March 25, 2013

Laundry Day

We wash a lot of vintage clothing... A heckuva lot on some laundry days.  Here's a glimpse of our laundry space, complete with Command Central (above).  This is where we keep all the wash items organized.  There's a blue hangtag for each item getting cleaned, which ones are at the dry cleaner's, and original vintage hangtags saved alongside so they can be re-attached.  On the right are a lint roller, mesh bags for delicates, and sundry other tools we like to keep on the corkboard so they don't get lost on the counters.

A few of our vintage dresses soaking it up!   Many of the vintage fabrics we find are in need of stain removal or just a good freshening.  We specialize in new-old stock vintage clothing, so we get many items that are unworn yet have "tan lines" from air pollution in storage.

Here's an example of one cute 1940s print, never worn, yet with rust spots through the print.  It wasn't especially desirable in its rusty condition, so it's getting pampered today with a long soak and carefully applied rust remover.  Now you see them, soon you won't!

There's so many tools in our cabinets for vintage clothing care... here's a peek at a few, and we promise to show you some tricks in-depth in future posts.  Removing the signs of age from vintage clothes is really a labor of love, and laundry day is one of the most challenging parts of our business... but it's an awesome feeling to restore a beautiful vintage find to pristine condition!

March 22, 2013

Happy Sweet Sixteen!

Come celebrate with Vintage Vixen!  We're having a party for our 16th birthday with a big vintage clothing sale.  Enjoy 16% off everything for a limited time.  No code is needed, and your discount shows automatically at the last page of check-out.

Come join the party, Vixens!

March 11, 2013

1966 Go-Go Girls

Check out these dance floor moves!  We couldn't resist the looks of these 1960s go-go girls.  They're from a vintage 1966 knit fashion magazine, each with her own signature swingin' style.  The original text says:

Discotheque-ing calls for a special kind of dress - fluid for Go-Go action, low-necked and sleeveless for strenuous dancing.  These styles - one to crochet, two to knit - may also be worn at more sedate parties.

Left: Go-Go Scalloped Dress.  Swinging blue dress has crisp crocheted scallops... Dress gleams as she dances.

Center: Fringe-Trimmed Dress.  Tossing fringe on bottom and tab of blue dress set the "with it" mood.

Right: Discotheque Baby Dress.  High-waisted "Baby Look" dress, favored by young London discotheque-ers.

These vintage dresses were meant to be created at home, a popular and productive hobby in the mid-1960s.  And despite the descriptions, these dresses are more suited for the office than the discotheque, though the look echos a swinging London style.  For a really authentic go-go look, shop for psychedelic prints, flared bell sleeves, chain-link details and thigh-high hems.  Think Laugh-In and you've got the right idea.

Today you can find 1960s dresses and more daring vintage mini dresses on our website - no knitting needles required!

March 04, 2013

Made In British Crown Colony Of Hong Kong

This label is one you'll see in better quality clothing of the 1960s.  But what is its origin?  The phrase "made in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong" across the bottom is telling.  Find out about this label and more in vintage fashion in 1960s Hong Kong, part of our free fashion history info section.