Saturday, April 30, 2011

☆ 5/2 stock preview

All items available tomorrow, starting at 9 am!
and much more!

new eco-friendly packaging

Allen Company has new packaging - look for it holding all current orders! Made from 50% post consumer plastics that are 100% recyclable and made in the USA. Yes!

Friday, April 29, 2011

found & restored no. 2: 1940s gray worsted suit

Last month I found this 1940s gray wool skirt suit at an indoor garage sale and haggled the vendor down to $10.00 (from $50.00) because of the condition issues. It was missing one of the crescent appliques and was decently soiled. But for $10.00 a restoration project made sense - so here it is!

First I trimmed about 2 inches off the hem of the skirt (which was stained anyway) for fabric to create the applique.

Next created a cardstock base to help the crescent to keep it's shape.

Some fabric glue maneuvering.

Lastly hand-sewed the applique to the appropriate area.

It's not perfect, but then again neither are the original two - now I just need to send it off to the dry-cleaner and put it in the store!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

☆ 4/25 stock preview

All items available tomorrow, starting at 10 am!
and much more!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

studio rearranged: my workspace

I think I've finally found a setup I like - only took me 3 years!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

found & restored

I should have taken a before photo because this dress was completely destroyed, shredded etc. I started restoring it last week, all by hand. Luckily the most of the flaws were near seams, and the ones that weren't I was able to patch with a few creative and historically viable solutions. As fate would have it, I came across a 20s-30s purple sequin heart applique about 1 hour before I found the dress (at a different antique store). I also had some old purple velvet ribbon I found at an antique store last year that worked perfectly along the back. All in all, it took about 10 hours and I think it looks absolutely beautiful - one of my favorite projects so far.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

acid wash

One of my guilty pleasures in the thrifting world; so bad, that they're so good. All stocked next week.

1980s pale Guess denim ankle-zipper jeans (in stock)
1970s-1980s Palmetto's denim ankle-zipper jeans (in stock)
1980s Burzico super acid wash skinny jeans (in stock)
1980s pale Jordache ankle-button jeans (in stock)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

☆ 4/11 stock preview

All items available tomorrow, starting at 9 am; highlights include:
1960s Suzy Perette lace cocktail dress (in stock)
1980s black sequin & silk cocktail dress (in stock)
1980s black sequin & silk vest (in stock)
1980s deadstock Halston silk blouse (in stock)
1950s classic spotted leopard print coat (in stock)
1960s deadstock Pringle cashmere sweater (in stock)
1940s cream bombshell swimsuit (in stock)
1980s Anne Klein snakeskin skimmers (in stock)
1930s Whiting & Davis metal mesh purse (in stock)
1950s ribboned fur collar jacket sold!
1980s gray silk slim-fit trousers (in stock)
1980s Bill Blass polka-dot ruffle swimsuit (in stock)
1980s Anne Klein sheer mesh skirted swimsuit (in stock)
and much more!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

neutral color story

1940s sheer eyelet tea dress
1940s nude rayon-crepe swag dress
1960s Suzy Perette party dress (in stock)
1980s cream silk sailor blouse SOLD
1950s embroidered cotton day dress
1970s simple cream disco dress
1940s sheer tuxedo ruffle blouse (in stock)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

100 year old blood

1870-1900 antique Victorian walking jacket

I come across lots of these jackets, but this is the first one I've ever purchased for my personal collection. Crisp cotton, handmade lace and very large blood stains on the shoulder. It doesn't look like it in the photos, but there was a lot of blood (mostly to the left shoulder & back). After 5 days of soaking, most of the blood came out - but I'm glad that it didn't all come out, because it was part of the reason I purchased it in the first place - morbid I know. What a mystery ..!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Hi everyone - nice to meet you/reconnect! I've decided to consolidate and switch over from flickr and twitter; I will try to update and upload as much as I can here on the daily-ish happenings of Allen Company. Stock previews will be on posted on Sundays and thrift finds, trips, projects and other events posted during the week. Allen Company flickr and twitter will stay active for now, but not forever. Let me know if you have any questions or any suggestions. - Kristina