Reviews and links to books about all things vintage ... vintage fashion, vintage clothes, vintage postcards, vintage magazines, vintage halloween, vintage advertisements & vintage books

homemade gifts vintage style, by sarah moorehomemade gifts vintage style, by sarah moore

Homemade Gifts Vintage Style, by Sarah Moore

Shops and markets selling vintage furniture and trinkets are an absolute treasure trove for anyone looking to inject some character and charm into their home without spending a fortune. Homemade Gifts Vintage Style takes this one step further by inspiring you to make or customise your own vintage wares and present them as gifts. Rather than throwing out worn jumpers and blankets, give them a new lease of life by turning them into cute animals for children's birthdays. Instead of ditching cushions that have seen better days, why not transform them into something unique with colourful and eclectic vintage fabrics. Sarah Moore shows you how with easy-to-follow photographs accompanied by simple instructions. Projects can be sewn by hand or accomplished with one simple stitch on a sewing machine so are suitable for all abilities. With their colourful vintage look these projects make the perfect gifts for any occasion - so lovely that you'll have to resist the temptation to keep them for yourself.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

the vintage tea party book, by angel adoreethe vintage tea party book, by angel adoree

Vintage Tea Party Book, by Angel Adoree

The Vintage Patisserie is a haven of all things glamour, vintage and retro. Run by Angel Adoree, the outstanding character you may have seen on Dragon's Den, the Vintage Patisserie is a vintage hosting company offering bespoke tea parties from a bygone era. For that reason, there's nowhere better to get simple, elegant advice for hosting your very own Vintage Tea Party at home than from Angel and The Vintage Tea Party Book. As well as providing sumptuous elegant recipes to cover every time of the day, Angel's The Vintage Tea Party Book covers the full breadth of those little touches that make the perfect vintage party: Invitations, attire, decorations, props and more.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

timeless halloween collectibles, by claire lavintimeless halloween collectibles, by claire lavin

Timeless Halloween Collectobles, by Claire Levin

The definitive reference guide for vintage Halloween collectors looking for accurate information on each piece, as well as for designers looking for the best in Halloween graphics. The collectibles showcased span what some people consider the Golden Years of Halloween production - 1920 through 1949. Youll be charmed by the artwork of the many invitations shown and wonder how a host ever survived without the myriad party helps. Dozens of die cut items have graphics so vivid they almost jump from the pages! See the artists creativity at its best when you pore over the party games and hats. And what Halloween would be complete without the Jack-O-Lantern? The stock number, initial release year, and objects proper name, are taken directly from holiday sales catalogues and interspersed with the authors comments. Over 350 photographs include some never-before-seen items. A value guide accompanies each entry.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

vintage halloween graphics, by steven hellervintage halloween graphics, by steven heller

Vintage Halloween Graphics, by Steven Heller

Trick or treat (smell my feet!) A guaranteed trip down memory lane, this book celebrates All Hallows' Eve in American graphic and print media from the early 1900s to the '60s. Featuring witches, ghouls, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns, the scariest postcards and decorations, the silliest costumes and candid photos are collected here. With an introduction tracing the unexpected history of Halloween and its traditions, Vintage Halloween is a nostalgic tribute to one of America's favorite holidays.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

secondhand chic, by Christa Weilsecondhand chic, by Christa Weil

Secondhand Chic: Finding Fabulous Fashion at Consignment, Vintage, and Thrift Stores, by Christa Weil

Fun, funky, and fabulous, this is the first personal buying guide to help you get in on the resale craze that is sweeping America. Would you like to find a mint-condition Yves Saint Laurent jacket for $25 . . . a brand-new, pleated wool skirt still bearing the original $40 price tag, for $7 . . . a genuine Dior suit for $75? Now you can! In Secondhand Chic you'll discover where to look, what to look for, and how to buy quality. In fact, you'll get all the secrets of spotting a valuable bargain so you can shop brilliantly whether you're in a consignment, thrift, or vintage store. Expert shopper Christa Weil shares the insider information that will help you buy the best clothes you've ever owned . . . at a fraction of the retail cost. Learn about: Spotting quality - which you will know immediately from buttons, pockets, seams, and fabric Labels . . . big names, department store brands, exquisite foreign lines - and fakes! Finding your size when there are no labels or tags Flaws you can fix and the ones you can't - from wrong lengths and wrinkles to stains and shininess Unearthing handmade shoes, silk scarves, name jewelry, and other elegant accessories Buying what you really need - and caring for the clothes you've got The styles that make your body look best From domestic to international stores, from New York to London, from Memphis to Paris - no matter where you buy, you can buy secondhand chic.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

wearing vintage by catherine bardleywearing vintage by catherine bardley

Wearing Vintage, by Catherine Bardley

What are the most fashion-forward men and women wearing these days? Classic clothing - from every decade. From flapper dresses to flared trousers, the hottest, hippest clothing and accessories comes from market stalls, flea markets, vintage shops and grandma's attic. This book is the ultimate guide to finding, fixing and looking fabulous in vintage clothes. Filled with ideas, examples and information about men's and women's wear - and featuring colour photographs on every page - it unlocks the endless possibilities of vintage chic and shows everyone from fashion fiends to starving students how to look great in clothing from the past. - Where to buy - Shopping tips - Men and Women's daywear - Formal clothes - - Wedding dresses - Swimwear - Bedroom wear - Shoes - Handbags - Jewellery - - Gloves - Hats - Ties - Cufflinks - Cleaning - Restoring - Storing - * Detailed colour photographs by Michael Cogliantry of over 200 clothing items, plus period photographs of Hollywood stars and style icons to show the authentic look. * Essential guide to vintage clothing - as beautiful as it is practical.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

vintage shopping, by melody fortiervintage shopping, by melody fortier

Vintage Shopping, by Melody Fortier

Vintage clothing never goes out of style, offering couture quality at a fraction of the price. Now you, too, can follow in the footsteps of Kate Moss, Siena Miller, Angelina Jolie, and other celebrities donning classic designer gowns on the red carpet and boho chic on the street. In "The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping", vintage clothing dealer Melody Fortier demystifies the buying process, telling you just what to look for, what to avoid, and what to expect to pay. With "The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping" tucked in her handbag, the frugal fashionista will be able to confidently select and wear unique and stylish fashions unlike anything in the local mall or overpriced boutiques. The hunt for treasures is on!



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

style me vintage, belinda haystyle me vintage, belinda hay

Style Me Vintage, by Belinda Hay

Everything you'll need to create vintage hairstyles from the '30s to the '60s. Step-by-step instructions and fantastic photographs. Filled with inspirational images and tips on make-up and accessories. Vintage styles have never been more popular, with everyone from Madonna and Scarlett Johansson to Dita Von Teese indulging in retro glamour. Whether you want to style your hair for a special party or event, a night out, or just for fun, this must-have book has all you'll need to recreate the decadence and fun of vintage styles. Filled with step-by-step instructions, tips and techniques, and detailed photographs for hairstyles from the 1930s to the 1960s, Style Me Vintage provides everything you'll need to create authentic 'do's - whether you want to look like Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake or Brigitte Bardot.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

virtual vintage, by linda lindrothvirtual vintage, by linda lindroth

Virtual Vintage: The Insider's Guide to Buying and Selling Fashion Online, by Linda Lindroth

Vintage clothing has never been more chic, with everyone from celebrity trendsetters to style-conscious professionals searching for wearable treasures from the past. Virtual Vintage is the first and only guide that helps both the novice and the fashion connoisseur evaluate and confidently participate in the thriving vintage marketplace that exists online. No other book explains how to get it, sell it, fix it, or wear it with flair. Authors Linda Lindroth and Deborah Newell Tornello equip readers from head to toe. Whether you’re looking for a 1960s Rudi Gernreich knit, Gucci hipster trousers, a Claire McCardell for Townley shirtwaist, or a Chanel suit in pink wool with black patent-leather trim, Virtual Vintage will help you build a unique and sensational wardrobe.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

vintage handbags, by marnie foggvintage handbags, by marnie fogg

Vintage Handbags, by Marnie Fogg

Decade by decade, the lavishly illustrated "Vintage Handbags" recounts over 100 years of shoe history, from Elsa Schiaparelli's mesh bags for Whiting & Davis in the 1920s through the Hermes Kelly bag in the 1950s to the Fendi Baguette of the 1990s. Accompanied by archive images, fashion photography and specially commissioned photographs of period pieces, the most collectible and beautiful handbags are showcased. An invaluable reference as well as a visual delight of times past, the book explores the key designers, technical developments and cultural influences that shaped handbag design, revealing exquisite and groundbreaking work from such luminaries as Salvatore Ferragamo, Coco Chanel, Hermes, Fendi, Bonnie Cashin and Judith Leiber.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

vintage emphemera, by giuseppina cirincionevintage emphemera, by giuseppina cirincione

Collage Lost and Found: Creating Unique Projects with Vintage Ephemera, by Giuseppina Cirincione

Now there's a hip way for crafters to bring family history into their daily lives. "Collage Lost and Found" combines basic collage techniques and found objects to create edgy and unusual crafts with not only style, but a story to tell as well. Highlights include: 20 step-by-step projects with easy, fashionable designs for greeting cards, magnets, necklaces, journals and more; sassy and alluring artwork that reflects the author's old-world Sicilian upbringing and her fascination with a bygone era; and inspirational photo galleries packed with ideas, as well as information on basic collage, collecting ephemera and jewelry techniques. Readers won't be able to resist these clever ideas for turning long-forgotten treasures into items they can wear, display or send!



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

making vintage bags, by emma brennanmaking vintage bags, by emma brennan

Making Vintage Bags: 20 Original Sewing Patterns for Vintage Bags and Purses, by Emma Brennan

The bags in this book draw inspiration from the 20s-50s - with 20 projects are suitable for all levels and there are four matching purse designs that can be adapted to any bag. Patterns and seam allowances are also included. Patterns for all the bags are included and all have seam allowances added already so that the book is not just inspirational, it's practical too. The bags are made from easily acquired cost-effective materials using straightforward techniques and come in a range of beautiful shapes that give them a really stunning and unique look. Designs range in skill level, so if you are new to the craft you can start simply, then move on to gradually more challenging designs as your ability increases and your creativity blossoms.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

golden age of postcards, by benjamin pennistongolden age of postcards, by benjamin penniston

The Golden Age of Postcards Early 1900s: Identification & Values, by Benjamin Penniston

These postcard images from the early twentieth century will astound you. Over 780 postcards are reproduced in full color, and the artists, publishers, and printers are provided when information is known. The coverage includes comic, holiday, fantasy, view, and photo postcards. The great publishers and artists of this bygone era will amaze you with the breadth of their coverage and fabulous graphics. Be prepared to view the works of these incredible artisans: Julius Bien, Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle, Frances Brundage, Walter Wellman, Gene Carr, Frederick Burr Opper, Richard Felton Outcault, and countless others. This book provides an eclectic array of postcards to introduce the viewer to the fantastic variety available and to elicit additional adherents to the joy of collecting and the satisfaction of organizing postcards for display in albums or framing a set.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

old magazines identification and value guide, by richard clear & david alexanderold magazines identification and value guide, by richard clear & david alexander

Old Magazines: Identification & Value Guide, by Richard Clear & David Alexander

Old Magazines, Second Edition, will delight both collectors and dealers. Author Richard E. Clear has 30 years of experience dealing in periodicals, and wrote his first book on magazines in 1974. Magazines from many different areas are included: movie, trade, fashion, farm, sports, and more, and over 300 new color photos have been added to this edition, representing the thousands of magazines available. The book focuses on the more common, easily recognized and attainable copies rather than rare issues. Each listing includes information such as title, size, volume, publisher, dates published, all known names of the magazine, and a realistic market value. Because old magazines often span large periods and appear in literally thousands of issues, Clear gives criteria for spotting the more valuable issues. Included in this new edition is a list of illustrators with information about where to find their work, a suggested grading guide, a list of paper dolls by name and where they can be found, and a ten-page section on advertisements.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

complete guide to vintage children's records identification & value guide, by peter muldavincomplete guide to vintage children's records identification & value guide, by peter muldavin

The Complete Guide to Vintage Children's Records: Identification & Value Guide, by Peter Muldavin

This long-awaited reference book represents a first of its kind: an almost complete listing and price guide to vintage children's records. Though coverage is mainly dedicated to 78rpm records, a few early 45rpms are included. Unlike previous price guides, this book attempts to cover all 78rpm kiddie records made in the United States. The dates of coverage range from the 1890s to the 1960s, with most of the listings being from the 1940s and 1950s, the 'golden age' of children's records. There are listings for nearly 14,000 records and 450 record labels, making this the most complete discography of its kind ever in print. Values are given for records in excellent/mint and good/very good condition. This book is sure to delight the young and the young at heart. Give it a spin!



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

the vintage modern home, by katherine sorrellthe vintage modern home, by katherine sorrell

The Vintage Modern Home, by Katherine Sorrell

We'd all like a limitless budget for interior decoration, but few of us enjoy that luxury. We tend to fill our homes with a range of unrelated furnishings acquired over a number of years, and hope that somehow everything will work together. Tackling the tricky - and common - problem of combining furnishings of different styles and from various sources and periods, The Vintage/Modern Home demonstrates how to make the most of what you have in an achievable yet stylish way. Whether they are prized antiques, second-hand discoveries or high-street pieces, this indispensable book describes how to bring together old and new, inexpensive and precious with both subtlety and flair. Exploring examples of successful 'vintage/modern' looks in real homes, interiors expert Katherine Sorrell offers a wealth of creative solutions and practical tips, from using colour and texture to unify a scheme, to choosing the right accessories to make the maximum impact.



Buy from amazon.co.uk

Buy from amazon.com

How To Sell Antiques and Collectibles

If you like vintage, why check out my vintage postcard blog or my vintage books & magazines blog

... or follow me on twitter