My Vintage Childhood

My Vintage Childhood: July 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Vintage Children's Clothing Why I love it So......

I've been collecting and swooning over vintage children's clothing for a long time, and I've been selling pieces on and off for many years and now as a full fledged business. Many people have asked me along the way why I love vintage children's clothing and other children's items.

Just like many of us vintage lovers do, I love the style, quality, make and designs of vintage clothing. I find so much love and nostalgia in the baby and children's pieces I come by, especially those from earlier eras before mass production when children's clothing was mostly handmade by expectant mothers, loving grandmothers and aunts. You can often see the love, hope and dreams in each stitch of a beautifully smocked or embroidered piece.

The earliest pieces I have in my collection for the shop at the moment are from the 1940's but I have pieces right through all the eras up to and including the 1980's. So much of what I find and sell are snap shots of my childhood and are little reminders of growing up. When I was a child and growing up I was basically clothed in hand me downs and op shop buys nearly all purchases of any kind in our home were second hand.

We used to have a family friend who was a cleaner for some very well off families back in the day, and when I was a kid she would often visit us with garbage bags full of children's clothing these families were getting rid of. When I think about these days they're not much different to my adventures now. I'd so eagerly open up these bags and sort through them, trying pieces on and mixing things up. I'd swoon over dresses, skirts, prints, florals and labels, the was so much fun.

What I've discovered even more on reflection about these times and what I do working with vintage children's clothing, is how much fun vintage children's fashion is. Believe it or not I think there's a lot people could learn and apply to styling from looking at vintage children's fashion. As adults we often enter into different thought processes about colours clashing along with patterns , textures and styles, and get fearful about it. A look at children's fashion through different eras and you'll see amazing combinations of patterns, prints, textures and colours to be inspired by. It's a reminder that some fashion rules for adults are far outdated and we should just mix things up and try something new.

I guess the reason I love vintage baby and children's clothing, toys, games and books so much, is that above every thing else it reminds me of my childhood. The pieces I find and I enjoy make me excited and bring me a lot of joy and nostalgia. I guess it's true when they say:

Choose something you love and you'll never work a day.


Monday, July 28, 2014

AHOY Sailor Boy Gets Christened......

We have had an incredible week and yesterday we added to that and had a special occasion with our wee man Fraser being christened. It was quite a hilarious morning at the church, between the delirium of Fraser's godfather having only had two hours sleep and taking selfies, getting the giggles and Cohen announcing he knew all about evolution loud enough for most of the church to hear. Our kids have a wide knowledge of a lot of things, and there are very few subjects that are off limits, as a result it's always interesting the times and places they decide to share their knowledge. Yesterday morning clearly being one of them, which made for a fun and interesting time, thankfully the service was pretty relaxed and they were accommodating to children.

Fraser wearing a 1970's two piece nautical sailor boy set.

He was off investigating during the service and making friends with older parishioners. 

He had a bit of fight in him whilst being christened, but cuddles with mumma fixed it all.

Fraser's godmother and godfather are two friends of mine I have known for thirty years each, they're like vintage friends and wine, they've gotten better with time. It's been a very long time since we've all been in the same room together. Collectively we've got a lot of history together us three, and the most hilarious of tales. We gathered at home after the christening for food and mid-morning bubbles. Mid-morning bubbles turned into a few more bubbles and a lot more giggles. It was a perfect end to a very busy and exciting week to be surrounded by such wonderful friends and love.

The kids had a wonderful time playing outside in the warm winter sun after the christening concocting all sorts of fun, whilst eating salad wraps and chocolate cake. Fraser's tastes however were much more refined.

From clean cut vintage sailor boy to dirt boy in five seconds flat.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

We're in print "Mother and Baby Magazine".....

Today is an incredibly exciting day, because I can finally tell you all why I have been so busy behind the scenes. Two months ago I was contacted by a stylist for Australia's Mother and Baby magazine after they discovered us on Etsy asking if I'd send some of my vintage nautical themed items for babies and children to Sydney for a photo shoot for an upcoming issue.

When an opportunity like that arises you grab it with both hands and you pull out all stops, so a wonderful bundle of vintage goodies was sent. As a result I have been very busy adding more and more listings to our store in anticipation of being featured and mentioned. There will be lot happening with store over coming weeks and months with some incredible vintage boys pieces from the 1940's - 1960's be listed.

But for now here we are on page 94 and 95 of August/September issue which went on sale today.

Bottom Left on page 96 we are featured with our Vintage 1980's Nautical Ahoy Hippo Baby Daz Romper.

We are obviously very thrilled to have been approached with such an opportunity and to be featuring and showing the world how cool genuine vintage children's clothing is. We well be rolling on into August and September with busy months with an upcoming fair we will popping our stall and wares up at, which I'll be sharing details with you all very soon. 

Thank you to everyone who has been checking in on me recently to see why I've been a little quieter on the blog. As you see now I've been pulling out all the stops around my crazy crew of cherubs to make things happen.

All above items are currently available as I publish this post live until they find themselves new forever homes. If you're looking for anything in particular be sure to let me know, as I'm likely to have it on hand to be listed. It's a thrill to be featured with a bunch of other Australian Etsy Sellers, so if you're looking for fab pieces for your little people do yourself a favor and grab yourself the current Mother and Baby issue.

* This is in no way a sponsored post and has been a genuine opportunity that arose for my store to receive national print exposure.......what stay at home / working at home mum is going miss out on the chance?

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Top 5 Reasons Why Vintage Toys Are Better......

We live in a world these days where there are all manner of toys, games and gadgets imaginable for kids to while away their time with. There's such a huge difference in the toys I see kids playing with in comparison to the toys I had as a child. It's funny to see kids abandon all their latest and modern toys when some old toys come out. Why is that?

My answer: Because simply vintage toys are better and here is why:

  • Let's face it straight up the toys we used to play with were made to last. Toys today don't seem to last the test of time and bashing that little people can give them, they're massed produced at a rapid rate with materials that break as soon as a child gives it a good toss. Doesn't seem like fun does it? Rather disappointing too if you're a kid?
  • Toys when I was growing up had less gender bias associated with them through the bias of colored pink and blue gender roles. Go to any toy store now and you'll be hard pressed to find a dolls pram or kitchen set that isn't pink and purple and solely targeted at girls. Back in my day there were blues, yellows and red, color themes that appealed to both boys and girls with all sorts of toys. Talk about gender equality, so much of today's modern toys are solely marketed at girls or boys not a cross section of children and keeping them within the out dated gender and perceived domestic roles.
  • If you were born in the 1970's or earlier we had toys, great toys that still allowed us to use our imaginations. Toys of our time added to our imaginative play and games we played. Toys didn't do all the thinking for children back then. So many toys today say and do everything and all a child needs to do is press a button and sit and watch. Parents wonder today why their kids end up more interested in the box the toy came in. My answer is that a box has endless possibilities in a child's imagination.
  • Old school toys are and were unique and different to anything on the modern market. Just look at the modern day toy market and many of the toy company's relaunching old school favourites. Why are they doing it? Vintage and retro is so much more in the general consciousness of the mainstream market now. Companies wouldn't be investing time and money in relaunching old school favorites if there wasn't fun in it and most of all profit for them. Hence vintage toys are better, if big toy companies see the need to re-launch old faithfuls from back in the day.

Finally the reason vintage toys are better is because when mums and dads reminisce and come by or drag out their old toys, memories flood back. Kids and parents alike are enjoying quality time together reliving childhood memories and making new ones with their children whilst they play. What a beautiful way to spend time with your kids then to show and teach them a little about who you were as a kid and what you enjoyed, it'll make them feel closer to you.

Really what's better than that?

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