People often ask me how I “got interested in all this,” meaning vintage goodies and history in general.  To be honest, I’m never really sure how to respond.  I’ve had a strong passion for the past for as long as I can remember, literally! There is one particular “a ha” moment that I can recall though.  I couldn’t have been more than 4 years old, my parents and I were at Ammon’s Drive In eating on the curb (I swear!), and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ hit Shop Around came on the radio.  The song instantly made me so happy! I was overjoyed, and remember that I just kept giggling.  Then aRead More →

Everyone owns certain items that are essential to their daily sanity, health, happiness, bliss, whichever you choose to call it.  For most of us, these aren’t actually things that we require, but things that improve our general wellbeing. I needed to get that out of the way before anyone accuses me of being a “privileged American” who can’t live without leggings or liquid lipstick!  Obviously, I can live without the following products, but they greatly improve my happiness!  As you will notice, I sell a large number of these products at my shop.  It will probably seem as if I am trying to promote my businessRead More →

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I have a deep seeded passion for vintage headwear!  I am immediately attracted to anything with a birdcage veil, feathers, fur, velour, or velvet.  When it comes to appreciation and collecting, the sky’s the limit.   I enjoy everything from large Victorian sun hats to architectural inspired hats from the 1960s.  Milliners were true artists and simply don’t get enough appreciation today, or enough business for that matter! However, most of these aren’t the sort of thing that can be thrown on as you are walking out the door.  Even a simple pillbox style requires some fasteningRead More →

When thinking about Jadite dishware I have always conjured up the notion that it’s the exotic, rebellious, cousin of milk glass.  Every good grandmother has a collection of mismatched milk glass, whether on display in her home or tucked away and hidden.  Jadite, from what I’ve read, was just as popular during the mid-century. Why then don’t I recall it crowding the shelves of my older relatives?  Was it considered passe’ after a certain period? Did the affordability make it unfashionable to display? Was it just my family? One thing I do know is that when Martha Stewart declared Jadite cool in the 1990’s, no one questioned her judgment!  A new generation discoveredRead More →

Chiffon scarves were a fashion staple of the mid-century twentieth century. Delicate and sheer in texture, these scarves came in a rainbow of hues and a variety of sizes.  Most people don’t realize these little gems are still being manufactured today and look as sharp and classy as they did 60 years ago!  I’m going to dish about some of my favorite ways to utilize these timeless fashion accessories. Style #1 The Neck Scarf Here we have my 1950’s “bad girl” look! When I feel more like a greaser girl (which is the true Courtney at heart) I go with lots of black, hair down, andRead More →