vtg STETSON Straw Boater Skimmer Hat Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon 7 1/8


I found this rare Stetson straw boater or skimmer hat in a bin full of funky trucker hats.  Those kind of surprises are such fun while trolling through thrift stores. Hats are one of my favorite things to rescue.

It shows its age a bit but the straw is in amazing condition. I have it up for auction right now on eBay. If you click on the photo of the hat you will go to the auction which ends tomorrow night. I rarely do auctions these days but this hat was perfect for an auction listing.

It’s been way too long since I posted any of my fabulous finds. Looking forward to changing that in the weeks ahead!





Vintage 1960s MAGNOLIA Floral Oil Wood Framed Signed LEDOUX Paris Apt Shabby Chic


I found this about a month ago in a local thrift shop and have been enjoying having it around. Magnolia trees are a real favorite of mine. The blossoms are so huge and heavily scented. A flower that is an icon of the South to me. It’s a heavy painting and was a challenge to make a solid box for shipping it. It’s yet to sell and I’m kind of glad. Click on the photo to go to my current eBay auction for more photos and information.

Pink and Black


My mannequin was just sitting there wearing this sweet skirt of pink ruffles…begging to be photographed. So, I obliged.  I found this wonderful antique dressmaker mannequin over thirty years ago in a Salvation Army on Hwy 50 in Orlando. She’ll be with me until the end. I miss having her in my living room as a piece of sculpture but these days she stays upstairs in my studio….working hard for me.

Vintage 1950s PALIZZIO Black Lace Red Pointed Toe Stiletto Heels Shoes 8.5A


I found this pair of vintage black lace and red satin stiletto high heel shoes made by PALIZZIO in a tatty thrift store in Sylva, NC. These were a ray of light in that sad shop. They are gorgeous and remind me of all the 50s shoes my Mother had when I was a child. No wonder the woman now has bunions! But such amazing shoes.
The shoes are made on the Delano Last. The shoes are a size 8.5 A. The shoes measures 10 1/4″ long on the inside of the shoe. They are 2 5/8″ wide at the ball of the foot measured on the inside of the shoe. These are NARROW. The stiletto heel is a hair over 3″. Metal triangle points on the bottom of the shoe down at the pointed tip. Rubber tips on the stiletto heels are still in good shape. NO shoe box. Click on the photo to go to my current eBay auction for more information and photos.

Vintage 50s SEARS Orange Floral Full Pleated Cotton Day Dress Doris Rockabilly


A flattering peachy orange floral cotton print on a white background makes for a pretty vintage Summer dress made by SEARS in the later 1950s to early 1960s. Sweet Peter Pan collar. Wonderfully full and beautifully pleated skirt that moves nicely. Vintage pearly peach plastic buttons up the front. No belt although belt loops are still attached. It’s a lightweight and somewhat sheer Perma Press cotton material that holds the pleats nicely. The dress would look amazing over some crinolines or a lacy vintage slip. I’ve shown it both ways for you. All the photos have a slip under the dress. I used a vintage silk scarf as a belt in a couple of the photos. No size label but is on the Medium side. Click on the photo to go to my eBay auction for more photos and information.

Hooray for Dahlias!


The Summer harvest of dahlias from all the plants on this property is about to overtake my many vases. It’s grand….the house is filled with colorful arrangements in all sorts of vintage containers. Dahlias always look so darn otherworldly to me.  They just don’t look real in their perfection. Yet dahlias have the nicest fresh scent. Can you tell that I love dahlias?

Vintage 50s 60s JANTZEN 2 Piece Set Skirt Top Shirt Dress Atomic Rockabilly Lucy 14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis vintage skirt and blouse set was made by JANTZEN. The soft fabric is a striking retro print in blues, rust and brown on a tan background. Great Fleur De Lis block print. The short sleeve blouse buttons up the front with pearlized brown buttons. The skirt fastens on the side with a Talon zipper and a button. Belt loops on the skirt but no belt. Kick pleat in the back. The skirt is beautifully finished with rayon hem tape and a well made waistband. Appears to be cotton or a cotton blend. Made in the USA. A vintage size 14 according to the label. Click on the photo to go to my current eBay auction.

This set was found with a group of other vintage clothes….all in the same size and in similar styles. Another donation to a thrift shop of some woman’s lovely wardrobe from another era that I was lucky enough to find. I’ve had a rash of these in the last month. My bedroom and studio are looking like a dress shop from the early 1960s these days which delights my eye. These clothes are just so beautifully tailored and stylish. More great reasons to wear vintage clothes…plus it is the perfect form of recycling!