Thursday, January 19, 2012

Penmans 1920s hang tag

"Penmans, by its endurance, offers a longitudinal look at the actions the firm made to
survive in changing markets. Founded by entrepreneurs, in 1868, the firm grew from a woolen
knitting mill in Paris, Ontario, to become the largest supplier of cotton and woolen knit goods,
especially hosiery and underwear, in Canada by the 1890s. Penmans continues today as a
company merchandising these goods, and other clothing, as a house brand of Wal-Mart, Canada,
Mississauga. In the intervening century the firm kept its prominence. The governance of Penmans
for the past one hundred and thirty years illustrates Canadian business conditions throughout the
nation’s history." Barbara Austin, Faculty of Business, Brock University.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Spring Clothing Show

The Toronto Vintage Clothing & Textile Show is only weeks away: Saturday March 3rd, 2012 at the CNIB.

and then a month or so later, April 15, 2012, it's Gadsden's Vintage Clothing Show at the Wychwood Barns.

We're doing both, so see you then.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm not here

Sorry, I've been spending all of my time at my tumblr blog. I will update here from time to time, but...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Vintage Clothing Show

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Toronto Vintage Clothing and Textile Show last Saturday.

If you had to miss it or it just wasn't enough to satisfy that retail therapy urge, there's a another chance with a brand new show: Gadsden's Toronto Vintage Clothing Show being held at the Wychwood Art Barn coming up on Sunday April 10.

Mark your calendar!

This is a brand new venue. We were there snooping around last week during Gadsden's Old Book & Paper Show and we really like the room. The one drawback is the parking. Be warned, there's practically no on street parking so be wise and either use public transport, or car pool and use the two nearby Green P parking lots.

We'll see you there.

And then a week later is the Spring Toronto Vintage Costume Jewellery Club show at Leaside Gardens, Free Parking & Free Admission!

See you there too!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

These boots are made for...

While doing some extra thrifting this week looking for fresh merch for the upcoming Vintage Clothing Shows picked up this pair of keepers for PZ. It's getting very hard to find stuff still made in the USA but the Lucchese's are.

The two Vintage Clothing shows are:
Saturday, March 26, 2011 the Toronto Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
Sunday April 10, 2011, Gadsden's Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

 We'll be doing both shows with a different inventory for each. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Old Original

Found at a church bazaar, today's Catch o' the Day : (I crack me up) An Old Original Bookbinder's Lobster bib. Linen, I think. Just because you can never have too many lobster bibs just kickin' around.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Vintage Compasses now at Yank Azman on line

Looking for someplace to go?

Just launched: the Vintage Compass section of our cufflinks website.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Borg

Today's Catch o' the Day: a men's winter coat from Winnipeg. Gabardine, double breasted with mouton collar, borg (faux sheepskin) lining and a buttoned half belt in back. Styled "the Stratoliner" presumably to cash in on the name value of the aircraft which went into production at Boeing in 1940.

Stetson also put out a line of hats called the Stratoliner.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

90 years ago this fall this was in someone's mailbox

Picked up a ninety year fall winter catalogue today. Almost 600 pages of time travel goodness. The wish books they used to be called. Perhaps they still are.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Lilly

So very confused, half the blogosphere is wishing Lilly a big old Happy Birthday yesterday but wiki says her B-day is November 10.  Never mind. We thrifted this one on her maybe birthday so file under possible birthday gift to me.

This Lilly will be coming to the CAFTCAD show October 23, 2010. Just in time for, uh, Florida in winter. That's it. Florida in winter.