Empowered by the Past: A Vintage Compact Tells a Special ’40s Story

May 28th, 2013
1950s children vintage photo

1950s children vintage

The memory of Caroline Henney’s mother remains strong thanks to the simple shine of a 1960s gold compact.

In today’s guest post for Empowered by the Past, Bag the Jewels Vintage founder Caroline Henney reflects on the past through a vintage mirror once owned by her mother and now in her personal vintage collection since she passed away 24 years ago.

Henney grew up during the 1950s in Great Britain. Her mother, who had served in Britain’s ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) during World War II in the 1940s, appreciated lipstick not just as a beauty booster, but a source of confidence and morale as influenced by her experiences in war torn England.

Last week, Sarara Vintage Couture founder Sara Brandon reflected on the ’70s style of mother, who grew up making her own clothes and as Sara shares, paving her own path in life.

Today’s article is testament to how the physical can be a reminder of the eternal: the love between ourselves and those who may no longer be with us, but whose history continue to positively empower our modern lives today.

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Formula: The Easiest Way to Price Vintage Clothing

May 24th, 2013
Money in the form of many large bills

After posing the question, “How do you price vintage clothing?” on the Facebook page, I was left wondering if it was worth asking the question at all. Why? Because everyone had their own point-of-view, and that there was no “industry standard” for accurately and fairly pricing vintage clothing. It was after Heather McWilliams of Good ‘N Plenty Vintage sent me a mock-up for her “pricing formula” that the truth clicked.

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Empowered by the Past: Sara’s Mom Had Sporty ’70s Style

May 23rd, 2013
1970s fashion photo

Sarara Vintage Couture founder reflects on how her mother – who was raised in a working class family in the 1950s and 1960s – took small steps toward greatness with both personal and inner style rooted in confidence and creativity. Raised without the financial means to purchase fashions new in the store, Sara’s mother handcrafted a wardrobe that spoke to the person she wanted to be and could become with perseverance, patience and hard work.

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The History of Vintage Costume Jewelry Brands

May 17th, 2013

Vintage costume jewelry is perhaps the easiest way to wear vintage for any modern woman of any background, style or size. It was thanks to 1950s fashion that costume jewelry rose in prominence for the everyday woman to wear. As necklines dipped lower and hair became shorter, the need to wear earrings, bracelets and necklaces every single day became not just a trend, but outfit protocol.

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How to Make Customers Love You (and Buy Your Vintage Clothing)

May 14th, 2013

Last week I spoke with Lara of Locapoxie Vintage about how she should be marketing her online vintage shop to improve her sales. Lara was an awesome girl and based in an equally awesome town (Asheville). After sharing some of my social media marketing tips with her, I decided I’d do the same for you with these three key ways to sell more vintage by personalizing your online & offline interactions … the smart way!

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Black, White and My 1960s Mr. Dino Dress

May 13th, 2013
mr dino vintage '60s dress

Mr. Dino is a designer from the 1960s who once dined with many a fine lady. These ladies enjoyed wearing his op-art prints to social soirees, artistic affairs and to raise eyebrows whilst shopping around town. Mr. Dino made dresses of designs compared to the likes of Emilio Pucci. While we all know Mr. Pucci by both first and last name basis, the average #vintagelover is hardly familiar with the pseudonym Mr. Dino.

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Empowered by the Past: Faye’s Mom is a 1960s Fashion Icon

May 7th, 2013
faye de lanty's mother in the 1960s

This guest post by Faye de Lanty marks the first in a new series called Empowered by the Past. Faye’s mother and father met after he’d moved to a 1960s fashionable London in his late teens to become a rock star. His aspirations to buddy up with Mick Jagger took a detour after meeting Faye’s mother, Nadia. He “fell head over heels,” says Faye, and the rest was history.

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Put Down the Smartphone and Put on a Vintage Swatch

May 6th, 2013

Put down the iPhones and pick up a vintage Swatch watch. Swatch watches are colorful, charismatic time pieces that became a fad of every trendy girl/guys’ closet in the 1980s and 1990s. An advertisement would depict a wearer rocking not just one but multiple Swatch watches on his or her arms, proving that the Man Repeller’s popularization of the “arm party” may not be so original after all.

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