Friday, October 24, 2014

Eastern Market and Fashion in Detroit

Right after the DIY, I had two back to back shows both in the heart of downtown Detroit.  First up was Fashion in Detroit.  This was a small event held at Motorcity Casino and featured many indie Detroit based designers, some of which even had their collections featured in a runway show.

 It was fun to be apart of one of Detroit's answer to a fall fashion week and be in the presence of other industry professionals.  One of the cool things about this event was the free models all vendors had access to.  We matched this 60s Saks coat to my model's yellow chandelier earrings.

The following day, I headed back down to Detroit, this time for Eastern Market's Sunday Street Market.  I was lucky and got the spot next to my friend Jen from Jenstyle Chic Vintage.  This was also the same weekend as the Goodwill Pop Up I helped to curate.  Since it was the last weekend of the season I didn't know what to expect, but there was a good turnout and I hope to be back next year! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hanging out with the Thriftaholic

A few weeks ago Leilani from Thriftaholic came to Detroit for a visit.  It was her first time in the city and it was an absolute pleasure sharing my hometown.  We traveled to many of the vintage and antique shops in the area and even had some time to do a little thrifting too.

My big purchase of the day was this chunky green bakelite bracelet at a thrift shop.  We ended the day with a tasty Middle Eastern feast, a local speciality here in Detroit.  Hope Motown treated you well, Leilani!  :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY 2014 Wrap Up

I can't believe it's been more than a month since DIY and in that time I have done two more shows and helped costume an opera here in Detroit.  Things are finally starting to slow in pace and it's been a welcome break, especially since the holiday season is right around the corner.

Even though my set up this year wasn't exactly what I had hoped for (and looking back on last year, I think I liked that layout much better than what I came up with this time around) DIY was a total blast and my best one yet!  

The biggest addition this year was my DIY marque sign.  It was actually really easy to make (look for a tutorial soon!) and it gave me the pop I was looking for.  I would like to make a few tweaks to the design, but for the most part it was really sturdy -- even with the high winds on the second day.

And, I love how it looked at night!

One of my goals this year was to work on my displays; making them more visually cohesive and also effective in conveying important information, such as sharing my social media handles and advertising my acceptance of credit cards.  The mini chalkboard sandwich sign is nothing short of brilliant.  It's cute and because it's chalkboard, I can use it for many different purposes for many shows to come.  Not a bad $5 investment!  

I made a ton of improvements this year and it really paid off!  Here's what I did right this year:
  • my lighted sign  -it really made my tent stand out at night
  • renting a U-Haul cargo van  -this meant I only had to make one trip with one car, making set up/break down a lot less stressful.  Totally worth the money!!
  • having a check out station of sorts
  • displaying more pieces in vignettes and having better display props

With anything, the more you do it, the more you learn.  Here's what I need to keep in mind for next year:
  • while the cafe lights were adorable, they weren't functional the way I used them. I need to either get plastic globes or just use something different
  • every year I get more and more organized and this year was by far the best, but this is something I really want to strive to streamline   
  • as I've mentioned before my layout wasn't perfect and next year I'd like to go back to a similar layout as I had in 2013.  Although I had a lot more space for people to move around, I don't feel I used it in the best way
  • it's time to invest in some sturdy show racks!!

Looking back on my 2013 post, I am happy to report most of the things I wanted to improve on this year were accomplished and I feel they were a big reason why 2014 was my best show yet!  Now onto plotting for next year ;)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Help the VFG make a difference!

Recently, PayPal has made some major announcements.  Not only are they headed for a split with eBay, operating in their own right -- more importantly, PayPal has made some adjustments to their policies which will go live on November 18th.

One of these policy changes is to extend the time period in which buyers can open a claim over an item from 45 days to whopping 180 days -- that's more than a third of the year! In order to combat this, The Vintage Fashion Guild has created a petition via   

"Simply put, Paypal's new policy will be overly burdensome and possibly disastrous to those who sell vintage and antique goods online. To expect a seller to refund for claims for vintage and antique goods that have been out of their possession for 180 days is unreasonable." -VFG

As companies like eBay and etsy grow, it's important for them to remember how they got there.  I love that I live in a world where I can create my own virtual store and offer my vintage findings to women all over the globe.  However, not even big box stores offer a 180 return policy.  And while I stand behind every vintage garment I sell, I can't be there to make sure every dress gets washed correctly or to sew that button back on that popped off after 50+ years of being in place.  Vintage is different and that's what makes it special. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Livin' Vintage at Eastern Market Sunday Street Market

This Sunday, I'll be at the last Sunday Street Market at Eastern Market in Detroit.  Not only will LV be setting up shop, clearing out my back stock, can you say cheap vintage? ;)  I will also be the curator of the Goodwill Pop Up Shop.

I've had so much fun pulling items for the Goodwill space, including this awesome vintage jacket with "Jackie" embroidered on the front.  So if you are in the area, make sure to check out both spaces.  The market is open 10 am to 4 pm.  Plus!  Mention this blog post for 10% off your Livin' Vintage purchase.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Livin' Vintage at Fashion in Detroit

Market Detroit
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

MotorCity Casino's Sound Board
2901 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Things have been busy behind the scenes here!  Right after DIYSF, I had to start prepping for this weekend's shows, so expect to see my wrap up post sometime soon -- complete with my vendor spotlight.

In the meantime, I'm checking in to share my excitement in being invited to vend at this years Fashion in Detroit event.  This Saturday September 27th I'll be at Sound Board in the Motor City Casino from 4pm to 10pm at the Fashion in Detroit's Market Detroit, a pop up shop featuring local fashion designers, retailers, and more.  I was so honored to be included and can't wait to participate in the local fashion scene!

Friday, September 12, 2014

It's DIYSF time!

The DIYSF is back on!  Today I'm loading up the truck and setting up shop in Ferndale.

Shop with us tonight from 5pm - midnight
Saturday 11am - midnight
Sunday 11am to 10pm

And make sure to follow @livinvintage to see all the fun from this weekend as it happens!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

End of Summer Sale

While I eagerly await the crisp fall weather, let's have a sale in the shop!

Now through Sunday the shop is 35% off.
No reserves, layaways, or coupons can be used during this sale.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's Okay to Change


For as long as I can remember, most of my inspiration when it came to fashion and home design came from either the 1940s or the 1950s.  The clothes, the furniture, the films -- just everything about these two decades felt like home to me.  But lately, I am being pulled in a different direction and am finding that the vintage world has much more to offer than just that of the early mid century eras that I had restricted myself to for all these years.

The challenge I face now is allowing myself to embrace this new direction.  Self admittedly, I am very hard on myself and I have been struggling with convincing myself that it's okay to change what you like.  I think one of the downsides to living a vintage lifestyle is the strange connection we have to our stuff.  I often find myself feeling a certain responsibility to my vintage possessions, making it really hard for me to let things go. 

Now I know what you're thinking, "...but Emily, you sell vintage clothing.  How can you let go of those items and not others?" All I can say is somehow, it's different.  There is a mental divide between my shop items and my personal items -- I don't form attachments to the vintage clothing and accessories I offer for sale in my shop, most of which were bought with that purpose in mind.

I've taken this move (which I actually have a move-in date for now -- yay!) as an opportunity to severely downside and weed through my stuff, attempting to narrow it down to include only items I really truly love and actually use on a somewhat regular basis.  Because, this gal doesn't want to be featured on an episode of "Hoarders" anytime soon.  I know I will feel much better once I have a small load of stuff, but the road to get there hasn't come easy.

So this is a reminder to myself, but also for anyone else who is struggling with letting go: It's okay to change what you like.  It's okay to get rid of vintage items that no longer serve your aesthetic.  It's okay to change.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Dollar Dress

When I was little and just getting into sewing, my grandma used to tell me the story of her collection of dollar dresses she sewed during the 1950s.  At the time, you could get three yards of fabric for $1 -- just the right amount for a simple day dress.  Not only were these dresses practical, but they also allowed for the frugal housewife to add to her wardrobe without breaking the bank.

| my grandma in 1955 wearing one of her dollar dresses |

Although I didn't know it at the time, my grandma was teaching me an important life lesson when it comes to the value of a dollar and how to make it stretch.  And, while I would be hard pressed to make a dress for today's equivalent of $8.89 to 1955's $1.00, I definitely have adapted this concept to 2014 living.

| 1950s sundress, thrifted for $5 |

It never occurred to me, until a few weeks ago, that all my thrifted dresses were kind of the modern equivalent.  For the most part, you can walk into any thrift store and find many dresses marked $8.99 or below.  Even if I were to walk up one morning and decide that I was done with wearing vintage clothing, I still would be a regular thrift store shopper.  I always find it so thrilling to see how far I can stretch the $20 bill in my wallet and what amazing treasures await me.  So Grandma, wherever you are, thank you for sharing the gift of spending wisely on fashion.  I know you'd be proud.  :)