Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>As a woman entrepreneur myself, I’m always excited when fellow female friends start their own businesses. When these businesses have to do with antiques, vintage pieces, or design in any way, I’m that much more thrilled! My friend Rebecca Vicars is one of those friends who has recently launched Violet’s Volition, which is an online curated collection of vintage and designer pieces, primarily featuring textiles and fashion.
As a lifelong lover of vintage textiles and design, Rebecca hand-selects each piece, looking for quality, wearability, and uniqueness. Stylish pieces for men and women can be found on her website, along with links to her Etsy and Ebay stores.
Rebecca takes pride in creating and maintaining a store that makes the most sustainable choice at every junction. Every garment is hand cleaned using non-toxic, eco-conscious (when available, fair trade) solvents and kept in a smoke free environment and most pieces are comprised of natural fibers. Buying vintage makes a difference by saving natural resources and energy invested in the making of these garments. In addition to the environmental benefits, Rebecca donates a percentage of sales to various causes and helping those in need. Currently she’s donating 20% to Pushpa in Nepal, who has built a home and early education center for children whose mothers have been imprisoned.
If you’re a vintage fashion lover, you can also learn about the sustainability of vintage, green living and inspirations relating to violet (the flower AND the color) and also the concept of volition on her blog. If you follow the blog, you’ll receive an update when she posts new items. You can also sign up at the website to receive a newsletter.
If you’ll be in the New York area this month on September, 26-27, Violet’s Volition will have a pop-up shop at the Brooklyn Artists and Flea so stop by and say hello!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
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What did we find? A slew of vintage clothes!
My niece Tessa with the pink hair looked so adorable in this green frock that I had to buy it for her – meanwhile I was sort of smitten with the pink hat on me!
Lizzy looked adorable in red – especially with that herringbone jacket!
Kyrra found an elegant gown for her upcoming trip to visit me in Europe this summer – we’re already planning where we’ll go so she can wear this dress in true diva style!
Of course sometimes you can’t decide what to buy!!! I also bought Kyrra a gorgeous red gown!
Though she decided to pass up on this poodle skirt wondering if she’d actually wear it or if it would merely be a costume?
Even my dad and nephew got in on the action! Dad loved the architectural salvage store I took him to while my nephew Gabriel picked up a handful of Hank Williams records – the perfect present for a budding musician who has just released his first CD!
After the holidays, I’m now back home in Europe with a wonderful winter agenda with The Antiques Diva® & Co.
The Aunt-iques Diva
What is Diva-scovery?
A fabulous find or shopping discovery – be it an Antique Shop, Vintage or Home Decorating Store – that will entice diva’s on parade to stop, shop and drop some dough!
Do you have a Diva-scovery? Email The Antiques Diva™ at email@example.com, giving all the details of your find: write a quick blurb telling about your Diva-scovery, the name of the store & their website, including address & phone number. Plus, include a link to your blog (if applicable) and a photo of yourself!
to 10px; WIDTH: 240px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 320px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Sk9CWw_BgxI/AAAAAAAADPE/m9ScPubPjWk/s320/untitled.jpg” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Did you ever take a shortcut and it takes twice as long as the suggested route? Today was one of those weird weather Manhattan days…it couldn’t decide to be rainy or dry, sunny or cloudy, windy or calm, humid or dry. Every corner brought a different climate. So as I headed down lower 5th Ave, with my ultimate goal being 21st and 7th, I decided to turn west at 25th and avoid the heavier foot traffic further downtown.
The shop windows on 25th St yielded surprises: antique shops! Most were shuttered or gated this Tuesday afternoon, but one doorway that was open boasted: Showplace Antique and Design Center. It looked appropriately shabby for the neighborhood and there was a bored guard at the door – I had about 15 minutes to get to my destination, so I decided “why not”?
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Prices were all over the place – again variety. Next time you’re in Manhattan, why not check it out yourself, or visit on-line, and see what you can discover? I know next time to drop in when I can leisurely browse the aisles and aisles and aisles. Diva-scovery!
Showplace Antique and Design Center
NY Showplace website
40 W 25th St (5th/6th Ave)
NY, NY 10010
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