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!

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!