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!

The Power of Love Sale

You don’t need money…don’t take fame…it WILL take a credit card to check out at RewareVintage.com, but everything will be 30% off!

That’s the power of love! The power of vintage love – from me to you!

This sale runs through 11:00pm (Eastern Time Zone) on Sunday, Feb 4th – plenty of time to get your goodies in time for Valentine’s Day if you live in the United States. Just enter VINTAGELOVE at checkout and get 30% off your entire purchase!

So what to get with that 30% off? How about a treat for yourself, and a flashback for your Valentine. There’s lots of new to see and shop in the store!

Happy Birthday, Dolly!

It is Dolly Parton’s birthday today, and she is now 72 years young! Normally, I’d show you all things Dolly on the site right now, but all of the Dolly notebooks & embroideries that I had in the shop sold out during the holiday season. So here instead is one of my favorite pictures of Dolly, taken by David Gahr, who took many of Dolly’s most iconic pictures. This picture is in the 1978 “Year in Music”, published by Columbia House (on a sidenote, the Year in Music series of books is fascinating to read, if you see any definitely pick them up!)

There are lots of great Dolly quotes out there, but here’s one from the same book that I love:

“Lately, I’ve found such happiness and new inspiration in being able to have the freedom to do what is so totally me.”

Thanks for being totally you & so inspirational to me, Dolly!


Mix Tape November-December

At the Moment:
Detroit Urban Craft Fair happened and it was magical. The weekend was so fantastic and busy and full of wonderful people, both makers and shoppers. Thank you to all 8500 people who were there to shop local and to everyone who participated, to the Masonic Temple and our staff & volunteers for all their hard work, and especially to Carey who is the best partner in Handmade Detroit.

Other incredible things happened too – Della is reading! It just happened one day – she started telling us words in new books, and then one night she sounded out the back of Roy’s T shirt, and then was reading me a magazine a few days later. What a girl! Roy lost another tooth and is completely obsessed with the skateboard he just got for Christmas. The holidays were wonderful for us, and very relaxing. I even got to take a day and go on a buying trip just for fun for the site.

For the holiday season I made over 600 notebooks, 200 pairs of earrings and a few dozen necklaces in November & December. It was a whirlwind of making in the studio, and I totally loved it! We also made dozens of jars of sauerkraut, and I made a banner and blankets for a very special baby shower. Dan made the best thing, though – a new fireplace for our house! It’s absolutely beautiful.

I can’t wait to continue with all this creativity through the winter!

Listening to: 
Antibalas and Thee Oh Sees have been on heavy rotation, and I’m still hooked on Beck’s Colors.

Della’s fav song of the month (because she is a music obsessed kid): Rainbow Connection from the Muppet Movie Soundtrack. We bought Roy a copy on vinyl, and they’ve been listening to it non-stop since Christmas in his room.

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Happy Holidays!

Christmas is almost here, and I’m finishing the decorating, making our menu for Christmas dinner, getting the last stocking stuffers and hopefully I’ll be wrapping the presents to go under our tree before 11pm on Christmas eve (highly unlikely, though).

From our family to yours, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday full of your own special traditions and favorite people. Thank you for shopping with my small business this year, and making my dream job possible!

I’ll be taking the rest of 2017 off from posting new items on this site, but will still be shipping out orders if you are treating yourself to a little something, and I’ll be answering emails. Otherwise, I’ll see you in 2018!

Shop Reware Vintage at Mitten Market This Friday!

I’m very happy to be selling at Mitten Market in the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market for the first time this Friday (December 15th). I’ve been hunting for some special items just to bring to this show to make my booth look just like Christmas when you were a kid.

I’ll have Fisher Price Little People sets, vintage board games and toys, Detroit and Michigan memorabilia, holiday serving ware and decorations, and vintage stockings! Did I mention the Christmas tree FULL of vintage ornaments from the 50s-80s!?!? Oh, and I have a rack of vintage sweaters, coats and sweatshirts too (and yes, I’ll have T shirts as well).

What else can I dig up in the next few days? Who knows! But here’s a sneak peek at a few of the things I’ll have with me.

Mitten Market is presented by The Detroit Mercantile and Real Detroit at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. There will be over 100 maker, vintage, artist, and food vendors there + Santa will be there to take pics with well behaved pups. Hours are 3-11pm, and there will be a bar open (woo!) See you there!

Shop Reware Vintage at Detroit Urban Craft Fair!

Detroit Urban Craft Fair is almost here! Detroit Urban Craft Fair is almost here!

Detroit Urban Craft Fair is December 1-3rd, and you can shop hundreds of Rescued Reads Notebooks, Record Jewelry and Rock & Roll Tarot Notebooks in our booth, right inside the door!

We are just one of over 100 makers & artists at Detroit Urban Craft Fair, and we are in amazing company there. There is truly something for everyone there, and you can feel great about shopping there as you support local & handmade. Check out all of the vendors here on the Detroit Urban Craft Fair website, and start making your list!

The Deets:
Detroit Urban Craft Fair
Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St, Detroit
Friday, 12/1: 6-9pm $10 admission
Saturday, 12/2: 10-8 $1 admission
Sunday, 12/3: 11-6 $1 admission

ps – Wanna see what I’m making to bring to DUCF? Follow @rewarevintage on Instagram!