Month: May 2013

Consignment finds

Yesterday afternoon I was fidgety and decided to go for a drive. While I started off intending to hit up the usual antique stores, I changed my mind once I got close and decided to try the local consignment shops instead.

Good call.

At Second Avenue Consignment, I found the flour and sugar containers from a Beautyware canister set. I’d love to find the matching coffee and tea containers, but for now, the flour and sugar canisters work just fine.

I also saw a mid-century tea cart that I would have snatched up in a heartbeat if it weren’t for one teeny little detail…

Striking tea cart.

Striking tea cart.

It’s pink. I HATE pink. Sigh. I know some other vintage lady will love it. If you’re in the southern New Hampshire area and reading this blog, I think it was marked $49. You’re welcome.

I left Second Avenue with my canister set and headed next door to Twice As Nice Consignments, but didn’t find anything there. I got back in my car and headed toward Milford, thinking I’d check out the New Hampshire Antiques Co-op. Then I saw a sign for a barn sale. Whoo-hoo! I parked, got out of my car, and was greeted by these beauties:

vintage kitchen cabinets

vintage kitchen cabinets

Here’s a closer look at the pattern on top.

Red kitchen cabinet tops.

Red kitchen cabinet tops.

It may look familiar if you’ve been a regular reader. You may have seen it here. Or here. Or in any one of several other posts I’m too lazy to track down right now. That’s right. It matches my table. (Forgive the color difference of daylight vs. no light. They’re the same color. Really.)

My table.

My table.

As much as I loved the cabinets, I didn’t buy them. Mostly because we have no place to put them.

I did, however, add a new compact to my collection:

Washington, D.C. souvenir vanity case by Elgin American.

Washington, D.C. souvenir vanity case by Elgin American.

I love the deep burgundy of this vanity case. I didn’t have any souvenir cases in my collection, and this one is pretty and in great shape.

Basically, I drove around, saw cool stuff, and entertained myself for three hours. Good deal.

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Bettie Page Clothing in San Diego

When I walked in the store, I was thrilled. I loved the style and all the clothes.

And then I started trying things on.

Rita dress in rust

Rita dress in rust

Sadly, the fabrics and sizing just didn’t work for me. A lot of the dresses I tried on were a thick polyester blend that made me itch. I may have had some kind of allergy to a component of the fabric. Everything they had in cotton was much too similar to something I already own for me to be able to justify it. Especially for the prices.

In addition, I’m halfway between sizes. The sleeves are too tight on the L, the bodice is too loose on the XL. Waist height was good though, which is normally a problem with my long torso. Some of the skirt lengths weren’t quite right for me either. Which I know I could fix…if that was the only thing that stood between me and a fabulous new dress. Alas, none of these made me feel fabulous. Mostly, they made me feel itchy. Occassionally, boxy. Which I am not.

Rear view.

Rear view.

Cute, right? Great color and style. Loved the way it looked. Until I actually wore it for say, two minutes and the fabric did this:

bunchy fabric.

bunchy fabric.

Which is totally not selling me on this dress. Yes, I have gained weight since I stopped playing roller derby three years ago and my stomach is no longer perfectly flat, but I do not have a pot belly like that. Believe me, I know, because I scrutinize my body in the mirror daily. I am not fooling myself into thinking I have the body I used to…but this dress makes me look lumpier and dumpier than I really am.

The Captain dress in red flare.

The Captain dress in red flare.

I tried on a few other dresses with the pencil silhouette and quickly ruled them out.

So I switched over to swing dresses. Plenty of options there. Starting with the Captain dress in red, which I’ve been coveting online for ages. LOVE the color and the white piping – great details. But…the fabric was really stiff and heavy and scratchy.

When I looked again, the shoulders were bulky. And the skirt length didn’t feel right. Meh.

Potential, but...no.

Potential, but…no.

 

On to the Alika Circle dress in green. It’s a lighter fabric than the Captain, which seemed promising. Sorry it’s bit blurry.

Cute neckline and sleeves. Great color.

Cute neckline and sleeves. Great color.

The bust darts were in an unflattering location.

The bust darts were in an unflattering location.

I liked this much better, even though the waist could have come in. But the fabric was still not working for me…The bustline bulged where the excess fabric from the neck folded over inside, doing odd things with my bra. You can see it a little in this picture. It was much more apparent and awkward when I moved my arms. In addition, the bust darts just didn’t look or feel right to me. While it may seem like I’m being overly picky, I honeslty believe that you should love your clothes and feel great when you wear them. Instead of feeling sexy, playful or glamorous, I felt awkward, itchy and self-conscious.

I’ve seen other women look completely AMAZING in BPC, so I’m not in any way saying don’t shop there…the current styles available just didn’t work out for me. The staff were all helpful and encouraging, without trying to force me into anything. This trip just didn’t pan out. I’m still planning to give the Vegas store a go when I’m at Ceasars Palace next month for work. Maybe I’ll have better luck.

Travel perks

Next week, I’m heading to a conference in San Diego. I’ve never been to San Diego before, but I’ve heard good things about it. I was already looking forward to the trip, even though when I travel for business, the odds that I’ll get to explore anything outside the conference hotel are slim. Then I discovered that I get to go to an event on the USS Midway: a retired aircraft carrier that now serves as a floating naval aviation museum. She was in service from 1945 to 1992 – the longest run of any American aircraft carrier.

SO. EXCITED. I get to see something I’d have chosen to explore on my own if I had time.

Courtesy of the USS Midway Museum

Courtesy of the USS Midway Museum

Courtesy USS Midway Museum

Courtesy USS Midway Museum

I can’t wait. I plan to take loads of pictures.