Back at Vintage Garage Chicago on Sunday, May 20th!

I had so much fun last month at Vintage Garage Chicago, I’m coming back again for May’s VGC! I’m spending this week finding & tagging new vintage apparel and T shirts to pack my car, and I’m filling up the suitcase full of pins too. I think I’ll even bring my Record Earrings & Necklaces for the day! My friend Tim is joining me again to help and make hilarious pop culture references too. Last month my face hurt from laughing all day, and I’m sure this will be just as much fun.

Haven’t made it out to Vintage Garage Chicago yet? The show is held April-October in the parking garage at 5649 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago, and runs from 10am-5pm. The garage is filled with all sorts of vintage dealers, from apparel to furniture to records and everything in between. It’s a blast to sell at, and also to shop – I’ve gotten a number of favorite finds there!

Hope to see you there!


Family Style in New Orleans

A couple of weeks ago, our family went to New Orleans for the first time. It was a really fun trip, full of great food and YES, kid-friendly stuff to do too. We definitely want to head back again and explore more!

Three of us happened to all be wearing vintage on the same day, plus we could all actually be in a picture together with someone else there to take it, so BOOM I get to write a Family Style post!

This is the perfect outfit for Roy. There are two things he loves to wear more than anything else in the world and they are 1) This Jurassic Park tee from 1992, and 2) Anything camo. Camo shorts? Even better.


Shirt: Vintage Jurassic Park
Shorts: Hand-me-down
Shoes: Nike (sold out)

Despite never actually seeing Alf, this tank is one of Della’s favorites. For some reason is says “Fast” above Alf, but I don’t seem to remember Alf actually being fast? She thinks he is cute, and the tank is amazingly soft and comfy from being decades old. It was one of Roy’s faves when he was her size too.

Shirt: Vintage Alf Tank Top
Shorts: Target
Shoes: Converse (sold out)

I’m wearing my most recently found Depeche Mode shirts of my collection, finally! I got it in the middle of winter, so I was thrilled to wear it out finally. The struggle to wait patiently to wear the new vintage shirt you wanted for years, it’s a hard one.

Shirt: Vintage Depeche Mode Black Celebration Muscle Shirt
Shorts: Cut off thrifted jeans
Sandals: Abella Dr Martens
Earrings: Red Diamond Record Chain Drop Earrings by Reware Vintage

I’ll be posting about more about our trip on the blog and all the family friendly cool things you can do in the city – stay tuned!

In related news: I’ve been thinking about adding vintage kids clothes back on the site for sale…would you like to see that? Would you shop a kids section on the site? Let me know in the comments, or message me on Instagram or email me and let me know if you’d like to have kids clothes in the shop! I’d like to carry it again, but only if I know there are enough interested customers! Thanks so much.

Reware Vintage at Vintage Garage Chicago – Now on April 22nd!

I’m very excited to be back at Vintage Garage Chicago this Sunday on Sunday, April 22nd! It was supposed to be on April 15th, but it has been postponed due to snow and cold temps.

I’ll be driving in from Detroit just for Vintage Garage, and bringing TONS of new T shirts, new spring apparel and steals on winter apparel too. I’m sure there will be some other surprises too – lets see what I can dig up to pack my car up to the MAX!

If you’ve never been, the Vintage Garage Chicago show is a monthly event from April-October in the parking garage at 5649 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago, and runs from 10am-5pm. The garage is filled with all sorts of vintage dealers, from apparel to furniture to records and everything in between. I had the best time selling there last year, and am thrilled to be back again.

For more info on Vintage Garage Chicago, check out their website, Facebook page and Instagram. See you soon, Windy City!

Mix Tape March

At the Moment:
Spring is here (well, kind of). Temps are in the 50s a lot of days here in Michigan, and I couldn’t be happier. Bring on the sun & heat! Opening day for the Detroit Tigers has happened, and I’ve been shooting warm weather clothes & lots of T shirts, so now I’m just waiting rather impatiently until it is warm enough for me to open all the windows of my home. If you have been dying for more sunlight, I hope you are getting yours soon too!

I took a really fun class weaving class at The Guest Room, taught by Allison of Makers + Finders. Almost finished up my first weaving and ready moving onto my second!

We’ve been working on redesigning all our packaging & paper stuffs lately. I know it doesn’t sound very exciting, but it really is for me! We’ve got brand new tags and notecards made & are now working on new packaging for all my jewelry. Can’t wait to finish that up and send all the stores that carry my handmade goods a refresh!

Listening to:
The Breeders new album, En Vogue, Jackson 5, Sublime, Protomartyr¬† (I know, I know…I say Protomartyr pretty much every month), Rolling Stones, Curve, and Rockabye Baby’s Depeche Mode album (on purple vinyl!!!). I also loved the Adam Ruins Everything podcast on Femicom and the Value of Preserving Classic ‘Girl’ Video Games – it opened my eyes to so many things I had felt & experienced growing up with video games that I had never really thought about!

Della’s fav song (because she is a music obsessed kid): The whole Bebel Gilberto debut album. Thanks to the Dear Handmade Life podcast for reminding me of that album in a recent post! Della loves it and asks for it when we get in the car now.

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Vintage T Shirt Tuesday: Siouxsie and the Banshees Peepshow Tour T Shirt

That moment when you are at a vintage sale and you see a shirt you had in high school and somehow don’t have anymore…

It was a glorious day 5 years ago when I saw this and a 10,000 Maniacs Tour T shirt (not this one, another one I haven’t posted yet) together at a booth at the now defunct Royal Oak Garage Sale. Can I say for about the 100th time on this blog how much I miss the Royal Oak Garage Sale? It was THE BEST WEEKEND.

Randomly, the Michigan stop on the Banshees tour was also in Royal Oak, just a few blocks away and 25+ years earlier.

The Shirt: Siouxsie and the Banshees 1988 Peepshow Tour T Shirt

The Tag: Unknown – it is totally faded out

Estimated Value: $180

T shirts featured in Vintage T Shirt Tuesday posts are from my personal collection and are not for sale.

Happy Birthday, Micky Dolenz!

Hey Hey, it’s Micky Dolenz’s birthday! As a huge Monkees fan since I was just a kid, I’ll be celebrating in my fave vintage Monkees T shirt today. Micky was always my favorite Monkee, though I love them all of course!

I’m grateful to have seen The Monkees in concert a few times. Have you seen them live? Micky and Mike Nesmith are planning a tour together this summer, but unfortunately they won’t be stopping in Detroit. Go here to see the tour dates, maybe they are coming to your town!

The notebook in the picture is mine (and one of my faves that I’ve made), but there are vintage Monkees T shirt & a few handmade notebooks of Micky in the shop right now – get your favorite here!

Mix Tape January/February

At the Moment:

January I recovered from the busy holiday season, and started making all sorts of plans or 2018! It’s gonna be a great year. Now that temps are rising I am so excited to be taking pictures of new apparel and tons more T shirts for spring, and I am extra energized from being at Midwest Craft Con a couple weeks ago. Spending time with old friends & making some new ones, along with making lots of stuff and really diving into business discussions…It was the best weekend, and I am full of new ideas and inspiration!

Three awesome things happened for our family these last couple of months.\:

Dan & I celebrated the 20th anniversary of our first date earlier this month in our own way – a fancy dinner out, then playing Nintendo games until the middle of the night (yeah, like original Nintendo cause that’s how we roll).

Baby Reagan arrived, and she is just adorable! I’m so excited to be an aunt.

Della and I drove up to our state capital, Lansing, for the Women’s March in January, and Del even made her own sign – it was a proud moment for me. The crowd was massive & it felt good to be there and teach my daughter to stand up for what is right.

I’ve kind of gone crazy making stuff just for fun. Like I sewed pajama pants for the kids and I knit a couple hats. Then at Midwest Craft Con I painted myself a bracelet, made a macrame wall hanging, learned shibori dying techniques and made a gorgeous scarf for myself, plus learned a new way to bind notebooks that I am so excited about. I also made another huge batch of Record Jewelry, including a new limited edition color combo necklace that’ll be hitting the shop VERY soon. It’s been a wonderful couple months of making.

Listening to:
Jeff Rosenstock’s new album “POST” – it’s so good! Also, The Go! Team’s new album “Semicircle”. It’s so great to hear a new record from them. Throw in some Nancy Wilson, Pink Floyd, INXS, Ramones, Protomartyr, George Michael, Iggy Pop and Soulsaver too.

Della’s fav song (because she is a music obsessed kid): Guys, I tried my best but she is now super into Imagine Dragons. I’m trying to turn her back around by the next Mix Tape post. Wish me luck.

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Happy Birthday, Levi Strauss!

It’s Levi Strauss’s birthday today – if the man were alive today, he would be 189 years old. Obviously he isn’t, but I’m so very grateful that the company that shares his name is still with us.

When I first started selling vintage clothing back in 1998, there were two things I specialized in – vintage Levis and vintage T shirts. I’m still very much in love with both today, and both happen to be some of my favorite things to collect.

I won’t share my vintage Levi’s denim collection today, but I did want to share a few favorite vintage non-jeans items from each member of our family with you. I love my Levi’s jeans, but I really have a weird fascination with their vintage apparel and licensed items from the 70s and 80s.

These are faves from both of my kids and Dan & I – loving Levi’s is a family thing here! The clothing here ranges from the 1960s to the 1990s, and all of it I’ve picked up from thrifts, garage sales and estate sales. The only exception is that book in the middle, which is one of my most prized books – This is a Pair of Levi’s Jeans. Written by Lynn Downey, the former historian for Levis,¬† with Jill Novack Lynch and Kathleen McDonough, this book is full of fantastic pictures and information on the Levi’s brand over the years. It was published in 1995 and has been out of print for years, but if you have the opportunity to get one I highly recommend it. Currently the price is down to 1/4 of what it was at 10 years ago when I got mine, so it seems a good time to grab a copy.

Want to see more Levi’s from our family? Check out these past posts:

Family Style: School Style

What We Kept 7

What We Kept 6


Want to learn more about vintage Levi’s? Read this post here!

Do you have a Levi’s collection? Share a link to it in the comments!

See You at Midwest Craft Con!

I’m very excited to be headed to Midwest Craft Con this weekend! It’s always a fun few days & I come home with lots of great new knowledge and ideas for the year.

If you are going to MCC, say hi if you see me in the halls or a class! I’ll also be having office hours in the trade show, discussing Pricing Your Stuff on Sunday from 11:30-1. Make an appointment with me, and let’s talk!