Did you know September is National Sewing Month? If you are looking for a project to celebrate, here’s 8 from the Reware Vintage blog archives.
August was a crazy month for us. We repaired and painted a bunch of walls that were water damaged in our home from the harsh winter, tore out our kitchen, built a new kitchen, and put in new flooring and painted about half our home. Did I mention we are also potty training Roy and Della is pushing out her molars for the last couple weeks? Additional bonuses: Roy fell and gashed his head open, needed 7 stitches AND my car broke down after a two day craft show ended, an hour away from home. Needless to say, work was put on hold most of the month. Totally worth it, but I will recommend to anyone reading this out there that this combo of stressful things is REALLY not something I would advise anyone to attempt yourself.
While we were demolishing our kitchen, many of our friends dealt with flooding in their homes, businesses and cars here in Metro-Detroit. Our home was luckily dry through the worst flood to hit our county in decades, and I hope we never see water like that again in my life. Seriously, our freeways were under 14 feet of water. It was nuts.
On a lighter note, let’s get on with it!
Does building an insane amount of cabinets count? I made one batch of notebooks…Eh…lots of plans for next month!
LOTS of Nick Cave, The Monkees (Roy loves Mary, Mary), The Cure, The Beach Boys, The Budos Band.
Shopping and Drooling Over:
I recently discovered Sosie, and am really in love with these.
I scored the most incredible vintage cabinet for our family room at the Vintage Street Market. All I need to say is LEATHER DOORS. And new rooms mean new art – I got two very cute prints from the uber-talented Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles.
I am so excited to be back at the Vintage Street Market again in Grand Rapids tomorrow (Sunday, August 10th)! This is just the best collection of vintage sellers, and I had a BLAST in June when I was there.
Come by if you are in the area and get a deal on what is left of my summer collection, plus a sneak peek of what is coming to the store in the fall! There will be killer dresses, tops and skirts to shop from, plus STACKS of new vintage T shirts. This will be my last time at the Vintage Street Market this year, so hope to see you there!
I was very happy to work with the Metro Detroit Goodwill stores this summer to curate one of their pop-up shops inside Eastern Market, called YB Blue. I used to shop Goodwills all the time in Detroit long ago and found some incredible scores, so I have been very happy to see them opening up stores again in my area lately. When they contacted me about curating a collection for Eastern Market I was all sorts of excited, and when I shopped I was shocked by all the fantastic vintage I found – and the prices are GREAT!
While I won’t be able to make it to the market on Sunday, I can’t wait to share my finds with you all there. Seriously, there were so many things that I now can’t believe I didn’t buy for myself! You’ll find vintage clothing from the 60′s through the 90s, and some other designer finds that were vintage inspired, too.
Not only are there clothes, but you know I just couldn’t help but gather some vintage records, housewares and handmade crafts too (like the most amazing quilt completely made from scraps of vintage fabric). And furniture too!
Here’s just the tiniest taste:
The cutest art set
Dan even said “You didn’t buy that for you?!?”
and last but not least, this GEM. Unused and just waiting for some crafty gal to finally make it!
Someone I know, please buy this and let me come over when it is finished so I can bask in the crafty glow!
Check out the Goodwill YB Blue pop-up inside of Shed 2 at Eastern Market on Sunday, August 10th from 10-4. If you shop, please tag me in your photos on Twitter (@bethanylouise) or Instagram (@rewarevintage) and show me what you scored. Happy shopping, and thanks again to Goodwill for letting me curate this amazing collection!
I made some fun notebooks for myself & a friend with some Instagram tags I won from The Bees Knees Vintage. I also learned how to make a cool braided rope bracelet, thanks to Small Craft. And Dan finished our new garden (part is vertical!), which I am in love with.
Shopping and Drooling Over:
I got these Converse Thong Gladiators, and have worn nothing else since.
Better Life Bags makes awesome customizable bags in lots of styles, fabrics and leathers, in Detroit.
You Find a Bizarre Thing to Obsess Over
For some, it is a certain designer. For others, it is a specific decade or style. For me, it’s T shirts. And weird Levis products. And Michigan specific things. Did I mention I collect a couple different china patterns? Don’t forget Converse & Doc Martens, too.
Ok…there may be one thing you obsess over to the point of making an online survey to discuss what modern T shirt feels most like your favorite T shirt from the 1980s…but then there are probably 5-10 other things you also obsess over, just not as much.
You Get Annoyed When Stores Label Things Vintage That Aren’t Vintage
Like OVER ANNOYED. REALLY OVER ANNOYED. Ask any vintage collector, and they will go on a way-too-long rant about what vintage means, and how it is used inappropriately all the time by lots of stores. It drives us insane.
People Ask You if You Liked that Popular Movie/ TV Show Just Because it is Set in the Past
It is absolutely shocking how many people have been absolutely shocked that I do not watch Mad Men. Or Downton Abbey. That I did not see Great Gatsby. Hey, just because I like vintage clothing does not mean I suddenly have massive amounts of spare time to watch EVERYTHING that has some vintage clothing in it. (Just some of it.)
I’m very excited to be a part of the Maker’s Mart, hosted by Ponyride this Saturday in the parking lot next to the building. As part of the week long Detroit 313th birthday party, there will be over 40 handmade makers to shop and some great food too.
I’ll be there with nearly 100 Record Notebooks and lots of Record Earrings (including colors not yet available on the site!). You may be able to even sneak a peek at a secret project I am working on right now…
View the whole list of vendors at the Maker’s Mart Facebook event page here, and hope to see you there!
I’ve said for years that my favorite vintage T shirt is a Screen Stars 50/50. Preferred by lots of vintage T shirt collectors around the world, these shirts were one of the most popular in the 1980s, and are incredibly comfortable, breathable, and durable 30 years later!
The other day, a customer emailed me a FANTASTIC question, and I want your help answering it! He asked “What’s the closest to the Screen Stars 50/50 shirts out there?”. So I ask you, what modern T shirt do you feel is most like a vintage Screen Stars 50/50? Choose from the options below, or if I missed your favorite, leave your own answer.
Thank you! I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Last week’s buying trip was a big success, both for the site & our family’s collections:
Vintage Healthtex and books
Why does the Alf shirt say “Fast”? It doesn’t matter. Its an Alf shirt.
Don’t worry, I got TWO of that Michigan Panthers T shirt. One coming to the shop soon, lemme know if you are interested and just can’t wait.