RetroOKC – Plaza District

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A few weeks ago I was visiting my parents in OKC and had the chance to explore the Plaza District. This is a shopping district on NW 16th and Indiana, that is revitalizing an old area that has been around since the 1920s. They remodeled the old movie theatre and now it is surrounded by cute vintage and antique shops, art galleries and a few restaurants.

One of the shops is called Retrokc. It is a nice store packed with mid-century furniture, art work, atomic dishes and knick knacks. The owner is very nice and new items tend to rotate in pretty quickly.

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Address:

1708 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Hours vary a bit and they are closed Sunday & Monday.

Tues-Thurs – 1pm-6pm

Fri & Sat – 2pm-8pm

 

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They also have an Etsy store if you can’t make it there in person. Prices are fairly reasonable and they do also buy vintage items. They focus on 1950s, 1960s, mod and tikki.

 

Thrift Store Review – Assistance League Thrift House

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I’ve been trying to make it into this thrift store for about 2 years! Whenever I’m in this area of town they always seem to be closed.

Assistance League Thrift House

4901 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78756

Hours: Weds thu Saturday – 10am to 4:30pm

The Good:

This is a local charity which is all run by volunteers so 100% of your purchase or donation goes to charity. This is one of the more neatly organized thrift shops I’ve been into. The workers are a lovely group of nice old ladies. Great location! Across the street from a fab little diner called The Omelettry and a vintage store called Top Drawer. Down the street from Savers Thrift.

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The Bad:

Limited Hours!! If you work during the day it means it is hard to get there before it closes. Not a lot of cute vintage finds on this trip but I’ll keep trying. Prices were a bit high for what seemed to be mostly stuff from the 1990s. Dresses ranged from $10 up to $60. Some framed photos were $30. Smallish shop which was surprisingly crowded for a Friday at 3pm.

 

Stitch Lab – Austin Fabric Store

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Last week, my best friend and I checked out an adorable fabric store called Stitch Lab. It is in central Austin and is located in several adorable little 1920s bungalows on 1st street. You will notice them by the colorful paint jobs and cute sign out front.

Stitch Lab

1000 South 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Hours: M-Sat: 11am-6pm, Sun:1pm-6pm

They have super adorable prints. Lots of thread, buttons and ribbon. If you are looking for quality felt for crafting or for plastic coated fabric for making tablecloths or lunch bags this is the place to go.

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Everything is arranged beautifully and so colorful and stylish. This staff are friendly young ladies and very helpful. They also offer a wide range of classes for people who have never sewn before up thru people trying to learn more advanced techniques. They even have sewing machines you can use. They also sell vintage sewing machines and do repairs.IMG_8131 IMG_8132

Tips on Thrifting

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Tip: Check the Bedding Section for more than just sheets

One of my recent thrift store finds came from a section many people overlook: the curtain or bedding section. I found a gorgeous red sari with gold trim mixed in with the same section as the sheets. The person pricing and stocking it didn’t realize it was actually an Indian wrap dress. So I picked this lovely sari up for $6.99 from Savers on Burnet Road here in Austin. Could be used as a dress, a curtain or tablecloth.

The bedding section will also have good deals on curtains and shower curtains. Sometimes you find pinch pleat vintage curtains for cheap or nice new double lined black out curtains for less than $10. Great source for fabrics for sewing projects as well.

Picked up the above set of 3 ceramic blue and white Asian soup spoons with a fish design for $3. Savers also has a section along the wall pre-bagged items. Each has 3 to 5 items with home decor, toys, office supplies or kitchen ware for very cheap. Sometimes you may not want everything in the bag but they are generally still a great deal. You can always re-donate the unwanted item. My bag had the spoons and happened to come with a cute ceramic teacup or sake cup. I use it for dipping sauces rather than tea as it is quite small.

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One of my photos got 1000 hits on Flickr. This is more views than any of the other vintage items I’ve posted. It is a lovely gold rhinestone watch fromthe 1950s or so.

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Jane Eyre Illustrated in 1943

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Months ago I was wandering thru my local Goodwill looking at the books. I’m a sucker for cheap books and they always have a wide range. Cookbooks old and new, fiction, sci-fi and loads of kids books. Occasionally, they also have old hardback books.

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This time I lucked out and found this illustrated version of Jane Eyre from the 1940s. The original book of course is from 1847. One of my favorite books! Some good movie versions too. Classic fiction novel written by Charlotte Bronte. Gothic romance set in 19th century England. It is matched only by my love of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

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Illustrated beautifully with 17 Woodblock Engraving prints by Fritz Eichenberg published in 1943. These engravings are gorgeous! They are dark, brooding and gothic which matches perfectly the tone of the book. So detailed as well. The cover also has an illustrations of sad orphans.

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To see all the illustrations in the version as well as other drawings from other artist’s edition of Jane Eyre. http://janeeyreillustrated.com/

Sunbeam Mixmaster – 1940s

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I found a darling vintage stand mixer at an antique shop in a small German town in Texas called Schulenburg. It is a Sunbeam Mixmaster in a lovely creamy yellow color. It was rather affordable and came with come attachments. The bright jade green bowl is a citrus juicer bowl and have a special ceramic attachment to juice citrus. I was hoping the bowl would fit my existing retro mixer but no dice. I also made my first video for flickr showing it running and my first youtube video showing how the juicer works.

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It is a Model 7 Sunbeam Mixmaster. It was made during the WWII era in 1941. It has a bit of chipping paint and rust spots but I think that adds to the character. It has 10 speeds and each one lists what it is good for, like mixing dry ingredients or whipping potatoes. It come with the Jadeite green juicer bowl, the metal juicer spout, the white ceramic juicer and three metal beaters. The two beaters with the washers work great, but the third tends to fall out and may be from a different model.

These mixers look futuristic and tend to remind me of the classic Starship Enterprise. ;) There are a ton more pics up on my flickr page.

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