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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pop up show, rebranding, class, throwback thursday, banner and logo

Happy December everyone! The first week of December is always the most hectic for me--being in school and now being part of an online sellers community it was extra crazy this year. I participated in my first pop-up show on 12/4 called "All Vintage Everything". It was fun, I got to meet other local vendors that sell vintage and I got a feel of how they do things and heard about some other great spots to sell my items! All in all a successful night I think.

I am looking to redesign my brand a bit, I worked on a banner and logo last night when I was babysitting, it was a long process because I haven't edited images in a while. I started with an old black and white(also our throw back for this Thursday):

 I actually have that dress from the late 40's--she had it in a teal(the one she's wearing) and a silver. Unfortunately the silver one got rusty from the metal on the sleeves. The teal one is in great condition it just needs to be dry cleaned and right now I'm pressed for time.

Anyways I took that picture of Tosca and wanted to create a silhouette time thing for a logo--this is what I got:

I trued to get it to a point of black and white where there was still enough detail to make out her face. I think this picture is just so classy and that's what I want to show in the redesign of my shop.

To get this look I used http://pixlr.com/editor/  







The finished products were done in Paint, I don't have any fancy Image software on this computer yet. i think they came out pretty good for the minimal tools you have available in Paint. Here they are:


I think it's simpler, cleaner and an overall better look for my shop. I'm working on curating everything and making it look a bit better too. The only downfall is I just ordered business cards, however they were last minute same day cards from Office depot that only cost me $20 so I'm torn whether I should past some of those out and wait a while to do this or just go and do it now. Dilemna...

Anyway, the shop has some great NYE tops and dresses, I had some good holiday dresses too, but they go so fast!! Come by and check it out!!   TimelessThreadsSF, soon to be T.M. Vintage

Pictures from the pop-up shows coming up soon..

Friday, November 23, 2012

Holidays, black friday, cyber monday, small business saturday

Welcome, the holiday season has finally arrived! I'm so excited, I love everything from the lights, scares and coats, to starbucks red cups and peppermint mochas! I'm also excited for a small beak from school so I can focus on my shop =) I registered for my last semester ever at USF which is really exciting, but scary at the same time!!

Anyway, this is just a short post--my shop will be having sales all weekend long from black friday, small business saturday and cyber monday!! How exciting, stay safe and warm and shop from the comfort of your own home while everybody runs wild through the shopping centers!!

For black friday the coupon code is HOLIDAYCHEER for a lovely 35% off all items in the shop!!

Have a very merry holiday season, I will be posting more during this time--lots of new items, sweaters, belts, more dresses etc.

Link to my shop is
TimelessThreadsSF

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Furs, Leathers, sequins, vintage hats & Throwback Thursday!

My oh My I am the worst blogger ever--It does not seem like over a month since my last post, however I guess time flies with you're busy. I'm super excited for fall, San Francisco just went through it's mini Indian Summer, not sure if it will come back or not but I finally got my tan for the year!!

I've been working on eating healthier--basically low glycemic foods with the help of Usana's nutrimeal shakes  for breakfast--YUMM!

Anyway, to the fun stuff, yesterday I got a few more items that were stored away at Tosca's cabin in the mountains--Some LOVELY jackets a few leather jackets with the fringe and beading--GORGEOUS. A super soft fur vest, and some more amazing hats! I love the hats, I wish I spent more time on my outfits to incorporate these hats into my everyday wear--they are all such conversation pieces!

If anyone knows more about 'coke feathers' please share, I'm super curious I couldn't find very much on them. Most of the hats are from I.magnin and joseph Magnin though, very classy department store that is no longer around--bummer.

I've been doign more research on my jewelry items--have a piece from ART, some Boucher, Monet and one Marium Haskell--so exciting, I had no idea that there were collecter signed brands of fashion jewelry!! A few are missing some rhinestones though so I need to look into that.

Theres tons more that I want to catch up on, but I think that's good for now--except of course Toast to Tosca Throwback Thursday!!

Tosca at her retirement party in 1992 age 70

The dress from above picture availale at my Etsy shop
If you like this dress check it out along with all my other items at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TimelessThreadsSF?ref=si_shop

Message me at my shop with any questions or concerns, I love to hear from my customers!!

That's all for now, Have a great Thursday!!

Kelly

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Toast to Tosca--throwback thursday!!

So I've temporarily abandoned this blog--I started back up with school and I was trying to finish all the cataloging for the shop so I've just been busy busy. Anyway, I had a fun idea for this blog that would be a great way to tribute my shop to the owner of all these clothes!! I have these boards at my house that were made for the lady(Tosca) that passed away who's clothing I'm selling and on these boards are pictures taken of her in specific items that I'm selling. So as a little twist to throwback Thursday I'm going to share some ultra throwbacks! =) Not only will this be fun, but it will also help authenticate a few of the items in my shop as Vintage and give my customers a glimpse at the wonderful woman who took such great care of these pieces they are receiving.

Throwback Thursday #1
Tosca in 1972 wearing the dress below sitting in a 1970 Cadillac

To find dress go to: https://www.etsy.com/listing/103546832/early-70s-vintage-one-arm-ruffled-black

What is amazing is that the slip she is wearing with the dress in that picture she kept on the hanger with the dress I have the dress and the slip for sale together as one item. =)

**DISCOUNT!! For my first shift of seasons I am offering a coupon code on ALL ITEMS in my shop Use code: STAYWARM05 for 5% off any purchase!!! **

Have a GREAT labor day weekend! I'll post soon again =)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Vintage Samsonite, vintage toilettries, Ayds etc..

Hello all--I've been lagging on the updates, but I'm working hard cataloging all the items for my shop! It's going really well, but it's a ton of work. However today i won't delve into that too much--today I'm going to share with you the contents of a woman's Samsonite--not all of them, I gave a lot of the good vintage bottles to my mother-in-law who collects these things, but I still have some interesting contents in this Samsonite.
There she is--a Silhouette Style 1412 by Samsonite. Still in fabulous condition too!!


The top try holds various items including Kleenex, toothpaste, packets of mouth wash, vaseline and bandaids, a comb, scissors and pencil, tweezers---and under a smaller square tray(center back) holds curlers and a ton of bobby pins and clips.

beneath the tray holds so much more( and smells a little of chemicals--I blame the bottles of mystery substance)

This woman loved leaving herself notes so not to forget--on the left bottom corner of the mirror she attached a type written sticker for directions to "attach straight switch" --I don't know what that means, but it's still super interesting.

Travel bottles full of mystery substance--If I had to guess I would say tanning oil and lotion maybe? Anyone want to take a guess-- =)

White Frost's Pocket-Pak spot chief


mending kit
Woolite mild soap

Above is spot remover, woolite and a small portable mending kit--essentials to stay presentable of the go!!

COTY New York Sample fragrence kit X2
Sip'n Rinse gargle mouthwash packets
Every woman needs to smell good--easy carry sample fragrance packets and travel mouthwash packets too. Samsonite also included a bottle of scope, but I don't have it any more.

Vaseline and Band aids for the accidents that happen

two makeup pads labeled brown and white. Both are powered eyeshadow with brushes
Vaseline and band aids because somethings accidents happen. Eye shadows for the necessary touch ups. I have some old vintage lipsticks too--but they were not in the Samsonite. Also--used to include a couple different bottles of nail mending glue, but those were given away.

I SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST~~Can anyone guess what these little candies are?? I know they look gross, but after reading about them apparently they were pretty good.
Ayds Diet Suppressant candies--they were taken off the shelf in 1988 due to the name/slogans being associated the the disease. 

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-280avd4azr0/T1io1FYUS_I/AAAAAAAACDg/dloJrae0d-w/s1600/ayds-appetite-reducing-candy.jpg If you look up Ayds you will find a ton of interesting commericals from the 80's, articles as early as the 50's and a ton of people talking about these candies--I can't decide if it's cool or kind of gross have the actual candy. i wish I had the box, but obviously they were taken out and put in their travel case for necessity.

I hope you enjoyed by tour through a vintage Samsonite--Happy Sunday!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Goals, Goals, Goals!

Good morning and happy Sunday--hope your days are full of rest and relaxation. I'm slightly more relaxed, almost got my tuition squared away! Last year!!--crazy. Other then that I'm having a pretty lazy Sunday morning. I added a bunch of great jackets to the shop last night though--feel free to check them out!


I think this week I'm going to start photographing the blouses and pants along with the accessories!! Then I'll basically have sweaters left--but I was thinking of saving those until the end of summer so I can sell them throughout fall/winter--really some great angora/cashmere sweaters along with some cute sequins ones.

On another note I'm excited to be getting my USANA nutrimeal in the mail this week hopefully--first step in a better diet & and I was thinking of starting the P90X abs buster--slooowly. It's about halfway through summer already, but I still have time to whip into shape before school starts up again. And I really hope to fit into this one dress I'm keeping from the collection by fall!! Goals, goals, goals!!



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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Leather Dilemna

I spent half this morning stocking my shop. The other half was spent researching leathers, pleathers, vinyls etc. Specifically for this item:  
This jacket I had someone tell me was patent leather, but I'm not sure. It felt more plastic-y to me and the back was lined with a stretchy almost mesh like very thin black fabric. I was confused and did some research. I'm still not 100%, but I think it might be PU leather.

I ruled out genuine leather before the research--no suede backing, not thick enough, doesn't have any scent etc.
I thought it might be vinyl--but it's not shiny enough and has more flexibility--this is where I got stuck.

I looked up pleathers and the type that I felt most described this jacket was PU leather--or poly synthetic leather. A faux leather that has more flexibility to it, is more matte with just a little shine and is thinner.

However I'm not 100% so I felt a little iffy posting it in my shop--I figured though I'd rather wrongly label it as PU leather than patent leather--but I could still use some help. Oh the dilmena...

If you want check out the listing:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/104378512/vintage-70s-red-pu-leather-jacket-with

Friday, July 13, 2012

Token

This is a test post, nothing more to post for the day. Hope everyone is having a great Friday. TGIF!!
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 Some shoes to admire for now =)

Fine Tuning

Hello all!

Today I'm working on fine tuning my shop--from descriptions to policies. This part is actually the least fun for me and the hardest part so I went and researched looking for helpful tips. I actually found a really great article in the Etsy handbook that basically went over some questions buyers think about when looking at your items. I went over the article, highlighted the questions that pertain to my items(vintage fashion) and rewrote the basics of my item info. I included some links that hopefully generate a bit more traffic in my shop and to my newly made blog. I'm working on uploading more items as well--however I need to take measurements of a lot of the items(mostly the shoes) so I can answer most questions for potential buyers. A good question that was asked was--how do you know it's vintage? I've been researching my butt off to look for the most accurate descriptions--and I know the products are vintage because I knew the person that owned them and I have a lot of pictures in specific outfits that are dated. However--it's hard to get this across to the viewers of my shop--Is is too much to put an old picture of the owner in the outfit? Or will that help assure it's authenticity?

When I first got into this project I knew it was going to be a lot of work--but it's more work then I anticipated. STAYING MOTIVATED is key--I still have a couple hundred more items I haven't even cataloged yet and another hundred or so I have cataloged and haven't uploaded to Etsy yet. I'm setting a goal for myself--to have everything cataloged including pictures, measurements and descriptions by early August. That way when I'm back at school as a full time student I can upload items from anywhere and don't have to worry about taking the little free time I have to get the pictures done.

Then there is getting my shop seen! I guess I was getting the most views in my shop( 60+) the few days that I uploaded 8-15 items in one day. However now I'm focusing on getting people on Etsy and outside of Etsy to visit my shop. It's hard to maintain your Online presence though--and find a site your comfortable with (i.e.--this is the 3rd blog site I've tried) !!

A few of the items I have waiting to be uploaded include: fake and real furs, Vintage classic pill box hats, wigs from the 80's!, skirts--mini and pencil and some more outfits and dresses.









For now follow my shop so you stay updated! This woman had such an eclectic fashion taste--there's a little bit of everything!!

Enjoy!,
Kelly

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The first steps

Hello and welcome to my blog, created to coincide with my experiences selling on etsy. Recently I was given the opportunity to sell some vintage items online. A family friend past away last December and had a large wardrobe that she kept in great condition. We were able to go through the items and discovered some great pieces and it was suggested that an online sale may be better than donating or selling these items to secondhand stores. This is where I came in--I'm still a college student and I only work a few days a week so I have some free time and could use some extra money here and there. However, I didn't start this with much knowledge on vintage items, selling online or shipping--3 essential things needed to sell vintage online. This blog is going to follow not only my process on selling products, but my learning experience as well. I hope to share what I learn about selling online, vintage items and the process of shipping along with other things I may not even realize I don't know yet, with other online sellers and lovers of vintage items. Meanwhile this blog can also hold the remembrance of a woman I wish I got to know better when she was alive. R.I.P. Tosca Mori 3/22-12/11 --I hope you can find this blog interesting/helpful/enjoyable =)
Source: etsy.com via Kelly on Pinterest


It's hard to choose just one item from the list, but here is a Lilli diamond designer dress in orange that I adore--it comes with a belt and a giant bow that you can attatch/deattatch if you want. And it's in Mint condition!   If you want to check out some more great Vintage finds visit my Etsy--TimelessthreadsSF  and follow my shop, because i try to add a few items every day. It takes me a while to upload my items because I'm still learning about vintage and try to research the style/era/brand etc. to price accurately and describe to the best of my ability. Enjoy! <3--Kelly

Come visit my etsy shop--TimelessThreadsSF