Meteor Vintage’s Space Lady is now in color thanks to her illustrator, Debby Wagner! Look for our new and improved Space Lady banner this Saturday at the Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market. The Meteor Vintage booth will be chock-full of quality, hand-curated vintage clothing and goods. Stop by and #shopmeteorvintage!
In October, I unexpectedly began a job in my career field. It has been the most wonderful blessing, but you may have noticed I’ve been absent from my blog. Am I still doing vintage? Most definitely!
They say that anything worth doing is worth doing well and, to that end, I started taking an Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Class through the Louisville Metro Dept of Economic Development. The class is three weeks long and Jordan Kavuma from Thistle & Thread Design is our instructor. She’s been great and the class has taught me so much already. You may remember Jordan from the Spring Loop Giveaway several of us did together last spring.
I’ve built up a pile of vintage goodies this winter that I’m looking forward to listing.
Stay tuned for some sneak peaks!
November saw Alex and I moving into a rental house built in 1951 that set my mid-century dreams into orbit. I was really excited to live in this house, but I’ve been thrown by the frequency in which something has leaked, been left dirty, damaged or not working properly since we moved in. It took four tries over the past two weeks to get the internet up and running for any consecutive amount of time and I am only now beginning to trust (so to speak) that we are back on the grid and able to get settled in without pausing for workmen to trample all over the place. I intend to touch on the move and (good parts of the) house more in future posts. To say the least, moving cross-country in November is not ideal and it was a far from genius move to pick a place in this condition as the one I wanted to be our home in a new town.
I want to thank everyone for your interest and support in 2014. In the new year, I want to continue to blog, not just about vintage – though that will always be my primary focus – but about my life, loved-ones, wellness and reflections. I’m looking forward to it and hope you are too. See you in 2015!
– Mary Beth
My Secret Santa gift arrived yesterday – all the way from New Zealand! I was so touched by the card and notes explaining each piece. I love it all! I hope my Santa will make herself known to me so I can thank her directly! Thank you, Jessica, at Chronically Vintage for hosting and organizing such a fun exchange. I really enjoyed putting together a gift for someone and anticipating a surprise of my own in the mail.
Halloween is almost here and one of my favorite things to do this time of year is watch scary movies. Though I enjoy scary films, not everybody does. A movie doesn’t have to be frightening to be enjoyed on Halloween. Here are two charmingly romantic films to get you in the Halloween “spirit”!
I Married a Witch (1942)
Synopsis: Wallace Wooley (Fredric March) is the latest male in the Wooley line, a line cursed by Jennifer (Veronica Lake) after she and her father (Cecil Kellaway) are accused of witchcraft. Centuries pass and Jennifer is resurrected to wreak havoc on the latest Wooley just as he is poised to win the gubernatorial seat and marry the daughter (Susan Hayward) of his chief political backer.
This was my first film featuring Veronica Lake and I loved every minute of it. Very cleverly done for the time period in which it was made. I can see why it made the Criterion Collection.
Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
Synopsis: Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak) finds herself admiring neighbor, Shep Henderson (James Stewart). With some interference from her Aunt Queenie (Elsa Lanchester), Holroyd and Henderson are forced to interact. Queenie mentions a club to Shep called the Zodiac, where she wants Gillian to spend the evening with her. Shep later invites his fiancee, Merle Kittridge (Janice Rule), to go to the club with him and, as it turns out, Merle and Gillian are former school mates (as well as enemies). Using her familiar, Pyewacket (the first Siamese in film), Gillian casts a love spell on Shep. Despite her best (or worst) intentions, Gillian soon finds herself falling for Shep – a twist of fate that could spell d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r for a witch such as Gillian!
This is one of those films you’ll find yourself thinking about it long after it’s over. A quirky little film with an all-star cast, it’s one you won’t want to overlook.
Jessica Ellen is a vintage enthusiast out of Melbourne, Australia. She posts lovely pictures of herself modeling vintage and vintage-inspired fashion and makes references to many classic Hollywood actors and actresses.
Little Messy Missy is a varied interests blogger with an earthy, homespun style I admire. Featured in the mix is her love of vintage and retro items, advertising and pinups.
Lenore’s feed is full of beautiful pictures of vintage signs, abandoned buildings and houses. Roadside America at its best!
My husband was the first to notice TJ Raygun‘s art (featuring the following character) on the walls of Two Rivers Craft Coffee in Arvada, Colorado. Since then, we’ve come across several other TJ Raygun installations around Denver that we’ve enjoyed. Art is always best peppered with humor and TJ, who has had showings both nationally and internationally, is excellent at marrying the serious with the sarcastic.
This next one is from my own Instagram feed:
That’s right! We’re moving! Though I have some future posts planned in my head, I have a lot to do in order to be ready to move 1,000 miles across the country. If I go quiet for a little bit, don’t worry! I’ll be back once we’re settled in our new home!
– Mary Beth
Around this time last year, I started participating in pop-up markets. I had no idea what I was doing and flew by the seat of my pants through the first few. Back then, I wrote a post with “tips” for other sellers, but let’s not kid ourselves, those tips were as much for me as they were for you guys because I was still as much a newbie as anyone else. A year later, I’ve learned a few things (through trial and error mostly) and I’m starting to feel more relaxed about the process of public selling.
A lot of people ask me what kind of stuff I sell and, really, I sell just about anything vintage if it has caught my eye, is in good condition and easy to transport. I look for things I know people want and quality products are always in vogue. In a disposable culture, such as what we have today, I believe that’s why there has been a return to vintage. People want items that don’t wear out in a week. Everything old is new again and many people want to learn the skills their grandparents had. In one of the photos below, there is a great shot of a gentleman who purchased a vintage Gem-O-Matic safety razor from me. His interest prompted a discussion among the men at the sale about shaving the way their grandfathers did and what you need to know to do it right (without shredding your face!) .
At every sale, I get asked if I have a brick and mortar store. Nope. Selling vintage is something I do for fun in my free time. I’ve sold a bit through Instagram and I aspire to begin selling through Etsy, but I like selling at pop-ups best of all.
To further your idea of what I sell and what a sale is like, I thought I would share some photos and a video from the trunk show I did on September 14th. These were taken by Christian Anderson of Penamora Photo who was kind enough to do some shots for me of the event since, as usual, I forgot something in all my preparation…my camera!