Very Delightful Things

The best vintage, one-of-a kind, and exclusive finds.

I Wasn’t Born with a Silver Spoon in my Mouth…

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but luckily I found one today. Old warehouses are one of my favorite places to find hidden gems. They’re usually dusty, bleak and unassuming—those are the best kind. While searching for items for the shop, I came across this treasure in a chest—a silverware chest that is. This was the only item in it. I immediately grasped it, ran my fingers across it’s minimally rough exterior…I knew it was something special. It’s aged surface, speckled with slight indentations of varying sizes and naturally occurring patina, spoke to me in a way that I couldn’t describe.  I wondered what it’s story was, if it had a story. I took a closer look. I discovered the word GOMBAULT hammered into the surface of the handle along with the letter G topped off with a crown. There was also another word, so microscopic that I couldn’t decipher it, hammered into the bowl of the spoon. Naturally, I had to do a little research.

Antique Gombault Silver Spoon

Antique Gombault Silver Spoon

Antique Gombault Silver Spoon

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Polka Dots and Playful Frocks: OOTD

Vintage 1980s Mary Ann Restivo Polka Dot Dress

1980s Mary Ann Restivo Vintage Button Detail

Vintage 1980s Mary Ann Restivo Blue and White Polka Dot Dress

People often ask me how I find such fabulous pieces. Thrifting and fashion are my passion and I can spot a quality piece a mile away. I don’t know what it is, but I can quickly scan and grab a well constructed garment in less time than it took Muhammad Ali to deliver a knock out punch! On one of my excursions I spotted this vintage, 1980s, Mary Ann Restivo polka dot dress. How did I know it was from the 80s? The shoulder pads were a dead giveaway and, typically, many 80s pieces, such as this one, were made in Hong Kong.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Gentleman Caller and the Mysterious Black Tie Affair

“Every respectable young lady needs a suitable gentleman caller,” she whispered demurely as she slid his calling card into the narrow pocket of her purse. At least this is the way I imagined the conversation must have went when I came across this exquisite vintage Walborg purse complete with the original coin purse, beveled mirror, and vintage calling card to boot—what makes this purse especially unique.The calling card is from a gentleman named Saul L. Singer, attorney and counselor at law. The address is 15 Dekoven Court, N.Y. 11230. Phone number (212) Ulster 9-1054. This is currently the home of the Blue Porch Bed and Breakfast located in Midwood, Brooklyn, N.Y. Whoever the gentleman was and whoever’s purse this belonged to must have had an amazing story.

1940s Walborg Black Purse

Now… back to the purse. If you haven’t seen a Walborg purse before, then be prepared to be truly amazed. Quality, craftsmanship, and sophistication are the true hallmarks of this brand. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Tips for Selecting Vintage Clothing

1980s Cathy Hardwick Gold Sequin Dress

1. Quality/Detail:  Those who have an eye for vintage pay attention to quality and fine details. Any savvy vintage shopper understands that quality and detail go hand in hand. When selecting vintage clothing, make sure that you inspect the quality of the piece. You may want to avoid delicate materials unless you are using them for display purposes. Some indicators of quality vintage pieces include bound buttonholes, piped seems, hand sewing, and silk linings. Some questions you may want to consider: Are the zippers in working order? Is the lining of the garment still intact? Does the garment possess any lingering odors? Many vintage pieces are unlabeled, so consider it a plus if you find a garment with the designer’s label still intact. Usually the highest quality vintage pieces are preserved with the utmost care.

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Vintage Mattel Wind Up Toy Truck

Here’s a great vintage item I have in my collection that’s not for sale. It’s a Vintage Mattel Wind Up Toy Truck, circa 1972. This poor thing has seen much better days and is barely in any kind of working order. The body is made of real wood and is screwed to a plastic base. The windshield was simply a blue sticker affixed to the front. You can wind him up by the little dial on his head, but the little wheels won’t spin strong enough to move him anywhere. Poor thing! If you hold him upside down, like a baby hedgehog, his little wheels with sputter a little and make a feeble attempt to rotate.

Vintage Mattel Wind Up Toy Truck

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