Monday, April 14, 2014

DOLLAR SALE at Buffalo Exchange on Saturday!

It's that time of year again!

Buffalo Exchange is having their annual $1 Earth Day sale!

The sale will be this Saturday on April 19th! Be sure not to miss it!

A bit more about the sale:

As mentioned in previous posts, Buffalo Exchange is all about helping the environment. All proceeds from the $1 sale will help natural habitats through The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

The museum has a bit of everything such as "zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium." They even have their an art institute! I think it's a great way to give back, while treating yourself.
Buffalo Exchange even created a look book using the museum's staff and museum as the location. They really are some beautiful images and would love to travel to Arizona (never been west of New Mexico) You can look at the look book here. 

I'd really love to see what everyone purchases during your trip to the sale! Readers, keep me posted! 

-Allie 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Expectations vs. Reality

It's already April? Where has time gone?

These days it's been all school, work, and no fun for this girl.

Responsibilities have made me somewhat lose interest in sewing. How awful is that? I still love sewing, but honestly I feel like there's no time. As mentioned, I have to go school and work, plus random chores. By the end of the day, I just want to crawl in bed and watch Netflix. 

I had planned to take part of Sew for Victory, but I don't know where I'm going to pull time out for it. I had my pattern picked and realized I need to purchase fabric for it. I then realized I have about 5 U.F.O'S (unfinished garments) and 3 closets full of fabric. Yes, that's right I have 3 closets full of fabric. 

I since then made a decision and promise to myself that I'm going to sew through my stash before I actually buy fabric. My semester ends mid May and I will have plenty of time to tackle projects. If there's anything you'd like to see me make, just ask (: I'll write more about that when the time comes.

On the plus side, I've been able to do several styling jobs. I'll be able to share photos when the time is right. If you're a photographer in the DFW metroplex and would like to work with me, please feel free to get in contact with me.

As for now, I'll leave you with what I wore today.


1960's Dress via Thrifted -- 87 cents
Wedges via Target -- 5 dollars

Total Price -- $5.87



I picked this 1960's heavy weight linen dress at one of my favorite thrift stores for a whooping 87 cents! I think it's going to become one of my most worn dresses during the summer. The dress appears to be homemade, but it's excellently constructed.



Until Next time --- I'll be sharing about an upcoming sale at one of my favorite stores (;

A.




Saturday, March 22, 2014

Buffalo Exchange Celebrates 40th Anniversary


Today they were at the Dallas location and of course I went to check it out!

Now for those of you who are familiar with the location, finding a parking spot is pretty challenging. Actually, parking on Greenville in general is always a nightmare! I had to do 2 drive arounds before I actually found a spot. It was really exciting to see the airstream and people surrounding it. I always feel like people are going to beat me to the good stuff.

I eventually made it the the airstream and was happily greeted and encouraged to take lots of pictures of the airstream. 

Inside the airsteam there was tons of clothing, shoes, and accessories. It hands down is one of the coolest moving vehicles/trucks/trailers that I've stepped foot in. I don't know why I didn't take my camera with me, so my iphone had to do the trick! However, the photos don't do the decor/merchandise justice at all!




I love how those 1970's shoes were repurposed into a ring tray.



This was the back end of the trailer and well a mirror pic is always a must!


I'm obsessed with the handbags they had! If only I had more room in my closet (;


I was told that the tie actually belonged to one of owners.


Here I am with my friend Christina. 

Now that you all know about the airstream looks like. I'm sure you guys want to know what kind of merchandise was in there. Well, the racks were still pretty full with lots to look at. There was a TON of vintage clothing!!!! Most of the clothing dated to the late 60's to the late 70's because that's around when the first location opened. A lot of the clothes had/have a western/bohemian feel to it. I saw lots of pretty things, but they weren't my size :( But that's how it goes when shopping vintage. I have a theory that if something is meant for you, then you will receive it one way or another. 

I found one item and that's okay! It'll be a nice keepsake and reminder of my fun experience. It's a 1970's circle skirt, that comes mid calf. I've seen a lot of magazines talk about how it's the current "go to" skirt. I can't wait to see how many outfits I can get from the skirt.



I was also given a tee shirt, bag, pins, temporary tattoos, a pen, and a sticker.



 I even got a nice shout out on instagram (: Thank you Buffalo Exchange!! 




- Allie

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

1950's Cotton Day Dress

For those of you that follow me on instagram, you might remember I found a few vintage dresses in Oklahoma for $1 a piece.


This past Friday, I wore one of them. Now it's not in great condition, but I covered the damage up with a cardigan.


I've been sketching up ideas on how to solve this problem or in other words, how to reconstruct it without losing aesthetic appeal. 

As for now, thank goodness for my idea to throw a cardigan over the damage. No one had any clue (;

I also added a 1980's horse brooch to the collar for #noveltybroochfriday




1950's Cotton Shirtdress via thrifted - $1
J.Crew Cardigan via thrifted - $2
1980's Belt via thrifted - $2
1950's Delill purse via Antique Mall - Gifted
Seychelles T-Strap Sandals via Nordstrom Rack - $40

Until next time,

A.




Friday, March 14, 2014

Save the Date!--Buffalo Exchange Celebrates 40 Years

Hi all!

I was contacted by Buffalo Exchange marketing department asking if I could help spread the word about their 40th anniversary tour around the U.S. They will be visiting each of their locations in a vintage 1960's airstream! How cool is that?!

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Exchange

I was extremely excited to be contacted by them because some of my all time favorite vintage pieces have been bought at Dallas' own Buffalo Exchange and under $20.  You can see them here and here.

The 1969 airstream was salvaged and turned into a pop up shop commemorating their 40th anniversary.


Photos courtesy of Buffalo Exchange

So what's so special about this pop up shop vs. the brick and mortar locations?

IT'S A VINTAGE POP UP SHOP!!! Usually at the brick and mortar locations, you never know if you're going to find any vintage clothing. Now don't get me wrong, you can always find designer and unique gems there. It's just that vintage is such a tricky thing to shop for unless you specifically go to a vintage shop or etsy...but you'll usually have to pay an arm and a leg for it. There will also be a good selection of western wear.

A little more about the airstream:

The airstream is from 1969. It was refurbished and designed by Buffalo Exchange. With the interior design they kept in mind what their theme of the company is; recycling. The shelving units are composed of repurposed vintage suitcases and a sewing machine cabinet.The clothing racks are made out of plumbing pipes which also happens to mimic the racks to the original location in Tucson, AZ. You will also see pictures of the founder & president Kerstin Block and her husband Spencer in the first location and at the beginning of the company.

As for the outer design of the the airstream. Buffalo Exchange contracted tattoo artist Allyson Bennett to give it a "retro cowgirl" feel.

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Exchange.

Not only is this a fun event, but it is giving back to charity.

Buffalo exchange is known for giving back to charity through different campaigns such as Coats for Cubs and more.

For this event, they are supporting the Buffalo Field Campaign. The campaign is all about stopping the killing of wild buffalo found in the Yellowstone area. The buffalo are safe inside the park, however they can/are hunted outside of Yellowstone's park district.

Buffalo Exchange created a reusable tote to commemorate their 40th anniversary. For each tote purchased, they donate 50 cents to the campaign.

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Exchange

When & Where?

The airstream will be in Dallas on March 22, next saturday. 

For my other U.S. readers, find the location and dates here.

Stay tuned for my next post about the event! Hope to see all you vintage loving Dallsites next Saturday!!

-A.