I recently spent some time at Amelia's Retro-Vogue and Relics
and had such a pleasure speaking with the owner, Jane Clarke. Clarke is one of sweetest gals I've ever met. It is quite evident throughout the store that Clarke appreciates fine quality which means a lot to a vintage shopper.
When Clarke was a child, her mother taught her to recognize and appreciate well-constructed garments by visiting Neiman-Marcus. They rarely bought anything but she became familiar and flourished. Clarke grew up watching black and white films, admiring the wardrobes of famous actresses like Bette Davis and Carole Lombard. She was also thoroughly inspired by her cousin Janna who had a slew of vintage clothes. She could definitely distinguish great pieces from the lessons taught by her mother and eventually starting selling vintage to friends and neighbors to get through college. Her passion made it clear to move to Austin and open a vintage store. A store that is now considered one of the best vintage stores in town.
For almost 20 years the store stood on South Lamar and is now located on South 1st Street, where it has been for 8 years. It is one of the oldest vintage stores in Austin and such a fascinating place to shop. Amelia's carries a variety of vintage clothes and accessories including bridal gowns that are one of a kind. In fact, a whole room is devoted to bridal wear, jewelry, and accessories. If you’re planning a vintage wedding, Amelia’s is the place to visit.
Amelia's dedicated bridal room. I'm in love with the yellow dress.
You won't find two of the same dresses, hats, or shoes in this store. Amelia’s contains items dating from the mid-1800’s to the mid-1900’s, all of which are rare to find. If you're a fan of vintage, visit Amelia's Retro-Vogue and Relics soon! You won't be disappointed by the service or supply.
Color Coordinated Configuration!
Allow yourself some time to look their beautiful brooches!
It's been a while since I have posted about Austin estate sales. I'm in the process of collecting inventory and the holidays have slowed me down in terms of writing on the blog but I'm always looking forward to promoting local business and seeing everyone do well.
Here are some super neat items for sale this Thursday-Sunday (click imagesfor source). You might even find some great Christmas gifts. Perhaps I'll see you there!
The purple luggage is cute!
Estate Sale by AAA Estate Sales Inc.
12/12/2013 10am to 4pm (Thu)
12/13/2013 10am to 4pm (Fri)
12/14/2013 8am to 3pm (Sat)
Estate Sale by Gordon-O'Neal
12/14/2013 9am to 4pm (Sat)
Estate Sale by Catherines Antiques
12/12/2013 10am to 5pm (Thu)
12/13/2013 10am to 5pm (Fri)
12/14/2013 10am to 5pm (Sat)
1. One of a kind. Every article of vintage clothing or accessory is usually unique or one of a kind. You won't walk into a vintage clothing store with multiple items of the same thing. Also, vintage clothing is usually made with care and quality fabric. Vintage shopping is like digging for fossils but be on the lookout for garments made in the US, France, England, and Italy - third world countries were typically sweatshop driven.
It's almost about that time to bring out your favorite china and gobble turkey with your family and friends. For some of us, the Thanksgiving holiday is just an excuse to show off our lovely vintage decor. It could be tableware or a crystal set that was passed on to us or simply collected throughout the years. Regardless, it's a great time to wipe of that dust and plan for an extravagant Thanksgiving feast.
There are so many hispanic faces in Hollywood and some I didn't know of until recently. Rita Hayworth and Anita Page were two of the most sexiest women of all time and of hispanic/latin heritage. I could only dream of what it was like to be one of them.