Oslo + Stockholm

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So last month I took a solo trip to the lands of my people: Norway and Sweden! Right off the bat, I need to say that because of time constraints (I had about two full days in each place) I can’t really say with confidence that I experienced the countries in full; it was much more like intensive city living and a lot of time spent on trains and in airports. Urban Nordic tourism. I only brought my iPhone to take photos with, and I’m sharing my favorites here on the blog. After all, my Norwegian and Swedish heritage played a huge part in the naming of the shop  - ‘Dronning’ means ‘queen’ in both languages.

sweden stockholm gamla stan

karl johans gata band oslo norway

roses

oslo

norway river

oslo flower mart

volvo

stories stockholm coffee paper cup doorknob

acne bag

purple flowers

bicycle stockholm

bakery stockholm

chocolate and bun

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.

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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.

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1940s/50s beaded formal bag.

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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 

beret

mid-century soft beret with tiny metal detailing

Good luck, everyone!