Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Fair Isle Friends │ Vintage Fair Isle Sweaters

So, you know I have an insatiable love for sweaters. And cardigans. I love wool, and thick cotton, and I love fair isle sweaters. Just love them.

And you also know I live in California, meaning, sweaters aren't the most used of all the clothing items currently living in my closet.

No matter, I say. 

What matters is that I love them and appreciate them and wear them when I can. (Supposed to be freezing tonight, so it's time to bust out the Cowichan -- which is like a once or twice a year glorious event.)

What also matters is that I find all the sweaters I can't keep and can't wear and sell them to you.

Basically, if the sweater is in my shop, it means I would wear it.

Did I mention I prefer mens sweater/cardigans also? Yeah. Not helpful. It means I can never casually look at mens sweaters without a need behind the perusing, or without a underlying intent (i.e. all the mens vintage sweaters for me!)
It's this immutable issue, you see. 

Anyhow, I've got too many sweaters in the shop, now, due to my addiction. PLEASE come on by, right here, ◄ and check them out. I'm having a little 10% off the whole store this week for all you Christmas shoppers, too.

If you were thinking about snagging one, do it now! 

Merry Christmas, sweater lovers. 'Tis the season.

-HJS

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Holiday Shopping 2017

It's here. I can't believe it,  but it's here. Holiday shopping, Christmas fun.

Black Friday
Small Business Saturday
Cyber Monday 

All of these apply to me and my shop. So, I'm stocking up people. Overalls, denim jackets, sweaters, vintage 501s ... I've got 'em.

And since you're here, reading this, take 10% off NOW, with code VINTAGE at checkout. You don't have to wait.

Otherwise, you can wait a week and a half, when the sale begins. At least 20% off everything, and Cyber Monday, may be even more.

Meanwhile, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Tell those who mean something to you that you love them.

Life changes fast, every day and every year. And it only takes looking back on the year to see how different everything is from where you started in January and how different everything will be, starting the new year.

Hold on to the most important people in your life by recognizing them. Tell them you love them. That you miss them. Because in the end, that's all that matters; love is the only thing that has any value.

And I'll see you soon, starting November 24th, Black Friday at my shop!

-HJS


Monday, October 23, 2017

Vintage Pendleton Shirts

I probably write a post about vintage Pendleton shirts every year. And the reason is two-fold.

1. I wear them all the time. They're my favorite wool (not even the new Pendleton shirts can compare) and I love plaid like crazy. So, I'm never not going to wear them.

2. I sell Pendleton all the time. I've joked to my friend Lara that I should call my shop "Overalls and Hawaiian Shirts," because I sell those things the most. But, let me add Pendleton shirts, to that list too. If I could find them more, I'd sell them just as fast.

Like me, others know why vintage Pendleton are amazing: they're quality. 

Listen, I love the Pendleton company. Even their stuff of today. But, I can't say I'll go out of my way to buy their new product. The moment they shipped their USA manufacturing to Mexico, the quality changed. I know some say the wool is the same. But it's not. And it's the way it's manufactured. It's difficult to explain, but after so many years in the vintage clothing/textile industry, I go by texture to insure quality. And the texture of vintage to new Pendleton is night and day. As is most clothing of today.

But, especially the Pendletons. It's why I'm such a proponent of vintage wool, vintage plaid, vintage cotton, etc.

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Bonus: I just found a ring in one of the pockets! Granted, the ring is worth 50 cents. However, that's not the point. The point is it's vintage, it's cute, and I found it ... really, it found me. I love gifts like that. Those that are small and unexpected -- they seem to be the most valuable of all. Kind of like a kiss, or a hug, or a word of appreciation. Small and unexpected. But oh-so-very perfect.

The shop is stocked full of Pendletons. ◄Come on by!

-HJS

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Vintage Denim │ Vintage Levi's

Levi's jackets
I have a huge weakness for denim. Mostly vintage Levi's. (There's the occasional Gap or Lee's that get thrown in when I'm treasure hunting for the shop).

For me, I wear vintage Levi's. The quality is second to none.

Gap jacket
Which means WHEN I come across it, I will stock it in my shop.

What kinds of denim, you ask?


Dark wash, light wash, denim jackets, jeans, even denim dresses. And yes, denim overalls. I have the ever-popular overalls that just won't quit. Which, in my book, is a good thing.
501s

So, come on over. I've got your vintage 501s, I've got your trucker jackets. Visit here

And I almost always have denim overalls. (They sell out so fast, I have a hard time keeping them in stock, but I list them when I find them!)

Happy autumn, denim lovers.

-HJS


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Olive Drab Green │ OD

My favorite color in the whole world: olive green.

So, naturally, I'm drawn to it like a bug to a zapper.

When I'm shopping for items to fill my store, this color gets me every time and stalks me until I pick it up to buy. Not kidding.

Vintage military, navy, air force, army and even the forest service. It's kinda nuts. I love it all.


So, here's the thing: If you like this color as much as I do, you're in luck, because I list it in the shop as fast as I can find it. And I also sell it as fast as I list it because I'm not the only one who loves this color.

Are you sensing the madness here? Madness in me and everyone else who loves this color like I do?
If I'm smart enough to sell the item (assuming it doesn't fit me, because when it does it makes it about a thousand times harder to sell), it's your gain. (duh). But, see this picture?

This is me trying on a '50s korean war era shirt ... and it fit. And I don't HAVE this one, so naturally, I have to hold on to it. But trust me, when I get more, they'll be in the shop!

Check out my shop today. «  And get your olive drab/ olive /fatigue / army green on this fall.

-HJS

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Vintage Dresses Year 'Round │'Tis the Season

I'm telling you. The world is bringing me dresses right now.

I go through literal deserts, trudging through hot sand, with very little hope of no dresses some seasons. But right now, it's all about the oasis, and three pools all with slides and a spa, and beautiful drinks with fruit and umbrellas in them.

The dresses I'm finding are that good.

Here's a few just from one store. Seriously. That is insane! (And I'm not complaining.)

So this black dress I'm wearing, well, I'm keeping it. For now. See, all four of these dresses (1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1960s respectively from left to right) all fit me, to some degree.

Now, three of the four don't fit me as well as I want them to, so I'm begrudgingly selling them, in hopes they fit you better. This black one though, yeah, that's the one I'm keeping. It has rhinestones in the tule/lace skirt. It's splendid.

And the belt is still there. Woah. Y'all. You know how hard it is for dresses to keep their belts? So difficult. I'm not sure how they get lost, but when people move, keeping the belt with the dress is never a priority (sadly). The belt yearns for freedom, or something, so when I find them -- and all the dresses in this lot that are supposed to have belts HAVE THEIR BELTS-- it's a dream within a dream come true.

Anyway, cocktails dresses are a plenty in my shop and no, it's not too early to begin thinking about Christmas parties.

Check out the dresses!◄ I've got just a few right now (nearly 120!)

Happy dress hunting and Happy early Holidays!

-HJS




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Vintage 40s Dresses

K. I'm not sure what deal is, but I've actually been FINDING '40s dresses, in actual thrift shops I frequent, that I can actually buy. It's surreal.

There are times and seasons in this vintage world where what I'm looking for becomes extremely hard to find. Out of reach. Elusive.  I seriously have to contend with my heart whether or not I can handle never finding another 40s dress, and if I'm okay with it.

Of course I am. I have to be. But, it makes the joy of finding these treasures even better when they reappear. Just for me.

Last week, I found this amazing 40s house dress. Happened to pick up some new used (modern) Camuto leather pumps beforehand without knowing how well it would match this '40s beauty I found thirty minutes later. Love it when that happens.

But then ... it gets better.

I found another '40s dress just today, at a completely different thrift store across town from the other one (although I SWEAR they were owned by the same lady- same measurements, same missing belt).

The pumps seriously match this dress even better. Totally as if I planned it.

Actually, this dress came to me, I believe it knew it belonged with these shoes!

These gorgeous dresses will probably be in the shop soon, as both are really just a touch too big for me. (I may give both of them a twirl --i.e. wear them-- though, before selling. You know, because I can.)

My plans for the next house dress? For it to match these lovely pumps and for the dress is in my size. I'll let you know when it comes to me.

Looking for more '40s dresses? Or '50s or '60s dresses? Go here to shop my store. I mostly stock dresses and denim, so come on in!

-HJS

Monday, August 21, 2017

Vintage Dresses │ Never say Never

Anyone who really knows me, knows that I say two things all the time:

1. Never say never.
2. Timing is everything

Think you'd "never" do something based on your likes or dislikes?

Think something will "never" happen because of your situation?

Think again.

I find that whenever I say "never" it's due to pride. My pride.

Either it's because I'm living a "holier than thou" moment and think I'll "never" do something based on what I see others doing or have done, or I'm saying "never" because I've already been through something and I'll "never" do, deal with, have, go, own, like, etc -- fill in the blank -- whatever it is I'll "never" participate in. Or it's because I have no faith in a great future. Meaning, my view is the only view.

Pride. Plain and simple.

Two things I pretty much always said "never" to was dresses (I didn't wear dresses for the longest time) and pink. Hated the color.

Never to dresses? Not sure why. I probably wasn't comfortable in my own skin when I said never to them. Like for twenty years.

Then I got back into then when I started selling vintage and basically have had to backtrack and own up to the fact that I HAVE BEEN MISSING OUT. That's what "never" does, to you. Saying "never" makes you miss out on what the universe is trying to give you. What God is trying to teach you.

And never to pink? Not sure. Maybe thought it was too girly and I'm really not a girly person.

Except that I am because I love dresses. Okay, I'm really not that girly. Trust me. I'm not. But, no pink? Hello, missing out here. Pink comes in a zillion shades. This dress for example, has two different shades of pink in it and it is gorgeous. I mean, the combination is drop-dead gorgeous.

So, here's your bit of wisdom for today. Never say never and watch amazing things happen. Also, watch how similar we all are when we say never.  What do I mean?

Okay. So, you think you'd never treat someone a certain way? Find yourself in that situation and see what you'd do. You think you'd never get yourself involved in a less-than-optimal scenario, or never own a minivan, or never drink more than ten cups of coffee in a day?

Hardly. You just haven't been given the opportunity yet.

Humanness, weakness, anger, hunger, depression, loneliness, all of it will make us do things we never thought we'd do.

Now, convictions about a thing are something else. That's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about a blanket statement that I've said, using pride to cover my insecurities.

The thing about pride, the stinking, crazy, amazing, awesome, eye-opening thing about pride, is that the "never say never" opportunity will teach us we are being prideful, and we need to deal with it when it rears its ugly head, if when we don't think pride is an issue.

When I say "never," I'm taking empathy out of the equation for me. "Never" is becoming intolerant, sad, and just plain ugly. So, I can't understand someone of a different socio-economic background or political background because I"ll "never" vote that way, or live that way? Really? That's so absurd.

Empathy puts me into someone else's shoes. It takes my "nevers" and makes them "evers."

I'll "ever" try to love like you, I'll "ever" try to understand you, I'll "ever" take what it is God wants to give me, even if I don't think I want, like or need it. I'll also "ever" wait for God's blessings, too!

Never say never, my friends. Enjoy everything. Be thankful for everything. Choose good things. Like vintage, pink dresses and live well!

Want some pink vintage dresses of your own too? Click here◄ to find them in my shop. Because Timing is Everything and that time could be right now.

-HJS

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Vintage Hawaiian │ End of Summer

I love vintage Hawaiian like I love coffee.

A lot.

And you know what's so awesome about getting invited to luau-themed party and having all this vintage Hawaiian to wear?

GETTING to wear it!

Guess who got invited? Yep.

As did the rest of my family. And I am able to dress them accordingly from my personal collection and some from what's currently for sale in my shop.

Now, you don't need a luau to wear these gorgeous things. Everyone loves Hawaii everywhere. But, it sure does help to have a party to go to!

Need some aloha in your life at the end of your summer?

Want to throw an awesome luau but want a little something for you to wear to it?

Get it here! ◄ (mens or womens)

I seriously love vintage Hawaiian, I stock and sell vintage Hawaiian like you wouldn't believe (it's easier to find here on the West Coast) and I wear it.

Now, get yourself a Mai-tai, peruse my shop for your perfect vintage Hawaiian, and say aloha to the end of summer.

Mahalo!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Almost Autumn │ Vintage Fall Clothing


It's August 1st tomorrow. And in my book, that is first day of the onset of Fall.

Never mind that it's suppose to be 105 degrees then. Really. No joke.

But, I'm all about optimism. 105 or not, it's the beginning of back-to-school.
And with that, my vintage shop is about bringing in all the good Autumnal clothing.

Which is really, really good. All the things I want to wear now, I'll just pretend that I can and begin listing them in my shop. Basically, it's the clothing I'd wear year 'round if I could: sweater, jeans, jackets, boots.

I'm happy about this. And you should be too. Vintage fall clothing is headed to the shop!
And August 11th through the 13th, I'll have a little fall sale too just to kick off the season.

Welcome back my fall friends and welcome back to vintage wools, thick cottons, canvas, and leather.

All the good stuff.

-HJS

PS. If you're itching to get your fall shopping on now, have no fear. I always stock fall/winter clothing. Go here ◄now to check it ou!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Levi's 501 Day

Did you know that May 20, 1873 was when Levi Strauss & Co began?

Well you do now!

144 years later and their 501's are still going strong.

If you're just a little bit curious as to the history of Levi's Strauss, click here to see a great pictorial history via the Levi's site.

If you want a little more of the nitty gritty, then click here. It goes over the wonderful, rich history of the family and its denim, interspersed with details of the ups and down, and failures and successes of the Strauss family. There are other links there too, with more information to feed your need for Levi's knowledge.

Levi's is sort of my history, strictly because of my birthright.

Being born in Northern California is the only necessary prerequisite.

I fully comply. And I full qualify.

Speaking of ... I recently found some beautiful vintage selvedge 501s.

Want a little  backstory about it? Want to find some 501s of your own? Then click here to read a little article I wrote about it at a great site called, One Upped Magazine.

Happy 501 day and if you'd like to do a little vintage Levi's shopping, may I direct you kindly to my little Etsy shop ◄ with mens and womens vintage goodness.

Enjoy!


Monday, May 8, 2017

Vintage Hawaii │Vintage Aloha

Here on the West Coast, Hawaii is a favorite spot to travel to. It's like the Bahamas to the East Coast.

What's amazing, is that Hawaiian clothing has a provenance, which means you can almost trace the history of Hawaii with the clothing. From the early '30 and '40s fabrics to the barkcloth of the '60s, even the surf shirts of the '80s, all of them tell a story.

I've joked with my friends that I should really call my vintage shop "Hawaiian Clothes and Overalls" because I sell those items the most!

Regardless, it's that time of year when many are thinking of summer vacations, and I have a feeling there'll be an uptick in Hawaiian sales in my shop.

Here's a few for sale right now!




Want to see more? Click here to see all my Hawaiian items for sale.

Okay! Gotta jet. There's a Mai Tai waiting for me!

Aloha...



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Vintage Levi's

So, I'm in the process of writing an article near and dear to my heart for a really cool site called OneUpped Magazine.

The article has to do with denim, and Levi's, and vintage. Basically, all things perfect. And together.

Trifecta perfection.
Type 3- Big E Levi's Denim Jacket

But to be honest, I'm still trying to come up with the angle and direction I want to go with the article and writing other things close to what I should be writing usually helps out. A lot.

Meanwhile, as I work on that, the vintage denim Levi's I sell in my shop, usually flies out the window.

But, I do have an awesome Type 3 jacket still available.

Isn't it gorgeous?

If it fit me, I'd be keeping it.

Anyway, check out my shop for regular denim inventory.

And if there's something specific you want me to look out for, let me know!

Email me.

-Heather

Friday, March 24, 2017

Denim and Such • Railcar Fine Goods

A short car ride away, south of me, is a town called Monrovia.

Monrovia is where a little (amazing) company called Railcar Fine Goods exist.

And what they do is incredible.

If you know me, you'll hear me say (a lot), "They just don't make clothes like they used to" ... because it's true. When in the vintage trade as I am, and after years of sifting through thousands and thousands (and thousands) of pieces of clothing, you can see first hand that they don't make clothes like they used to. At all.

(Okay, rarely. So rare that no one donates these items! Obviously.)

Today, the consumer buys clothes as items to be worn a couple times, used up, trashed, or whatever, and then they move on to something new. This wasn't the philosophy of the past. Clothes were made to last. You had a simple but quality wardrobe that lasted for decades, adding a piece or two here and there, taking out a piece or two here and there.


Railcar is one of the few companies (American made = major bonus) that exists to create denim that are quality, beautiful and made to last.

Selvedge is a vintage way of manufacturing denim and since I live in vintage, love vintage, and surround myself with all things vintage, these jeans were a must.

Check them out if you haven't ◄ educate yourself on selvedge (selvage) denim (here's also another great article ◄) and understand why I am so excited to wear these jeans.

Next time I'm in Monrovia (which has been never, so that needs to change) I'm stopping by their brick and mortar.

Thank you Railcar!

-HJS


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Red Wing Heritage

There's a reason Red Wing Heritage Boots uses the name "heritage" everywhere. It's on their blog, their website, their Instagram, their logos, everything!

Heritage is what supports and substantiates Red Wing's name and amazing company. Started in 1905 and going full throttle today, they're a serious company to be reckoned with.

My heritage is Red Wing. My father wore Red Wings, my grandfather obviously did, too. Now, it's my turn.  I have many friends who's heritage is Red Wing as well. It's a rite of passage almost, to not only know about Red Wing but to carry on the tradition of wearing these amazing boots.

The huge double bonus is they're all hand-crafted and made in the USA.

My father had three girls, and I'm a little late to carrying on the "heritage" of Red Wing, but I'm here now! And what's really done it for me is the women's line they brought back. (I'd like one of each please, thanks.)

Don't get me wrong. I love the more masculine line, if not prefer it. There is a pair of "Iron Rangers" with my name on it (eventually).

But, I have patience.

And when Red Wing re-introduced their women's line -- most of the boots based on boots they made (or would have made) back in the 30s and 40s -- I about nearly died.

You see,  I'm a vintage wearer and the Red Wing line is vintage-based. These boots I'm wearing are the holy grail. Actually, ALL OF THEM are the holy grail.

I bought the "Clara." Couldn't be happier, such a 40s looking shoe, but made as a boot. The most comfortable boot I have ever worn. Ever. No break in period, just all comfort. I equate them to slippers with a heal.

I just saw that they came out with one called the "Faye." I'm really dying now because I could quite literally wear the "Faye" with some of the vintage dresses I own and wear today.

Okay, well there's your tiny history lesson about Red Wing, and my family history and now I need to think about how I'm going to get the rest of the boots.

I really need to go back and look at my father's old pictures. I'm sure there's one of him wearing his Red Wings, and his father wearing his.

I don't think of this as a Red Wing psychosis. I think of it as history; as heritage in my veins. And because of the vintage history of my family as well as the fact that I wear vintage, I think I can safely say that this isn't an addiction, but a happy place in my mind I like to call: infatuation.

-HJS


Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter Blues

Here in Cali, our Winter blues are pretty mild. We have to go without seeing the sun for three whole days (or hours) in order to acquire this malady.

But, when it does happen, it usually means we have clouds...which generally means we're in the 50s (degrees).

Yeah, mild.

What I'd like to focus on starting this winter in my shop is blues; indigo; denim. More jeans for ladies. More denim for men.

Why? Because I love it. And I know so many others do, too.

This is my seventh year selling on Etsy and I'm still learning. I'm learning what sells but more importantly, what I want to sell.

This is the color palette I'm going for--greens, blues, whites and blacks. These also happen to be colors I wear constantly.

If as a writer we're to write what we know for the most effective prose, then why am I not selling what I like for the most effective sales?

Many times, I buy what sells. But at the end of the day, is it selling? Do I even like selling it? And which do I value more?

This year, it's more of what I like and more of it to you.

Quality over quantity. Always.

Happy new year and if you're looking for more denim, check out my shop! You know what I'll be working on.

-Heather