Best Of the Long Beach Patchwork Show

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Remember all that talk about buying local? Supporting our neighbors instead of overseas labor… The Patchwork Show was in town this weekend, the affair involved people buying crafts made by people. The vendors were with us selling and talking up their hand-made, or at least hand-sourced goods. I tried making friends with everyone and asked lots of questions, because I enjoy making friends and asking questions.

What is in style? If you haven’t noticed: negative space, arrows and chevrons, pale OR neon, raw, and simplicity.

business cards

business cards

Just glancing at these business cards proves said trends true.

hipster rings

hipster rings

If I had between $30-$50 to spare these nikki montoya rings would be all over my fingers.

dia de los muertos pillows

dia de los muertos pillows

These crafty skulls screams: “I am creative yet badass because I support the cute and felted, oh and skulls!” My favorite is Mr. Smoker. This style is now all the rage, but I hope you know their true origin comes from Dia De Los Muertos, the post-Halloween Mexican Holiday.

chevron aligned rocks necklace

chevron aligned rocks necklace

These handmade necklaces come in an assortment of natural colors to match the wearer’s unique style. I bought a turquoise one (not pictured) because my usual neutral get-ups could use a color pop.

franks a lot!

franks a lot!

Frankly, my dear, this card is adorable. As a DIY-er I say, “go make one yourself dammit!” But as an appreciator of the creative and talented, I say support The Library Store!

Seth Wegter bags

Seth Wegter bags

Seth Wegter is a very attractive young man who makes his own bags. You should read his about me, it is very inspiring, apparently he is also a wrestling coach. I used the line “wrestling wasn’t manly enough so you decided to also make bags?” He probably laughed out of courtesy, he has also probably heard that line more times than a zebra with a sunburn being told he’s red all over. These extremely attractive bags have that vintage flavor but are instead clean, made local, and smell like leather instead of grandma’s closet. It’s a win-win-win!

old book journals

old book journals

Ah yes the recycled book journal, one of America’s new favorites. (I have found a way to make these that actually still looks like a real book – coming soon!) These vacant reads are everywhere now, go on etsy, go on pinterest, you’ll find one. They are simple-ish to make, and terrific for a lover of nostalgia because you can make or find a journal with any sort of theme on its front cover. The experience is similar to finding an old book at a bookstore and judging the heck out of the cover, but instead of reading it you get to write your own tale. Or, you know, use it as a journal.

bird lighter

bird lighter

This little guy is just too cute. He’s an old lighter in the shape of a bird, metal with red turquoise wings. The lighter fuel has run out but if I were fixing for a mission I would have bought him up and solved the issue. Any experts on vintage mini lighters out there care to share some advice?

This concludes my fun and favorite finds. However I do have an honorable mention for the woman who owns Blossom Vintage, the traveling vintage shop set up in an old camper which hooks to her car. The inside is a very small boutique decorated with fun vintage clothes and accessories. Don’t let the size fool you, it is fully equipped with a dressing room and cash register! Here is a video

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XOXO  Lisa

Antiquing! What are we thinking?

mini gramaphone for 45rpm records

Mini gramophone.  Plays 45rpm records.  Its small size would make a great gift for your record collecting friend, or really for anyone who loves music.

You have just found buried treasure, X marks the spot, you have uncovered a beautiful gem that will become yours and no one else’s.  These are feelings experienced while antiquing, thrifting, vintage shopping. As Macklemore says “One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come-up.”  We love the thrill of the hunt and having something that no one else has.  That was the hipster mind set, but since hipster has become mainstream.  Now that mindset is blurred among the population as a whole.  Do I sound pretentious?  good.

The true “stylish” as I shall call them, now have to dig harder and deeper to find what will become completely their own.

we found a polaroid, I took a polaroid

Molly and the Polaroid.  As Macklemore might say, “we found a Polaroid, I took a Polaroid.”  My friend Molly loves photography, and when we came across an old Polaroid camera with a case and filters included, it was a very tempting buy.  Instead we just played around with it.  I used the warm filter it came with to take this Instagram… an artistic observation of Instagrams antique filters vs. the real deal.  This is not Kelvin, this is real life.

I went antiquing in the city of Orange the other day.   Talk about a walk down memory lane…

It was hard walking past a single row without nostalgically thinking “that looks like my grandmas” or excitedly proclaiming “we used to have that in our cupboard!”  …along with all the other antiquers beside me.  These memories are comfortable reminders that our ancestors lived in material worlds too.  Comforting, because we remember our generation isn’t the only greedy one.  Why do we care so much about material goods?  Because they’re pretty?  Because it’s cool?  Because it makes you feel better about yourself.  I’m just as guilty as anyone else.  I love my shit!  Humans love their shit!

Another great thing about antiquing is how we are re-purposing goods.  Our purchases do not add to the amount of products floating around in the world, instead they simply relocate possessions from one hand to another. We are recycling goods, which is another popular thing to do in this day and age, thank God.  I would much rather buy something old and used, instead of the many items out there that are made purposely to look vintage. (We should try our best to keep from adding to the material consumerism, or if you must, buy local and support your neighbors instead of the masses!)

Vintage Pink Sewing Machine

Vintage Pink Sewing Machine.  My ideal find would have been an industrial machine built into a desk, but this pretty in pink Sears machine is just wonderful.  A perfect gift for a lover of sewing, fashion, pink, or all of the above.  Not a perfect gift for someone who wouldn’t appreciate the fact that it only has a few stitching options.  Sorry ladies, you cannot program your own monogram into it, but I guarantee it still functions and will continue to function forever.

Below and to the right are some of my favorite findings. I couldn’t afford them (except that GORGEOUS dress shown at the bottom, so instead I just took pictures) please enjoy the antique filter used, taken on an iphone 4, I really need to start carrying around a camera.   There I go again… more materials please!

These were all found at the Antique stores in Orange, aka “Old Town Orange”, aka “The City of Orange”, aka “The Orange Circle.”  If you live in the Southern California area and love antiquing I highly recommend this strip.  You really can’t pass two shops without running into another antique store.  Even between these shops are quality restaurants and boutiques, also ideal for anyone who enjoys “that special and unique find.”

Eat at Haven Gastropub if you’re into delicious brews in a hip environment, or if you’re a non drinker Old Towne Grinder serves rare and obscure bottled soda.  Stop at Cafe Lucca when you need a break for superb italian gelato.

light up glove

light up globe.  I’ve seen these on pinterest and I love them.  I was surprised to come across this one.  I didn’t realize it was a thing back then.  I absolutely love it.  Great gift for a world traveler, or maybe someone who needs to “see the world through a new light” wink wink.

If you love antiquing, have been to The Circle, or know of any worthwhile locations to go antiquing, I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Vintage Lace Slip, #selfie

Vintage Lace Dress.  This beautiful dress was most likely a slip or nightgown from the 70s because I have never heard of anyone wearing anything this see through in public before 2010 when this fabulous see through trend began.  But what do I know?  I’m a 90’s kid.