Inner Mission Photowalk

I’ve wanted to do a Mission photowalk for a long time, and I set about doing so this past Sunday morning. I quickly realized, though, that the neighborhood is so big and so full of visually interesting things, that there was no way I could do it justice in a couple of hours. So I stuck close to Dolores Park (I was meeting my friend Mai there later that morning) and only ventured out into the surrounding blocks. But the Mission district is so big, so beautiful and colorful, that I have to return and go down many other streets. Not sure when that will happen, but I’m already looking forward to it.










Vintage Accessories Preview

I especially love showing accessories on the blog, because no matter your shape or size, they are your size! (Well, except for shoes). Here’s a sneak peek at some shoes, bags, and other adornments that will be hitting the shop soon.

1940s platform shoes platforms size 10 leather red cross

1940s platform shoes, USA size 10

yellow mod 1960s purse bag handbag joseph magnin

1960s Joseph Magnin bag

1940s vintage hat purple lavender tilt hat

1940s tilt hat

1940s Bakelite novelty key brooch

1940s red Bakelite brooch

1940s Whiting and Davis celluloid bag purse metal mesh

1940s Whiting and Davis metal mesh bag with celluloid closure and chain handle

vintage shoes 1960s 1970s red mod bow

vintage late 1960s red shoes, size USA 9

1930s art deco brooch pin black gold

1930s art deco brooch

1940s cloth bag red lucite soft purse

1940s cloth bag with lucite closure

Giving Thanks, Giveaway!

vintage hat purse bag brooch contest giveaway dronning

I am so thankful for you. Yeah, you. If you’re reading this blog, if you’ve visited the shop, even if you’ve never ever bought anything. I’m feeling a lot of gratitude these days.  Having Dronning Vintage in my life for the past three years has been so fantastic, and things get better all the time. It’s not all rainbows and roses, it can definitely be stressful sometimes, but overall, things are good. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, which is this Thursday, I’m having a giveaway for the first time ever on this blog. And it’s all about saying thank you. One person will win a six-piece gift box filled with everything in the photo above.

Interested? There are so many ways you can enter. You can leave a comment on this blog post. You can tweet about it and use the tag #dronninggivesthanks. You can ‘like’ Dronning Vintage on Facebook. Each time you do one of those things, that’s a notch next to your name. This giveaway contest will run until midnight PST on Wednesday, November 27th. The winner will be announced on Thanksgiving Day. Oh, and anyone can enter, no matter where you live in the world.

Here’s a closer look at the prizes. Trust me, everything is your size.


1940s/50s beaded formal bag.


red felt wool beret with rosette detail

ceil chapman brooch

Ceil Chapman brooch (signed)

velvet bag

1940s black velvet evening bag

sweater clip

1950s sweater clip 


mid-century soft beret with tiny metal detailing

Good luck, everyone! 


black 40s dress

Recently, while browsing FIDM’s archives (via a well and worn rabbit hole known as Pinterest) I saw a dress that made me gasp. The reason being is that it is alarmingly similar to a dress I have in the shop. I’ve lined them up side by side for you to see. On the left we have the evening dress from FIDM’s womenswear collection, and on the right is the dress from my shop. Obviously it’s not the exact same, but there’s no doubt one was influenced by the other. Another interesting thing to note is that the label on the FIDM dress reads ‘Junior Guild Originals’ and the dress in my shop’s label says ‘Johana Junior.’ Both are juniors dresses, too! I think I have some twin sisters on my hands here, although let’s say they’re fraternal, not identical.