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The St Louis Dress and Other Treasures

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Va Voom Vintage St Louis Square Dancing Dress
This morning we had some errands to run and while stopping at a small neighborhood grocery store, I spotted signs for garage sales all over the place. I was almost able to contain myself when I saw a sign on the same street that I bought my 1950's china cabinet from last month.

 I remember going inside and seeing all kinds of kitchen pretties, vintage figurines and furniture that were being prepared for an estate sale in a few weeks so my heart skipped as I saw that the china cabinet house was now holding a garage sale!

 The first find was this awesome vintage dress with a full skirt, red piping and a large Missouri patch with the words "St Louis" embroidered on it.

1940's V for Victory rhinestone brooch



What a strange dress, right? Well, I later found a pattern in a box of craft books for a square dancing dress so I'm guessing that this lady was a competition square dancer or something of that nature.


 I desperately wanted to get my hands on some of the glass figurines, of which I found a few!


vintage radio with retro dog and deer figurines


vintage kitty cat planter


 Also among the pretties was a box of craft books- mostly The Teddy Bear Review and other old lady craft books from the 80's but I did find three late 30's and early 40s quilt pattern books and two late 50's Christmas booklets. I will be scanning the books, especially the one on how to wrap presents to post for you here because there are some KILLER ribbon how-to's in this book and I must share it with you guys!

1930s quilting booklets and 1950s gift wrap ideas



 I also left with a vintage peachy lace shower curtain (background above) for my pink bathroom and a very pretty mid century bowl with lid. I've seen this pattern online before but now I can't seem to find it and there are no markings. Does anyone know what the pattern is?


vintage swiss alpine bowl with lid in blue

And finally, the most awesome thing to come into my house today was my little niece, Miss Junebug, born less than two weeks ago! She did a whole lot of snoozin' and being held and kissed by her cousin, Olivia.

 

28 Responses to “The St Louis Dress and Other Treasures”

  1. Miss Junebug is absolutely adorable :) And what great finds!

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  2. great finds! love the pattern on that dish too. and your niece is just beautiful!!

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  3. AWESOME day! Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Dress is amazeballs! xox

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  4. I think the dish pattern is "Swiss Alpine".

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    1. Dawn, you're right! Thank you!! I just googled it and found my same dish :)

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  5. Love the dress!Looks like this place had some great stuff!

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  6. Oooh! I love it when garage sales turn out like that!

    That dress is entirely adorable, and so is your niece :)

    Abbi

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  7. Awesome finds - that sounds like my kind of dream yard sale! Your new dress is so terrifically cool! I just adore vintage pieces that relate to where we live, too.

    ♥ Jessica

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  8. Your niece is so gorgeous :) what fabulous finds...love how different the dress is!

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  9. I love the dress, especially the red piping! What a beautiful baby girl!

    Alexa

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  10. Oh how I wish we had these kind of finds at our local garage sales, never anything this great. Junebug is adorable!

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  11. You look stunning! x

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  12. THAT DRESS!!! Oh my stars, I LOVE it. You look darling in it!

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  13. Love everything,especially the cocker spaniel figurine! I collect them!
    Shelly

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  14. I can never see too many pictures of beautiful babies! The dress is cute too.

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  15. I've always called it Swiss Chalet and I'm pretty jealous! I ALWAYS keep an eye out for that pattern and have only found a couple of pieces.

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  16. Awww, she's adorable. Needs a lot of kissing. I envy you your finds but will look forward to the Christmas scans. :)

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  17. Congrats on becoming an Aunty! I ADORE that dress , it is so fresh and fun...I bet everytime you wear it from now on you will get told how cute it is on you. xx Shauna

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  18. That dress is awesome! Great find!
    -Emily

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  19. That's an amazing dress! Being a fellow Missourian, I'm loving having that on there! Heck, I might applique a Missouri onto one of my dresses someday soon! Why not?

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  20. What exciting finds! The dress fits great. I always hope that at every garage sale I go to, there will be at least some kind of vintage/retro item that can be rescued.

    -Viola

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  21. more temptation! http://www.etsy.com/listing/117800219/alpine-swiss-platter-by-marcrest?ref=shop_home_active

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  22. That dress is wonderful! You look great in blue.

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  23. You are right, it's a square dance dress -- people put those state/city appliques on their dresses a lot (they still do!) when they go to conventions. I would guess that your previous owner went to a national convention in that dress along with a group who all matched!

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    1. That's exactly what I was thinking! How cute!! I guess that means that somewhere in the world are other state dresses!

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  24. What great stuff you got! I loooooove that dress.

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