Thursday, May 17, 2012

"Grandma, This don't go there."

Everytime I clean house now I think about my just-turned-three granddaughter bringing me a book recently and saying "Grandma, this don't go there."  It was a book I was reading.  I had lain it across a floor basket next to the chair in the living room - in the top of the basket that.......pre-granddaughter, was where I kept my reading material.  She has since moved all my stuff out of the basket and keeps her books there.  Mine "don't go" I guess. 



She also picked up my jewelry from the coffee table and said, "Grandma, I'll put these right here for you (on the stairway).  So you can put them in your room." 

I guess every stage of life has opportunties for me to get better at the things I wish I could master!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Vintage Knits by Marie St. John at my thrift store



So it seems that I might keep this one.......a vintage navy blue knit cardigan and skirt set by Marie St. John.  I didn't think I would fit in it very well.  But in taking some photos for my etsy shop I decided it fits better than I had assumed.

We'll see if I actually have an opportunity to wear it anywhere!  I don't have any job interviews in the works.  I suppose if I don't wear it soon, I'll list it in the shop. 

It's amazing to me that it is kind of a nothing looking piece until you put it on.  I suppose that's always been the reason St. John knits were sought after.   This is the first one I've ever tried on although I've read about them through the thrifting blogger circles.

It was a textbook thrifting case.  A label that is so high end that the sorters aren't familiar with it and it gets crammed in with the Faded Glory sweaters. 

I always scan the racks quickly for solid navy blue (another trick I learned from the thrifting bloggers).  I've noticed that women hang on to their navy blue pieces!  As soon as I touched the cardigan, I knew it was something unique.  As I pushed awful sweaters aside, I saw the St. John logo buttons on the front.  I held my breath.  I read the tag.  "St. John Separates".  I wondered if, miracle of all miracles, there was a coordinating piece somewhere in the store that had been orphaned.  I decided to check the skirts first hoping that someone else wasn't carrying it in their hand at this very moment.  There it was!!!!!  The skirt had a very slight hole in the back and I was able to easily mend it without leaving a trace.  I left the store with my $6 vintage designer suit. 

Yea for me!!!!!  I'm feeling rich I tell ya!