Thursday, June 19, 2008

An Amazing Thing!

On Tuesday I dragged myself downtown as I've been meaning to do for weeks. A friend of mine moved into an apartment above a bakery, where she also works (how dreamy is that? It's like something out of a book and is every bit as adorably magical as you imagine), and which I will have to feature here sometime.

I used to live downtown. I don't live in a huge city, but it is the capital of our state, yet there are some really great finds tucked away here and there. I grew up off of one of the best streets ever, around the corner from art galleries, gift shops, gay bars, local coffee shops, bakeries, Greek restaurants, tattoo parlors, used bookstores, vintage furniture havens, flower shops, and Ben & Jerry's. We moved 5 years ago when my grandmother moved to Albany, and while I love our new neighborhood and house, I miss downtown terribly. My childhood was peppered with strange people in the street, festivals where the main roads were shut down for a day, and afternoons in the park watching free musical theater.

Anyway, I have run away with myself. There is a tiny little store which I visited when it was first opened, although then I was not particularly enamored. It was very precious and quiet. However, years and years later my friend and I peeked in. It's glorious! The owner has all kinds of strange knick-knacks, like little faux bird cages with porcelain birds inside, and of course: vintage!

First I was distracted by vintage gloves spilling out of various containers. Especially a tea-colored pair with eyelet edges and an electric blue pair. Sadly, none of them fit (I have very long fingers, and the hardest time finding regular gloves!). I also passed up a golden bee pin with terribly delightful details, and I hope it's still there on Saturday when I go back! Today is payday, and the reason left it there was my sad state of funds, so hopefully I will be lucky!

The back of the store was where most of the vintage clothes and shoes were, I could kick myself for not taking pictures but this weekend I will ask permission and bring some back, and I saw this patterned thing in the corner. I only saw the top details at first, and it reminded me of Heidi or something Free People would sell. Pulling it out, it was even more divine and patterned!

I inspected the price tag, readying myself for disappointment. And then: It was marked down to 20$, plus an extra 20% off!

I didn't even bother to try it on. I figured if it didn't fit I would use it as decoration, or perhaps sell it.







I scooped it up with glee! I excitedly presented it to my boyfriend, who began to whistle 'The Hills Are Alive...' to which I answered with the kind of whine reserved for disappointed puppies. He has a terrible habit of coming up with horrible comparisons (although this one was not so bad) of things I pick up and then I can't wear them anymore because all I can think of is Mimi from The Drew Carey Show.

I took it home and got myself into it, only to discover it takes some professional acrobatics to get it zippered. It is ti-i-ight around the ribcage, but with some wiggling I can make it happen. For now it works, although I must be careful not to sneeze. My mother, the worlds best seamstress, has examined it and we are planning to insert some patterned panels into the side so I can wear it as often as I would like. I do feel slightly guilty about altering vintage, sort of like when you fix and antique table and now it's not worth so much, but I believe first and foremost that these things are to be worn, not stowed away! And so if we must alter to do so, so be it!

20 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that dress is glorious! What is it with boys? My husband recently looked at a pair of shoes I was wearing for the first time and remarked: "Old lady shoes?...Ew." Not nice. I say alter away, that dress deserves to be worn!

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  2. The dress is gorgeous and it sounds like it was meant to be.

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  3. that dress is awesome and it fits you well! I also have long fingers (piano-playing hands) so also have a hard time finding gloves that fit.

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  4. That dress is gorgeous! What a good find.

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  5. No way is it Mimi at all- it's vintage Cacharel meets Liberty of London meets Biba.
    Very well spotted, you obviously have a keen eye for detail- thats why I love this blog.
    I loved your reference about the boyfriend- I get 'Nanna chic,' 'Punchinello'(for billowing sleeves' and 'Madeline'(French school girl) amongst other things all the time.
    It's funny how in your head it's glorious and they think you look like something out of a story book!

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  6. the dress is lovely! I totally do the same thing, not trying clothes on and just buying them...most of the time they work out okay. I love your blog. I just started my own. Would you mind adding me to your blogroll? Thanks!

    http://a-rainy-day-in-paris.blogspot.com/

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  7. the most perfect summer dress. Finding vintage clothing in unusual locations is so exciting. Sometimes I feel like im rescuing it from no mans land and bringing it back to life!

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  8. That dress is a dream. And a bee pin! Are you kidding me?!? Sounds too wonderful.

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  9. precious! don't things just always find us when we are not expecting it?

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  10. Gorgeous dress!!! I like your shoes and hair style too. Whre did you get that wonderful teapot necklace? I love it!

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  11. I think it's beautiful, and I alter vintage all the time. Don't worry!

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  12. Boys... I really know this problem. But: The dress is such an amazing find, go for it!

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  13. I just discovered your blogspot! How weird is it that it took me so long?

    Anyway, that dress looks gorgeous on you! You're so lucky with the vintage finds you make. I haven't mastered the art yet.

    I'll see you soon!

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  14. I really love your dress! It´s so beautiful!

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  15. woaw this dress is beautiful ! and suits you perfectly !

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    http://fashioneggplant.blogspot.com

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