Thursday, December 26, 2013

warm wishes for the new year + shipping announcement

Small Earth Vintage hopes that all who celebrate had a lovely Christmas holiday. Andy and I will be taking a little weeklong break starting this coming Saturday, so our last day to ship items this year will be tomorrow, Friday, 12/27. The shop will remain open while we're away, but shipping won't resume until Monday, 1/6. Warm wishes to all for the new year! (Image is cover art from the January 1938 Die Moderne Welt; source here:


Monday, December 23, 2013

Pendleton plaid, gabardine, and blue houndstooth

Plaid Pendleton shirts, 1950s gabardine, and a 1940s houndstooth Hollywood jacket...some excellent vintage menswear is on its way to the shop!

1960s blue and black plaid Pendleton shirt.

1970s brown and gold plaid Pendleton shirt/jacket.

1970s red plaid Pendleton shirt.

1960s lamb's wool blend zip-up cardigan, by Rob Scot.

1940s blue houndstooth belted Hollywood jacket.

1950s mauve gabardine shirt with white contrast collar, by Arrow.

1970s green stripe knit shirt, by Penney's Towcraft.

1920s or 1930s striped shirt, by Peninsular.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

shop preview: black velvet, yarn flowers, red tartan, and cats!

Here's what's coming to the shop over the next week--black velvet and printed faille, red plaid, Scottish wool, happy yarn flowers, vintage denim, and a fun kitty cat novelty print!

1950s black printed faille Bonbons dress--in the shop now!

1950s black velvet wiggle dress, by Jonathan Logan.

1960s wool and mohair yarn flower sweater with fringe, by Carol Brent.

1960s red tartan plaid shift dress, by Pendleton.

1960s Lee Lady Riders jeans.

Deadstock 1950s navy blue crepe dress with drapey bodice, by Wynette.

Heather brown Scottish Shetland wool cardigan, by The Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

1970s zig zag Shazam! dress.

1970s red plaid skirt.

1950s cornflower blue dress with fringed scarf collar, by Hope Reed.

1970s kitty cat novelty print blouse.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Weihnachten / Christmas 1936

Christmas is almost here!  So it's the perfect time to travel through time and space to 1930s Vienna and Berlin via the December 1936 issue of Die Moderne Welt magazine.  I'm sharing some of the highlights from the issue here, but you can view the whole thing and other issues online at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.  (And apologies in advance for my amateur German translations.)

The lovely mosaic-style cover art (which looks very modern and current to me, for some reason), and a charming Christmas themed illustration inside.

New hairstyles for long hair, featuring Ginger Rogers!  And an ad for cigarettes and cigars made in Austria.  Great stocking stuffers?

The ski school begins, what do we bring?  I'd say we bring everything here, because it is all amazing.  I especially love that olive blouse and skirt on the left, and the brown coat with rounded collar.  The herringbone and striped skating outfits on the right are totally fun, and how great is the tweedy-plaid skating outfit on the right?  I love the culottes (Hosenrock in German or "pants skirt")!  I know I would have been wearing those Hosenröcke everywhere, not just to ice skate.  Actually, probably not at all to ice skate.  I do like to cross country ski though, and would totally wear that skiing outfit on the left, with its plaid scarf, gloves and socks.  

More outfits for winter sports, and some for elegant afternoons.  (I need to have more elegant afternoons.)

Evening dresses, blouses, and all kinds of little things.  I really love that outfit on the right:  the brown skirt with the terracotta side-tie vest.  And please send me all of the gloves, thank you.

Wool--the big fashion.  These sweaters--the top two especially--are amazing.  Can you see the crazy collar on the top one?

Christmas gift ideas--"Every year again--and always something new"--for her, him, and the kids.  My eyes were immediately drawn to the men's side, and those checked slippers with their Scottie dog case.  And that incredible travel bag at the top!  But then I took a closer look at the women's gifts.  #2 shows a coral bracelet (nice enough) and a flat clock in colored glass with leather tab that you can button into a buttonhole (nifty!).  #4 is a mirror with a set of lips inlaid to help you get the contours of your lipstick correct (weird, but fascinating).  And I think #5 is the best.  It shows a lighter that also a clock, and a leather belt decorated with a map print, and with a big leather buckle.  I would love to have that belt!  


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

shop accessories preview: shoes and boots

Some lovely 1940s-1970s shoes (a couple with their original boxes) in this shop accessories update...and a really cool pair of old Chippewa logger boots in a women's size!  All coming to the shop shortly.

1940s spectator pumps, by DeLiso Debs.

1950s floral brocade pumps, by Ray Ehinger/Johansen.

1940s navy blue suede and leather bow peeptoe heels.

1970s blue leather kiltie wedges.

1940s alligator peeptoe wedges, by Florsheim.

1950s strappy suede heels, embossed with rhinestones.

Vintage Chippewa lace-up logger boots.

1960s amethyst purple and goldtone branch brooch.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

shop preview: wool, cute collars, and gift certificates

As I mentioned in my previous post, winter has arrived in Michigan (early!) and shows no sign of departing.  The lake is frozen, and the snow in the backyard may already be taller than Pickles.  So there's a lot of cozy, warm wool in this preview.  But for those of you not shivering with cold, there are also some pretty dresses with sweet collar details (my favorite).  All items arriving in the shop soon!

In other shop news:  I'm offering gift certificates for the shop for the first time ever!  If you want to give the gift of vintage, or just know a lover of fashion who's hard to shop for, consider a Small Earth Vintage gift certificate.  (Don't forget, we have an extensive menswear section, too.)  The certificates are available in $25, $50, $75, and $100 denominations, but if you would like a different amount, just let me know and I'll set it up for you.

1950s Almost Midnight charcoal portrait collar dress with velvet buttons.

Powder blue Ski Bunny jacket with embroidered snowflakes, by Queen Casuals.

1960s red and blue wool Robe Militaire dress, by Daniel Hechter for Saks Fifth Avenue.

Gray and black Nordic patchwork wool cardigan, by Jersild.

1950s turquoise and fawn striped cotton dress with wonderful collar detail.

1950s black wool full skirt with pleated ruffle, by Sloat.

1950s navy blue voile and maroon satin stripe dress.

1960s Lady Lumberjack brown and cream wool buffalo plaid shirt, by Junior House.

1950s brown wool plaid Stacy Ames dress.

Vintage Aran wool fisherman's sweater, made in Ireland by Cladyknit.

1920s printed rayon dress.

Brown and gray wool fair isle cardigan.


Monday, December 9, 2013

i spy: pretty ladies staying warm stylishly

For many of us in the northern hemisphere, the weather--despite it not yet being officially winter--has been making a clear statement:  winter is here.  Now.  We've had snow since Thanksgiving, and freezing temperatures.  So it's not surprising that so many of the images that inspired me in November were lovely ladies keeping warm in high style.

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(clockwise, starting at upper left corner)
*Fur coat by designer Jacques Kaplan, painted by artist Richard Anuszkiewcz, 1963.  Photo by Meyer Liebowitz for the New York Times. / NYT The Lively Morgue
*Svetlana, by Igor Grabar, 1933 / via
*Helsinki street style / Hel-Looks
*Polish film poster for The Glass Mountain, 1960 / Movie Poster of the Day
*Helsinki street style / Hel-Looks
*Mademoiselle Vaughan, by Paul Helleu / Wikimedia Commons
*Sophie Victor, by Berenice Abbott, 1926-1930 / Amon Carter Museum


Friday, December 6, 2013

shop preview: Icelandic wool, a beaded cardi, and flocked pink chiffon

Whether you spend the holidays flitting from party to party in pretty dresses, or all cozy by the fireside in warm sweaters, this week's shop preview has something for you!  All items coming to the shop shortly (the first pink pretty is already there).

1940s ruched navy blue crepe cocktail dress.

Fantastic hooded and belted Icelandic wool coat, by Model Magasin.

Vintage Pendleton black watch plaid wool skirt suit.

Soft cream chevron knit German cardigan.

Edwardian or early 1920s black crepe dress with gorgeous cutwork and mesh insets at the bodice and sleeves.

Cranberry Panna Cotta fair isle sweater.

1940s gunmetal blue satin and lace party dress.

1950s wool and angora blend beaded cardigan.



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