Writer’s Workshop for 08.06.2020

This should come as absolutely no surprise, but the prompt I chose for this week’s Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop is “Write a blog post inspired by the word: vintage.”. After all, I’ve adored EVERYTHING vintage for many, many years now. I’ve collected tons of vintage items for many, many years now (most of which can be seen on my Instagram feed). And I’ve been reselling vintage stuff for a few years. (More like one or two before getting lazy and putting my shop on vacation, but I really do hope to bring it back one of these days after taking care of about a dozen or more other pressing issues on my list of priorities). I’ve mainly focused on housewares/furniture, then ventured into purses. And since going through my aunt’s things over the past year, I’ve brought a LOT of her pretty clothes from the 60s and 70s home with me. One of these days, I will photograph them all and share. Hell, I’d love to be able to fit into them at some point. But my aunt was a small, small woman when she wore these, so that may never happen.

Of all the vintage treasures and clothes we found in her house, the most special item to me was her wedding gown. She never married, but apparently came close.

When we first found this House of Bianchi gown sealed up, we just thought it was another vintage nightgown because there isn’t any lace and there are no embellishments. I left it folded up, and didn’t unfold it until we found the turban-like hat with attached veil a few minutes later – which clued us in as to what the frothy, white pile of cloth was. We also found shoes. Apparently, some silhouettes from the 20s-30s-40s made a comeback in the early 70s. Her look was going to be pretty eclectic, as the dress seems like a boho, flowy maxi dress with the bell sleeves (which I adore!), but her turban looked more like an updated 20s style. This Etsy listing is nearly identical, but my aunt’s dress doesn’t have a train.

I haven’t decided what to do with it yet, but I’m definitely having it cleaned and preserved. Who knows? Maybe I’ll have a granddaughter one of these days who would like to wear it at her own wedding.

What is YOUR favorite vintage item?

5 comments

  1. John Holton says:

    Definitely keep that dress. It looks like something that could be useful.

    I collect ephemera from the now-defunct Lien Chemical Company, who are probably best known for cleaning and sanitizing public restrooms in places like gas stations and restaurants, but also sold janitorial supplies, provided extermination services, cleaned and waxed linoleum floors etc. I have several uniform patches from the company as well as a 1959 pocket diary which I talked about in a previous Mama Kat entry (https://thesoundofonehandtyping.com/2019/11/21/writers-workshop-my-latest-purchase-2/). My favorite item, though, is a 1963 janitorial supply catalog. These people sold everything from cleaners and deodorants to mops and brooms and even restroom equipment such as soap dispensers. I’m looking for one of their deodorant boxes that used to hang in restrooms, but I’m not sure any exist anymore…

  2. Liz A. says:

    When my great-grandmother passed, I ended up with most of her costume jewelry from the ’60s and ’70s. I still have most of it. I don’t wear it. I probably should give it to someone who would appreciate it.

  3. Patty says:

    Having to go through someone’s possessions when they pass can be bittersweet, even overwhelming. Memories that were precious, at least to them.

    When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, I had to move her out of her home and recall not seeing any of our family photographs…anywhere. Until I went into a closet and found them stuffed into a bag. Initially, I was upset but came to realize that she did that because she no longer recognized anyone in those pictures, so she put them away.

    At least she didn’t put them in the trash.

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