One of my 2012 goals for the blog was to make it more interactive and to become more of a source for the vintage and thrifted community. I used to look forward to Penny Dreadful’s weekly roundup of inspiration but unfortunately she discontinued the blog feature 2 months ago. Previously I’d kept track of articles and news tidbits on the subject of thrifting, vintage, collecting, antiques and history via twitter, facebook or Pinterest. Instead of scattering my inspiration across so many mediums I’ve decided to concentrate on sharing what I’ve found each week in a roundup posted on the blog.
The first part of the post contains links to articles, photo essays and intriguing blog entries. The second half of the post is dedicated to sartorial inspiration from my favorite fashion bloggers who have created outfits from thrifted and vintage clothing and accessories.
I encourage you to email me at thriftaholic(at)yahoo.com with any ideas or tips for future roundups. Enjoy!
“We’ll Take Manhattan”: An interview with actress Karen Gillian, who plays famous British model Jean Shrimpton in the new movie We’ll Take Manhattan. Set in the 1960s, the movie tells the story of the famed British photographer, David Bailey, and his muse Jean Shrimpton, and how they changed the status quo of the fashion photography world.
“Charles Cushman and The Day in Its Color”: A recently released book offers a glimpse into the extensive catalog (14,500 images) of prolific Chicago photographer Charles Cushman. Working in the 1930s-1970s, Cushman used a 35mm camera to document his road trips across the country and subjects range from bathing beauties to landscapes.
“The Lively Morgue”: The New York Times launched a Tumblr blog to showcase their picture library or “morgue”. Every week they will be sharing a selection of photographs from their archive of 5-6 million print images.
“Andy Rooney Memorabilia On Sale At Norwalk Home”: Shoppers got a peek into the life of CBS News reporter and “60 Minutes” commentator, Andy Rooney, at his estate sale in Norwalk, Connecticut. Rooney lived in the home for 60 years and items for sale included vintage typewriters and WWII memorabilia.
Dinner with a side of history: A list of Chicago’s longest operating restaurants; Schaller’s Pump has been in business since 1881!
“Reopening a Mies Landmark”: The New York Times reports on the restoration of a home designed by the famous Modernist architect in the Czech Republic.
“Kelly’s Retro Artist Loft in in Downtown LA”: An Inspiring Home Tour via Apartment Therapy.
“Fibers”: The Brick House blog reveals its love of macrame and 1970s wall hangings used as contemporary home decor.
“Who Killed American Kitsch?” : Collectors Weekly explores the demise of domestic art pottery firms that went extinct when Japanese imports flooded the market in the 1960s.
“All Things Art Deco in Napier, New Zealand”: The LA Times travels to a city that rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake and chose Art Deco as its predominant style of architecture.
“An Amateur Snapshot of Kodak’s Early Days”, The Lens Blog details the history of the “largest prize contest in photographic history” and includes a selection of the winning shots from the 1920s and 1930s.