Yesterday I shared about the antique letters and books I bought over the weekend at Gold Rush Days and today I’m going to share a few more of my finds as well as what I plan on doing with them.
When I’m shopping for antiques, I sometimes have specific things I’m looking for, but I almost always end up buying things that “speak to me.” I can’t explain why I’m drawn to certain things except to say that I just like what I like. One of the things that I’ve always been drawn to, right from the very beginning of my love for antiques, is old clothes. Even if I don’t buy them, I always take a minute to admire old shoes, hats, petticoats, socks, dresses, coats. Some of my earliest antique purchases were baby dresses and little lace bonnets. I even bought a pair of heeled leather wingtip shoes from the 1940s at a yard sale to wear when I was in high school. An antique leather coat with a fur collar (a thrift store purchase) was one of my favorite coats when I was in my 20s.
There is a beauty in the way that old clothes were designed, styled, and made that I really appreciate. I’ve even been thinking about learning to sew clothes so I can remake some styles I love in a way that’s relevant for today. I just might do that one of these days…
Anyway, when I spotted this display of antique starched collars and cuffs, I was intrigued. They would look so good framed in a shadow box.
As I shared in my post about the event, the entire display was $525, which I wasn’t even remotely interested in spending that kind of money or even buying the entire display. I just wanted a few collars. After a bit of discussion, the seller revealed that he had plenty of collars and could sell a couple to me for $6.00/each. That was a perfect solution and an example of why you always ask about things. I assumed they were a part of the display and he wouldn’t sell them, but he did (and at a good price!)
I picked out two collars with a shape that I liked that also had nice writing on the inside.
I’ve already been doing some initial searches for shadow boxes, but I haven’t found anything that is quite right. I might end up having to make something. I would like a shadow box that has a similar feel to the one I used to frame the antique baby dress in our guest room (you can find that tutorial HERE), but it needs to be deeper and obviously smaller.
I have a few family pieces I’d like to frame in a similar manner – a couple of beaded purses, a pair of gloves, and a silver hairbrush. I’d like to hang them in our master bathroom. (I don’t have any art hung in there, yet!)
I also bought a pair of child’s leather boots. First of all, I just want these boots in my size! Aren’t they such a cute design?
My plan is to frame these in a shadow box as well, but I might end up putting them under a cloche. If I do frame them, I will probably put them in two separate frames and hang them as a pair.
The last piece I bought related to clothing is an ivory glove stretcher…
I thought it was a pretty little thing and would make a great clip to hold open notebook pages in the studio. I mean, you can use a variety of modern clips, but why do that when you can use an antique ivory glove stretcher? It doesn’t have any “teeth”, so it doesn’t create dents in the paper. I’ve already used it some and it’s pretty perfect!
So, it goes in my overflowing wooden tote for pens, pencils, rulers, brushes, etc. that I want to keep on hand.
Are there any other old clothes lovers out there? Do you wear your finds or display them? Or both?