Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Home In Sixty-Six

With the dreadful strong winds we have been having, it seems like a good time to curl up on the couch and share a quick look into one of my latest vintage magazine finds; Better Homes and Gardens, Feb. 1966. It's interesting to look back on and see just how different things used to be, and yet sometimes, the same.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fashion '57

If anyone recalls, I had posted last week about last weekends flea market and yard sale finds. Within that lot was a stunning Eatons catalog from the summer of 1957. The magazine itself may not be in the best of conditions, with tears along the side, a front page in rough shape, and the first few pages with paint smears. Aside from that, you can still get a great idea of what was for sale around that time and what some of the prices were like. With "your choice" of dresses for 3.98, what girl wouldn't indulge, right? These days just buying a mini seedless watermelon will cost you that, never mind a well made full skirted dress. Alas, as the minimum wage goes up, so do the prices.

One of the things I envy most about the old eras in fashion is probably their swimsuits. These days it seems skimpy bikinis rule the beach, but I just loved how classy, but still terribly pretty, and well detailed the old pieces were.This era in particular has such fun one piece suits, and I loved the skirted bottoms, and the boy-short fit of the legs. Growing up I was always a tom boy, so a more modest swimsuit feels more natural and comfortable to me. While I see these types of swimsuits have been making a comeback (even with myself making some in previous years) they just haven't gained the attention I feel they should have. Oh well, to each their own, yes?

These six pages are only a few of many in the catalog, but happen to be the best and colored versions in the ladies fashion. Perhaps in the near future a post of the home decor and furniture may be on it's way.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Flea Market Fun

That time of year has (finally) come...yard sale time! After what seemed the longest winter ever, the garage sales have started, even if slowly, they have started. This years finds started at our nearest city spring flea market.

While there wasn't a whole lot of different sellers and pieces from the last time (in the fall), I did manage to pick up two very fabulous magazines for only $2.50. One being a Better Homes & Gardens, the other was an Eatons summer sale catalog from 1957. Not only does it have some of the most fabulous examples of fashion during that time, but also some housewares and overall pricing of the time. Look forward to more from that magazine in the near future!

After the flea market the yard sales followed. Once again, it wasn't a gold mine but there were a few nice pieces to be found.  One piece of fabulous printed fabric for a mere fifty cents. While I'm not sure what to do with it yet, some day I will find the right project for such a groovy print. Also scored was a little box full of bottles and tins. The tins were from ointment and powders which, sort of, weird me out...which I why I didn't photograph them. I bought the box full for only $3.00, mostly for the extract and coloring bottles and boxes, and they look fabulous in the kitchen! While some wouldn't consider such things to be much for collecting, it's the pieces that would have been thrown away from those times that seem to be of most interest to me.

With these finds at only the beginning of garage sale season, I can't wait for my next sale finds! Now if only I could find some cute pumpkin pie spice can only hope.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Adventures In Abandon-Land

Here in Manitoba-land, spring might have finally just sprung. We have finally had some decent days where one can go out in a sweater and not be freezing cold. The snow is now, finally, almost gone as well and just in time for a visit from my favorite adventure buddy.

We checked out two amazing old abandoned houses, one of which was in rather rough shape, part of it having fallen apart. I swooned over all the shabby, chipped away paint, and pretty old kitchen cupboards...