1940’s Vintage Wedding Dress Haul

Okay I think I’m in over my head now….. I found an ad online for a local seller in my town selling “9 1940’s Style Wedding Dresses”. I contacted her immediately. I met with her the next morning as she laid them all out for me to view. She was an older lady maybe in her 60’s and she told me she found them in the back of her mother’s closet in an old suit case marked Wedding Dresses and Dolls. I had only brought a certain amount of money with me thinking I would only buy one or two of the dresses. Well I had to leave and run to the bank machine and get more money. I left with all 9 dresses! I had no idea what the heck I was going to do with them all. The lady suggested that I clean and repair them, then resell them for a profit. That’s a great idea, but how am I supposed to clean satin, lace and taffeta that has been yellowed and stained and sitting in a suitcase for the past 70 years? Sure I can sew a quilt together, but how do I re-attach a skirt and zipper to a bodice that has boning in it?

Some of these gowns have never been worn. They still have the retail tags attached. I have come to believe that this woman’s mother must have worked in a local dress shop during 1940’s or 1950’s. She must have been a seamstress or a clerk in the shop. There is one taffeta dress that appears to have been in the process of been altered, but the job was not completed for some reason. I contacted my local historical society and they were able to tell me about the shop where these gowns came from. The shop was called Annette’s Misses and Teens and it was located in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. They shut their doors in 1952 and she was able to send me some advertisements from their close out sale.

Vintage Wedding Dress Advertisement 2

Vintage Wedding Dress Advertisement

I could not afford to take all 9 gowns to my local dry cleaner or seamstress so I decided to leave any repairs that there may be to whomever was going to purchase any of these gowns from me.

I did a lot of internet research before I could muster up the courage to even touch these gowns. I came to the conclusion that some OxyClean stain remover (for the hems of the gowns and cuffs) and a bottle of Oxyclean detergent were going to be my best options. I went over each gown with a fine tooth comb and pre-treated any stains and then placed each gown separately into my new fancy washer on the hand wash cycle with a half a cap of Oxyclean. I hung them to dry and was amazed to see they came out perfect! I steamed out the wrinkles with a hand steamer and did a happy dance. They looked amazing.

Between the metal zippers and the Rhinestones and Pearls I was terrified that there was going to be rust staining the satin and missing pearls and that I would ruin everything. But luck was on my side and everything worked out very well. Some are in the shop right now just waiting for the perfect vintage bride to come along. Take a look at some of these beauties:





More dresses will be posted in the shop soon!

Second week of August Haul

One of the things I’m hoping to do on this blog is to review my weekly yard sale, estate sale and thrift shop finds. Hopefully I can pass on a bit of interesting information along the way, and you can see what kind of items I find that are worth re-selling. This week I visited no less than 20 garage sales and 2 estate sales. I found some nice stuff along the way.

My first find this week was a set of 4 wooden kitchen canisters from the 1960’s. I found these at a garage sale.

vintage wooden baribo-maid canisters

They were in nice shape and very solid, but were showing their age with a layer of dust and grime. After a good soak, scrubbing and a nice oil massage they look amazing. Sometimes when you’re out hunting for vintage and antique items you have to look past a bit of grime. You need to see the potential that’s hiding under decades of dust. Just like old furniture a good cleaning and some polish can mean all the difference between $5.00 and $50.00. I’m planning to post the set for sale for $35.00 CAD on my Etsy shop.

My next two items were 2 different colored green Pyrex mixing bowls, both a #403.

Pyrex #403

They both have really good gloss and are free from chips and cracks. I find I do well selling individual Pyrex pieces on my Etsy shop. Sometimes people just need to replace a missing bowl from their already existing nesting bowl set. I never pick up any Pyrex pieces that are sick from the dishwasher. I always make sure the color is shiny and the bowl is glossy inside and out. I don’t want to have an ugly piece of Pyrex on my shop.

Another amazing piece I picked up was an Indiana Glass Co. Amber Diamond Point Covered Compote with Gold Flash from the 1960’s.

Amber Diamond Point Covered Compote

This piece of glass was hiding in the back of a sweet old lady’s garage. She wanted too much money for it, but I got her to sweeten the deal and she threw in a Fire King Cereal bowl. (I am a sucker for anything Fire King). I was a bit disappointed with myself for buying it, but when I got home and washed it up, it came out absolutely gorgeous! It looks like whiskey when the sun shines through it.

Next I found a Red Dot Federal Glass Milk Glass Bowl.

Federal Bowls

Federal Glass items are very desirable and I find that they sell just as well as Pyrex. The red dots are not as bright as I’d like but it’s in great condition and I am going to pair it up with another Federal bowl I already have and make it a set.

Lastly I found a little gem at an estate sale. There wasn’t much there that I was interested in but I found this tiny little set of cocktail knives still in their original box that appeared to be unused.

Bakelite Knives

When I got them home I realized that the handles were Bakelite! It turned a nice find into an amazing find! I love it when I find small unique vintage items. It’s so much easier to ship something like this versus a large casserole dish or nesting bowl set.

Some of these are items are already up for sale online and the rest will be available soon.