Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Christmas Coat



As promised, I've tracked down the girl in order to share this other fun flea market find. Juliana and my mom came with me on the fleabitten excursion. We dug through rack after rack of vintage clothing, laughing mostly. Me sounding more like my mom all the time with phrases starting with "oh I remember when we wore this...". We had Juliana completely amused. I stumbled across this awesome coat and as soon as I showed it to Juliana it became a blur of red and green before my eyes as she threw it on in haste and ran over to a mirror.



Every woman in the nearby cocked their head sideways and said nice things, and how it was perfect for her, cute, adorable, wished they could pull it off, etc. Juliana's eyes were big and her smiled restrained with the prospect of wearing vintage to highschool. Is there anything cooler? It was cool when I did it. It's like a right of passage for a girl to start thriftshopping at this age. It's so funny.

However, buying it is one thing, having the guts to wear it is another. She started wavering just slightly when we got it home, asking if maybe we should cut down the size of the collar. I didn't completely refuse, but let her know that there is something special about leaving it the way it is. She kinda didn't trust me. So in Juliana style, she surfed the web, found out about the maker of the coat and also found this one which made her feel really cool. In fact when she first found it there was a more colorful plaid version that is now unavailable. Did you see the price tag? We paid 24$ for ours.



Of course I love teaching her the value of a dollar in such a quirky colorful enviroment. We all hovered a little longer, each at different booths...me with buttons, textiles, and furniture, my mom with antiques, Juliana with the jewelry and clothing. I guess I should appreciate that we all love it equally, and can stay for hours on end, striking up conversations and giggles based on whatever is in front of us.

Learning the value of a dollar is a good thing, learning the value of a daughter is a greater thing.

xo,AM

38 comments:

  1. I have loved seeing my kids bragging to their friends about what they got thrifting... they now have their high school friends shopping at thrift stores with them! I suppose their parents are a little weired out... especially those that are well off and would never wear "used" clothes.
    LOVED the coat! My 22 year old daughter loves vintage coats too!
    Great blog site!

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  2. Oh my, what a flash from the past. I do believe I wore almost the exact coat in high school. The girl has got some good taste!

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  3. That is the coolest coat. I would so totally wear it. Too bad the weather here in San Diego never needs clothing that warm. Oh, to have real seasons!

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  4. My parents dressed me well, but I never had a coat like that. It is so cool, in colors I cannot wear. What a wonderful find. It is perfect for our Nashville (I live in Goodlettsville) weather.

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  5. Hey there neighbor, I don't know you were so close by!
    xo,AM

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  6. The coat is great and the girl is lovely. The way you write about her is so sweet. Two of my friends bought me a gorgeous vintage coat a few years ago - very bright plaid, double-breasted with lucite buttons. They weren't sure I'd like it because it was so bright, but it's one of my favorite things.

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  7. I would wear that in a heartbeat!! and she looks absolutely adorable in it!!

    I just recently discovered your blog through miss Beth Howard and I wanted to stop and say hello! and then...and then...the coat! tell your daughter there is a 25 year old graphic designer who is super jealous!

    oh by the way, what thrifts do you frequent? I live in Franklin, TN (am origininally from Columbia) and work in nashville. just curious. always eager to find new, fun places!

    ok, long comment. all done!

    .♥.

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  8. There has been many an Anthropolgie garment that I have fell in love with but refused to purchase because of the price tag. Great thrifting find!

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  9. There has been many an Anthropolgie garment that I have refused to purchase because of the price tag. Great thrifting find!

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  10. Wende4:18 PM

    She looks lovely--and kudos to her for holding out and not cutting. I learned my lesson the hard way with my first vintage coat. I talked my mother into shortening it, and I regretted it the moment I tried it on in its new length.

    It takes some courage to be different--she has NO idea how truly beautiful she is yet. She will look back on these photos someday and see it. Thanks for sharing it with us now!

    I miss those days!! :)

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  11. Gorgeous photos and beautiful girl, beautiful sentiment.

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  12. "The value of the daughter" ... love it!
    My daughter and I visit the thrift store when we can (three + hours away!) but thus far, she is quite reserved in her choices. I too hear my Mom's voice when I say, "This will look so great on you - try it on!" And she gives me the look and she tries it on and she knows it does ... but she can't do it. Not yet but soon hopefully!

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  13. I echo victoriae's comment :)

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  14. gorgeous girl, gorgeous coat. It's just wonderful that daughter, mum and Grandmother can spend time together. Three generations of women with a common interest,making time to spend together and enjoy each other's company is special.

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  15. Her coat is much more beautiful. My daughter can't wear vintage to school because they all wear uniforms here in England. She should count her self lucky to look so funky at school.
    Great post.

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  16. Hello! I see you live near me (sorta) and I love blogging...yours is great! I'm gonna share it with a friend or two. I live on near Clarksville.

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  17. Hi there Shabby near Clarksville! Thanks for stopping in and sharing!
    xo,AM

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  18. Years to come,your daughter will remember this coat, your thrift shop trips, and all the "Mother-Daughter" memories you have created together. The value of family can't be measured :)

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  19. Love it!!!!! Stunning colors with your dark hair, Julianna! :)

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  20. That coat is FABULOUS! I think I once owned it! :D She suits it well... or... it suits her well. LOL.

    ~gyl

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  21. i agree, that coat is fantastic! if i saw it in a store, i would buy it in a second, if i saw it at a yard sale, i would likely pee my pants.

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