Free Pattern 1950s Sequin Crochet Holiday Accessories


1950s crocheted sequin accessories free pattern from Va-Voom Vintage

Most of my free patterns are knitted but here's a spectacular one for crochet from 1952. This pattern includes sequin covered lounge slippers, evening handkerchief, earrings, necklace, hair combs, comb case and and compact case.  The slippers are knitted with lastex yarn. If you've never crocheted with sequins before, the pattern includes instructions for that as well.

You can find similar modern yarns made with nylon and polyamide for socks from sites like You can still find slipper soles for crochet also or if you're handy with a leather punch, you can make your own with real or faux leather.

Check out my free patterns page for my past patterns and follow along on Instagram for updates on new freebies.

vintage knitting resources:

resizing knitting patterns from By Gum By Golly
vintage knitting needle conversion chart from Vintage Stitch-o-Rama
discontinued yarn chart from Purple Kitty

The Ultimate Vintage and Retro Black Friday Sales List 2019


2018 Ultimate Vintage Black Friday Sales and Giveaways List via Va-Voom Vintage

For the past several years, I've done a round-up of vintage and retro businesses that are having sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Shops on this list have had sales in the past but may not have them this year. I will update this list constantly as sales are announced.

If you have a vintage business that you would like me to add to the list please email me at or tag me on your sales post on instagram @vavoomvintage to be added to the list!

 Shops are alphabetical:

LAST UPDATE 11/29  8:49 AM CST

American Duchess- historical stockings, shoe care products, button hooks for Victorian boots  Sale Nov 29-Dec 2. Free pair of stockings or buckles on any pair full-priced shoes. Clearance on older styles, discounts when you bundle sewing patterns and/or books, deep discounts on factory seconds

Apple Thief Vintage 20% off during cyber week

Atomic Swag-   TBA

Bait Footwear- 20-40% off 11/27 to 12/2 PST additional reductions were made in the clearance section cute stationary, accessories and home decor 30% off everything with code THIRTYOFF

Bernie Dexter Take 40% off Sale ends Sunday at Midnight. Use code BlackFriday35 at checkout

Besame Cosmetics- Shop special holiday bundles 

Bettie Page  5 day black friday sale, new deals every day on pinup inspired clothing and accessories

BettyJo Vintage - authentic vintage clothing on etsy 40% off any purchase of $25 or more

Brighter Bakelite  sale TBA

Cats Like Us- 25% off with code CYBERMONDAY19, expires Monday

Charm Patterns by Gertie use code BFCHARM25 for 25% off everything on the Charm Patterns site, valid til 12/2

Cherry Red Vintage- 15% off with code BF15

Collectif - 40% off including sale items with code BF40

Curlettes- handmade crocheted hair curlers, my favorite for sleeping on! TBA

Daisy Jean Floral handmade vintage inspired hair accessories and brooches accepting reasonable offers for a discount while supplies last begins Friday

Dames a la Mode- handmade 18th century Georgian jewelry. Deep discounts in the sale section

Dandelion Vintage antique to mid century clothing 20% off, sale ends Monday

Dolly and Dotty- up to 70% off

Doris Designs- vintage style petticoats   sale TBA

Double Decker Vintage vintage jewelry on etsy 20% off and jewelry over $20 ships free

Emily's Vintage Visions Vintage clothing on etsy 25% off everything now through Monday 

Erstwilder vintage inspired brooches 40% off with code GOWILD40

eShakti- TBA

FabGabs authentic vintage clothing  25% off at checkout

Fox and Fable Vintage - vintage clothing on etsy up to 50% off including clearance plus free domestic shipping

Freddies of Pinewood vintage style jeans and denim 10% off midnight Thursday to midnight Friday with code fopbf

Glitter Paradise  handmade jewelry and accessories 20% off

Happy Hen Vintage Gems - vintage jewelry on Etsy  items over $20 are 20% off

Hearts and Found- vintage inspired clothing, made to measure 30% off with code BLACKFRIDAY til Nov 29

Historical Sewing 25% off all classes use code HOLLY

Horray 4 Lala  Vintage fashion and home finds on Etsy 25% off all items

Hourglass Angel TBA

Joanie Clothing 40% off everything

Jubly-umph- darling retro, hand drawn accessories and home decor sale TBA

Lady K Loves- TBA

Lady Luck Brand- retro inspired beauty products, handmade in the US. TBA

Lady V London up to 70% off

La Femme En Noir 30% off with code BACKTOBLACK

Lindy Bop- Pre-Black Friday sale is happening now with some dresses more than 50% off

Liquid Gold Pinup- Australia based Vintage style maternity and breastfeeding friendly fashions 20% off with code WETURN2

Little Bits Cosmetic Company Historical Apothecary and Cosmetics 20% off and Free domestic shipping on orders over $35

Livin Vintage 30% off through Dec2. Free "Thanks! It's vintage" tote with any purchase over $100

Lux de Villesparkly handbags - 25%-40% off select styles,spend 150 and receive a complimentary pair of Lux sunglasses*

Luxulite- handmade lucite confetti jewelry 25% off, active til midnight on Sunday

Martinis and Slippers- vintage inspired brooches 30% off all orders including sale items, sale starts Friday nov 12am til Monday Dec 2 11:59AEDST- Melbourne

Match Accessories-all orders 30% off til Monday night 11:59pm PST

Meteor Jewelry- vintage inspired jewelry 25% off everything plus free shipping on orders over $35. No coupon needed.

Mischief Made some items up to 70% off. extra 20% off with code BKFRIDAY20 Nov 29 and 30th

Miss L Fire-discounts on select styles each day leading up to black friday

Modcloth-40% off $200 and up, daily deals

Mrs Depew Vintage - vintage PDF and paper sewing patterns from 1920s-1960s 25% off your order til Dec 4th. use code BIGFATTURKEY at checkout at Mrs and

Ms. Tips Vintage  vintage clothing and accessories on etsy,  30% off storewide

My Retro Closet - handmade retro style lingerie 20% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY expires Tuesday

NicCoCo Creations- Custom hair flowers and accessories.TBA

Nicoletta Carlone  vintage inspired jewelry, clothing and accessories  40% off shopwide. Sale ends 12/3

Oblong Box Shop-25% off sitewide on orders over $50. no code needed

Orchard Corset-new limited edition corsets starting at $39.99

Overtone - color depositing conditioner for vibrant hair (I use extreme orange for my color) TBA

Pickled Vintage - authentic vintage clothing , discounts with code BLKFRIDAY

Pinup Girl Clothing -Sale TBA November 29

Poison Grrls retro and pin up style knitting patterns 20% off The Night Before Ski Sweater and Betty and Judy Lodge Sweater with code bluexmas now through 12/2 

Prisma Vintage 20% off with code MASHEDPOTATOES

Queen of Heartz TBA

Redthreaded handmade historical costumes, corsets and clothing   25% off digital patterns , $5 off paper patterns, sale on skirt supports and 10% off your entire order with code THANKS19  excludes custom corsets and backorders on standard stock

Re-Mix Vintage Shoes- TBA

Retro-a-go-go  retro style accessories, clothing, decor 30% off your entire order with code BLACK19

Retrolicious 30% off with code THANKFUL

Romantic Recollections- Historically inspired machine embroidery patterns : 25% off all designs with code HOLIDAY2019  through Monday

Royal Vintage Shoes-Nov 29-Dec2 discounts on older styles and factory seconds. Ne w winter Harriet wedges and Alpen winter boots now in stock

Ruby and Mathilda Vintage- authentic vintage and antique clothing on etsy TBA

Rycrafty Vintage   vintage sewing patterns on etsy 15% off when you buy 2 or more patterns til December 2

Shabby Apple  TBA

Silver Hill Creative Millinery- 20% off on select styles

Sink or Swim Bowtique- vintage inspired skirts and hair accessories, handmade TBA

Sourpuss Clothing 25% off everything use code BLACK till 12/1

Splendette vintage inspired jewelry-2-% off all items, automatically applied at checkout

Steady Clothing -  25% off everything now through the 23th. Use code HOLIDAY2019

Stop Staring Clothing- 25% off your entire order now til Friday use code bfc25, subscribe for a bigger discount

Suavecita Pomade-10% off all gift sets, 20% off apparel and regular merchandise, buy 2 get one free all beauty items

Subversive Femme vintage knitting patterns TBA

Tatyana- 40% off everything, use code SHOPBF

The Girl Can't Help It  TBA

The Original Bad Girl- TBA

The Pretty Dress Company- 25% off everything new arrivals and 10% off sale

The Vintage Cosmetic Company-30% off all products with code BLACK30

Top Vintage-20% off everything

Trashy Diva 30% off Everything online, including sale. Use code GOBBLEGOBBLE

UniqueVintage Use code BESTWEEK for 25% off everything and daily deals

Vanity Flair Vintage authentic vintage clothing on etsy 30% off plus free US shipping Nov 26-Dec 3

Vendemia UK based Collectif, Banned, Voodoo Vixen, Lindy Bop- 50% off everything use code BFCM19-50

Very Cherry Shop  50s and 60s reproduction clothing 30% off everhything

The Violet Vixen Up to 50% off store wide

Vicio Vintage Goods- Vintage costume jewelry and wedding dresses TBA

Vintage Hairstyling 25% off all hair curlers, buy 2 get one free stocking stuffers, 30% off books and duds and vintage hair kits back in stock, through Monday

VivaLaLux- vintage inspired brooches, 20% off markdowns 

Vivien of Holloway- free shipping worldwide with code BF2019.

Vixen by Micheline Pitt-30% off everything use code BACKTOBLACK. All preorders 15% off and already marked down

Vixen Kitty Vintage  30% off site wide with code BLACKFRIDAY sale ends 12/2 11:59pm

VoodooVixen 50% off on select items

Wearing History  reproduction sewing patterns 25% off everything

What Katie Did 25% off black lingerie

Wicked Clothes 20% off with code BLACKFRIDAY

Free Pattern: 1950s Gloves with striped gauntlet


1950s free vintage pattern striped gloves from Va-Voom Vintage

Get ready for winter weather with these spectacular gloves with a puffy striped gauntlet from 1952. Imagine the color combination possibilities: classic black and white, black a chartreuse (a favorite of mine!) or alternate the colors of the stripes!

Check the bottom of this post for vintage pattern resources and if you would like more free vintage knitting and crochet patterns, follow along on Instagram and check my free Patterns page.

vintage knitting resources:

resizing knitting patterns from By Gum By Golly
vintage knitting needle conversion chart from Vintage Stitch-o-Rama
discontinued yarn chart from Purple Kitty

Teen hair scarves and fashions from 1947


Here's a winter issue of the 1940s teen magazine, Calling All Girls. This issue advertises the Calling All Girls branded head scarf with different ways to wear it but I really love the rodeo scarf in the smaller ad below. This magazine, like many beauty magazines includes an article about best beauty buys for young ladies and a funny article about the "It" girl on campus.

If you enjoyed this post, check out my other vintage beauty and fashion magazines

Vintage Market Days of St. Louis


This morning, my new friend Erin picked me up and we went to Vintage Market Days of St Louis at Chesterfield Mall. I've never been to Vintage Market Days even though it's been popping up in St Louis for years so I was really excited to be able to go this year. 

Vintage Market days is happening all weekend, til 6pm on Friday,  10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5. Most of the market is indoors so even if your autumn plans get rained out this weekend, there's still fun to be had in Chesterfield!

If you're not in the area, check out the Vintage Market Days website for upcoming events across the country. 

Before the doors opened they had several vendors set up outside along with live music and food/ trucks. There was a huge turn out of people this year so the various lines for the door and trucks snaked all throughout the outdoor market area. We only waited a few minutes before the doors opened and the line moved very quickly. Once inside, Erin and I realized how many people were shopping at the booths around the entrance so we headed straight for the back of the market, which was much less crowded and there was a lot of space to look around at everything.  I love these beautiful textured glasses. They look like jewels, don't they?

The vendors at Vintage Market Days were a good mix of handmades and vintage. There was a beautiful plant booth, which caught our eye right away because we're both plant ladies. The far back booth had clothes, jewelry and vintage oddities like antique doll parts and small vintage medical items. I love these strange pieces of the past.

Since Christmas is just around the corner, there was a good sprinkling of vintage shiny brite ornaments and Christmas tree including a very well priced aluminum tree that I wanted but I already have one and I don't know how I would fit a 3rd tree in my tiny house! I'm surprised at my self control in not buying any of the adorable 1950s elf figures and ceramic trees for sale.

We didn't find much in the way of vintage clothes but one of my finds was this beautiful dance compact purse. It has damaged fabric and a broken mirror but you know me, I love a fixer upper project so I can't wait to take this compact apart and replace the broken pieces so I can use it! It has a place for powder, blush, a tiny lipstick touch-up, change slots, a spot for cash and even a business card/calling card holder behind the mirror. A lady would have been able to carry everything she needed for a night out in this little compact. I saw a post about these on Facebook a few weeks ago so I was really excited to find one in person. The vendor was equally excited that I opened it and knew exactly what it was!

My dining room is decorated in a retro outer space theme so I had to pick up this repro celestial chart to frame on the wall. They had many other beautiful reproduction charts like this with themes covering plants, insects, anatomy, maps, animals, etc. I wish I had enough wall space for more of them!

thrifted head to toe today, except for my beret, which is from Five Below

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