Actually, this photo was taken just before we left - that's fellow blogger Suzanne Carillo on the left, and yours truly on the right. We were both somewhat overdressed for the weather. I'm wearing a vintage dress I found at Beacon's Closet in New York last fall, thrifted denim jacket, and a hat I purchased at the show from What'll I Wear, a vendor that had very reasonable prices, and from whom Suzanne also made a purchase, but I'm getting ahead of myself.....
Suzanne and I arranged to meet at Gadsden's Toronto Vintage Clothing Show held at Wychwood Barns this past Sunday. I have attended the show in previous years, but Suzanne had never been, so I thought it would be a good opportunity for some shopping, eating, and yakking, three favourite blogger activities. The show is relatively small, with approximately 30 vendors taking part, so it can be covered in a couple of hours.
There were floral patterns everywhere, reflecting the long-awaited arrival of Spring (the weather was beautiful - sunny and around 17 degrees celsius). The 1930's dresses on the left are from Emma Paige and unfortunately, I can't remember where the tunic and pants were from. It was a challenge to identify the vendors as very few had signs on their booth and some of them didn't have any business cards.
There were lots of bright, bold colours and patterns
Part of the fun of shows like this is being able to see some of the more unique items that cause you to shake your head and wonder "who the heck wore that??". The quilted (rayon?) two piece with a sailor collar was one of those such items. This was from the same vendor that had the green flowered two-piece in the previous photo. (if you're the vendor and see this post, please email me and I will add your name).
Carry your own little mini-ocean with this bag from Claimed Vintage
This woman with the striking hat was working at Angela McCool's booth, where she purchased her funky silver earrings.
McCool's booth had a LOT of jewellery, including this mind-boggling display of silver
Renee Piche always has great eye candy at her booth and this year was no exception. The three large (horsehair?) flower brooches in the centre are by Hattie Carnegie.
Piche carries a selection of vintage and modern plastic jewellery in fantastic shapes and yummy colours. She also had a few bags, and I particularly liked the sweet multi-coloured suede on on the left and the sparkly blue evening bag on the right.
Robin Tillmanns of Factory Girl Vintage had a very unique way of displaying pieces of jewellery at her booth. The photos are all of her mother-in-law at various times of her life.
This lovely dress was on display at the Union Label Vintage Booth
Just look at the gorgeous ribbon detailing!! Luxurious fabrics and stunning details are part of the reason I love vintage clothing, particularly pieces dating from the 30's - 60's.
Apparently rompers are big this year (one piece with shorts - romper, one piece with full-length pants - jumpsuit) as we found quite a few on the racks. This one at Factory Girl Vintage was hands-down the coolest one at the show (many thanks to Suzanne for putting up with being asked repeatedly "can you hold this while I take a photo?"). The sleeves are open along the top with ties at the shoulder, elbow and wrist. I'm wishing now that I had tried it on, because really, when is that opportunity going to come up again?
More rompers - Robin Tillmanns of Factory Girl Vintage holds a quilted cotton one, and the one on the right with the racy side cut-outs from Wild Thing Vintage.
I saw this young woman trying on this amazing bold print opera coat from Wild Thing Vintage and she decided it was coming home with her.
This young lady was the coolest gal at the show. Her sailor-themed outfit was just adorable, and if that wasn't enough, the extremely realistic tiger head at her feet is her backpack ( I couldn't stop thinking of Richard Parker from The Life of Pi). She found the sailor's jacket at Factory Girl Vintage at the show and it fit her perfectly.
I asked Suzanne to take a photo of me with actor, antiques expert, props supplier and charming guy, Yank Azman. He was one of the first people I talked to when I started coming to the Gadsden's show a few years ago, and I took his photo, wearing the same hat, and same gangster face in 2012 (you can see it in my post from that show here). He's been very supportive of my blog over the years, forwarding my posts about vintage shows to other vendors, etc., which I greatly appreciate.
After a light lunch we visited our respective favourite bakeries in the neighbourhood. I made my annual pilgrimage to Leah's Bakery for some of their chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispie squares while Suzanne picked up some eclairs from Pain Perdu Patisserie. She raved about them, so I had to try one, and it was as delicious as promised, and they are small, with real custard filling, as opposed to those giant, edible oil product-filled things you can find at doughnut shops.
A thoroughly enjoyable day of shopping, eating and socializing came to an end and I reluctantly returned home. Until next time!