Van Raalte Gloves

vintage ran raalte mesh gloves

Some of you may have noticed that I put a bunch of gloves up in the shop earlier this spring. They were modeled so beautifully by my friend Kim, and many of them sold fairly quickly. As of now, there is but one pair left, a very special mesh pair from the 1940s by famed American glove maker Van Raalte. 

van raalte 1940s white mesh long gloves

As luck would have it I recently came across the above Van Raalt print advertisement on Pinterest. It’s the exact gloves, only in black. I love the text in the ad, and how it demurely says ‘underthings.’ Can’t be too scandalous, now!

As a vintage seller it’s such a treat to come across print ads (or catalogue pages) of the garments you’re selling. For one thing, it helps you date your items accurately, and also gives them a bit of context and backstory.


Vintage Prom and Bridesmaid Dresses

Prom dress season (and wedding season!) are pretty much here. Many ladies choose to incorporate vintage into their special days, so I thought I’d corral all my best vintage 1950s and early 1960s party dresses from the shop into one place for your perusal. These prom dresses are also great for other spring or summertime formal parties, bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids. The mid century silhouette is a beloved shape for these occasions – they accentuate all the positives and make you feel like Cinderella heading off to the ball.

yellow vintage prom dress lori deb

vintage 1950s yellow dress

vintage 1950s blue embroidered party dress

1950s embroidered blue dress with a pretty bow detailing

1950s pink cupcake prom dress vintage

vintage 1950s pale pink dress


1950s silk floral print party dress

pink coral vintage 1950s dress big bow

vintage 1950s coral pink bridesmaid dress

vintage mint green eyelet lace party dress

vintage spring green eyelet lace party dress

vintage peach pink lori deb party prom dress

vintage 1950s party dress with rose and bow

vintage bridesmaid prom party dress

vintage 1950s pale peach dress with sheer green overlay

1950s prom dress lavender bow

vintage party dress with a big lavender bow at the back

vitnage 1950s mint green party prom dress

vintage 1950s mint green prom dress

And as always, you can find every dress I have right here.

What’s New So Far in January?

I’ve been adding new pieces to the shop at a fairly steady rate. Here’s the very latest! As always, titles click through.

1950s cotton novelty print skirt
a super cute 1950s cotton skirt with a vibrant novelty print

white beret

a classic beret that’s perfect for every head

vintage dress 1960s mad men secretary tie neck

a sweet early 1960s day dress in a pink paisley print

vintage 1960s blue coat

an ice blue 1960s coat with super cool sparkly buttons

vintage rayon blouse pink blue dronning

a pink 1940s novelty print blouse and a blue and white stripe 1950s blouse with ruffle trim

vintage brown 1940s straw hat

an interesting 1940s straw hat

New Year, New Stuff!

Happy 2015, one and all! Here’s a nice shop update for you all. As always, descriptions click through to the actual items.

vintage 1950s party dress prom formal elinor gay


1950s Elinor Gay party dress

vintage 1940s hat brown tilt toy hat bow bows velvet trim dronning

vintage 1940s double bow brown hat


1950s butter yellow silk dress with bows on the sleeves

vintage 1950s black lace longline bra bullet bra pin up lingerie dronning

1950s long line bra

vintage 1970s wrap dress disco purple pink mauve dronning

1970s floral print faux-wrap dress

vintage 1950s cashmere sweater marshall fields gray grey jumper dronning

vintage 1950s cashmere sweater

vintage 1950s white dress wedding 50s dronning

vintage 1950s formal white dress

vintage 1990s grunge jeans denim flannel lined LL Bean

early 1990s flannel-lined LL Bean denim jeans