Friday, May 1, 2015

Vintage Feed Sack Nightgown

I recently was ridiculously excited to find one of the items from my geeky "vintage clothing bucket list". Way, way back in the day, flour and animal feed was sold in fabric bags, not paper bags like you see at grocery stores today. Originally these bags were printed with the mill name or brand; later the bags were printed with more decorative patterns to appeal to the housewife. These feed or flour sacks were used to make quilts, household textiles and clothing.

If the print was a floral or other pattern, one's peers (the kids at school) would not know you were wearing a feedsack. But a printed mill name was a dead giveaway as to the origin of your shirt, skirt or (the horror) your underwear.

I had heard about underpants being made of feedsacks and how embarrassing it was to the wearer to display a mill name if exposed on the playground but had never seen any flour sack lingerie. Until last week.

True, I didn't find feed sack panties; it's a nightgown with a feedsack from the Globe Flour Mills Co. as the skirt portion. Judging from the dropped waist and the crochet yoke, the gown is probably from the late teens to early 1920s. The crocheted yoke is damaged at one armhole but the company logo printing is still quite legible. I think that either the skirt was added to a corset cover or a used yoke was added to the body of this gown. Either way, in true "make do" tradition, I think the entire garment was recycled in one way or another. Here's the mill logo, turned around so it's readable.

These glimpses into the past are what keep me digging for more nifty vintage finds. The next item from my "VCBL" could show up any time... but ya gotta look for 'em. And that's the fun of it all. : )

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunny With A Chance Of Blue Jays

Odd title? Well, I'm sitting here drinking my morning cuppa coffee (the first of many) and a blue jay swooped past my window. While the rest of the country is in weather Hell, we're having unseasonably sunny and warm here in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. The weather people are starting to babble about drought, which is a serious concern, but right now I'm basking in sunshine and an abundance of birds at my feeders.

I maintain a hummingbird feeder and have hummers at my backdoor all year long. They must nest in my willow or pear tree but I've yet to see any baby hummingbirds. I also use a wire suet feeder in my large quince bush outside my kitchen window. This feeder is my "entertainment center" while I'm cooking or washing dishes.

But my favorite feeder is the large green platform feeder that husband built for me. This feeder is set outside our dining room window. The beautiful feeder sat snubbed by the birds for a few years and became mostly obscured by the overgrown butterfly bush. Once we pruned the heck out of the bush, the birds arrived.

Why am I going on about the birds outside my windows? Because this busy webmaster often sits at the table with my laptop while working on one or another of my stores/websites/blogs. It's Monday and I'd like to get the week off to a good, productive start. My job du jour is mending. The stack includes a 1)Loro Piana leather jacket that has a fist-size hole in the cashmere lining, damaged & missing buttons, and damage to the sleeve lining. 2)Burberry's green and plum merino wool ruana that was a moth-feast site. Sigh... there must be 20 small holes. I must be crazy to do all that mending but after I'm finished I may keep it for myself. 3)Chanel purple cashmere v-neck pullover sweater, again with moth damage sprinkled across the bust. 4)A lovely Scottish Brora cashmere open-front cardigan in a dusty shade of plum. If it were my size, I'd keep it. Alas, it's a small and I'm not. My loss will be someone else's gain.

I have my jobs cut out for me... so I'd better get to work.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday- Shopping With RetroMonde

Friday is the day I wander, searching high & low for treasures to sell and keep. As I'm out and about, I see things that amuse me and take its picture. Here's today's lot.

I stumbled across these 2 old Fords at a garage sale. There was no garage sale sign at the sale, only a sign that said, "Out Back". Boy was I glad there was a sale back there and not just some stranger's back yard.

This is my "Fake Of The Week". I'm on a roll with bringing home the not-so-good goods. But each time I do, I learn something about how to recognize authentic luxury brands, so it's all good. I'll use it until I'm bored with the purse, then destroy it instead of selling it, which is illegal and unethical.

We stopped at a sale that was like old doll Valhalla. OMG, what a HUGE amount of antique dolls. Honestly, too many dolls in one spots is kinda creepy, especially when so many don't have either heads or bodies. One of those sad little dolls would have loved a ride in this toy wicker doll pram.

Finally heading home, we saw this sign. Yes, I was excited until the final sign that misspelled the word "should" as "sould". Sigh.

Nit-picking labels... anyone that manufactures sweaters should know what knit and crochet stitches look like and label them properly! Ever just looked for a sign? Very subtle. Good night!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Clown Heads- Awesome or Just Plain Creepy?

I'll let you be the judge and jury about these vintage clown doll heads. I'm not a clown fan, having spent a month at the "Scream At The Beach" haunt in Portland, Oregon. We were in the vampire booth next to the evil clown attraction. It sorta soured me on clowns in general, tho the folks under the grease paint were awesome. I probably would have had the same reaction if we were parked next a mime troupe... yech!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

1st post from my cell phone

Wow- I can blog ANYwhere now!! It may be really liberating or really annoying... time will tell.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dr. W. G. Grace Cricket Bandana

One of the things I really love about vintage treasure hunting is the research I get to do about some of what I purchase. I buy and sell on eBay, and am always on the lookout for antiques. So yesterday I bought an interesting old souvenir handkerchief, from 1896.

The large white mans handkerchief is printed with a photo and article about Dr. W. G. Grace (whom I'd never heard of before.) It claims that he was the Champion Cricketer of the World. That's a bold statement! S

o I started to learn about the game of cricket... where it's played, etc. I'm an American woman, and ignorant about many international sports. Turns out that WG is still considered an important cricket player, even 100 years later! I've listed this piece of vintage cricket memorabilia on eBay, hoping to get the handkerchief into the collection of someone who'll appreciate it. I can't get my link to the auction to work here now, but if you follow my ebay link on the right to where I sell, you can see it yourself. Enjoy!