Thursday, December 30, 2010

More 1930s dresses & shops to keep an eye on

Finally some good, yet time-sensitive, Ebay finds, both from a neato shop I just found called Great Lake Outfitters (tons of 30s stuff there, just search "30s") ...
VINTAGE 30s Cotton HEART Asmetrical Button Tea DRESS S



A few finds from two Etsy sellers who specialize in 1930s-40s dresses, Adeline's Attic & Wildfell Hall Vintage ... 

Gorgeous blue pin-stripe dress with burgundy rick rack trim
by Adeline's Attic on Etsy

Yet another rare 1930s find from Adeline's, a navy polka dot number  
She is a real 1930s collector, so stop by her shop often for fresh finds!

Here's a GREAT example of a newer dress, but still vintage, in a 1930s style:
Frilled to meet you (adorable!) 80s does 30s Dress by Wildfell Hall on Etsy (bonus! her whole shop is 20% off through 1/1/2011!)

Two perks when shopping for "30s style", as opposed to the real deal: 
1. much less fragile and most likely in more wearable sizes
2. cheaper!

Another GORGEOUS and authentic 1930s era dress from Wildfell Hall, "Pink Bouquet" Silk Dress (back off ladies, Patty is VERY interested in this one!)

Lots more coming soon! Also, I promise I will devote some time to menswear next time ...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Amy Sedaris in "Hobo Clown"

 I recommend Amy Sedaris' new book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People --->

The section entitled "The Joy of Poverty" has tons of DIY hobo costume & accessory ideas, not to mention recipes like "Poor Man's Toffee" and crafts like "tin can stilts" and "hobo fire in a can".

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Seeking Afforadable Depression-Era Dresses

One of the main reasons Brian and I started this blog was to inform our hobo wedding guests about Depression Era clothing so they, too, can dress the part. Over the past year I have been collecting 1930s dresses, particularly those made from patterned feedsack fabric, for myself and my bridesmaids to wear. Color photos of period clothing are scarce and wearable garments from the 1930s can be hard to find and often expensive. Here's some dresses I've found on Etsy that would be appropriate for a casual affair like our back yard hobo wedding, all authentic Depression era garments, all under $100.

1930s Day Dress by Urban Eccentric Vintage at Etsy

Cocoa and Cream Day Dress by Dolly Birds Vintage at Etsy

1930s Pink Floral Sheer Cotton Dress by Exquisite Bones at Etsy

1930s Vintage BUDDING FLOWER Dress by Greatest Friend at Etsy

1920s-30s Sweet Canteloupe Gingham Dress by Adelaide's Homesewn at Etsy

Remember family and friends, the key is to dress comfortably so you can have a fun time! You're not required to dress in authentic 1930s clothing, just encouraged to! More inspirations soon ...


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hallelujah! I'm a bum

Hello good friends and family. Welcome to our blog, A Hobo Wedding. This blog was created by Brian and I to share with you images, inspirations and information about the theme of our wedding, Depression Era hobo culture. If nothing else, it will help you to prepare your authentic Depression Era-appropriate ensemble (wink, wink).

Here's my very first Treasury on Etsy, "Hallelujah! I'm a bum". A Treasury is a collection of items for sale on Etsy curated by Etsy sellers, like myself, and is great way to promote your shop. I've been meaning to make one for a while and I finally got around to it...

My Treasury, "Hallelujah! I'm a bum", is named after a song by Harry "Haywire Mac" McClintock and includes some of my decor inspirations for my hobo-themed wedding next May. Haywire Mac was a travelin' man and had his recording heyday in the 1920s and 30s. You've surely heard his "Big Rock Candy Mountain", but here's "Hallelujah":

This song and many other authentic 1920s and 30s about hobos and train ridin' and driftin' will be played by a live jug-style band at the wedding (I just found out from Brian that the band is a gift from Jenny and Jim - joy!).

More soon!