Dear readers, customers and friends,
You may have noticed my blog posts are sparse, my events are few and far-between, and my Etsy shop is on vacation.
Fear not, vintage lovers. There are exciting changes ahead.
But first, I’m slogging through some business as usual. I’m finishing up my graduate degree, which means writing my thesis on—no surprise to you, I’m sure—the apparel manufacturing industry. At the same time, I’m juggling multiple gigs in order to make Quarter Life my “full-time” career sooner, rather than later.
And Quarter Life itself is changing. Later this year, you’ll see this familiar blog redesigned with a new name, a new look, and a new walk (but the same ‘ol attitude). It’ll be paired with an Etsy relaunch that I hope will make you proud of my visual merchandising skills, among other fine qualities!
So I’m off the grid to an extent, but not unavailable. You can find some transitional vintage pieces at Ginger Root Design through the end of April. This summer, I’ll be appearing at the brand new Grant Avenue Market, which I’m very excited about. I hope to see you soon, and we can chat about what’s next for this here little shop on the move!
Weddings mean road trips, and MC and I shared a drive to and from eastern Ohio a few weeks back with a really fun stop in Pittsburgh. Our intent was to eat, but serendipity struck and we got to shop, too.
I made friends at Mahla Antiques, where MC found a decanter he loved (of course), I found an awesome bar set that I’m itching to sell to a Mad Men-inspired bar, and I found the Best Fashion Book Ever.
One of the sections at Mahla featured this amazing, amazing pink kitchen counter. There were even some pans in the oven! If only I had space at home for such a beauty.
Meanwhile, in Ohio, I learned where suitcases go for their final trip around the luggage carousel: Youngstown, Ohio. The Liberty Goodwill store had tons of fun pieces to look through.
This is just half the Goodwill haul. I was carrying the other half. Thaaaaanks, MC!
Stay tuned for some really fun and awesome announcements about where you can find Quarter Life vintage this summer and beyond! Until then, I’ll keep buying….
I know thrifty style mavens who live and die for the Tossed & Found sale every year. (Seriously. Ask Jen.) It’s this weekend, so get ready to haul some giant bags of goodies out of the Junior League of Washington’s annual sale.
From JLW: Tossed and Found is the Junior League of Washington’s annual weekend sale that provides many families in our community with quality, gently used household goods at bargain prices. In 2012, the sale attracted more than 3,000 shoppers and raised more than $118,000. Proceeds from the sale are used to fund the Junior League of Washington’s community-based programs and literacy activities.
I’ll miss it once again due to fun family obligations, but I encourage you to go shop!
I do this far too often.
I bring a batch of vintage back from the thrift or the rummage or whatnot, and sort the “to the cleaner’s” pile away from the washable stuff. But something always sneaks by me into the washer when it should probably be hand-washed on its own.
Case in point: The fuschia blouse that went into the same load as this once-white toaster cover.
To the Borax bucket we went. I dumped the pink water every few hours and let a final round of soaking sit overnight. A good rinse, a spin through the wash (with the whites this time), and voila:
Love you, Borax. Forever and ever.
Earlier this month we took a little road trip to Western MD for a ski trip. Since I don’t ski, I shopped! I’m saving some of the best finds for the DCGF blog, but here’s a peek at some other cool items:
I loved this mini iron. It still works-and matches my outfit!
An amazing little treasure trove called Cobwebs had tons of old appliances, all that still work. I tried to convince MC that we needed an old-school waffle-maker, but no luck.
I couldn’t resist a set of two groovy coffee cups. They’re made in Japan and nest together so nicely in the cabinet. They just make me smile!
Photo by Ginger Root Design
It’s your last chance to find Quarter Life vintage at Ginger Root Design! The ladies are making space in The Back Room for new vintage vendors, but you still have time to mix, mingle, and shop before QL waves goodbye.
Stop by for a vintage mixer and meet-the-artist night on Friday, February 22! I’ll be absent, but you’ll be able to shop vintage and handcrafted goodies all night. Just be sure to RSVP (because there will be wine)!
Thanks so much to the staff at Ginger Root Design for hosting me for the past two months!