest. 

It's awful to be floating through life but I do believe it's necessary for self discovery. As much as I wish I had everything figured out in those drifting years, I am glad I had them. I was in my own little cocoon where I could figure myself out, and I emerged as a beautiful vintage butterfly!  

So, dear readers, was there a time when you were adrift in life. What did you finally turn out to be. Perhaps you're still drifting and that's alright! To my vintage lovers, how did you stumble upon vintage? I want to know your stories, readers!


  1. Well not really drifting, just trying to better utilize time management. I eventually want to wear new duds. But it seems that I am going to have to get pieces since alot of places around here focus more on women(I cant imagine why) and just leave men to have the small corner of a clothing store. So its either look 1 or look none. So if you want to help "Ken Doll" find his perfect new duds as well as his trench coat hint hint* I am up to that and you can post your results as well.

  2. I discovered "Vintage" because I kept a lot of my own old things, from the 50's through 70's. and 80's. I've always been fascinated with period furniture, antiques, and modern household decor too. I always say, "keep everything because it will come back in style."
    Then I started doing "clean-outs" with my business, Selective Residential Services, and my clients left me with the old things they no longer wanted. I discovered many treasures and valuable stuff in other people's discards! I started to think about how I could make money by selling unique used household items,clothing and accessories, and collectibles. After many jobs and several years, my collection has grown, my warehouse is full, and I've learned a lot. After lots of research and hard work I have a store full of trinkets and treasures that I sell on My dream is to one day have a Vintage store but the costs of renting or buying a storefront are beyond me right now. I've tried a couple of booths at co-ops and failed, I sell at Vineland Women's Club Antique and Collectibles Show each spring and fall, and keep learning from the other dealers and my customers! I Even though I don't have a store, the Etsy shop is working well for me, and I'm having fun, I enjoy keeping shop, and the challenging hunt for new nice things to list!
    Megan, maybe "floating" was really "dreaming", which is the first step to success! Don't ever give up your dreams.

    1. P.S. the Vineland Women's Club Show and Sale is
      Fri. 10-6, and Sat 10-3, November 1 and 2,
      Washington and Main Road, Vineland, New Jersey.
      Plenty of homemade refreshments, Chili, Clam Chowder, cakes, pies, cookies, etc.

  3. If you ever open up a physical shop I will be there a lot :). I never throw anything out either, and yes everything eventually comes back in vouge.