Dear Friend,

I am a big fan of Vintage Emporiums and Antique malls, and this is where I purchase the majority of my vintage pieces.

What I love about them is that they are a collaboration of different stallholders who specialise in different eras and genres. I tend to gravitate towards the stalls where I have previously bought pieces first, as I know that they have my style or have well priced stock…then slowly circle out to check out the rest of the shop.

Whilst pottering around I chanced upon this delightful section devoted entirely to vintage manliness. One of the stand out pieces was this freshly laundered formal vest front which was still in an original launderer’s bag….obviously the owner took the recommendation “Do not remove shirt until required” quite seriously.

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I’m so glad, or else we would have been deprived of seeing this treasure.

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Note the telephone number-only four digits!

I’d love to know if anyone knows when Melbourne started using five digit telephone numbers?

I’d love to be able to date this laundry bag.

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To go back with the shirt front, every gentleman would have needed… starched collars of course!

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This same stall had a wonderful collection of silk scarves, kravets and gorgeous bow ties.

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I particularly loved this one- perfect for a card playing guy.

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I never tire of women’s vintage beauty products…especially stocking packets and advertising blurbs. I always buy as many of these as I can…when they are available in my size. This particular emporium has a few stalls that always have a smattering of girly hosiery goodies.

I must say the 1950’s had the prettiest, most feminine stocking packaging, and the stockings have the softest, most silken feel to them…until they are put on the leg.  I am not a fan of these fully fashioned stockings. I find them too restrictive and they almost always ladder for me.

 I like the stretch that comes with the more modern stockings and I believe that the 1960’s were the height of stocking quality. I find them extremely comfortable to wear, they have a nice degree of stretch, they withstand repeat washing well and ALMOST NEVER run!

These “Pets” stockings are an example of terribly kitsch…and almost yum-yuck…packaging around in the 1960’s!

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I love reading these info sheets within the packaging too! I do agree with the claims made in this pack, they have worn exceptionally well over many weeks.

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I wish that modern packaging looked more like these old compacts…

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I wish I had taken a photo of this brassiere out of it’s packaging…it was wafer thin, made from extremely fine and delicate cotton. I think the “featherbone” referred to on the packaging was a term for the light weight, plastic boning used. This little treasure was unused and looked super fresh. I am always surprised to find old magazines and packaging relatively unaltered by decades of storage- it is a testimony to older paper stock, inks and printing methods.

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I bought quite a few treasures and supplies for upcoming sewing projects- including some fabric with pirate ships on it that I’m going to make a circle skirt out of. It sounds a bit gaudy but I think it will turn out okay…I’m hoping to stitch it up in April.

It will have to wait…I am still trying to persevere with my 1940’s opera house blouse. I would much rather sew a whole dress than one simple blouse, I am finding it super fiddly and I feel way out of my sewing comfort zone.

Wish me luck!

xx

Princess Pin Curls