Vintage Labels │ Identifying Vintage Clothing │ Vintage Label Love

I just photographed and drafted fifteen items of clothing for my vintage shop yesterday. I had a lot of labels to look at.

And I wanted to give you a sample of the labels.

Labels are an important part of the piece of clothing. Often, many labels fade, fall off, or are removed over the years, so when the piece still has the label, it helps to identify the piece's decade, who made it, and where it was made.

It's literal icing on the vintage cake.

Below is a perfect sample. Here are 10 labels of my most recent batch of clothing I'll be listing in the shop. The labels have changed in fabric as well as size over the years. But the diversity is lovely, as is the fact that this batch of 10 items comes from the 1950s through to the early 2000s.

Many times, today's clothing has been screen-printed or lasered on labels, so once that's washed off, there's nothing to know about the piece.

I prefer actual labels (even if they itch your neck.) Label love is a real thing in the vintage community. A piece is still magnificent without the label, but with it, there's even more to love about the item.

Over the years, with research and repeated viewings, you learn to discern what era or decade each piece comes from. It's not 100% accurate; I'm not 100% correct. For example, some items I think are '70s are actually from the '60s decade.

A great website to learn more about labels is Vintage Fashion Guild. Incredibly helpful website about vintage clothing.

It's trial and error, for me. After nearly fifteen years of selling vintage, I'm still learning new things about vintage clothing every day. Which is a beautiful thing. But, as a vintage lover, wearer, and seller, I love vintage labels with every part of my being.

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Circa '70s Phase 2 Dress

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Circa '80s Zena Jeans Label

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Circa late '50s to early '60s Dress

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Circa '80s to '90s Laura Ashley Cardigan
 - The British Hong Kong part is a give away it was made in the '80s

Vintage Levi's label
Circa late'80s to (maybe) early '90s 305 Levi's Jeans

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Circa '80s Men's Wool Blend Shirt

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Circa early 2000s Levi's Jacket (there is no .com in the tag)

Vintage Pendleton label
Circa '80s Pendleton Wool Shirt Label

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Circa '90s Papillon Dress Label

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Vintage '80s Wool Skirt Label

Christmas in July │10 Christmas in July Activities

An old ‘70s photo with a couple in front of a Christmas tree
You know, I came across this photo of my paternal grandparents and it made me pause and think of a few things.

I miss these two. They were wonderful people. My grandfather and grandmother lived to serve others and were some of the happiest people I’d ever known.

I’m lucky that I get to use my grandfather’s desk. From writing to running my vintage shop on Etsy, that desk takes care of me.

Also, with the crazy heat we’ve been having, I’m thinking cool thoughts. And by cool I mean Christmas. This photo is from the late ‘70s.

I love that flocked tree and the slight blurriness of the photo. I also love my grandma's sweater set. This photo is quintessential vintage and I love it since it’s the middle of summer. 

We're going to be about 112 degrees today, in  Northern California, so this post is about Christmas in July.

Ten Ways to Bring in Christmas in July:

  • Make a Christmas Baked Good: Get creative. Think peppermint or Ginger.
  • Start your Christmas List: Seriously, Christmas will be here before you know it.
  • Watch a Christmas Movie: You do know Hallmark shows Christmas shows year-round, right?
  • Listen to Christmas Music: Elvis Christmas, here I come.
  • Decorate a Part of Your Home: Maybe the office, or the bathroom; a little tinsel never hurts.
  • 10 ways to bring Christmas in July
    Wear Christmas Clothing: T-shirt, earrings, reindeer antlers. Lots of cool ways to wear Christmas.
  • Start buying Christmas Gifts: Santa plans ahead a year in advance and so should you.
  • Make a Christmas Drink: Iced peppermint mocha or iced eggnog latte anyone?
  • Light a Spruce Candle or Holiday Scent Plug-In: I love Christmas candles year-round.
  • Have a Christmas Party: Invite, decorate, and have friends bring holiday treats: It's a Christmas in July Party. The best kind.

Also, speaking of Christmas, the shop is on sale through Sunday. Deals are to be had. The Christmas Spirit is to be found.

Merry Summer Christmas, my vintage friends, and to Gram and Papa, I miss you much.

Thank God it's Vintage Friday (TGIVF).

Dr. Jones, I presume │ Sylvanus Grisley Morley: the Real Indiana Jones

Archeologist Sylvanus Morely
Sylvanus Morely
If you ever wondered whether Indiana Jones was based on a real person, in my opinion, this guy is it. Sylvanus Grisley Morely.

As a young girl, my first desire in a career - other than writing - was archeology. Egyptology, to be precise.

Unfortunately, I didn't pursue that path. But I am sort of an archeologist, in a round-about, modern, more-convenient sort of way.

Today, the vintage sourcing I do for my shop is no different than what archeologists do. (Okay, let's be real, it's nothing like true archeology.)

My finds aren't nearly as old or valuable, nor do I have to dig in the dirt to find what I want. Nevertheless, what I do is still treasure hunting. And trust me, digging around for clothing in all the thrift stores is not easy. So, in the end, I believe I was destined to sell vintage because it's somewhat related to archeology. A cousin, if you will.

So, when I came across Morely's photo the other day, it stopped me. I mean, who does it look like?

Dr. Jones, of course: Harrison Ford, as the famed Indiana Jones.

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Harrison Ford
Sylvanus Grisley Morley was an American archaeologist and epigrapher who studied the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in the early 20th century. 

Later in his career, after achieving an engineering degree (he didn't want), he finally began the trajectory toward archeology (despite his father's disapproval), and received an undergraduate degree in archeology from Harvard.

That began his exploration, discoveries, and mystery-solving, which included working as a spy for the US government (Yes, it involved watching the activities of the German movement. Naturally.)

Read more about him on Wikipedia or do a Google search. He's a fascinating man.

I'm sure if Indiana Jones had been a real person, he'd be good friends with his doppelganger. Morley was the pinnacle of mashing up archeology and attractiveness, in my book. Just like Dr. Jones.
Archeologist Sylvanus Morley
Sylvanus Morely

While Indiana Jones is fiction, Sylvanus Morely is the real deal. 

There are books about him too, and I'm probably going to read a few now since I'm now curious about who this "real Indiana Jones" was.

He was the real risk-taker, the real researcher, the real lover of archeological finds, and most likely, telling everyone around him with his stupendous finds, "This belongs in a museum!"


Shenandoah Pyrex 475 Casserole │ Vintage Pyrex Collection

A week or two ago, I found a vintage Pyrex Shenandoah casserole, in the largest size. When I came across her in the thrift store, I was going by memory on whether I had this piece or not.

I keep a running list on my phone of what I've found over the years, and I take pictures of my Pyrex closet to refer to during my sourcing quests. But often I can't see everything in the photo, nor are my notes as meticulous as they could be.

I couldn't remember having this size so I bit the bullet (knowing I could sell the piece if I already had it) and was thrilled to discover I didn't own it!

Now, I only need casseroles 473 and 474 and I'll have the complete set to this pattern. I love the pale yellow with the light green leaf motif. It's much more muted and mellow than some of the other patterns and colors vintage Pyrex usually is.

The book I use to refer to all of my finds is called Pyrex Passion. It's where some of the photos here are from. This book is phenomenal. For any Pyrex collector, it's a must. 

If you're not into Pyrex, that's okay. It's just a joy to be able to thrift my pieces still. 98% of my collection is thrifted. I started collecting Pyrex to keep my thrifting and sourcing for my Etsy shop fun.

And you know what? It's worked.


A vintage piece of Pyrex

Shenandoah Pyrex

Shenandoah Pyrex
I had a lid waiting in my "lids stash" for it!

Shenandoah Pyrex Casserole Dishes

Vintage Pyrex

Shenandoah Pyrex Page

Shenandoah Page

Shenandoah Pyrex Page


Vintage Thrift Haul of Vintage Denim │ My Thrifted Finds 9 July 2024

Today was an overall-finding day... again! Love it when the overalls show up. They're all '90s overalls but that's alright. They seem to not only be the most prevalent out there (because they're newer) but also in demand. Everyone needs a good pair of overalls to bash about in.

A flat lay of vintage denim

Found a vintage Levi's denim jacket, and belts today too. Even found an older '80s pair of 501s. 

The older 501s are so hard to find anymore. I'm lucky if I find one every other month. So when I saw that Levi's label, my heart was beating hard. Yes!♥

A close up of a levi's label

All items are headed to the shop this week. 


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