Thrifted Twin Peaks Costumes for Babes

I am incredibly thankful to my friend Amber for this guest post! This post is just for the ladies, but there is a guy’s costume post coming later this week too! K, now I’m off to binge watch Twin Peaks on Netflix… – Bethany

Halloween costumes can be a challenge. No one likes to wear a store bought costume. Those silly Disney princess ones actually show a picture of the princess somewhere on the costume… as if we couldn’t tell. I know you wouldn’t spend a billion dollars to look like Belle. That doesn’t mean you still can’t be the Belle of the Ball. You’re crafty, and let’s be honest, if you’re reading the Reware Vintage blog you’ve already discovered the magic of second hand bliss.

Bethany and I discussed the perfect marriage of second hand clothes and Twin Peaks costumes late last fall. The clothes are distinctly 90s, yet also timeless in a Ghostbusters sort of way. Thrifting them should be relatively easy, cheap, and effective. I was asked to write a guest post on making Twin Peaks costumes from second hand items. This turned into two posts because it was WAY too much fun for one. When we planned this, we obviously had no idea that this post would occur the same month we learned Twin Peaks will be returning after 25 years. I’m sorry I didn’t listen to you, Laura.


Okay, we get it Laura. Settle down.

While shopping at Goodwill for certain Twin Peaks characters I found some pieces worked seamlessly together. They were like a slice of cherry pie and a damn fine cup of coffee. Other characters weren’t as easy. It made my day as difficult as the day Pete found a fish in the percolator.

Today’s post is aimed at the ladies. The most easily readable costumes for babes are Laura, Nadine Audrey, the Log Lady, and Donna. These costumes, aside from Nadine and Donna, were all found at a Goodwill Store near my house. I posted the regular prices, but several were on sale for $0.99 today. Sundays are a great day to thrift, friends.

LAURA PALMER

Laura’s death was the center of the Twin Peaks saga. She seemed to know everyone and have tons of secrets. There are so many looks for Laura because she is in several flashbacks, as well as the Black Lodge. Some gals go for the “wrapped in plastic” look of how Laura Palmer was found in the pilot. I disagree entirely. Wrapping yourself in plastic ensures you’ll be a sweaty mess, which will make your bluish-purple makeup run. You’ll have to have that always wet hair look that Beyonce briefly tried to make a thing. Worse, you’ll also end up slinking around like a burrito. Halloween costumes should be easy to move around in so you don’t abandon them half way through the party. And practicality aside, this is the Laura I’d want to see at a party. The iconic picture frame is the best version of Laura. There are so many lies behind that perfect picture.
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Shop Update!

It’s a brand new shop update, with lots of new women’s and men’s clothing. There’s a whole lot of pattern and texture in this collection, and these three are just a few of my favorites!

Did I mention I just marked down a bunch of new clothing on clearance too?

Check it all out in the shop!

Crafty Inspiration at ArtPrize

I was thrilled to be able to go to ArtPrize for the first time last weekend while I was in Grand Rapids for the last Vintage Street Market of 2014. I’ve been really wanting to see the 3 square mile art competition, and had a fantastic, truly inspirational time in the midst of it’s final weekend.

I especially loved seeing so much art & craft collide all over downtown Grand Rapids. Many of my favorites were installations using non-traditional methods and materials (not surprisingly) and that had hints (or handfuls) of craft to them as well.

My favs below (and you’ll want to see all of them, click the more tag!)


Reflex/ Reflects by Haase & Myers
Paper Mache


Oil Flowers by Jerry Bleem
Crocheted from plastic shopping bags


Eye Candy by Celeste Cooning
Handcut Tyvek, sail cloth and mylar
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See You Soon, Grand Rapids!

When the Vintage Street Market announced that they would be adding one last date in October, I was THRILLED! I’ll be spending Saturday visiting the city and taking in the last weekend of ArtPrize, then debuting SO MUCH AWESOME at the Vintage Street Market on Sunday. Come find the VSM at the Downtown Market, and shop a rack full of fall and winter vintage clothing, leather and suede jackets aged to perfection, and stacks of vintage T shirts – most of which hasn’t even been put on the website yet!

Can’t make it? You’ll start seeing more of the fall collection hit the site starting next week!

A Visit to the Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival

This weekend I checked out the Michigan Antique & Collectible Festival in Davisburg for the first time with my friend Jeff. This show “tours” Michigan, with stops in Midland and Davisburg. I have heard a lot of great things about this show and was excited to finally go!

It was bigger than I had thought it was going to be. WAY bigger. This took up a number of huge (some antique themselves) barns on the site, plus there were lots of other tents outside. BIG. I especially loved shopping in this barn above, and the horse stables which were just as old and beautiful!

Some of my fav sights of the festival:


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Mix Tape September

Making:
Not nearly as much as I wanted to make! I made Della a couple little hair bands, and got ready to make an all new batch of infinity scarves from vintage fabric for the shop.

Listening to:
A number of new (to me) Depeche Mode 12″ singles, David Bowie, The Beatles, Camper Van Beethoven, Jesus & Mary Chain, The Raveonettes, “Flashbeagle” (Roy and Della’s current fav) and The Vaselines.

Shopping and Drooling Over:

I bought this AWESOME 3D fiber mascara from Younique, via my friend Gabbey. I’m not usually fond of Tupperware kind of sales stuff, but I am making a exception for this make up – It is seriously the best mascara I’ve ever used – my lashes look crazy full and long now. It is worth the money, and really easy to use. If you don’t know anyone selling Younique, feel free to order from Gabbey too, here!

The vintage reproduction series from Levis is jaw dropping. Especially the 1930′s ladies leather!

Speaking of shoes, I was pleasantly surprised (i.e. jumping up and down) to see that Zulily had a Dr. Martens sale last week and I could get the polka dot boots I’ve been drooling over for a pretty insane price.

Have you seen the Nate Berkus for Joann Fabrics line? I love that navy drawn line print the most.

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Thank You DIY Street Fair!

Thanks to everyone who shopped and visited with us at DIY Street Fair! As always, I had a total blast and loved our weekend there – one of my favorite weekends of the whole year!

The music was awesome, the food was incredible and I loved shopping with my fellow vendors. Roy and I even got to ride the ferris wheel for the first time and he had the BEST time.

You may have noticed the website is pretty cleared out now. More awesome T shirts and cold-weather clothes for guys, gals and kiddos are on their way! I CAN’T WAIT to show you some of my fav finds ever!! Want to be notified as soon as they go up? Sign up for the Reware Vintage email list on the site right over there ——-> (or right below if you are looking at this on the front page of the site).

Thanks again, this weekend was just amazing. Special thanks to my friends Gabbey and Justin who helped me in the Reware tent, Monica and Cathy who babysat, and everyone at DIY Street Fair for putting together such an awesome event!

DIY Street Fair This Weekend!

I couldn’t possibly be any more excited for this weekend. The next three days are DIY Street Fair!

Reware Vintage is in our usual spot across from the beer tent, behind the WAB. I’ve got stacks of new T shirts and lots of new vintage apparel for guys, ladies and kids from the fall collection for DIY shoppers to get first dibs on, and an extra big bargain bin full of $1-$5 deals too!

See you there!

Mix Tape August

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!

Making:
Does building an insane amount of cabinets count? I made one batch of notebooks…Eh…lots of plans for next month!

Listening to:
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.

Nicole of Sloe Gin Fizz designed the what I consider to be my ultimate T shirt, really. For The Sewing Party on November 8th, which sounds REALLY cool – hoping I can join in!

Groundscore.com has got a Coffee ring. And a Sweatpants ring. And a Guacamole ring. Please get me all the rings.

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.

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