This was a day full of good surprises. It was one of my best friends’ birthdays and her husband asked that we surprise her and whisk her away out of her house. This friend of ours is quite the homebody, but she enjoys a good time with good company, so I was determined to make this happen for her. The rest of the girl gang got us a table at one of the many awesome brunch spots in the area while I went and retrieved the birthday lady. As soon as I stepped through the front door of her little house, there were tears. Happy tears! And then there were more tears at the restaurant… she hates surprises typically, but this was such a delight for her, she just couldn’t hold back the waterworks. So sweet!
In case you’re curious, I plan on making a massive brunch post about all the cool areas to eat in this vicinity of the Pacific Northwest. As you can imagine, it’s been quite a task to go to every brunch place that my pals and I enjoy. Oh, woe is me, right? Wrong. Brunch is the shit.
Anyway, after brunching, we had set out to go antiquing in Tacoma in this area that is appropriately named Antique Row. If I remember right, this is set in the historical district of downtown Tacoma, so there was a lot of amazing architectural and artistic eye candy.
We didn’t have to wander for long before we stumbled upon Glenna’s Clothing–also known as vintage heaven, because that’s what it was.
As soon as we went inside, we all locked our eyes on this 1940’s vintage detective cap and squealed. I’m sure the shop owner knew we were gonna be a handful at that point. Haha! We flipped over the hat and gasped, reading that it was handmade in Ireland. Ireland, people! One of my friends slapped the cap onto my head and we all proclaimed that it needed to be in my life. So, of course, it came home with me.
Glenna’s Clothing is like a vintage clothing mecca with this kitschy front area of the shop, neatly displaying clothing from the 1940’s to the 1990’s. The five of us split off into different parts of the shop and eventually all trounced into the dark storage area. This back area is massive, you guys. Everything you could imagine was there, from the early 1900’s to the 1990’s. I’m talking Edwardian Era treasure! We found some serious goodies and spent what felt like an eternity back there–in a good way.
And feast your eyes upon these fabulous hats, modeled by my equally, if not more fabulous friends (one of them being the birthday babe herself)!
And this little lime green number… I was so heartbroken! The arms and chest were unfortunately much too small. I couldn’t even raise my arms anywhere near my head!
But I did go home with this special 1950 pistachio button up dress. I’ll post a full body shot another time. I mean, look at that top with the cute gold buttons!
Let me stop you right here, reader. Do you see those outrageously rad velvet royal blue coats Brooke and I are wearing? After this photo was taken, the five of us had huddled into the makeshift dressing room as we were all trying on clothes. Brooke’s hands found their way into the pockets of the coat she’s wearing here, and her eyes went big when she exclaimed that there was something in the pocket. Our little crowd gasped and shrieked, then we had hurriedly shushed ourselves as Brooke pulled out from her pocket a delicately folded sheet of paper–a handwritten note. You can imagine our reaction when we laid our eyes on it: WHAT. THE. FUCK.
We all rushed over (some of us partially nude, hilariously dropping whatever we had in our hands) to Brooke’s side to view the note as she unfolded it ever so carefully. It had the most delicate, tiniest cursive! Profound synchronicity had taken place because what was written on the note was similar to something happening in Brooke’s life. Because of this, Brooke purchased the coat with the note tucked neatly back inside its pocket.
We were still reeling from the handwritten note and all the vintage treasures we were taking home–we purchased our goods and left the shop, vowing that we’d return in the very near future. Through all the excitement, we had become famished and the day had just escaped from us! So after trekking down the street, passing by other vintage shops, we grabbed some grub and headed on home.
This has been a great year for amazing vintage finds. Hope you guys are ready for more posts like this, because there’s gonna be a lot of treasure hunting happening this summer!