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Friday, February 3, 2012

Here is a picture of her hats. For sale in the shop for $24.00 :)
It's sunny today. A great day for shoppers and the beginning of the weekend. It's been a slow start today. Everyone seems to come in about 4:00. Sold one of Guy's spoon rings. It's so nice to see people buying local artisan craft items. I sold out of all the hats, that my local seamstress Brooke made. They are the cloche style. Cloche is "bell" in French. Cute hats. I will take a picture and post later. Hope you are having a good day.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pinning and Orange

Hi all! Hope all is well and you are planning your fashion for the week with much fervor. No? Who has time for that? Styling is hard, you must think more about accessories. Change up an outfit with your accessories. I was thinking about this after I "pinned" one of my esty listings. I am, you wouldn't think, but very picky about what I buy, clothing wise. I'm very French in that regard. I buy the basic vintage dress, the basic cardigan. But I go hog wild on jewelry. You can change up an outfit so easily by just adding a new necklace, even a new ring. It's the most inexpensive way to express yourself. Think about scarves in that way too. In the 1940's with the depression, women in their amazing way to find a new outfit with little money started sewing collars that just go around the neck and clasp or tie. Either crocheted or out of fur, whatever they had around. It's one of my favorite looks. So you don't have to spend a lot to change things up. Check out my pins, it helps come up with new ideas as to what you might wear on Monday! Take care :)

Source: etsy.com via Laurel on Pinterest

Friday, January 20, 2012

Snow and the Northwest

Well, Orange on Sixth has been closed for the last two days. Due to snow and freezing rain. I was here yesterday but not a soul on the road. The whole Northwest shuts down when it snows. Not sure why. Do they just not know how to drive in the snow? How to shovel? Growing up in Utah, we go to work, we go to school. I have been Northwesternized over the last 15 years and I now enjoy a day off due to snow. However, when it snows, we make no money. As a shop owner you only make what you earn. Some go to work, have an unproductive day, a sickness, whatever it maybe, and they get paid. You don't as a shop owner. I need to pay for two girls lunches, clothes (that their dads new wife seems to think I don't buy?) We all have a life to live. Tough to live though when it's on hold due to snow. So glad I have 4 wheel drive Hyundai! Here's some pictures of the snow and shop :) Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Vintage women's clothing and marketing

What does this ad say? To you? I'm older now, and the ad/photo would not bother me to death, like it used to as a young feminist. But here she is changing a tire! That's bad ass :) I worry a lot less about advertising. That just comes with age. The complacency. A shame to admit to the complacency however I do, still notice, this marketing towards women. It's been happening for centuries. Love it and hate it as well. As a vintage clothing and fashion blogger I look for images, I see these and my brain hurts. Why do we fall for the mass engineered stereotype of the woman? Consumers that like vintage and resale push those limits and stereotypes. They dress with individuality and a flair the masses do not share but highly admire. Step inside a thrift/vintage store and explore, ask for help. Step outside your box :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Find us on etsy! at Orange on Broadway. Brick & Mortar at 3715 6th ave Tacoma

Also on style.ly :) http://style.ly/account

Resale Tacoma Vintage and Trendy where do you go?

So the manager/owner of the Runway Fashions contacted me. He is a local business. They are run by a local couple and I can't wait to meet them. What a nice phone call. We had a good chat about what the Tacoman resale buyer and seller need. And as is the Orange philosophy, the more places the seller and buyer have to go, the better. Again, you have to be good at what you do. And reach out to the community. What is nice about resale is the cash is going right back into the hands of locals. If they choose to spend those dollars locally we all benefit. You have to have the Nordstrom of customer service. Nordstrom started in the Northwest, North westerners need good service, they require it. They want you to be local. They want you to have a good product that won't fall apart. You need to stand by your product. When you buy something at Walmart the dollars are not local, they are spent on factories in China, fuel to ship all the products. That makes our dependence on oil even more significant. If you buy local and spend local our dependence on oil is less and we can sustain ourselves without war. Get it? It's a big deal people. So if you have name brand clothes that you don't wear anymore, don't go to Plato's closet that is a public traded company on Wall street. Go to Runway Fashions!!! Educate yourself. Fashion speaks politics, it speaks to your inner self, who you are. We dress to tell people who we are and what we think. I like that. I don't judge on fashion, I appreciate your desire to "be" and express it! Love ya! Orange Cloth Blogger