Dear Friend,

Sometimes when buying vintage clothes/goods from charity shops and markets I have been lucky enough to find hidden delights when I get home. A couple of times I have discovered an expensive/rare makers label that weren’t so easily visible at a first glance ….turning that bargain into a a mega bargain.

Other times I have found bonus surprises such as a mirror compact or note book with old “to-do lists” in a frail, yet delicate hand writing. These items always make me stop and think about the previous owners and their lives.

Last year I bought a fur stole from a charity shop, it was in the most fabulous condition, and had the most wonderful lustre as a bonus it didn’t smell musty or of moth balls either. This fur must have been a prized possession of it’s owner, worn infrequently and stored very well. I wondered had the lady owner kept it ‘just for best’ wearing it out to dinner for wedding anniversaries, to a show in town or when attending weddings herself?

When I got home I placed it on my bed to examine it’s condition fully, to see if the lining was detached anywhere or needed spot cleaning. It was only then that I discovered a small pocket-it appeared no more than a slit in the lining. Here I found a dainty hand embroidered hanky, tissue thin from washing and ironed to perfection.


This hanky was obviously much used and loved…had she embroidered the tiny bird herself or had it been a gift?

What makes me sad is that this fur had obviously been someones prize possession and I wonder how it made it’s way to a charity shop. Surely one relative would have loved to have had this piece which had been so loved? I know there is a lot of anti-fur sentiment out their…but surely it is a waste to throw out such a beautiful item?

These sorts of surprises are rare when purchasing from dealers- they are, as a rule, are quite thorough when checking over items when preparing them for sale. At last year’s Love Vintage fair I bought a navy blue 1940’s jacket, which the dealer had bought as part of a job lot from America. I was surprised to find this small ticket stub in the pocket;


I hit the internet and found that the Stanley Theater, Pittsburg was built in 1928. It is truly amazing the stuff you can see at the click of a button isn’t it?

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Stanley Theater

The Stanley hosted musical concerts by many famous bands over the years- including The Beatles with The Beach Boys in 1964, but it was primarily used a movie theater. 

I read that many Pittsburgites remember the Stanley as the place where there first dates were conducted….there mustn’t have been too many others around at the time. 

 When it came to dating my ticket I couldn’t find any conclusive information, but I did discover that tickets for the gala opening night (1928) were a hefty $1.65 for an orchestra seat or $1.10 for one in the balcony.

The Beatles ticket cost $2.00 in 1964;

stanley Beatles

Obviously opening night tickets would have been at a premium and everyday tickets would have been a lot less and it’s really hard to factor in inflation etc. but I’m guessing that my little ticket stub at 84c must have been very early 1940’s. I’d love to know if anyone has ever found any info on movie prices, or found their own stubs.

Has anyone else found ‘bonus surprises’ in their vintage purchases?


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