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Friday, January 29, 2016

Just Added Vintage Denim

This year I have resolved to offer as many styles and sizes of vintage jeans possible. I promise I am always on the lookout for larger sizes as well, but they seem to much rarer. I WILL snap them up whenever I come across them, of that you can be sure!

Here are just some of the recently added denim items for this week. I added some good ol' Levi's 550s in size 9, an amazingly acid washed pair of Jordache skinnies, a really sweet below the knee jean skirt with asymmetrical front buttons, a nice pair of women's Wranglers, as well as my first ever pair of Marithé + François Girbaud jeans! Score!

Monday, January 4, 2016

IKEA Kasseby Hack: Make a Doll Display Case

A few year ago, my mom gave these beautiful, delicate little wooden German dolls from Käthe Wohlfahrt to my daughter for Christmas. She was 3. Needless to say, I had to watch her like a hawk with them. When the holidays ended that year, I opted to store them away with the Christmas decorations. Ever since then, the flower children have only come out in December with the the Christmas decorations. This year I decided to try to find a way to display them year-round and keep them safe.

I thought I would probably find something at IKEA, and they did not disappoint. Their Kasseby display case has a hinged front with a magnetic latch for easy access, and happens to be just large enough to fit my daughter's doll collection stacked three high. It doesn't come with shelves, though, so it was time for a little hack.

Initially I thought I would use some balsa wood from the craft store, but that would have involved priming and painting. Then, as I was unpacking the Kasseby from it's box, I realized that the white cardboard it came in was in very good shape, and the ends of the box had a nice, crisp edge to them. Good enough for me! I cut them off with scissors, then measured the inside width and depth of the display case, and cut them with a carpet knife. I tried to be precise as possible, and I wound up with a very snug fit.

Next, I put some white glue on the insides of the cardboard pieces, and plopped the heaviest book I could find on top while it dried. For some reason, the glue worked well on one piece, but not the other. I wound up digging out some double-sided tape that was left over from one of those plastic window insulation kits (sometimes it pays to be a pack rat). That worked like a charm.

If you do go with glue, be sure not to use too much. If you over-saturate the cardboard, you could wind up ruining it.

Since the cardboard pieces fit so snugly in the case, they actually stayed up on their own, but I knew I needed to brace the shelves with something to keep them from slipping over time. You can buy white or clear plastic tiny shelf brackets at any home improvement store, but I didn't feel like getting the drill out. Since the dolls are pretty lightweight, I dug through my stash and found these little self-sticking rubber pads that came with my IKEA Betydlig curtain rod brackets.

I cut one of the thinner pieces into quarters with my carpet knife (I recommend not being lazy like me and putting a nice, sharp blade in your knife).

I fitted the shelves into the case and double checked the placement with a measuring tape. When everything was in place I just stuck the rubber pieces right under the edge of each shelf. I do reserve the right to go back and use a more permanent, cosmetically pleasing solution in the future.

And here we are! Free shelves for our IKEA Kasseby, now a lovely little display case for my daughter's Käthe Wohlfahrt collection.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Vintage Denim Update

I've been trying to add as many pair of vintage jeans as I can find, including Levi's, GAP jeans, and Calvin Kleins. I'll be adding more sizes and styles of vintage denim as often as I can, so check in at my shop often to see the latest listings!
Vintage Levis 550 High Waist Women's Jeans - Size 5 LONG
Vintage 90s Levi's 550 Plus Size High Waist Jeans - Size 18 LONG
Vintage 90s GAP High Waist Classic Fit Women's Jeans - Size 8
Vintage 80s High Waisted Calvin Klein Women's Jeans
Vintage 80 High Waisted Skinnies - Western Riding Pants - Size 4

Vintage 90s High Waisted Black Western Jeans - Size 4 Long

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Shop Mannequins!

Things are soon going to start to look a little different over at SadieBess Vintage with the addition of two new shop mannequins to my studio, one traditional style and one in plus size. My hope is that these two ladies will help display my vintage clothing in every size to it's best advantage. I definitely have been holding back on listing some of my plus size finds because I just couldn't get good photos, and I'm very much looking forward to adding a greater range of items in all sizes to the shop starting in the next few days!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bring it, Polar Vortex!

Keep cozy in fun vintage sweaters this winter!
Ugly 80s Christmas Sweater
Vintage 1990s Cropped Laura Ashley Wool Ski Sweater
Baggy Vintage 80s Peruvian Knit Cotton Sweater
Vintage 90s Peruvian Alpaca Cardigan Sweater
1980s Vintage Happy Piggies Sweater
Vintage 80s Jumper- Metallic Hearts and Paisley on Black
1980s Vintage Colorful Aztec Striped Cardigan
Avant Garde 80s Alafoss Icelandic Wool Batwing Turtleneck Sweater

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Shop Update

I've moved (again), and now I have a nice little studio/office and am able to take start photographing and writing listings for the huge backlog of vintage clothes I've been building up over the last few months. Here are just some of the listings I've been able to add so far:
Vintage 80s Boho Chic Quilted Jacket
Vintage 90s High Waist Jeans with Western Appliques
Vintage 80s Bow Neck Paisley Print Secretary Blouse
Vintage 70s Plus Size Pleated Midi Skirt
Vintage 90s Oversize Button Up Women's Shirt
Vintage Levis 505 Women's Straight Leg Jeans
Vintage 80s Gunne Sax Lace Peplum Dress
Vintage 80s Adrienne Vittadini Floral Print Knit Maxi Dress
1980s Vintage Blue Silk Peplum Dress with Back Keyhole Cutout
Early 80s Vintage Secretary Dress

I have added many more pairs of vintage Levis from the 80s and early 90s, and more will be coming soon, but that's a whole other blog post! Click here to see my current selection of vintage denim.

Monday, June 16, 2014

RIP Rik: I Loved Ye Well

I was very sad to hear that comedian Rik Mayall passed away last week. I loved to hate his character on The Young Ones, but later developed a serious crush on him after seeing him in Drop Dead Fred. I'm posting this clip of Motorhead doing Ace of Spades on The Young Ones as a tribute, because it's my all time favorite musical number from the show, and Rik himself leads it off and closes it (at least the way the the person who posted this YouTube clip edited it). RIP Rik. Gone way too soon.