Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thriftin'

Hello all. I had to wake up for work at 5.30 in the morning today, so I figured I'd reward myself after. I didn't have much to spend so I hit the thrift store. I always seem to have good luck on chance visits and today's trip paid off handsomely.


For the last few years I've always looked for "Bobby blouses" at the thrift store. Basically, they're silky dress shirts with bold patterns that I can imagine Bob Dylan would've worn sometime in the sixties. In the Fall, H&M had a cotton shirt, black with pale pink polka dots, but it wasn't slouchy or silky enough so I passed it up, holding out for something better. Well, I found it today. A vintage, 100% silk black shirt with white polka dots, a la Bobby.
I look like a huge dork but I do not care. I am pleased as punch.


Another find. This vintage furry-fuzzy textured coat with quarter-length sleeves. It'll be nice for when Winter starts to mild itself out.


And lastly in the wardrobe department of things, this crushed velvet 1950/60s (I'm guessing from the tags) black cape. I looooove it. My mom kept saying, "turn up the collar, turn up the collar!" which made me feel like an extra on Mad Men if Mad Men had vampires.


I'm not quite sure what this book is. I assumed it was a compilation of articles and what not from the magazine "True Confessions", but I looked it up and it says that launched in 1922, whereas this book says 1919 ... so I'm confused. Plus, the book is mapped out like a magazine and has magazine ads from the time period in it. So who knows! Regardless, it's an awesome little piece of ephemera. I have an addiction to old ads, especially of the hilariously sexist variety. They really put things into perspective, don't you think? See examples below ...

  • "We are still the weaker sex" (Which basically goes on to say that despite women working along with men during wartime, they are still 'weak' and need to look pretty presentable, and fresh. Gee whiz.)

  • "Women! Earn Money!" (Women earning money? How shocking!)

  • "Are You Flat-Chested?" (Then you should probably go home and cry into your jazz records.)

Literally every page is full of ads like this. Funny and disheartening all at once. But you've gotta love the illustrations.


Well, well, I am exhausted. I think it's high time for a nap. I hope you're all well and braving the Winter chill with courage in your heart. See? I am tired. And rambling. Sleep. Now.

-Hannah

18 comments:

April said...

Wow, what amazing finds! You're such a lucky (and beautiful!) girl. :)

Blondie said...

I love that blue coat! What a find...I wish I had the patience to go through thrift stores. I envy you for being able to take a nap in this dreadful weather. Have a great snooze! Kori xoxo

Michelle said...

Such amazing, lucky finds! You really do have great luck in thrift stores, I love everything!

Zoƫ said...

SUCH good finds! That jacket is perfect, especially with your new red locks! I love that you have a name for a specific item you want.. I do the same, like I was looking for 'Annie Hall trousers' for a year or so and I found some recently for £2, but now i don't know what to wear them with! whomp whomp

Michal said...

Oooo I love your Bobby shirt! I've been looking for the perfect one myself. That's just awesome.

persephone said...

That black cape is a total dream find! xx

Sewon said...

The coat and the cape are both PERFECT! Such good finds!

bellefantaisie said...

Ah I love your hair! It's so naturally lovely! :) x

Nana said...

you don't look like a dork, you look awesome! great finds XD vintage ads are always amusing!

this symmetry. said...

I wake up at 5:30 and after work I go thrifting too, great finds love your blog.

Raji said...

What fabulous finds!
That poker dot shirt is incredible, the Bob Dylan likeness is fantastic!

maminoufashion said...

great photo! you don't look like a dork! fab finds !

xox

magdalena viktoria said...

Really great finds, especially the Dylan blouse. yum.

Maca said...

Those finds are so cool! That book/magazine is amazing :)
Have a nice day!

MollyAmalgamation said...

What an ace haul! I don't have it in me to tell you how frightfully jealous I am of the cape; you must just feel bad.

MollyAmalgamation said...

Ok, this jealous... :)
http://mollyamalgamation.blogspot.com/2011/01/ive-begun-new-project.html

Mel said...

I like your blog! Nice finds!

M.

elle said...

i've just found your blog and i love your look - so beautifully classic. thought i'd say hello as a new follower, too! x