New For the Holidays (Or Yourself, I Won’t Tell)

I’ve been busy over here making lots of new stuff for your holiday gift list this year! If you know someone that loves gardening, crafting, vintage yearbooks or even medical diagrams we’ve got a great new notebooks for you to explore.

For those of you dealing with a cold winter already, there are some new infinity scarves in the shop too! Each is made with vintage fabric in VERY limited quantities (like one or two for most) and we even have a couple matching scarves in kiddo sizes too – perfect for a mommy & me set to give!

Get a jump on holiday shopping today and get free shipping on orders over $25 – today only (Friday, Nov 21) – with coupon code NOTBLACKFRIDAY (US orders only). And come back again next week for even more new item premieres too!

Mad Crafting Going on Here

There’s some crazy long hours of making going on here for the last few weeks, getting all sorts of new awesomeness made for the shop and for Detroit Urban Craft Fair. Stay tuned – next week all sorts of gifts will be popping up on the site, great for everyone on your list!

Mix Tape October

At the Moment:
October is when things start going berserk here. Halloween & Holiday Prep for family and Reware and Detroit Urban Craft Fair. Remodeling details. Late nights working for both of us. Overly scheduled weekends. It is both crazy fun and overwhelmingly busy. I won’t lie though, I love it! I am truly, truly weird.

Della is absorbing so much and knows so many words. She doesn’t say many of them other than “yeah” or “no” most of the day though. Like a tiny Silent Bob, she just takes it all in and lets her loud brother talk for her most of the time, other than laughing all day. Roy is loving school and is so stoked for Halloween. He is going to be Jake from the Neverland Pirates, and he is pretty dang adorable in that tissue thin costume that I didn’t make myself (but I did make Della’s fox costume!).

I ran another 5K in October, my first since my crazy knee injury earlier this year – and it felt great. Unfortunately, Dan’s old injury came back to haunt him and he wasn’t able to run the marathon he has been training months for – a major bummer. But we will rebuild him. He will be stronger, better, faster – and he’ll run that marathon next year!

Thanks to everyone who ordered Record Notebooks after my big announcement earlier this week! Thanks for all the reposts and encouragement, too. Feeling super gracious and excited now!

Making: Over 100 new pairs of record earrings, plus lots of other new jewelry for the shop coming soon & even a few new baubles for me. I also made Della’s Halloween costume (from a vintage shirt!) and some Halloween decorations with Roy.
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Ch Ch Ch Changes (The Post Where I Announce I Will Stop Making Record Notebooks)

The final two. You can’t have them, they are mine.

It’s a really difficult and wonderful thing that I can finally announce:

I made my last batch of Record Notebooks earlier this year, and I have no plans to make them ever again.

I have happily & proudly made nearly 3,000 Record Notebooks over 9 years, but have for a (long) while been having all sorts of other ideas swimming in my head that I just could never make because I was spending too much of my creative free time making Record Notebooks. So earlier this year I STOPPED.

Instead, I put some of those ideas into production. And I LOVED IT. It has been wonderfully freeing and inspiring and fantastic to try some new things out, to see those ideas become physical reality. Some more are still coming. Some of those will probably suck and others will be great. And I’ll be having a total blast figuring it all out. I hope you’ll love all this newness as much as I do. New products will begin popping up soon on the website, and others will probably not until 2015. In case you are wondering, some of them are music/record related; some are not.

For those of you who would like to get one last book:
The last available Record Notebooks are all on the Reware Vintage website right now. All lined refill packs are already sold out, but there is still blank paper and music score paper to add on if you would like.

I’ve been making these a really long time. Look at how young I am here, geez!

And lastly, THANK YOU! I have loved making these books for so long and have loved hearing the stories, memories, gift traditions and passions they’ve inspired from so many people all over the world. I can’t wait to turn the page now and write the next chapter! I hope you’ll stay tuned for more.

Xo, Bethany

Thrifted Twin Peaks Costumes for Dudes

Looking for Twin Peaks costume ideas for ladies? Go back to part 1 of this guest post by Amber! – Bethany

Obviously thrift stores are the perfect place to shop for Halloween costumes. Yes, they have the random rack of prepared costumes. But there’s no sport in that!

The only acceptable costume on this rack is the vampire cape…. and that is only okay if you’re dressing up as Mr. Weir from Freaks and Geeks. And if so, you’d better practice singing Monster Mash.

As great as the Weirs are, this post isn’t about them. This post is about dressing up as the dudes of Twin Peaks. I strongly believe the following costumes are so simple you may not have to shop for anything. Luckily, if you do, the items are readily available at a thrift store and require no modifications.

The two best Twin Peaks costumes for dudes are Agent Dale Cooper and BOB. Both of these characters are so iconic that you can wear them to any costume party and get recognized. Even better, they are comprised of wardrobe staples you most likely already own!


Dale Cooper IS Twin Peaks. I cannot imagine this show without Kyle playing him. He plays Dale as an incredibly determined man who wants to solve the mysterious death of Laura Palmer. He also brings happiness to viewers when he gives thumbs up for great news or sage advice about life over a cup of coffee. Did you know Dale Cooper originated Treat Yo Self? Check it out:

“Harry, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee.”
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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’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!