retro

Midwestern Treasure Troves: Estate Sales Recently

You never really know what you’re going to find at an estate sale. For instance, last week, we stumbled across this priceless gem:

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Look closer…

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closer…

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Ahhh piquant lemon lime flavor, how could we resist you for that long 16 years? Finally, for a mere $2.00 (I didn’t even know Gatorade expired), you can be ours! We’ll just conveniently ignore the ominous game expired looming at us.

In particular at estate sales, I always like to see the weeeeeird stuff people collect. Three weeks ago, the woman collected cow totems and the man was obsessed with trains. This past week, I couldn’t escape bowling mementos (prizes, pins, pens, jerseys) only to find out the couple had owned a bowling alley. My roommate loves to go to collect cardinal ornaments (I had no idea people had so many things with cardinals on them. Now that I’ve noticed, they can’t be unseen! Seriously, go check your house). And of course, I’m always on a mission to locate the hats (with varying success). So here’s the haul of the past two weeks:

  Estate Sale One
Niles, Michigan

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Bird picture: 1.50/ Carpet Bag: 20.00/ Scarf: 5.00/ Globe Tin: 1.50/ 2 pairs of antique earrings 1.50 each

This one was fairly blase’ no great stories here. Leigha and I were on a mission for headscarves, and as you can see, I found everything else. I styled the headscarf and carpet bag here.

Estate Sale 2
Elkhart, Indiana

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Needlepoint of my future house: 7.00/ Sailing shirt: 1.00/ Legit fur stole: 7.50

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Next stop- Russian Aristocracy

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Texture Combo.

I stayed relatively calm throughout this venture, but J raided the place. I’ve never gone to an estate sale with anyone who walked away with more than I bought, but in J’s defense, at times, it was like walking through an Urban Outfitters giveaway. Like these smashing new swim trunks:

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Panda-licious

PreFontaine Meets Brooks Brothers: A Real American Tradition

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California, here he comes.

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J also managed to snag several tomes on the (alleged) conspiracy that was the Clinton presidency and a 1950s guide to a Successful Sex Life in Marriage (approved by the American Medical Association, New York Daily, and Catholics of America- all for two dollars!). But the greatest find of the day was probably this little guy:DSC_0067

Upon seeing him, Joe immediately said, “Herbert?” And with his reluctant grin, Herbert returned Js gaze.

Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 2.03.16 PMThis sassy little strigiform is making me seriously reconsider my views on love at first sight. He’s so bold, yet demure! Suffice it to say, he and J have already moved in together. May you be so lucky in love on your next adventure! Happy Friday!

 

Visible Monday: Trollied Dolly

Today marks my first installation of “Visible Monday.” This blog-collaboration, started by Not Dead Yet Style began in opposition to the idea that as women grow older at some age they become “invisible.” Being in law school makes me feel so small and invisble. Well, that is until I get cold called, and wonder if my forehead looks as large as it feels, all while I’m supposed to be recalling the finer points of a case… VM also serves the dual purpose of letting you see the person behind the blog, rather than always hearing what I have to say (although I am unapologetically fond of the poorly lighted selfie). Being the egomaniac I am, I decided to join!

The only guideline is to “compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.” Ladies and Gentleman, I’d like to introduce you to my Trollied Dolly dress.

IMG_6054Isn’t it a beaut? Every time I wear this dress I just feel so fun and fancy free. It’s 100% cotton, so when I walk around, I just feel clean like a crisp day in the mid-50s. Below is my dress on the wall, and featured in Look magazine!

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So what is a Trollied Dolly, you ask (a bit belated)?

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Well, I think they say it best:

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I have yet to find a label on the market that manages to channel retro like these girls. With a splash of rouge and a cinched waist, they’ll have you looking like you swooned out of a 40’s movie in no time. And now’s your moment, Happy Visible Monday!