Depression Era Expo

Today was a fun day. I went to the Santa Monica Vintage Expo with some of my vintage friends. I knew I would be going for a few days, and having been last year, I knew it was going to be cold. My entire thought process on what I was going to wear was 'I want to be comfortable and warm'.

I didn't have a solid era in mind, more a feeling. I did want to make the outfit mid 30s in feeling, but looking at my criteria, comfortable and warm, my options were limited.

I went through 3 outfits, finally choosing a wool tweed skirt I made, a rayon blouse I made from a modern SImplicity repo pattern, some 20's cotton lace stockings I got a few years back, my good ole 40's shoes, a tan wool button up I got at the thrift store 5 years ago (love that sweater), my NRA MOP pin that was a gift, and the 20's inspired cloche in my etsy store.

I was very comfy and warm. I was also surprised by the compliments on my outfit. Someone even said, "Wow, you look very depression era today." YES!!!!!! I got a lot of compliments on my cloche, even a designer pulling me aside and saying I should sell them. Good idea!

There was a lot of 80s stuff at the expo this year, and tons of 20s stuff priced too high for the average person to buy. I did see one silk shawl from the late 20s that was in beautiful condition. The seller was even asking a fair price for it, but alas, I am not 'depression era' in look only. I even helped my friend Jen 'approve' a lovely lawn dress from the 30s for the depression era picnic later in the month.

She bought her dress from the Woodland Farms Antiques booth. I was able to tell the lovely lady how much I and some of my friends adore her online store. She is a real nice lady.

After a lot of fun looking and running into a lot of vintage folks, a gang of us went to the bowling alley behind the expo hall and had lunch. It was fun.

Then, a small group of us went for a cocktail at Tiki-Ti.

Where I discovered Jen was a hard core regular there,over 10 years, and even had her own cocoanut cup. Very classy.

It was a fun day, and Im tired. But now I have to get ready for tomorrow. Im going to the Cicada Club.

Oh the fun life of a vintage gal.

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