Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I have to smile when I hear the term "vintage". Now that I'm of an (ahem) certain age, I've realized when people say "vintage" or "mid-century decor" they're referring to those magical years that were my childhood. I suppose I should cringe at being reminded I'm so dated (old) but the 50's were a happy and simple time. I know I certainly was happy & simple. My biggest problem was a broken lunch box thermos or losing my skate key . (If you don't know what a skate key is, stop reading right now and get offa my blog. Go play with your Wii or text your BFF about your newest tat. My vintage wit will be wasted on you.) But I digress.... One does that when one is dated (old) I call it digressing. My sons call it rambling...
I've been smiling a lot at the Farmer's Market this season because my neighbor across the way is my new friend Charity, a Vintage Virtuoso. Her handmade kitchen textiles are totally and uniquely vintage and looking at them makes everyone smile.
I can glance across at her booth and spiral back through time into my mom's 1950s-something kitchen and see the rooster curtains and remember the bright red and yellow metal bread box on the counter. It had little half-hatched chicks in egg-shell pants marching behind mama & papa chicken across the front.
I'm sure mom's curtains had rick-rack on them. (If you don't know what rick-rack is, you were supposed to have left five minutes ago). Every thing else in her kitchen (and my closetful of home-made clothes) did. What ever caused rick-rack to fall from grace? I suspect if someone did a study they'd find the world started going to hell in a handbasket when we stopped using rick rack on everything in the house.
Think about it...
...or maybe it was because after every washing, the rick-rack curled up so that the curtains had to be starched, sprinkled, rolled up in a plastic bag to dampen and then ironed flat with a twelve pound iron (If you don't know what an iron is...yada, yada.) It was what we now call "labor intensive". I'm sure that problem has been eliminated with the new, improved 2009 version of rick-rack.
This is Charity's first season at our market but to look at her booth and presentation you'd think she was an old hand. (Maybe "old hand" is misleading. I have shoes older than she is. I might even have a couple of pair older than her mom.) She's already a savvy vendor with a real flair for knowing what her customers want and creating it.