Little treasures from Ortwine

Sometime there are little family owned shops which haven't changed in ages.

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases

This was the case of Ortwine Hardware. A little 'hidden gem' close to my neighborhood, this store finally closed after 70+ years of business. On December 30th, a couple friends and myself went to the shop and made some purchases.

Now I can hear you ask, 'Carla, why are you purchasing things at a hardware store?' Oh but gentle reader, Ortwine was more than a hardware store. It was part of the True Value family. Now, back in the day, True Values carried basically everything a general store did, save for food. So your hardware, fishing poles and accessories, kitchen supplies, envelopes, fabric and notions. Yes, you read correct, fabric and notions.

The back of the store held a treasure trove that the sewing version of Indiana Jones would swoon over. And it seemed to be trapped in a little dusty(very dusty) time capsule. There were novelty prints, an entire table of Christmas fabrics, knitting needles, drawers of silk buttonhole twist, yarn as far as the eye could see, and many many notions.

I tried to be good. Really I did.  

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, vintage fabric

Got a couple really cute printed fabrics. I can see the yellow being a nice summer dress.

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, metal zippers

I could have really gotten myself in trouble with all these zippers. I mean, come on, they're metal.

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, vintage knitting needles

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases

The little spool is silk buttonhole twist. I'm kicking myself for not getting more.

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, buttonhole maker, pleat maker

Around this time, the clouds were coming back in to pour more rain. But a pleat maker, and a buttonhole maker. Little things to help speed processes along.

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, dress shields

Dress shields. but for a cap sleeve garment. I'll figure them out, I intend to make more. 

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, hairnets

I love the Jac-o-net typography. I just wish my hair were grey or white.

It is a terribly sad thing when a long time small business closes. My grandfather would go there to get his tools for around the house, my mom would get little knick-knacks, my grandmother and my father would go and get keys re-sharpened. Its the little things that can bring a community together like a common one-stop shop.

I hope who ever buys the place does more upkeep, and can keep some of the old stock to sell. Or keeps the same type of family owned quaintness. Either way, I wish the family much luck in their endevours, it felt good to help a small business one last time.

Have any of you experienced an old-fashioned True Value?
What are some notions you've purchased lately?
Do you have a favorite family owned business near by?

Fall Dapper Day 2016

It's been a good while since I attended a Dapper Day. Thanks to the extreme kindness of my friend Tony, I was able to attend two of the days of the weekend.

First day I wore a cute patio set I got for a song at the Frock You Vintage sale. It was rather warm that day, so it was a very good choice, I think.

Fall 2016 Dapper Day Patio Set

On our way up there, we grabbed my best bro, Gabe for more shenanigans!

Fall 2016 Dapper Day

We meandered about a bit before Janey texted that she was on her way to the parks. I got on the Haunted Mansion/Nightmare Before Christmas with her for the very first time. It was rather adorable with the NBC overlay!

We then all parted ways, and I crashed with Tony and Erin at their hotel, to rest for the Saturday festivities.

Erin and Tony were all tuckered out, so Tony shoved me to the parks, and bid me adieu. I then ran about with my friend Jenny!

Jenny is a local knitter and vintage lover, and she's got such lovely clothes. I think whenever I visit her home, I'll roll through her closet a bit.

We jumped about more, and finally went to the Dapper Day expo. This time around the expo was held at the Disneyland Convention Center, and my goodness, I was a bit overwhelmed. There was a plethora of things for everyone. Barbers, shoe shiners, hair stylists, and of course clothing and shoe vendors.

Fall 2016 Dapper Day Besame Cosmetics

The both of us made a bee-line to the Besame Cosmetics booth, where I finally got to meet Loni in person. She hugged me on sight, and we gushed over how lovely the other looked.

I snagged the last of the 1930s rollerball perfume, and tested the new rouges on my wrists (I absolutely love 1915 Delicate Rouge and I need it now)

I then made a bee-line to Match Accessories and got a pearly white D brooch. And I got to meet Sam, who was so excited to see me and was explaining to her husband 'That's Janey's friend!! Ahhh I'm such a fan of her.' Needless to say, I made a lot of whiney noises, and we hugged each other a lot.

After, Jenny and I made some fun purchases, tried on pretty dresses, and made our ways back to the parks.
We then left, and made oodles of plans to hang out at later dates.

I had such a lovely time, it was well needed, and I'm so grateful of all the lovely people who helped in making my weekend so grand.

Here is my haul from the weekend.                                  

Fall 2016 Dapper Day Besame Cosmetics

The 1930's scent is absolutely amazing, and I want either it, or 1920 in the larger atomizer spray.

I've already made a muslin of the Hollywood pattern, it's so lovely!

I've been a fan of Match Accessories for a good while, and it's so lovey to own one of their brooches!!

Fall 2016 Dapper Day

Simplicity patterns had a booth space there, and had patterns for sale. I don't really buy modern patterns, so I grabbed a freebie they had. I think I can teach my little sister to sew in the new year!!

Have any of you attended Dapper Day? If not, what would be your ideal Dapper Day?