Wearing Vintage on Vacation

Recently, Dan and I took a trip to Playa Del Carmen which was one of the best weeks ever. We escaped the cold Michigan weather and our responsibilities for five days, and had a fantastic time enjoying the sunshine, beach, pool and a lot of margaritas.

I was happy to pull out some of my favorite vintage summer clothes a few months early, and wear them on the trip. Here’s a few outfits I wore…


You know clothes that are decades old can be so comfortable for flying…that’s why I wore a 90s mock turtleneck tank layered with a cardigan for our flights there. I was cozy in Detroit, and cool in Mexico when we arrived.


I was so happy to finally got to wear this 1970s hooded tank that I bought in a collection over the winter. Perfect for a windy morning on the beach as we watched the sunrise (this picture was on the walk back to our room after).
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What We Kept Mini Post

I’ve been working hard buying and photographing a TON of new vintage coming to the site, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek at a few things I kept!

First, a Missoni for Target dress (2nd from left)! It’s not vintage, but I missed out on everything from this collection except a pair of shoes when it came out, and I’ve been hoping to find something at a thrift in my size ever since. It took years, but I finally did! The 70s striped T shirt and 70s striped sweater both came from a friend’s collection and I fell in love instantly when I tried them on.

That black dress? It’s my dream “show selling dress”. It’s comfortable. It’s black. I can wear almost any pair of shoes with it. Oh, and IT HAS A FANNY PACK ATTACHED. I just about fell over when I saw it, and then again when I tried it on and it fit. This dress was my treat to myself at the Vintage Garage Chicago show, from Kitten Surprise, who has a ton of great stuff over in her Etsy shop too!

Stay tuned for SO MUCH coming to the site! Want to know as soon as something new is in the shop? There’s something new nearly every day, and I post on Instagram as soon as it is live – follow me at @rewarevintage.

Mix Tape April


At the Moment:
Della just turned 4 years old and had a really fun Moana birthday party, and Moana came herself! She’s now more obsessed than ever with the movie (not complaining AT ALL). It was a blast! Roy has started T ball and loves it, and is excited for his own birthday party coming up soon, too.

Dan and I went on a trip to Rivera Maya, and it was one of my favorite trips ever. We ate incredible food, relaxed in the sun and read a lot – my kind of vacation! Happily, the warm weather came to Detroit a week after we got home, and though it isn’t quite as hot as Mexico, we’ll take it!

I also got to travel to Chicago with my pal Justin to sell at Vintage Garage Chicago, which was AWESOME. Love to you, Windy City & to my friend Tim who hosted us for the night! It was a great start to my spring/summer season of shows, TBA soon! Thanks too, to everyone who shopped the Sailor Moon collection that was in the shop – I can’t believe how quickly it sold! There’s still a few items left, check them out here.

Making:
I was so happy to sew some gifts for a couple of expecting friends this month (these receiving blankets here) and lots & lots of notebooks & jewelry for stores!

Listening to:
Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Nicks, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Lana Del Ray, Depeche Mode and Sneaks. Short list, but what a good one!

Della’s fav song of the month: Kraftwerk “The Robots”. Roy & Del heard Kraftwerk for the first time and totally loved them.
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See You Soon, Chicago!

I’m thrilled to be selling at Vintage Garage Chicago this Sunday for the first time ever! This is a show I’ve wanted to participate in for so long, and I am really excited to finally be doing it. It’s actually in a parking garage in Chicago and it 3 floors full of vintage hunting of all kinds.

So Chicago friends, come see me & my friend/helper extraordinare Justin in the Reware Vintage booth and shop the site in person + get a first pick of the spring & summer apparel & T shirts that aren’t even up on the site yet!

Vintage Garage Chicago is 10-5 on Sunday, April 23rd at 5051 N Broadway in Chicago. Check out the event page on Facebook and their website for more deets, and hope to meet you there!

Mix Tape March


At the Moment:
March really came in like a lion as they say – we had a bad storm here and lost our power for 4 days. It was rough, but we had some awesome friends & family help us through it in different ways and when we finally got power back we sure appreciated it even more! Della had her last ballet class of the season & it was so fun to watch all the girls perform. Roy has gotten the Pokemon bug (I have no idea what he is talking about now) and Del got Moana fever all over again lol. I may have gotten it too – that movie is so great. Dan and I are training for our races coming up soon, and I am so happy to be running outside again now that the temps are above freezing.

Reware had a crazy great month with record breaking sales *thank you!* & a fun house call for buying. I debuted a big collection of vintage Sailor Moon items this week, and more T shirts and apparel for spring went in the shop in the last few weeks too. Just wait – there’s so much more coming next month, too!!

Making:
After a great response on some new pieces of record jewelry on Instagram, I’ve been making a bunch of new necklaces & earrings! They went out to a number of stores that carry them the past couple of weeks, and are going to go on the site in April! Head over to my Instagram to see some previews.

Listening to:
Depeche Mode AND Jesus & Mary Chain came out with new albums in March and I pretty much died and went to heaven. Also, Dan got me the reissue of Ben Folds Five’s “The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner” on vinyl – one of my favorite albums of all time. I got to see Jeff Rosenstock in concert and it was SO GOOD. It’s been a great month for music!

Della’s fav song of the month: How Far I’ll Go from Moana. I swear she sings this song to herself (and anyone else who will listen) 25 times a day, every day.
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What We Kept – The Return of the 90s

Have I ever told you guys the story of the Docs I’ve regretted not buying for the past 30 years? No? Well, it was a wondrous day when I walked into a TJ Maxx in 1995 and they had the Andy Warhol Doc Martens AND the snakeskin Docs there ON SALE. I only had enough money for one, and of course it had to be the Warhols. Now, I’ve never doubted that decision (as far as I’m concerned those are one of the best pairs of boots ever made), but I did wish that I could have gotten both.


And then, my friend Jeff found these. At a thrift. In my size. And texted me. Now, the love story is finally complete and we are happily reunited after all these years. THANK YOU JEFF!


Not nearly as dramatic, here is a Death T shirt that I have wanted for ages as well and while I never “wanted” a Party of Five soundtrack CD, I also can’t not buy it for 99 cents, so here it is.
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Happy Birthday, Micky Dolenz!

Happy belated Birthday to Micky Dolenz (it was actually yesterday, but better late than never)! The Monkees are one of my all time favorite bands ever since I was a little kid, and Micky was always my favorite of the band.


If you are a Monkees fan too, I highly recommend this vintage shirt from their 20th anniversary tour (I have this one in white & black in my personal collection).


Also, there’s a few Rescued Reads notebooks left from the Monkees collection I made and they all happen to feature Micky on the cover. This is just one of three different ones, check them all out here!

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Mix Tape February

At the Moment:
February was awesome. First, I got to hang out with some of my favorite crafters and friends at the Midwest Craft Con! There were some awesome classes and fun crafty shenanigans, and I also spoke on the “Craft Show Confidential” panel. Then the kids had mid-winter break and we had a few really fun days together after I got home, including a mini-road trip to Toledo. Then the month ended with seeing The Mummies at Third Man Records. It was a phenomenal show, and I was so glad to finally see them live.

Reware bonuses to the month: This was the month for the return of the WCSX Rock Swap, and it was another stellar time. I loved talking music all day to people & oh yeah, I sold a bunch of T shirts too. Also, in case you missed it earlier – we are now offering First Class Shipping on the site, and I’m so glad to see you guys taking advantage of that & saving you some money with that.

Making:
I knit a hat for me & for Della, and have started on one for Roy now too. It’s been many years since I knit anything, so I’m really enjoying getting back into it again in the evenings.

Listening to:
Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam, Camper Van Beethoven, David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, and the new Depeche Mode single – “Where’s the Revolution” over and over and over.

Della’s fav song of the month:
Jeff Rosenstock “Festival Song” – I’m on board with this one. It’s a damn good song.
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Shop with Reware at the WCSX Rock Swap this Saturday!

I’m excited to be back at the WCSX Rock Swap this Saturday at Oakland Mall! It’s a one-day show from 10am-6pm and I had a blast last year there.

I’ll have stacks of vintage tour T shirts, some band posters I discovered in my basement, Record Earrings & Embroideries and some other music oddities from our personal collection. Plus, some pals are bringing more goodies to sell on my table! There’s gonna be some great other sellers there too, with records, collectibles, concert posters & more – I’m sure you’ll find some real treasures there. Hope to see you there too!