Happy Birthday to Us!

It’s our birthday today! To celebrate, we’ve got EVERYTHING in the shop 40% off – even stuff already on sale! No coupon needed, no hoops to jump through. Just put it in your cart, check out, and fall in love with your new vintage gear in a few days when it arrives in your mailbox.

Again, this sale is only for today (Friday), so don’t wait or you’ll miss out on 40% off!

Cleveland Flea this Saturday!

I am so excited to be taking part in my first Cleveland Flea this Saturday! If you live in the area, come on by and get a chance to shop my summer apparel collection before it makes in onto the website in a couple weeks, and look through at least a hundred vintage T shirts from our site and stash.

Hope to meet you there!

Detroit Pistons Bad Boys 89-90 Back to Back Championship T Shirt

With a dad who probably has at least a dozen vintage Pistons T shirts from the Bad Boys era, you know the kids have to have some too. That’s why we have 2 of these classic 1989/1990 Back to Back Championship T shirts in our home – one for Roy & one for Della. They are both the same size, and I randomly/thankfully found both together at a thrift. Hopefully in the fall Del will have grown into hers and they can both wear them to games for good luck.

Randomly: I’m listening to Basketball Party as I’m writing this (Monday), and Dan is a guest on today’s podcast with Kim & Erin.

The Shirt: Detroit Pistons Bad Boys 1989/1990 Back to Back Championship T Shirt – little kid size

The Tag: Screen Stars Best

Estimated Value: $20 – But a picture of both kids wearing theirs together at a game? Priceless!

Mix Tape May

At the Moment:
This month was CRAZY. We had a birthday party for Roy & Della, celebrated Mother’s Day and our wedding anniversary, ran a race in Grand Rapids (10k for me, 25k for Dan), I was a judge at a pin up contest and also, you know, FERRIS FEST. I’m still catching my breath from the wild ride of May, but it was such a fun month.

Making:
I was excited to make 4 pouches for the Miss Fabulous Flora Pinups Contest with a new pattern, all from vintage fabrics, and they turned out so great! I loved them so much, I’m hoping to make some more to sell here in the shop later this summer.

Listening to:
Talking Heads, The Wallflowers, Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam, Elton John, Lana Del Ray, and a whole bunch of The The. Also, lost of Dear Sugar podcasts.

Della’s Fav Song of the Month: “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey (she makes me sing it to her at bed time right now)
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Ferris Fest: a 30th Anniversary Leisure Weekend of Epic Proportions

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I spent the weekend at Ferris Fest, a 30th anniversary weekend-long celebration of one of the greatest movies ever made, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. There were only 300 tickets available to this, which sold out within days back in February, but my best friend, Monica, and I managed to get two after it was announced and we read about with stars in our eyes on Facebook. All the John Hughes movies were MAJOR parts of our childhoods, and we watched them constantly for years, so it was IMPERATIVE that we went and party like it was 1989 (I know, bad Prince pun, sorry).

The weekend was FANTASTIC. UNBELIEVABLE. We were lucky to have gotten on the tour bus with the man who put the whole festival together, David Blanchard, and he was the best tour guide and just as passionate about the movie as the rest of us were on the bus. We had the best time and were just blown away by everything we got to do.


We met a number of members of the cast – Ferris’s Mom & Dad, one of the Valets who “borrowed” their car, the snooty Maitre D at Chez Quis, Grace (Rooney’s secretary) and even got to sit in a replica of the car!


We visited Cameron’s house (it looks exactly the same after all these years!)


The “Save Ferris” water tower, where we met several people who knew John Hughes and had great stories about him (and even a high school yearbook with his picture in it!).
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What We Kept – Finds from the 1930s – 1990s

It’s been a light on time out hunting for vintage lately, but I’ve still managed to score some great stuff for my closet & our home:


These 3 T shirts! A Ben Folds Five “Reinhold Messner” tour T shirt has been on my wish list for so long, so I was thrilled to find one in a collection I bought recently, along with an old Curve T shirt and the first new-to-me Damned T shirt I’ve had in over a decade (you can see the other two I have here and here)


A HUGE 70s wall hanging, with a note attached that it was handmade & bought at a market in Nepal. Currently hanging in my workspace.
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Vintage T Shirt Tuesday: Star Wars

It’s almost Star Wars Day (May the 4th), so it seems appropriate to show & tell my vintage Star Wars T shirt for this edition of Vintage T Shirt Tuesday, eh?

I got this T shirt in my super-rad haul from Static Vintage in San Fransisco when I went last year. Remarkably, this is the only Star Wars shirt I’ve ever had in my own closet. I wear it rarely so it is still in excellent condition, but when I do there are always lots of comments on it from both my kids (Usually something like “Mom! Mom! YOU’VE GOT A STAR WARS SHIRT ON!!! I LOVE STAR WARS!!!”) and grown-ups alike.

There are so many great Star Wars T shirts out there (I have a life goal to someday have a Revenge of the Jedi T shirt) but this is one that I remember most from back in the day, and I’m happy to have one in my personal collection.

The Shirt: Original Star Wars Episode IV (C-3PO and R2-D2)

The Tag: generic 100% cotton tag from the late 70s

Estimated Value: $30

Mix Tape April

At the Moment: 
Today is Della’s 3rd birthday, and she’s having a blast today. We got her a bed (whoa, no more crib!) and Roy got her a little guitar that she is very excited about. She woke up this morning and insisted that she was still 2 for a while, then finally got excited to be 3 and changed her mind. We took her out for brunch, she got to listen to the Rolling Stones for a bit, then an afternoon cupcake & trip to Detroit Kid City. She’ll have pizza for dinner, and a couple visitors. I can’t think of a more “Della” kind of birthday.

Louisville! I had a great time and was so happy to start off my road-selling season there. I’m continuing to post a lot more vintage T shirts both here and on Ebay, and more coming in May too. Keep coming back, and sign up on my mailing list on the front page of the site to hear about new additions to both shops!

Making:
A couple new Record Jacket Embroideries (coming to the shop soon) and a TON of new jewelry for stores and upcoming festivals I’ll be at this summer.

Listening to:
Radiohead “OK Computer”, Nick Cave “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!”,  Haim “Days are Gone”, Smashing Pumpkins “Siamese Dream”, David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust”, St Vincent ST,  and binging on WTF with Marc Maron. Also completely blown away by Cheerleader’s “Bitchcraft” – go give it a listen & buy it on Bandcamp!

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A Vintage Weekend in Louisville

A couple weeks ago I traveled down to Louisville for the first time ever to pop-up inside Block Party Handmade, a fantastic handmade shop in Downtown Louisville. BPH has carried my handmade goods since it opened, and I was thrilled to be part of their 3 year anniversary party and selling both handmade & vintage there in person!

I knew it was going to be a great time when I stopped for Waffle House on the drive down (we don’t have them in Michigan, so it is a must-do when I am in another state that has them), and it randomly happened to be in Neil Armstrong’s home town of Wapakoneta, Ohio. This Waffle House was right next to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, which looked so awesome but was unfortunately already closed.

It was great to finally see the store & meet everyone there in person! This was my mini-shop inside the store.

And the night was so fun! There were DIY birthday hats, some great snacks & sangria, plus a piñata. Mary and everyone else there knew how to throw a great party.

Of course, I took some time to explore Louisville while I was in town, too. If you are planning on going to Louisville, here’s what I did there, which all resulted in a really fantastic mini-trip.

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