Archive for the ‘Vintage Clothing’ Category

The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000+ visitors during the course of of one week- in May, July and September. So if you want to be overwhelmed by the volume of vintage antique and cool old stuff to choose from, this is your place!

My pilgrimage to Brimfield this year was twofold- one to have an excuse to tell you RetroRoadmap readers about it, and two, to pay homage to the family tradition of attending Brimfield with my dad (who passed away last fall).
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In business since 1962 J & O Fabrics in Pennsauken NJ is an absolute must-stop if your looking for the perfect fabric for your tiki lounge, bowling shirt, roller skating skirt or perhaps curtains for your vintage camper. All of these crafty concepts came to mind as I wandered down aisles and aisles of vintage inspired prints in their giant showroom on route 130 in Pennsauken PA.

50's Inspired Guitar Bark Cloth

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My pal Leah sent me a wonderful brochure of the great vintage shops in Austin, TX and while I was only able to visit one of them – Cream Vintage on South Congress – it was a RetroRoadmap highlight of our short visit to that hip town.

Cream Vintage South Congress Austin TX
Not only did they have a great selection of affordably priced vintage clothing, but here’s the best part – on-site alterations, practically while you wait!

If you’ve ever been vintage or thrift shopping and tried something on to find doesn’t fit like you hoped it would, this place is a vintage clothing lover’s dream come true! And the price? Tres affordable. Vintage Dress at Cream Vintage Austin TX

I loved a great tiki dress I tried on (perfect for our annual luau) but it was baggy around the shoulders. Usually I’d leave it behind, or buy it thinking, “some day I’ll get this altered” and add it to the pile of clothes that never gets altered. But not here!

Cream Vintage Austin TX Tiki Vintage Dress AlterationsInstead, I walked out of the dressing room and just asked the friendly gal behind the industrial strength sewing machine to help me out (kicking myself for not being able to find her name in my notes, but she was a dear!)

Alterations at Cream Vintage

A few pins here, a few chalkmarks there and within moments we saw how simple it was to fit this mod tog to my own bod.

My Tiki Dress Awaiting Alteration(That’s it, right there- fringe and all! Can’t wait to wear it!)

Another best part of Cream’s on-site alteration service was the turn time. Instead of giving them my mailing address and having it shipped home, they said to return in a few hours and it would be done! This was perfecto because we were going to din just one street over AND there was a cool vintage shirt that I wanted RetroRoadHusband to try on:

Towncraft Shirt - Penney's(Being a BOY his shirt fit perfectly, but they do alterations to mens’ clothing too.)

So while Austin has plenty of vintage stores and I could kick myself for not having time to go to more of ’em I’m SO glad I popped into Cream Vintage. I promise to post a photo of me at the luau in my mod tog!

Cream Vintage South Congress
1714 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-3000

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UPDATE Tues 1/25 The official Facebook page of the Stephen Murray and Zap & Company Foundation has been set up by his daughter. ” I’ll be updating this page daily about my father’s health status, and information about the foundation. Thanks so much for joining and thanks so much for the unconditional love and support!!!!”

UPDATE Mon 1/24 A Facebook group has been started to organize people to help Steve and Zap & Co. – read how you can help, I’ll be writing about this more when I get more information

UPDATE Sat 1/22 – here’s a link to a Facebook post from the daughter of Zap & Co’s owner, Steve Murray – he’d badly burned and injured but in stable condition. Please send healing thoughts his way, and towards his family as well.

We have just learned that Zap & Co. of Lancaster PA – established in 1973 and claiming to be the nation’s oldest vintage clothing store, burned down last night, and there are reports that owner Steve Murray has been hospitalized. Downtown Lancaster PA Zap and Co.
We had plans to visit Zap & Co. for RetroRoadmap next Friday night (RetroRoadhusband has a gig down the street) – so this goes to show, once again – go out and visit the places that mean a lot to you -they might not be there tomorrow! Our thoughts go out to Steve and everyone who was impacted by this sad occurance.

Read more details about the fire here at LancasterOnline.com

In learning more about the fire it appears that they don’t know what started the fire, and may never know because the building is too dangerous to enter and they’re demolishing it. Owner Steve Murray is in the hospital in critical but stable condition.

You can read additional details on this update from WGAL

Mod Mannequin Queen Street Lancaster PA

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I am thrilled to report that two of the places I wrote back in the day about for my Bystander Unchained column are still going strong! First up we have the vintage costume jewelry and accessories mecca, The Millsboro Bazaar in Millsboro Delaware.

Millsboro Bazaar Millsboro DE

I was in luck today when owner Dave Mayer was behind the counter and I was able to catch up with him to see if anything had changed since the last time I wrote about his emporium of vintage housewares, vintage clothing and vintage jewelry. Now celebrating his 20th year in this location, business is just swell, which was heartening to hear, with this economic climate.

Here’s what I wrote about the Millsboro Bazaar back in June of 2003:

The jewel in the crown of the Millsboro DE Main Street antiques selection is the Millsboro Bazaar, especially if your favorite jewel is a big glittery rhinestone. Owned and operated for over 14 years by sole proprietor Dave Mayer, the Bazaar is home to what could easily be the largest selection of costume jewelry on the East Coast. Dave confides in us that he probably has as much in storage as he does on display- which is mind boggling as you begin to examine case after case of baubles, brooches and bright shiny bangles.

Vintage Costume Jewelry Millsboro Bazaar Delaware

If you like to adorn your abode as well as your bod this is the place to go for mid-century (20th, of course) dish’n’glassware, furniture, lamps and ephemera. Don’t forget to check out the bargain basement and as-is room too! Everything in the place is neat and attractively arranged, making it easy to furnish your retro beachside bungalow in one visit.

Speaking of your mod bod, head up to the second level and you will find vintage clothing at every turn. The ceiling almost totally obscured by colorful hats, there are rooms filled with clothes for guys and gals. Whether you are Twiggy skinny or broad where a broad should be broad, there is bound to be something here from the era when your body type was in vogue. Find something to flatter your figure!

There always seems to be a sale of sorts going on at the Bazaar, so it is easy to coordinate an ensemble from hat to shoe without emptying out your vintage purse. Also you can rest assured that you will not see someone wearing togs like yours when you are out and about- can’t guarantee that at the mall.

Millsboro Bazaar
238 W Main St
Millsboro, DE 19966
(302) 934-7413

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As you can see from some of the photo posts I’ve made, RRH (RetroRoadHusband) and I have been doing some traveling, and that can put a cramp on the time I have to write about some of the neat places I’ve visited lately.

I’ve been eager for some down time to give one of my very fave places my undivided attention, and that is why it’s been a wait between my visit to the wonderful vintage shop Mommalicious / Smilin’ Gal / My Aunt Debbie in downtown Lancaster PA and this writeup. I wanted to make sure I had the time and concentration to be able to convey how swell this place is!

The store is really 3 shops under one roof with three keen gals running it. All three owners take pride in the fact that their wares are either hand made or hand picked, with each being very particular about what they bring into the store. The items are co-mingled with the others, creating a wonderful (gah, I almost used that worky word, synergy) melange of overlapping wonderfulness of vintage clothing, vintage housewares and jewelry & clothing crafted with vintage goodies.As the Mommalicious website states nicely:

“An eclectic mix of vintage home furnishings & accessories, vintage clothing & fashion accessories, oddities and quirky stuff”


“Mommalicious!” exclaimed by a dear pal of owner Alicia Byler when Alicia had a bun in the oven a few years ago. “Mom Alicia” kept the moniker and now uses it to brand the website for the store, along with her portion of the business.Dealing mainly with housewares and home furnishings, Alicia has a wonderful eye for combining the classy with the kitsch, showing the fun and colorful side of vintage, not the stuffy and straight-laced.


Smilin’ Gal is Kris Spader, who is responsible for the majority of vintage clothing and fashion accessories in the shop. Thoughtfully organized by size, there’s something for vintage boys and girls here, and the prices are very reasonable. (UPDATE! Just learned 6/10 that Smilin’ Gal is no longer part of Mommalicious- check the Smilin’ Gal website to see what she’s up to!)


The vintage clothing is hand picked by Kris for it’s “wearableness” and ability to mix and match with contemporary pieces. I’ve got my mind’s eye on a vintage dress I tried on when I was in the shop, and if it is as Joan Holloway as I remember it, I just may have to make a return visit!

IMG_9060oh how I wish I could fit into this LBD (Little Black Dress)!

As a quick aside one thing I just love about this shop is that the gals are genuinely friendly and pleasant to each person entering, treating customers like pals that they just haven’t met yet. This simple gesture made me feel like I could spend all day in the store (which I kinda did) but more importantly, made me eager to return. As anyone in business knows, it can be a feat to get repeat customers, but I bet that this shop has no problem with that.


I did not have a chance to meet My Aunt Debbie during my afternoon in the bustling shop, but I am sure we’d get along marvelously, just based on seeing her wonderfully fun and funky designs. I think Aunt Debbie (Debbie Serdy) herself sums it up better than I ever could:

Remember your favorite Aunt who showed you how to finger paint with your toes, dyed your hair fuchsia, and took you to your first rock concert? My designs are like that.

My Aunt Debbie makes great pop art jewelry with whatever strikes her fancy, appliques shirts with found art and finds the beauty and style in just about everything.


My sisters are probably wary of the fact that I’m so smitten with the Aunt who dyes kids’ hair fuchsia, but if I am not that aunt (yet) I can certainly admire My Aunt Debbie’s creativity, sense of humor and aesthetic.


The store itself is a bouquet of happy adjectives: Spacious, bright, cheery, relaxed, colorful. The way things are displayed  shows us how easy and fun it is to mix and match eras and items to express your individual style.


Open every day including Sunday, you’re bound to run into one of these swell gals who make this place a worthwhile vintage shopping destination. Lancaster has got a host of cool old vintage and funky places to check out, so spend the day!

310 N. Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 299-0827

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If any of you folks are fans of the show Mad Men, please join me in celebrating my latest invention– Mad Men Mondays!

I watched the first episode of the season last week and when I was getting ready for work Monday morning I decided to pretend that I was going to work at Sterling Cooper for the day and put on one of my vintage dresses and a pair of heels. It was fun to have a reason to pick out a special outfit for Monday, and made going back to work a little easier.


I just picked up a swell dress at Mad Hatters in Adamstown (thanks Mary Deluxe of Deluxville for the tip!) and I can’t wait to wear it this week. At least Mad Men Monday gives me a reason to get a little excited about going back to work for the week. Join me won’t you?

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