30 March, 2010

downpour days

commuting in nyc today was utter misery...cold and windy with that lovely sideways rain. everywhere I looked I saw flimsy umbrellas flailing in the wind while others, long forgotten, lay busted on the ground.

but not mine. mine was like the rock of gibraltar. it didn't turn inside out, buckle or even flutter. and yes, of course, it was vintage. it's yet another addition to the long list of things that was just better made back then.

so for the girl who values quality and wants to look cute even in a rainstorm, either of the above will serve you well.

1950's Persimmon Tassel Umbrella from etsy's jessjamesjake
bottom: Poppy Umbrella from etsy's CHICaDees

28 March, 2010

flea fashion

although our sense of style may be drastically different, I have nothing but admiration for this woman. I imagine getting this jazzed up for a flea-market at the crack of dawn is no easy feat.

location: new jersey

26 March, 2010

all's well that ends well No. 1

Hi Jeanna

I think she likes it! Thanks so much for all your help - the wrapping sounds perfect...the following email speaks for itself!!


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subject: Awwww....love, love LOVE!!!

So I'm sitting at work, do, do dodoo-ing my way through the day, and a huge box arrives for me from a Swanee Grace - who is this Swanee Grace I say to myself? I crack it open and inside is the most beautifully wrapped (in brown and white polka dot fabric no less!!!!!!), divine,trendy and awesome SNOWFLAKE HANDBAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I so so love it and it is perfect for New York - I am going to take it with me to dinner tonight. And on top of it wrapped in cute string with little paper flowers is the most gorgeous card...

freya xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

While it's true I love the merchandise and the hunt, it's emails like the above that make me love what I do even more. They also help to further justify getting up at 5am to go to an estate sale when all I really want to do is roll over and sleep for another 3 hours.

(p.s. nicole, the purchaser, runs a wonderful etsy shop where she sells screenprinted tea towels you will be proud to hang in your kitchen)