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How to Jazz up your Wardrobe with Vintage Pieces

Do you like wearing vintage clothing? Or are you still trying to figure out if it’s right for you? Short answer: If you like vintage, you should wear it! It doesn’t matter your age, and it doesn’t matter what kinds of vintage you like, vintage is for everyone. Having sold vintage exclusively for over ten years now, vintage clothing and accessories are a huge part of my life. I’ve integrated them into my wardrobe for daily use: whether the entire outfit is true vintage (meaning every piece I’m wearing is legitimately old), or if the whole outfit is new except for the vintage belt I wanted to sport! But I get asked a lot by folks how to add vintage into their wardrobes and I thought I’d write about it. It’s really not a difficult endeavor to accomplish. It comes down to figuring out what you already wear, and switching out the new for the old. Here are a few very simple ways to add that perfect vintage piece into your wardrobe that doesn’t cost a fortune and makes you feel as unique as
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Perennial Vintage Turns Ten

Winter Sweaters in the Shop It's hard to believe for me, but on November 30th, 2010 I began my foray into the world of Etsy vintage. A lot has changed since then. And I don't mean just in the world. I mean in Etsy itself. When I opened shop a decade ago, there were so few sellers compared to now, and things sold much faster because there was such little competition. But competition is good. It makes us more creative and promotes grit: both of which are necessary for growth and success. And I have to say, this has been THE MOST creative, fun, rewarding, and exciting work I've ever had. I took a hobby and learned to make a little profit from it on the side. Even though this is a business for me now, selling vintage is still my hobby. While it's nice to monetarily benefit from it, it isn't the only reason I do it. The reason I sell vintage is simple: I love vintage.  I want to preserve it, research it, wear it, love it, talk about it, and naturally, I want to sell  i

It's a Cruel Summer

This year has been far from ordinary. With COVID-19 going on strong for nearly six months, and nothing operating "normally" like it use to, now Northern California has wildfires to contend with -- right after emerging from a heat wave from hell. (112 degrees is no joke.) Vintage Wool Sweaters The fires are still a ways away, but that doesn't keep ash from blowing over thirty miles from the ignition spot and into the entire Sacramento region, blocking the sun, inhibiting proper breathing, and giving us even less outdoor time than before. Regardless, such is life. And when it rains (proverbially), by golly, it pours. The good news is I can now get back to thrifting (it was a joyous day about two months ago when we were allowed back in) and back into buying and selling vintage again. Lately, the finds have been awesome. It may be because there was a lack of buying from me for so many months, or because everyone went through their houses from top to bottom, due to the Corona

A Vintage Summer

70s Prairie Dress Though summer isn't officially here until tomorrow, I thought I'd get a jump on it (before it gets me with its' heat and often questionably warm nights) and give a sneak peak at a few items coming to the shop. This amazing prairie dress is one of my newest finds. These are in-demand and rather hard to come by. With a cool long sleeve and just-below-knee length, it can work well in cooler summer nights out and about town, or for early autumn days and night. She's a beauty. Find her right here ◄. I also just found these incredible high-waisted, denim capri pants, circa very late '60s to early '70s. Made with a super comfy cotton (and a bit of stretch) along with those nautical style buttons and waist, they're adorable. Coming soon! I also have a pair of (high-waisted) military 1969 OG-107 pants .◄ Made for men, but ladies, these are all yours too. I own and wear two pair. Can't live without them. This pair is made of all cotton, are in ex

Vintage Strong

The quarantine may have set the entire world back a month or three, but I have to thank the vintage community for supporting my small business during these turbulent times. denim and linen ♥ While new merchandise isn't exactly available (of course, something I am frustrated with), I'm finding ways around it in creative, new ways. I'm going through my own closet (which is filled with vintage) and selling those items I don't wear. I'm going through my bins of vintage and finding items I hadn't even listed yet. neutrals ... I also have not one but two, friends, donating me their vintage clothing. This is truly remarkable and blows me away. So, the influx of inventory may not be in great amounts but instead in a small, steady trickle ... which I'm so grateful for.  The tortoise wins the race, after all. I'm gonna go with that. this sweater, ◄available! And if there's isn't anything more "slow living" than have

Happy New Year - 2020 │ Vintage Fashion

So Springy! Happy New Year! This is the start of my tenth year selling vintage, specifically through Etsy . While I've loved vintage and thrifted for roughly the last 30 years, I've been lucky enough to call this hobby my "work." This November will make it ten years of the best, part time hobby ever. Mickey, I love you. Spring is on the way! As I write this, though it's January, we're hitting the mid 60s outside, which has me thinking all sorts of Spring things. Look at this color palette I just picked up. It's perfectly spring. And now, all in the shop. The color of the year is Classic Blue, so you can be sure I"ll be loading the store with lots of blue things (besides denim. Hooray!) I also just picked up this wonderful retro 70s / 80s Mickey ringer tshirt, straight from Disneyland park. It'll be in the shop in a day or two, so snag it before someone else does. The tees are perfect for summer! They go with just about everything fro

Autumn Arrival │ Labor Day Weekend

While it sure doesn't feel like Fall here in Northern California, I'm thinking about it. And to be honest, I'm usually thinking about Fall year 'round. I crave this season probably because it's so short for us and probably because it's the perfect season. Perfect because I can add layers, and with these layers come the textures, and generally, Fall means I can frolic in the cooler temps because ... that's just plain fun. It's Labor Day Weekend and the shop is 20% off.  I've been sourcing as much denim and wool as possible, and am particularly on the look out for warm, cozy sweaters and worn-in-to-perfection Levi's jeans. I'm happy to report the shop is stocked! So come on by! Visit Perennial Vintage today and prepare for the best season where the bright colors of summer have faded to a softer hue and the trees begin to whisper down their leaves, and the perpetual desire for warm drinks is only a cup away. Happy end of summer and