Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Falling for Autumn vintage clothes 2014

North of the Equator it is now fall, or autumn if you like. And I like it! the weather is a bit cooler, the mornings and evenings have a bit of chill. It is fun to feel the change from an 80 degree day to a 40s something evening. Time to keep a sweater handy.

What's new or newish in the funkoma vintage shop?

80s Vintage Black wool tweed jumper Dress High Waist Suspenders trumpet skirt dress S M.

clicky here. 

70s Vintage Tall Brown leather Riding boots equestrian 7.5. clicketh hereth.

Fresh and new vintage over on the funkomavintage website. 

A 70s Mexican leather hippie purse lined in gold velvet, 2 vintage skirts, and a vintage 50s Levis wool plaid shirt, and oh so much more. We've been busy adding lots of new fall stuff. And this is only the beginning of an autumn full of vintage Pendleton, vintage sweaters, jackets and coats and wool beanies and even some handmade things that have been faves in the past... cashmere scarves, and mitts....

 Vintage corduroy southwest print skirt, and the classic vintage Patio skirt with lots of gold metallic rick-rack, and oh boy is it full!

50s Levis plaid wool shirt, oh Look at the Big E tag! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

American Converse

If you are gonna tie your Converse shoes, then you may need some very vintage Converse shoelaces. Am I right? Converse shoes, made of rubber and cotton, were invented in 1908 and the laces were also cotton. Now, made of nylon or polyester. So yeah. Here's some very vintage Converse shoelaces we have for auction right now. Hey Nike. you need these.

The Converse artwork is very 20s, and is in the same style as the first Coca-Cola logo, which, still survives today, no thanks to smart people in the Coca-Cola corporation, who are dumb people who sell sugar water, and are very good at rotting your teeth. If I was a dentist, I would own a lot of Coca-Cola stock. Job Security!!

Back to Converse shoes, shall we.

 The "All Star", was introduced in 1917  to get the basketball market. In 1921 Chuck Taylor became a famous basketball player when he joined the Converse company basketball team, sweetly named "The Converse All Stars".   He later went to work for Converse, and made important changes to the shoe design. His name started appearing on the Converse shoes, those high tops,  in the the Converse All Star logo in the 1930s. That, kids, is why we call them Chuck Taylors, or simply, Chucks.

But in the beginning the Massachusetts company made their All Stars all black-- the  cotton canvas with the black rubber soles.  Then came a white canvas with blue and red trim, finally, they switched out the cotton canvas for black leather and a black rubber shoe sole. Post-war, in 1949 then Converse decided to added the rubber toe guard,  make the laces and the edges all white, and there we have the Black/White Cons we love.
But wait, There's more!!

In 1957, Converse designed the  "Oxford" style, (my personal favorite). And even better........... Colors!
So yeah, Iconic Americana. Punks, sorority girls, moms, dads and kids all love their Cons! Folks will even paint them custom for you.  Then Nike bought the company, and moved production to some hellhole. That's why American made Converse are worth it.
Here is our funkomavintage vintage, made in USA, Converse selection available right now ---

US made Vintage RED Converse high top 80s sneakers cotton rubber classic shoes 4.5

and the vintage Converse Christmas Holiday version.  Red stripes, Green cotton, holly on the Converse All Star patch, and green rubber soles.
These had a tiny bell hanging at the back....feel free to add it back again!

and back in the day......funkomavintage has provided you with these sweet vintage Converse.

and a few of my faves in my shoe box right now!
 red and black flannel plaid, dark green, off-white, and some Polo tennies, and a pair Tigers for running. and some very adorable skeleton bone, Tuk red tartan plaids.

Friday, September 5, 2014


 Chickens are so cool. They're cute, they're silly, they're wise, they got their eye on you.

and now lots of urban people are keeping a chicken or 2 in the backyard. Touring the city to gawk at Chicken Coops is a thing.
Some of us are hicks from the sticks, and raised by traditional-minded country people who know that livestock and gardens in the yard is perfectly normal behavior.

So, about that cute white chicken up there,  if you like chickens in the backyard, you can go be a friend to my niece, Edith. She's a chicken.

What to wear in the barnyard, in the backyard, out in the garden?
May I suggest a Chicken and Rooster print 50s day dress?

These days growing your food, bee hives in the backyard, or chickens for eggs (or gosh forbid, to eat them!!), is called Food Security.
And this is a very good thing. Home gardeners used to be looked at like some kinda weirdo, because after WWII it was all about being Modern.
And clean, and sanitary, and buying food from a big supermarket.
The tides they say ... are turning. However, some government entities are harrassing folks for doing what comes natural. Gardening. Providing food for oneself.

Dig in the dirt in vintage overalls.


so yeah.   Cream and tan vintage check overalls. By Cherokee, these are roomy with lots of pockets and a gathered waist and a tie on the back.

Vintage 50s overalls, with lots of pockets.   

Vintage 80s white canvas Sears and Roebuck,  overalls.

and, since you might be shoveling lots of Manure, how about a shirt that says Oh Shit!

I completely agree that roosters probably have no place in the city, that large scale farming is best left to large tracks of land outside the City Limits, perhaps.
But there ain't nothing wrong with neighborhood gardening, small plots turned into food for the neighbors.
Who would be against such a thing? Food Corporations of course. Well, Just Say No to Monsanto, and Big Agriculture.
We have a right to know what's in our food, where it comes from, and all we ask is to label it clearly.

Learn more about urban farming from Seattle Tilth.
Here's some discussion about the early history of pure food and drugs in America. It's not a bad idea, again.

Upton Sinclair, wrote The Jungle to alarm you about the meatpacking industry. In 1906.