Monday, July 18, 2011

What to do with scissors (and what not to do)

I have at least one pair of scissors in every room of the house. And a pair in my car. In my bedroom alone are two pairs of large fabric-sharp scissors, a pair of thinning shears, two or three little fiskars for paper, thread snips... etc.

You might say I'm a cutter. Every so often I get the urge to drastically alter something by snipping it to shreds...and yesterday when I left the SOWA Vintage Market, it was one of those times.

Now, usually my mop top takes most of the scissor heat. Curly hair is pretty forgiving, but since stylists are not & I have an appointment with Casey tomorrow, not to mention enough self respect to cringe at the idea of explaining myself (again)... I focused on tee shirts instead.

Truth be told I left SOWA jealously haunted by this one cute customer who came in wearing an almost perfect fringed slouchy tee shirt she got at urban outfitters that morning. So on the way home I stopped into my favorite local thrift shop _____ (any guesses?) and completely bought out the XL solid colored tees. Then I went to work snipping all that volume into fringe, in different extra interesting places. They came out pretty neat. Come see the whole lot on our racks at SOWA next week.

But apparently that wasn't enough cutting for one evening. Digging through some stuff I've been meaning to retire to Gypsy, I found this ruffled Banana Republic dress I'd already snipped into a shirt. I'm hopelessly attracted to ruffles, even though they seem a bit tired this season. So I had the bright idea of having my cake and eating it too by fringing the RUFFLE. Voila. Revival.

It's hands down the best thing I've ever cut up. The ladies at the office and the ladies at the RI Antiques market (I lunchbreak in my booth there) both went absolutely nuts over it.

Want one?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Brimfield, & Other News

Whew! It has been a while since I posted. So sorry for the absence, but we've been busy! Our steady Sunday gig at the SOWA Vintage Market is hopping, and has tons of regular visitors. Check our facebook page for pics of recent try-ons there. Some of the items are even still available.

We've also recently done Swap and Shop house parties in Vermont and Cambridge, and Our permanent booth at the Rhode Island Antiques mall is soooo close to being fully set up (see pic)! One more lunchbreak spent pasting fabric to walls, another evening pricing jewelry over a glass of wine in my roof garden, and it'll be all set.

Also, Gypsy items have been loaned out for photoshoots to both New Brahmin and a fabulous indie band called Family of the Year, so exciting pictures will follow soon. As soon as I have them.

Biggest news this week is that Gypsy will be at Brimfield on Friday (and possibly Saturday too if we have anything left!) Find us in Quaker Acres Booth 28-29 with our new best buddies the Antique Warriors.


  • Sunday July 10 SOWA Vintage Market 10am-4pm, Boston MA
  • Friday 7/15 Brimfield Antiques Show (Quaker Acres booth 27-28)8am-4pm, Brimfield MA
  • Saturday 7/15 (!!If we have stuff left!!) Brimfield Antiques Show (Quaker Acres booth 27-28) 8am-4pm, Brimfield MA
  • Sunday 7/17 SOWA Vintage Market 10am-4pm, Boston MA
  • Sunday 7/24 SOWA Vintage Market 10am-4pm, Boston MA
  • Sunday 7/31 SOWA Vintage Market 10am-4pm, Boston MA
  • Sunday 8/21 Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale, 11am-5pm RSVP on Facebook