Vintage Christmas in July is Live!

Remember that nice post about vintage Christmas in July from last week?  Well, the Christmas items are (mostly) live.  I’m adding more each day and will have some entirely new vintage Christmas items to list before the week is out!

What do we have?

  • vintage shiny brites, in assorted colors and shapes!
  • vintage Holly Hobbie
  • vintage Christmas stockings
  • vintage Christmas ornaments
  • vintage Christmas cards

Want to see more?  Hop on over to The Home Gnome and see what’s available!

Firecracker Girl

4th of July Parade, N.Y., 1911 (LOC)

4th of July Parade, N.Y., 1911 (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

Well, this year I’ve made the cutest 4th of July bunting for our little WW2 era home.  The bunting needed to look a little traditional and a little bit quirky (like us!) to be satisfactory.  I think I got it!  And, of course, that is me in the glass door because I can only concentrate on so many things at a time!Image

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Along the fence in front of the house, I made the regular triangle flag bunting.  I like the result on both of them!

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Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t show you some cute 4th of July outfits that we have in the shop right now!

First, this adorable short and shirt set.  Linen shorts and a cotton/poly top blend beautifully for a hot summer day!

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The fabulous maxi dress above is nice and light, made of lightweight polyester, so don’t wear it in the heat of the day.  AND, don’t let any firecrackers land on you!

This year, I only have one 4th of July appropriate item for men…but boy are they grand!  A pair of vintage men’s blue and white gingham pants–ready to wear and in great shape!

If you’re in a cooler climate, you may be interested in this long-sleeved red and white gingham men’s shirt as well.  Isn’t it dandy?

If you’re interested in any of these outfits (and you should be!) click on over to the shop, The Home Gnome, and check them out!

Vintage Christmas in July

Well, it’s that time again.  As if Christmas didn’t come quickly enough, we feel like we have to talk about it every July as well!  I don’t know about you, but this heat wave we’re having around here is enough to make me dream of the temperate weather of Christmas.

I have always loved vintage Christmas ornaments, decorations and doo-dads.  So, it should be no surprise that I keep The Home Gnome chock full of them as well!  We have lots of Shiny Brites, stuffed reindeer, pixies,Christmas cards, Christmas stockings, gift tags and more.

Now, these items won’t be available again until July 1st, but why don’t you just take a look and see some of the fabulous things we’ll have for you this year??

Vintage Shiny Brite Yule Lanterns

Vintage Holly Hobbie Christmas Pot Holder

Giant Vintage Christmas Stocking

Vintage Hallmark Christmas Cards

Vintage Enamel Ornaments

Vintage Holly Hobbie Placemats

Now, isn’t that a fun selection to get you dreaming of a vintage Christmas time?  Just be sure to bookmark this blog and the shop and you’ll see when they’re listed!  These items are just the tip of the iceberg.  Lots and lots more shiny brite ornaments, placemats, Christmas cards…

See you for Christmas in July!

Home Gnome Vintage Picnic Weekend

Some days, it’s hard to get up the gumption to take all the photos I need to take to be in the business. The fun part is the shopping. After that, it’s all work! What with moving out of the antique mall and getting all of those items sorted, we’ve had a bit of a hectic week here at the Home Gnome. Thankfully, I found some yoga videos online and have been basking in the resulting muscle soreness.

BUT–today is the day for taking photos and putting up new listings! You’re going to love what we have new in the shop this weekend (I know I do!).

sailor girl maxi dress

Isn’t this maxi dress gorgeous?  Love how it has a definite picnic/sailor girl vibe.  The fabric is a light polyester pique, perfect for outdoor activities.  And, don’t tell anyone I said this, but this dress would be great with a shorter hemline as well!

Speaking of picnics, take a look at these fabulous little picnic baskets I just added to the shop.  There will be at least two more added.  So, if you’re in the market for vintage picnic baskets, I’m your girl!

vintage picnic basket with gingham lining

vintage picnic basket English style

Keep your eyes open for more vintage summertime items!  Visit the shop and be sure to click on the photos to see each listing as it comes available.

The Supermoon and Vintage Bathing Suits

Supermoon 20110318 from USA

This year’s supermoon is happening this weekend and since James and I live but a hop, skip and a jump away from the nearest body of water, what better way to view the supermoon than on the beach?

And, speaking of the beach…

If you’re a fan of vintage clothing, I’ll bet you have a desire for the perfect vintage bathing suit–be ye male or female.  I have come across some lovely swim wear, but never just the right suit for myself 😦  I’m not really positive what I want but I think it’s red and white polka dots, one piece (kind of like a romper with a halter-top style neck.  (I really loved the bathing suit Zooey Deschanel wore the other night on New Girl but I would definitely need a one-piece!

Have you ascertained by now that I’m about to show you some vintage bathing suits?  Well, you’re right!  First, let me show you a few that I have sold through the years…

Vintage Gingham Romper or Playsuit

My lovely friend Jennifer modeled this amazing gingham romper for me a few years ago.  One of my all-time favorite vintage swim suits!

1940s Jantzen

And what about this gorgeous Jantzen number?  This vintage Jantzen suit was in remarkable condition.

Mid 1960s Vintage Elizabeth Stewart bathing suit.

Bill Blass

Amazing 1980s Bill Blass swim suit.  Also came with a short caftan type cape as a sort of cover-up.

1960s Jantzen

Another vintage Jantzen bathing suit that just recently sold.

But, enough with teasing you with all of the bathing suits I’ve already sold!  I actually have a few vintage bathing suits in the shop!

Vintage Catalina Bathing suit

Gorgeous vintage Catalina bathing suit with bright flowers, late 1960s.  Great modest cut, bit of a dip in the back!

1980s Roxanne

Very similar suit, blue tones.  Vintage 1980s Roxanne bathing suit.

And what about the guys?  Don’t guys like vintage swim wear?  You bet they do!!  Even though I’ve deceptively paired these awesome men’s swim trunks with a ladies’ top, these vintage shorts are really for men.  And yes, ladies, that top is already sold.  😦

McGregor ScotSet Swim Trunks

Don’t forget!  If you see anything interesting, just click on the picture to be taken directly to the shop.