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i made my first vintage loves purchase the other week and i was so happy when it arrived in its lovely little tie dye bag! i totally forgot about them! i adore the colors and i want to be able to use it as a tote bag this summer, so i decided i’d add a handle!

this is super easy. all you need is a needle and thread, and whatever you want to use for the handle. i used a fabric belt that was part of an old coat i don’t even have anymore, but for some reason i kept the belt.

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i sewed the strap onto the inside of the bag, below the drawstring – i wanted to still be able to pull the bag closed with the drawstring.

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and that’s it!

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in case you missed it, check out our post from this summer when we showed you how we make the tie-dye bags!

thursday poll – edition 133

did you guys know we have a vintage loves lookbook? featuring one of our beautiful stylists and a cute little pup called georgie :) which of these looks do you guys like best?

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and here are last week’s results:
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vintage tees are here!

if there was one article of vintage women’s clothing i was going to collect, it would be vintage tshirts. i love them and can never get enough…  each one is a little piece of history.  the ones i own each have a story behind them that makes them incredibly special… a bar in somer’s point NJ where my parents used to hang out, a tom petty shirt from his “last dance with mary jane” tour that a boyfriend gave to me and is full of holes , a pink floyd tee i found in brooklyn, and my favorite- and perhaps the most random – a tshirt my uncle picked up in wyoming years ago that ended up in my mom’s possession, and now mine.

so when i found out we’d be selling vintage t-shirts as part of our vintage loves collection, you can imagine how excited i was. our vintage buyer did an amazing job hand picking these rare and perfectly broken in tshirts… i’ll admit it, i bought two the moment they went on sale… check them all out here!

you should also check out our homepage right now, it’s pretty neat :)

one potato, two potato…

…three potato four.

i never heard of it until our graphic designer mentioned it as one of her favorite vintage stores, where she finds some of the awesome stuff in her home.

then today i was getting coffee and saw a flyer for a barn sale the store is holding this weekend and i checked out the website… now i know one thing i’m doing saturday!

the shop is full of hand-picked vintage treasures ranging from books, signs, glass bottles and mugs to blankets, furniture and other various oddities.  plus it’s owned by a sweet married couple with two adorable little kids :)  check out their blog too, where they post shop updates and cute family photos.

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this is the first barn sale they’re holding – as a change from having normal hours, they will have one of these every month. check out their website for more info!

holiday book chapter two: treasures

“twinkling gems add a dusting of mysterious wonder to your outfit. hang with admiration on your wall like a cherished piece of artwork. exquisite pieces for gifts, and for your loved ones to treasure.”

chapter two focuses on gift items so special we consider them treasures…  vintage chainmail evening bags, statement jewelry and delicate lace slips so beautiful you almost won’t want to wear them. The treasures were photographed in philadelphia by rene micheli.

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i love this shot of the bags from our vintage loves collection too:

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view the catalog online here, and shop our vintage treasures here.

back to the garden

i have a really wierd obsession with woodstock.  i wasn’t even alive back then but it pains me to think i wasn’t able to be a part of that experience.  our vintage buyer took a trip to bethel, new york,  and brought back some photos of the festival site and her friend’s place – i nearly died when i saw them. one day i will get there.

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this is duke – he went to woodstock in ’69 and never left! he now gives tours of the festival grounds.

and here’s her friend’s amazing home…

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yeah, i would never leave either.

tie dye is my bag

how cool are these tie dye bags? we are using these as packaging for the vintage loves collection and i think they are so beautiful –  plus they were made with love by some of our fp girls right here at the home office.

the ingredients:

dye in shades of fuchsia, orange, yellow, purple, turquoise and green!

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bags of various sizes and lots of rubber bands!

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various tying techniques…

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time to dye!

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they let the bags sit overnight so the dye sets in.

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next step – rinsing!

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hang me out to dry…

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and… ta da!

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i love it! i have a plain white free people bag that i think needs to be tie dye :)

meet our vintage buyer!

this questionnaire will give you a little bit of an idea of who our vintage buyer is, but it doesn’t paint the full picture.  just like the items she works with, ali is one of a kind.  in the time that i’ve known her, i’ve learned that ali: 1. has an amazing cocllection of vintage rock tshirts, 2. has an adorable bulldog, named  chloe, who is blind, 3. left her car in arizona, 4. has a fisher price record player at her desk, 5. records her vintage purchases in a leather bound journal from the 1800s.

here’s a little more about ali :)

what is your theme song?

“sunny day sweeping the clouds away…” – sesame street!

if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?

fantasy island

if you were stranded on an island, what 3 things would you want with you?

a bacon egg and cheese mcmuffin, an ipod and a satin eye patch.

how would you describe your personal style?

east meets west…old school urban cowgirl hippi crunchy.

what is your biggest fear?

war

winter, spring, summer or fall?

all you have to do is call.

what color are you?

rainbow

what is your motto?

peace love happiness

what is your favorite hobby?

watching movies.

if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?

albert einstein.