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Vintage Finds at the “Amazing Rummage Sale”

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         This past weekend I had heard about what I thought was a “nice little church rummage sale.”

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        Boy was I wrong! Nice? Little? No way! Mike & I got there ten minutes early and there was a huge line out the door, a huge line already inside, and the line continued to grow! It was incredible! Rooms, and rooms full of amazing deals! I, of course, raced past those rooms straight to the basement where they kept the dresses. Here’s what I found!
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Absolutely lovely 1940s Daisy Print Day Dress
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Adorable Red Polka Dot Dress
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1970′s H Bar C Ranchwear Dress!
(My favorite!)
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This last one is more of a sneak peek!
       Everyone would have gotten a good laugh out of Mike, standing miserably with a pile of dresses in his arms!
crazyasblackfriday Says Mike
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Vintage Shop Update: Sweets

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Lots going on here at Kay Dove. Just received our new business cards, and we’re prepping for lots of new inventory! I can’t wait for you guys to see it! Here’s what has been added so far this week.

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Sweet Red Velvet Cupcake Top
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Fantastically Colorful Full Skirt
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Large Print Floral Formal
Happy Friday! 

 

 

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Dream a Little Dream of Spring

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Hi everyone! Its past groundhog day, but I’m still sitting in my apartment pouting that there is at least six more weeks of winter! It seems like all there is to do is dream of spring & watch the winter olympics! GO USA!

Thankfully, Spring Dreaming + Winter Olympics lead me to these…
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    I really enjoy the outdoors, & I love looking to vintage photographs for sportsy fashion inspiration. Clearly, we’re capable of looking fabulous, even if we are breaking a sweat.
Stay warm, folks!
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Vintage: Holiday ads from the 40′s & 50′s

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   Just some ads I found in a few different vintage magazines that aren’t just fun to browse, but also might provide some inspiration for any last minute gifts!

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Not to mention some fabulous holiday fashion inspiration!
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Some great ideas, huh?
Flowers, Whisky, and Socks, oh my!
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Music is always a great idea!
Now some more vintage Holiday ads!
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Happy Holidays, all!

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Life Changes & Shop Improvements

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This is a much more personal blog post with some information on improving Etsy listings. I’m taking a very drastic turn in my schooling plans. After a successful semester at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, I’ve decided that it just wasn’t the place for me. I don’t feel as though its the best route for me, and what I want to accomplish. Next semester I’ll be transferring to a smaller school in a program that focuses on retail and fashion marketing and management. With that being said, I’m also going to focus a lot more on attaining my dream of having a successful vintage clothing store, and dedicate much more time to my Etsy store, Kay Dove Vintage. I started that today, by making small improvements to my listings on etsy, that I think will really make a difference.

Improvements 

I listed this Kay Windsor dress today, and made these changes.
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* I recently learned, that a title is just as useful as tags, and it’s best to use all the characters you’re given. So that’s just what I did: “Vintage 1960′s Dress – Mod Dress – Kay Windsor – Pink Dress – White – Geometric Print – Dots & Stripes – Size Large – The Look You Love”* I’ve always been told that you need to be more personable in listings, yet I’ve always had a difficult time portraying my personality through text (which is one of the reasons for this blog!). I changed that this time, though, and added a little blurb about the dress in the description: “I absolutely adore this dress! A wonderful and colorful mod design, with a beautiful shape that flatters a women’s curves. This was a very popular style in the 50′s, and early 60′s, and is still very fashionable today. Kay Windsor is right, it really is The Look I Love. Two Words? Romantic & Fun”

* I added a more thorough measurements, and condition section, as well. I included an image to guide anyone confused about where measurements are being measured. I also explained how measurements work, and how they can find their best fit. I was also more detailed, and personal, with the condition. kaywmeasurements

* All in all, I think I was more personable, and helpful than I was before, and I’m excited to see the difference it’ll make!

          I’m also working on improving my photography, and photo editing skills. I can’t wait for what the future holds!
Any questions, advice or critiques? Please comment!
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Bicyling: Not Just a Thing of the Past

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      As much as I love vintage cars, I’m here with these lovely ladies to show that bicycling is not only the vintage way.. but the right way!

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 It’s a fabulous way to spend your leisure time
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and a great way to stay in shape,
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 while, still looking fabulous!
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You’ll become more connected to your community, while promoting a clean, and fashionable, means of transportation.
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All in all, biking is good for you, your community, and the environment.

My Tips for Riding Vintage?

Dress your best - Its important to be comfortable with what you’re wearing, but it’s also important to look and feel your best! Also, don’t be afraid to wear a dress! As long as its a good length, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything showing. My favorite biking outfit is a midcentury novelty print blouse with a pair of high waisted shorts!
Check out some vintage inspired bikes - most stores do sell vintage inspired bikes, but you can also always look online. You can start here
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All photos are from Life Archives!
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Adventures in Good Eating – Vintage Magazine Ad

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        Its no secret I love vintage. The twentieth century is a great century to look to for inspiration. They took care of themselves and they usually always dressed to impress, even on a lazy day you wouldn’t see a woman in a pair of sweats or yoga pants.

        With that said, its important to point out that vintage was not always right on the money!

 

 

    I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw this full page, color ad from a 1955 issue of Everyday Women’s magazine, suggesting that corn fed beef is the way to eat! Which we hopefully all know by now, to be false. We’ve come a long way in adventures of good eating, unfortunately it doesn’t seem as though we’ve come a long way in everyday wear!

 

Just some quick vintage eye candy, to make up for the lousy meat!
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Photo from 1952 Life Archives

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Resource Page Blog Series – Vintage Fashion Guild

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         The Vintage Fashion guild is the resource I’m indebted to. When I was first venturing into vintage, I knew even less than I know right now. I had pretty pieces from thrift stores, I knew they were vintage, and I knew they were beautiful, but I didn’t know much else. Having the community of fellow vintage enthusiasts was a blessing. 
What they offer: 
  • Forums – do you have ANY questions about vintage? This is the place to be. The kindest folks ready to share their knowledge. If you need to know the date of a specific garment you have, sign up & hop on over to “Vintage Fashion Q & A.” They also have show & tell, chatter, news & so many more.
  • Tips & Tricks – tips for buying vintage, and tips for dating vintage. 
  • Label Resource - someone spent a LOT of time putting together a Label Resource. It’s really great. If you have a label, and you want more information on it, I recommend looking here first. You’re also able to give back to the Vintage Community by adding to the Label Resource by going to this forum board
  • Fabric Resource - someone wonderful took the time to put this together, and it’s fabulous. If you’re a vintage dealer, or just want to know more about your garments, or vintage, this is the place to be. 
  • Membership – information on becoming a member, as long as members shops, blogs & books. 
  • Blog - A Vintage Fashion Guild blog.. I love it! 
       I have yet to have enough sales to become a member of the Vintage Fashion Guild but in the future I can’t wait to give back by becoming a member! 

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Life Magazine 1942: Girls Guide to Entertaining Soldiers & Vintage Fashion

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     Ever wonder how soldiers were entertained before the internet? Life Magazine, 1942, and actress Marjorie Woodworth, break it down for us. It may require a 1940′s Vintage bathing suit, and a lot of energy.

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      Fantastic collared blouse with what looks to be slacks with fantastic print suspenders. Slacks, similar to trousers, became popular for woman in the 1940′s. They required suspenders, or a belt, to be held up and were often baggy in appearance.

Duplicate Her Outfit

Blouse: 1940′s Option 1, 1990′s Option 2, or any plain white, collared blouse
Slacks: 1940′s Option1990 Options1980′s option, vintage inspired option
Pair with any vintage suspender’s of your choosing
For Vintage hair and Makeup tutorials, I recommend Cherry Doll Face on Youtube.
 Comment below if you’re inspired by her style! & Don’t forget to follow, and subscribe!
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Most Wonderful Time of the Years

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Okay,
maybe its a little early to be blogging about Christmas, but heck I’m new at this and I did mention I loved Christmas, didn’t I? Honestly, I started the Christmas tunes in late September, so holding off this long should be taken as a great achievement, and nothing less. Here’s a glimpse at my Vintage Christmas Wishlist! 

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         I just want a typical vintage Aluminum Christmas Tree. No problem, right? No problem if it were ten years ago, when they were being sold for a mere quarter at every other garage sale. Now these glistening beauties ranch from $100 – $900., depending on size and color. I’ve kept my thrifter eye’s peeled, though, and with a little luck one may just fall my way. Read more about the history of these staples to a vintage Christmas at Wisconsin Historical Society, or on this blog. Once you’re ready to buy, head on over to Etsy.
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        One of my favorite Christmas activities is making Christmas stockings! I have very mediocre sewing skills, but that’s all you really need for these. You can be thrifty by using fabrics, and decorations you already have around the house. Mine is sure to include lots of vintage goodies, so stay tuned!
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       The last thing I’ll mention today is Vintage Christmas cards! I can spend way too much time looking through pages and pages on Etsy. Thankfully, it was “work related!” I recently purchased a pack of various 1960′s vintage holiday cards off Etsy. I’ll be sending them out with any orders as a thank you to costumers. I’ll also scan and enhance the cards and offer them to all of you.. for free! They’re perfect for scrapbooking, graphic design and so much more! I highly recommend picking one, and printing them on cardstock for your Christmas cards, this year. These are some examples of what I’ll be sharing!
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Happy Holidays, everyone!
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