Progress report

The moratorium is still on – I haven’t bought any clothes, shoes, make-up or accessories. I did pay for rock-climbing lessons with my friend Amy…I’m hoping to climb fairly regularly to get back into shape. I have three pencil skirts in my closet right now that I LOVE but can’t quite wear…they go on and they zip, but I can’t sit in them because they’re too tight. I want to be able to wear them again by the end of summer.

I even resisted yesterday’s 25% off at Bettie Page Clothing.

My mother came up for a visit over the weekend and we hit some antique stores. She knows about my shopping moratorium and decided to treat me to a few things we found…two lovely blue bangles from Antiques at Mayfair and a carryall from This Olde Stuff. The carryall needs a bit of TLC, but I’m confident that Tim can fix it for me. The lipstick tube has never been used, and it still has the puff and comb.

Two lovely blue bangles - the color is more vivid in person.

Two lovely blue bangles – the color is more vivid in person.

My carryall came in a red and silver striped box. Pretty!

My carryall came in a red and silver striped box. Pretty!

The metal is in gorgeous condition.

The metal is in gorgeous condition.

Here's where I need Tim's help--reattaching the clasp for the cigarette case.

Here’s where I need Tim’s help–reattaching the clasp for the cigarette case.

The mirror is in decent shape as well.

The mirror is in decent shape.

We saw some fun other things, but didn’t buy them. I’m saving money for Matilda, remember? I’m still on a quest for the perfect lady-head vase, which may be a reasonable exception to the spending moratorium, but since we didn’t see any I liked, no worries there. If only the weather would cooperate and warm up so I can pretend I’m wearing new clothes, even if they’re just things that have been in storage all winter.

cherry pin

Antiquing adventure

On Saturday, Tim and I went to visit his parents for a Cinco de Mayo celebration – we made a ton of food and fed his family and several neighbors. At some point after all our prep work was done and before it was time to actually start cooking, I convinced my mother-in-law to go poke around Jeffrey’s Antiques Coop.

Some of the lovely things we saw:

lucite bags

some lovely lucite purses.

teal clock

A gorgeous clock.

more lucite purses

even more lucite purses.

My mother-in-law also pointed out a number of pin-up items and compacts for me – she knows what I like! But my favorite find was this cherry pin:

cherry pin

Austrian cherry pin with glass leaves and a small red rhinestone.

I’ve been doing some research and discovered that my pin was probably made in the 1950s–apparently, Austrian fruit pins are collectible in their own right. I just love cherries! Most of the pins I’ve seen have fruit made out of glass. But the cherries in my pin appear to be some form of plastic. Black Dahlia’s hot water test didn’t yield any odors, so it’s probably not bakelite or celluloid. No matter what, I love it. Before wearing, however, I’m going to take it to my jeweler to have all the prongs checked. I wouldn’t want to lose any stones. Maybe he can even give me a little more information.