Vintage Clothing Styles – Trending Now

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With a name like Vintage Unscripted, it’s pretty obvious we are all lovers of vintage. Although we tend to lean toward vintage decor and accessories let’s not forget about vintage and antique clothing. There is a huge market for both antique and vintage clothing as well as reproduction vintage look clothing.  

Let’s take a quick trip into the past and look at some of the eras and styles that are currently popular.

The Renaissance


First up since it’s Spring, the Renaissance Faire is in full swing.  If you have never been, you are in for a treat. Be prepared to see costumes and outfits in the style of Queen Elizabeth and Henry the Eighth. Think leg of mutton sleeves, lots of lace, high necklines, and long full skirts for women and wide coats with heavy shoulder pads and doublets for men.

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Three Renaissance inspired looks: Andrew Gn/Fall 2017 (Vogue), Sonia Rykiel RTW blouse, Joseph Altuzarra/Fall 2017 (Vogue)

The 1920s

Another popular fashion era is that of the Flapper Era or more recently known as Titanic era. This style is characterized by slim pencil straight drop waist dresses that may have beading or embriodered decoration. Think cloche hats, and open toe shoes for women and gangster style three piece suits with wide lapels for men.

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Kobi Halperin Justina dropped-waist dress (Neiman Marcus), Chelsea Crew Sergi Vintage T-straps (Royal Vintage), Pure Edith cloche hat (Modcloth)

1950s Rockabilly

Rockabilly fashion has been popular for quite some time. Check out Viva Las Vegas for some ideas of 1950’s fashion. This was the era of Bettie Page, poodle skirts and peg leg jeans.   

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Hope you enjoyed that quick trip through some popular vintage clothing eras trending now. Leave a note in the comments with your favorite vintage clothing era.

Interview with Mike Judkins of Treasure Listings and EstateSales.org

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First off, I would like to introduce Mike and his companies to you.  Mike started Weekend Treasure.com in 2006 to map out garage sales for him and his wife. He has since grown the business to include several services both on the web and mobile. 


How did you first get interested in shopping garage sales? In reading the “About” page on your site, I noticed that you quickly found searching for and mapping out sales was a pain point. What led you to address that?

It started when a friend of mine came over for dinner one night and was telling me all about how he was going to garage sales and then selling what he bought for many times the amount or more on eBay. I got the idea that it would be a fun thing to do – to try and find things that were underpriced at garage sales and then sell them for a profit.

After my first weekend of going to garage sales I was hooked on the thrill of finding the unexpected and just checking out other peoples stuff as a slightly different form of people watching. It was a bonus if I found things that I could resell for profit, which often happened. I soon devised a way of prioritizing which sales I thought would have better things. I would create a list on pen and paper and would star the sales that were more promising. I would then get directions to each sale by entering addresses by hand into my Blackberry, which was one step up from a fold out map, but archaic by todays standards.

At the time, Google Maps had just come out, and I thought a great way to prioritize which sales to go to would be based on proximity, and the easiest way to do that was to put each of the sale addresses I found on a Google Map. Since I work in the internet industry, I wrote a computer program which essentially took a feed of garage sale addresses from online classifieds sites and put them onto a Google Map so I could see where exactly they were in relation to each other. Then I designed a website around the program which was called WeekendTreasure.com.

At the time you started, were estate sales even on your radar, or just garage and yard sales? What led you to expand into estate sales as well?

I wasn’t really familiar with what an estate sale was at first. After building WeekendTreasure.com, I installed some analytics software and I noticed that a lot of my traffic was coming from people on Google looking for “estate sales”. So that’s when I started looking more into what they were.

How were you able to transition from mapping out garage and yard sales for weekend shoppers to working with professional estate sale companies, realtors, and senior move assistance companies?

I got the idea to create a separate website that was focused on estate sales and was fortunate enough to buy a good exact match domain name which was EstateSales.org. The domain broker wanted 10k for it and I offered them 2k for it, which was a huge amount of money for me at the time. I got lucky and they ended up accepting my lowball offer and then I had to explain to my wife that I was buying a domain name for $2,000.

At the time, I had one other competitor for the garage sale site called gsalr.com which also ranked well on Google for “estate sales”, and so I called the owners of that site up and offered them 50% equity in EstateSales.org if they would help me build the site and direct their audience to the new site. They said yes and we spent the next 6 months working nights to launch a really basic directory of estate sale companies and estate sales. At first we just got all the data from online yellow pages. We sent out emails to all the estate sale companies we had information on, made it free to list estate sales or your estate sale company, and it started catching on from there.

Was this an organic transition or was it planned?

A little bit of both. I had not thought about doing anything related to estate sales until I had noticed the shared audience between garage sales and estate sales.

How does dealing with estate sales and estate liquidators differ from someone who just wants to hold a garage or yard sale?

The biggest difference is that there is a professional industry dedicated to the estate sale market where as yard and garage sales are almost purely a DIY sort of thing. Garage and yard sales are very casual and are often conducted several times throughout ones lifetime with very little forethought. Estate sales are usually only conducted as a result of a major life change such as death, divorce or large downsizing and they often require a large amount of work in order to prepare, appraise, organize and market vs a yard sale.

You are now handling online estate auctions as well. What new challenges did that incur?

The biggest challenge has probably been in developing the software because it’s very unique to the estate sale industry. We developed our own software to allow estate sale companies to not only hold an online auction but to hold a combination in-person and online auction, where some items might only be for sale in-person and others can be purchased online. The other challenge has been in getting traditional estate sale companies to recognize the value of the online model. This has been made easier by companies such as Everything But The House (EBTH) and Caring Transitions, both of whom have proven the online estate sale model to be viable.

Are you seeing more companies transition to online estate auctions or more new companies with the rise of mobile and social media?

There are definitely more companies that are experimenting with online estate sales now as well as more new estate sale companies overall. The estate sale industry has been growing steadily over the last decade in the U.S as the baby boomer generation finds a need to help their aging parents downsize. It can be a tough industry to crack at first but usually those who are tenacious, are prepared to work hard and can stick out the first few years building up word of mouth prevail.

And how has that affected your business?

The growth of the estate sale industry has been great for business. We went from a 3 person skeleton crew working nights to now employing 10 full time people in 5 states.

How does working with online estate auctions such as EBTH change the game?

Companies like EBTH have helped bring the idea of online estate sales to the mainstream. A lot of smaller companies feel the need to compete with that but most of them don’t have the technological capability to host an online auction, and they can sometimes lose out on clients because of it. With our online auction platform, we set out to offer these estate sale companies a tool that allows them to easily compete with the larger corporate brands in the online estate sale space.

What are the unique opportunities working with online sellers as opposed to location-based sales?  

Working with online sellers allows us to differentiate ourselves from our competition, as well as create a whole new experience for our users because it merges e-commerce with the in-person estate sale experience. With online sales, people can browse our online auctions section at estatesales.org/online-auctions and it’s like they are at an estate sale.

What advice can you offer for a buyer who is looking to shop garage, yard or estate sales?

Bring a big enough car for your haul! Bring cash and small bills too since most estate sale companies will accept credit cards only if your purchase is over a certain amount, and almost all yard sales are cash only. Many estate sale companies have steep discounts on the final day, so if you are looking for great deals go on the last day which is typically a Sunday. If you want to get first pick, show up early on the first day. Also, you can download our free mobile app, Garage Sales By Map, which is available on iTunes or the Google Play Store. You will see all the new garage and estate sales near you on a map every week.

Do you have any advice for sellers that would help them to have a more profitable sale, or make it easier for them as sellers?

If you are conducting an estate sale, don’t try to do it yourself. I recommend hooking up with a good estate sale company by submitting a service request on our website at EstateSales.org  If you are holding a yard or garage sale, I published a good article containing 101 tips for sellers

What have been some of the biggest challenges of growing your business? What do you see for the future?

I’d say one of the biggest challenges has been in getting people to think of us first when they think of where to list their garage sales instead of going straight to craigslist without thinking. For the future I see this industry growing even larger and moving more online.

Do you still have time to shop garage sales? Last question, what was your best garage or estate sale find?

I’ve had three kids since I first started garage sale-ing back in 2006, so I have slowed down a little bit but still go every once in awhile. There have been several good finds and flips I’ve made over the years. One guy just gave me a box full of these obscure European DJ records that I ended up selling on eBay for $400. Another time, I bought a box full of costume jewelry for $10 that had a $300 antique cameo ring in it at a garage sale. My favorite estate sale find is probably an old album full of vintage postcards from the 1950s and 60s. Anything that gives me a window into someone else’s life experience is fascinating to me.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I can’t think of anything else, thank you!


What a great view into a wonderful company. Thank you so much for offering to be interviewed for our blog, Mike. We really appreciate it.

Stop by or download one of Mike’s sites and see what treasures you can find at Treasure Listings.com.

Save The World – Buy Vintage!

Vintage is the new green!!  It’s a way to make a difference and reduce your carbon footprint.   I am happy to see a trend of it’s hip to buy vintage but have you noticed that the retail industry has jumped on the bandwagon by making cheap imitations and calling it “Vintage Style”.  Don’t be fooled!!  If you really want to be hip then buy the real McCoy.  Those of us that love vintage, know things that were made long ago were made to last and done so with pride of craftsmanship.  And if they did break, chances are they could be repaired.  In today’s world, it’s way too easy to throw it away and go buy another cheap replacement. Let’s explore a few ways to go green vintage style! 

Do we really need some plastic thing that says Chip Clip to keep our chips from going stale or could we use a wooden clothespin or what about a bulldog clip from the desk drawer?

Vintage Clothespins from GirlPickers

 

A glass of refreshing iced tea or lemonade in a plastic glass?  No thank you!   Why not use a vintage mason jar to enjoy your favorite beverage?  You can also use several mason jars as food storage in your kitchen.

Lemonade from a Mason jar!

 

How about a vintage locker basket for unique storage in your pantry?  They are perfect for potatoes and onions or food packages.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

 

Furniture is a good example of why we should buy vintage.  Vintage furniture is made extremely well with dovetailed joints and quality hardwoods; not particle board that’s filled with chemicals or by cutting down even more trees to make new furniture.  And if the finish is not your style or color, then you can always customize it with a coat of paint.  Why not use a vintage or antique dresser or buffet for a media center or in the bath as a vanity? 

Need some new wall décor?  Why not re-purpose some vintage crates into a new to you stylish shelf.  I just love that this wall grouping has so much going on and it’s ALL VINTAGE!!  There’s a locker basket, a soda crate, another wire basket, mason jars and pretty vintage plates, cups and tins.   I also like to reuse things like vintage corbels and plinth blocks.  Salvaged architectural pieces are interesting enough on their own as home décor and it makes me extremely happy to see these pieces being saved when a structure is doomed to be demolished.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

 

These are just a few examples of how the world of vintage is just about as eco friendly as you can get and the bonus is… buying used will usually save you some green in your wallet. 

Share with us how you use vintage to save the world. 

9 Ideas To Help Organize Your Life With Recyclables

Well, maybe not organize your entire life but your desk, a couple of drawers and a start on your craft room organization would help, right?

  1. Recycle your egg carton into a sorter for your beads when making necklaces, or to sort and store your embroidery threads, bobbins and little bits and pieces of crafting goodness.
  2. Egg cartons are also the perfect size to use in a desk drawer to sort your paper clips, stamps, erasers, push pins and rubber bands.
  3. Similar to the above idea (but sturdier and better for messy things like sequins and glitter) re-purpose an old worn out muffin pan to store your bits and baubles of craft wares.
  4. Use a paper towel holder as storage for your many rolls of ribbon. If you use a counter model the ribbon won’t unroll. If you prefer the hanging model – use rubber bands or quilting pins to secure the ribbon from becoming untidy.
  5. Wait! Don’t let him toss his old boots! Put holes in the bottom (if they aren’t already there!) and use as a planter. Tossing an old hat? Those work well as planters too!
  6. What to do with your old multi-pack DVD/CD holders? Cord storage!
  7. Have an old typesetting tray lying around? Hang it on the wall and screw in tiny gold hooks to hang necklaces, earrings and rings.
  8. Don’t get rid of the old window shutters so fast! Sand, paint and use to display Christmas cards or to sort your mail.
  9. About those plastic bag tags on the bread bags. They are the perfect size to tag and organize computer, stereo, TV cords and headphones.

It’s all about using your imagination and your desire to help preserve the planet we live on.

re*pur*pose – adapt for use in a different purpose.

re*use – use again or more than once.

re*cy*cle – return (material) to a previous stage in a cyclic process. Use again.

It’s Real Easy! 😉

 

Jell-o Unscripted: the good, the really bad and the genius

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When you’re as versatile a food construction agent as Jell-o and you’ve been around as long as Jell-o, you will have a rich and varied historical archive of potential recipe uses. Some of those uses are classic for all the right reasons. Some are not. In honor of all the Jell-o worthy spring events, we’re creating a highly subjective collection of the many faces of Jell-o: the good, the awful horrible bad and the genius.

The Good Jell-o

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Strawberry poke cake, photo from Betty Crocker.

Poke Cake. Those of us who prefer eating simple with fresh ingredients cringe a little at a recipe that includes cake mix, Jell-o and Cool Whip. But it’s so tasty…and so easy. Extra points given to Team Betty Crocker for spearing their strawberry with a plastic cocktail saber.

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Jell-o strawberry pretzel/salad. Photo from Kraft.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad and/or Dessert. There are so many recipes for this unlikely combo out there that it’s almost needs it’s own website. This version is from the Jell-o mother planet. Feel free to try others. 

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Fruit suspended in Jell-o from at 1969 Good Housekeeping recipe book.

Jell-o with fruit. One of the reasons Jell-o remains such a favorite is that it is to the cook like paint is to the artist. You can mix it, you can mold it, you can texture it, you can add stuff to it and it will, as a rule behave in a predictable manner. Use refrigeration creatively to create layers, use glasses to make pretty parfaits (don’t pour hot jello into your pretty glassware, let it cool a bit), whip air into partially cooled Jell-o to get a cool bubbled texture…if you can dream it, you can probably do it. But there are some things that will make your vision fall apart, like adding the wrong fruit or adding too much liquid, so check out the link above for basic directions.

The Horrifyingly Bad Jell-o

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Jell-o with salad bits. From Huffington Post. With regrets.

My personal Jell-o horror was the salad my mom made with celery Jell-o (yes, it was a thing) filled with shredded carrots and celery. Three wrongs do not make a right, especially when what you think should be served is cherry Jell-o with big cherries floating in it. When celery Jell-o was confined to the dumpster of grocery history, she substituted lemon. That was even worse.

Although celery was the only flavor from the Jell-o house of horrors to cross our threshold, it was not the only savory flavor and here are the ads to prove it. 

It would be easy to go on and on here, because when Jell-o goes bad, it goes seriously bad. But Buzzfeed already put in the sweat, so easier just to read their post on Horrifying Retro Gelatin. Yes, some of their are not Jell-o based, some are plain gelatin, not branded packaged flavored gelatin. But I think it is entirely fair to paint Jell-o with a gelatin brush.

The Genius Jell-o

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Hello, Jell-o, the genius showcase of the Jello Mold Mistress.

If you feel like you want to dial up your Jell-0 artistry, spend some time with the Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn. We haven’t mentioned Jell-0 shots, but if you were looking for recipes for those and other incredible treats, you would find them in her book, Hello, Jell-o or on her blog.

And then there’s the world of 3D gelatin art. You know those beautiful glass paperweights with glass flowers suspended in a ball of glass…picture that. Then picture it made with gelatin and completely edible.

There are lots of sites that offer both instruction and supplies for this incredible food art. To get started, check out Gelatin Art Market and Art de Gelatin

 

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3D gelatin art wedding cake from Art de Gelatin.

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So go forward and congeal some spectacular desserts, salads or whatever strikes your fancy. If there is one mantra you should remember for Jell-o crafting, it’s this: Just because you can suspend it in Jell-o, it doesn’t mean you should.

What is your best Jell-o recipe? Or your most regrettable one? Share in the comments below!

Interview with Siobhan Welch of TreasureListings.com and EstateSales.org

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I would like to introduce Siobhan Welch of TreasureListings.com and EstateSales.org. She is the Content Strategist for Treasure Listings LLC.

You might remember a while ago we featured an post on 25 tips for shopping estate sales. That post was prompted by an article Siobhan wrote for her blog The Goods, titled Want to Sell vintage? Shop Estate Sales. In her post I was one of the vintage sellers interviewed so I asked her if I could return the favor.  Not only did she agree to the interview but she got her boss Mike to allow me to interview him as well. Here is Siobhan’s interview:


How did you get into the estate/garage/yard sale business?

I’m a copywriter, so my job changes depending on what I’m writing about. I jumped at the chance to write about something I actually enjoy – vintage, antiques, collectibles, and everything else that goes along with estate sales. I’ve always been a thrift shopper, and I love vintage things and antiques, learning history, going into people’s old homes, seeing their stuff and wondering about their lives.

What does your job entail? What are your responsibilities within your job?

Since this is a tiny company, I wear many hats, all of them content related. I plan and write for our two blogs, one is industry-related and the other, The Goods, is focused on estate sale shoppers. I research – which means a lot of reading and talking to people. Sometimes I attend estate sales. I manage all the email and social media. Then I try to make sure our content is found by promoting it as well as I can. I also track our analytics data to see what’s working and what’s not.

What is your favorite part of working at Estate Sales.org?

Besides getting to learn a lot about old things, provenance and history, I love talking to the people who run estate sales. They are all so smart and curious having come to the industry from all walks of life. They know a lot about a lot. They’re the kind of people you want to sit next to in a bar or coffee shop. They can tell you about history, how things were made, where they were made, why they were made that way. Most of them have an eye for good design – or more importantly, an eye for what’s interesting. And they have fascinating stories.

The estate sale industry has rapidly grown due to downsizing of the aging population. How has that affected your business? What opportunities do you see being created in the future?

I recently heard the Millennials just surpassed the Baby Boomers in population. Which means all this downsizing and figuring out senior-related issues is only going to continue – because the Millennials, though still in denial, will all get old one day and need liquidation services. Right now the issue is that they don’t want to take on a lot of the Boomers’ stuff – hence the need for estate sales. So who knows? If they continue to be minimalist and mobile, maybe there won’t be as big of a need for estate sales in the future, but I doubt it. Stuff will always exist (to fill the void), and since we’re human, there’s too much of it. Liquidation services will always be needed, too – professionals who are experts in pricing and appraisal, and who will run the whole thing because it can be quite a production.

How has technology impacted your business? Has it made it easier, or more difficult, in what ways? 

Our business is built on the internet, so giving shoppers a way to find sales and companies – and giving estate sale companies a way to easily advertise was a game-changer for the industry. With everything moving toward mobile, technology is even more important.

Do you shop estate or garage sales? If so, can you share a favorite story or find?

I do shop estate sales – there are a lot of cool ones in my neighborhood in Austin. Here’s a weird story about our website. I regularly go through the site looking for photos to use on social media or interesting finds. One day I was looking at a sale for what looked like an old dance studio…. and all the photos started to look very familiar. It turns out my ballet teacher had died and her estate sale was listed on our site! She had lived in a house attached to the studio, and as a child I always wanted to see inside her house. So now, twenty-something years later I got to. It was a weird, unexpected look into my past I wasn’t expecting. You never know what you’re gonna find at an estate sale – even virtually. 

What advice can you offer for shoppers?

Check out EstateSales.org to see photos of the sale first to decide if it’s worth driving out to. Get there early on day 1 for the good (midcentury) stuff, get there on later days for the discounts. Neighborhoods matter. Go with a friend for more fun, but it’s even more fun if you have different tastes.

Do you have any advice for those wanting to get into the estate sale business?

Learn everything you can about everything – but don’t think you can learn it all in a book. This is a very tactile business, so attend sales and antique fairs, touch and examine things, talk to people, ask questions.

What new trends do you see coming in the industry?

I see more sales moving toward mobile, with online auctions becoming the norm, although I think actual estate sales will always exist. You just can’t recreate the tactile experience (or that old house smell) digitally.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I think that covered it – thank you so much!


Thanks so much Siobhan, we really appreciate it.  We love EstateSales.org ! Go check out The Goods too.

The Exciting World of Car Shows

Just a few of the vehicles we saw represented at the Chasco Classic Car Show.

 

The wonderful, fun, extraordinary and sometimes wacky world of automobile exhibits. We had the great fortune to happen on a rather large car show recently and what a show it was! The time spent taking these pieces of history from an oft times pile of rusty metal to what you see here is enormous. The cost – not only in cubic $ but in blood sweat and tears – would bring you to your knees.

 

Ever seen a Hupmobile? (top left) Beautifully restored red Cushman top center. Just had to represent the working man with a photo of the old red wrecker!

 

These proud owners grandly display their vehicles (aka their babies) as if they are works of art. And sometimes they are. They even have detailed records and photo albums dedicated to each process along the way and will gladly share the albums and stories with you. It is amazing really, and so very fun to see. We appreciate these folks allowing us the pleasure of viewing and photographing their vehicles and sharing their stories.

 

The orange Econoline DRAGSTER. What! Look at the beautiful tool leather on the convertible (bottom right). Top right is one of the rat rods – well done!

 

Do YOU have a classic or antique vehicle? We would love for you to share your story with us!

 

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A Round Up of Vintage Porch Decor for Easter

Hop to it! It’s almost Easter! Time to dress up your front porch, steps, or patio with a touch of Spring!

Here’s a quick round-up of some clever ideas for decorating your entry way for Easter.

Vintage Baskets

Grab a vintage basket or two, fill with live moss or floral moss, then add eggs. You could use colorful plastic eggs, as shown here, or spray paint the plastic eggs to match your color scheme (metallic paint like gold, silver, and copper would look very posh)! If you have an old piece of vintage barn wood, use a piece of chalk and create your own “Fresh Eggs” sign.

Image Source: dragonflyswamp.blogspot.com

 

Vintage Buckets

Galvanized buckets and pails make a perfect planter for Spring flowers! Fill with tulips, daffodils or other flowers for a bright Spring-time look. Tuck a rabbit figurine into the bucket among the flowers for an extra special touch. Attach a sign to the bucket and you have a welcome display!

Image Source: littlebrags.blogspot.com

 

Vintage Rubber Boots

Find a pair of vintage rain boots and turn them into planters or vases for your front porch. A bouquet of forsythia will brighten any entry way! Position your boot vases near several old wood pails or baskets filled with Easter eggs or more flowers, such as tulips, and a rabbit figurine or two for a fun Easter look.

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Vintage Figurines

Keep your eye open for vintage figurines such as rabbits, chicks, and birds – they are perfect for tucking into baskets filled with flowers and Easter eggs. If you have a large rabbit statue or figurine, set it on a bench on your front porch or even on a step leading up to your front door – it’s sure to put a smile on the faces of all who visit you at Easter!

Image Source: theseasonalhome.com

 

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