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.

What are the odds that I’d thrift a large vintage Dansk pot in the same color as the smaller one we already have? I think it was fate.

A postcard from Belle Isle (Detroit’s HUGE island park), postmarked 1937, a postcard from Washington D.C. from the same era, and another Mackinac Bridge postcard to add to our stack of Mackinac postcards.

Not a lot of scores, but some fantastic finds I love!

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!

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!

Della’s Fav song at the moment: Harlem Shuffle by Rolling Stones.
Shopping and Drooling Over:
I am not ashamed to admit that I went a little crazy over the Marimekko for Target collab. I know there were a lot of people who didn’t care for the mix, but I loved the majority of it! Did you love it or hate it?

Love these fictional hotel notepads!

I’ve been hunting for the perfect 80s dress to wear to the Ferris Fest “Shermer High School 1986 Dance” and can’t make up my mind yet on what to wear. It’s been a lot of fun shopping for it!

This Catherineholm Poster by Handz on Etsy is so wonderful!

I found the most incredible macrame treasure this month (in the picture montage up there), but decided to sell it knowing that it would be too tempting for my kiddos to play with and ultimately break. Happy to have it in a friend’s home that also loved it now!

and Other Things I’m Loving Right Now:
Driving with the windows down and radio up, planting new bulbs in the garden, watching Purple Rain at the Redford Theater, Della’s first haircut, eating dinner out on our deck again, long runs, sundae bar parties, shopping at the Mid Century Modern Expo, Red Bull slushies, going to a Pistons playoff game (been years since those, so great to be back Bad Boys!), seeing Iggy Pop in concert, planning out summer trips & adventures, seeing the penguins’  new home at the Detroit Zoo, these found pictures from the filming of Rocky Horror Picture Show, and laying in the hammock to read a new book.

Looking Forward to:
Running a 10k on a mini-weekend getaway, the Miss Fabulous Flora Pin-Up Contest at Handmade Toledo, and Ferris Fest with my BFF!

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.

First on my list was this GIGANTIC antique mall I passed on my way to my Airbnb when I was driving in.

The Mellwood Antique Mall has over 45,000 square feet and an insane amount of booths – I think they said 145 dealers inside at the time?

While most of the mall was more traditional antiques, there were a number of great MCM dealers inside. This here was one of my favorites!

I stared at this radio for a solid 5 minutes, trying to think of a room it would work in & actually be used. In the end my rational side won out (damn it, rational Beth!).

This toddler rocker was just the most adorable thing ever and I wished I had the room in my truck for it to take it home. Really, I could say this about 27 other things I saw, but this was #1 on the list.

I also visited Fat Rabbit Thrift & Vintage (where I saw this rad/ridiculous thing) and also walked across the Big Four Bridge into Indiana (which was really fun. If you are a runner, bring your running gear for this. I super wished I would have!).

So this is where I mostly stopped taking pictures, but I swear I did more in Louisville. I blame it on my friends Kim & Jason who I was having so much fun with I just couldn’t be bothered to take any pictures of it, and also there were many drinks involved. I ate some fantastic fried chicken (somewhere?) with them and also split a ham platter of locally made ham and a pizza at the Garage Bar. I’m like the dad in a Christmas Story hovering over the turkey when there is ham being served anywhere, so I fell hard in love with Louisville after that ham platter. It was magnifique (Ferris Bueller reference intended).

Mary from Block Party Handmade also took me to Feast BBQ. The food was delicious, for sure, but BOURBON SLUSHIES. Just as good as you are imagining. Yes.

In conclusion, go to Louisville. It’s great. There’s a whole bunch of other stuff I wish I could have done, but I had to leave the beautiful warmth of Kentucky early to drive home in a failed attempt at beating a *ugh* snowstorm. I’ll be back to finish exploring soon, I hope!


Mix Tape March

At the Moment:
Our family has been enjoying spring coming around to Michigan (finally!) and playing outside more. Everyone is out of our hibernation now, and we’ve been play-dating with friends all over town – and even way out of town too. It’s been so nice and was so necessary!

Biz has been crazy. I have gotten over 100 more new T shirts to go up for sale here on the site and also on Ebay, plus a whole new spring collection slowly making it’s way up in the shop (and a lot of it selling the same day – thanks to everyone who has been shopping with us!). Today, I am in Louisville at Block Party Handmade celebrating their 3 year anniversary and selling both my vintage & handmade in a hand-picked collection inside the store and am so happy to be here. I’m so truly thankful for this busy month and best March to date in 10 years!

I made a new batch of Rescued Reads Notebooks for the stores that carry them, and a new Elvis Costello Record Jacket Embroidery coming soon to the site (unless it sells here in Louisville first).

Listening to:
M. Ward’s new album “More Rain”, Iggy Pop’s new album “Post Pop Depression”, Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon”, The Fugs “It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest” and seriously binging on a dozen different podcasts right now. Also been dance partying to my Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam “Lost in Emotion” maxi-single. Del’s current fav this month is David Bowie “Changes” (Rebel Rebel is her jam).

Shopping and Drooling Over:
I’ve not only started selling T shirts again on EBay, but have bought a couple too. This Art of Noise shirt was a major unicorn to find for me, and another score will be coming to another Vintage T Shirt Tuesday post soon.

I also got a fantastic new vintage purse from Blue Velvet Vintage at Eastern Market in Detroit. Loved the whole store and can’t wait to go back again soon!

Have you seen the Marimekko collection for Target yet?!? I want EVERYTHING.

I pretty much wear the same vintage leather belt 95% of the time, but I am so intrigued by Beltology and especially love this belt here. It might be time to try a new belt.

and Other Things I’m Loving Right Now:
The Minor Thread on Instagram. How did I not know about this until now?

The Record Store Day Release List!

This “DIY Hard” printable on Clones and Clowns is SO GOOD.

Not Loving: Malcolm McClaren’s son says he’s going to burn millions worth of punk memorabilia of his dad’s in protest of the queen pronouncing that this year is “The Year of Punk” in celebration of it’s “40th anniversary in the UK”. Ok, I also think this order from the Queen is ridiculous, but really? Burning all of those historical things – that is just insane.

Also, Easter Day with our families, watching Roy’s Easter program at school, seeing Monty Python and the Holy Grail at the Redford Theatre, sushi take-out on Friday nights, watching my BFF’s Winterguard team performing, The Americans back on TV, and homemade carrot cake.

Looking Forward to:
Seeing Iggy Pop in April and getting a ton more new stuff on the site the next few weeks – stay tuned!

Vintage T Shirt Tuesday: Art of Noise T Shirt

It was one of the “holy grail” T shirts on my search list – a black shirt for The Art of Noise. Really, I just wanted anything that wasn’t a white shirt. I have one for their album “In Visible Silence”, which seems to be the T shirt that I saw 98% of the time when I did see one online (a number of different variations of it), but that shirt is white and after 30+ years mine is a little more transparent than white for my personal tastes. A black one was definitely needed.*

Anyways…a regular search on Ebay, Etsy & Defunkd finally found me a black The Art of Noise Shirt after years, and amazingly it was dead stock (this means it was never worn, never washed for those who may not know)! I am ecstatic to finally have this unicorn shirt off my list, and also that it is a Screen Stars 50/50 which is my fav brand of 80s shirts.

The Shirt: Early 1980s Art of Noise

The Tag: Screen Stars 50/50

Estimated Value: $50 (what I snagged it for, but I felt like this was a steal for how rare it is)

*For the record, I love the burnout shirts on everyone else. And I love wearing them at home. I just have a weird thing about me wearing them out, personally. YOU LADIES & GUYS WHO WEAR BURNOUT SHIRTS – you look damn great. Keep wearing them and being ridiculously comfortable. xo,Beth

What We Kept, Something for Everyone Edition

A few lucky months for digging, and the whole family got some stuff!

My pal Jen took me to a new spot I’d never been to, and I grabbed up a whole bunch of vintage cards & stationary!

A dead stock 90s Hard Rock Cafe sweatshirt from Toronto for me, and a 1986 Celtics ringer for Dan

I scored the Aladdin comforter for Della months ago, and then the sheets at the same place a couple weeks ago! And a Cabbage Patch sheet too. She was THRILLED.

Plus all these shirts for Roy, all in the same store.

The tiniest little stamps, so perfect.

Hello, Spring!

I can’t decide what I’m more excited about, the temps getting warmer or all the new stuff coming to the shop for spring! Just kidding, it is totally all the new stuff. I mean, I love being able to open the windows again, but these shop updates are EVEN BETTER.

Go on and take a look around! There are lots of new items in every department, but especially in T shirts. Keep coming back, too – there’s so much more to come.

If you see something you like, remember that there is only one! You don’t want to miss out, so grab it up quick before someone else does.

Favorite DIYs for National Craft Month

Did you know March is National Craft Month? In case you didn’t notice, I’m kind of crazy about making stuff over here. To celebrate, here’s some of my favorite craft posts from the blog over the years!

Spare Parts Chevron Necklace

Nautical Potted Succulents

Ruffled Flower Corsages

Adapted Record Theremin Embroidery

Spring Colors Art

Ruffled Tuxedo Onesie

I’m working on a new Record Jacket Embroidery right now, and have a couple more projects planned for March…what are you up to?