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Friday, April 20, 2012

Vintage Shopping Break

Today I went to visit a little vintage shop we're lucky enough to have in town called Laura's Vintage.  I have been meaning to visit for some time now and just never seem to get the chance.  So, I decided to make the time today.  I was really glad I did.

First, let me say that there is a Laura, and she's very friendly and helpful.  Just the right balance between letting you browse in peace and being there when you need her.  This can be a challenge for a shop owner.

The selection is lovely and spans many decades, but I would say that the proponderance of merchandise is fifties to sixties in origin.  There are lovely dresses, both day and evening, hats, bags, and all manner of accessories.

She even had a little basket of (gasp) sewing patterns, so of course I snagged two.

Simplicity 5375 from 1972 looks nifty for lounging.  And Simplicity 6470 from 1974, which is primarily of interest to me for the blouses.  They are both "Look Slimmer" patterns, which was also the claim to fame for my vintage sailor dress.  Bonus for me.

Also in that little corner I found a needle book, intact save for one darning needle!

And, the piece de resistance, I could not leave without this adorable, happy, springy sixties dress.  I had to have it and it was so cute.  And it was just $25.  So I had to buy it.  Right?

I especially love the pink plastic buckles at the shoulders.  This is very me.

Anyway, I absolutely love this shop.  I need to stay away for a while for the sake of my budget, but I can guarantee that I will return to shop again another day.  Occasionally we all need a little break from sewing!


  1. Shop sounds amazing! Great finds, too. The dress is particularly adorable.

    1. Now if it would only warm up again so I could wear it!

  2. That needle book is really a treasure!

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