Tuesday, January 8, 2013

SusieQT's Vintage Vault: the things I keep for ME

Resolved: to post more in 2013. OK, there, I said it, I will do my best to get back to posting more regularly!

All this time, I have been quite busy thrifting and listing things in my Etsy shop. I have never been too sure if you all really want more of the "look what I found thrifting" types of posts, or the "visit my Etsy Store commercials", so I thought I'd try to commit to blogging a bit about the things I already have and treasure.

Ever since I was little, I loved the past, and have always tried to read/see/experience as much history as I could get my hands on. When I was in 7th grade I fell in love with Big Band swing and my interest in the 1930s and 40s took off. A little bit later I added the 50s to the mix. And so I started collecting things from those eras. I have also been fortunate to inherit some really nice things from my family- and it always helps when they know you love those types of things!

There are a lot of things I have acquired over the years, and since I have taken the leap into reselling, I am aware of how hard it can be to find some of this stuff. It has literally taken me decades to find some of it, and, well, I guess I ought to let you all in on some of the things I keep only for me.

First up, every girl loves jewelry; I know I'm no different. But did you ever think of jewelry for your shoes? Fiona over at In the Heyday recently posted about her shoe clips that she made and it got me thinking about some that I own.

I love marcasite. It is sparkly and sophisticated without being too showy. It has been very popular and relatively affordable since the Victorian era and the first few decades of the 20th century, and was probably most desirable in the 1900s into the 1920s.

I inherited these shoe clips from my Grandmother, who was born in 1910. I believe she would have worn these in the late 20s, but they are probably older than that and most likely belonged to her older sister or mother.

They come in a very elegant blue embossed leather box.

You can see how glittery they are, without being overtly sparkly. I would love to wear these to a dimly lit supper club and hear a dance band!

I have two sets- a square one and a round one. Both are backed with black leather. The clips have the manufacturer's mark (can't make it out) and "Paris", so I'm sure they must have been quite expensive back in the day. I think they could also have been used as glove cuffs or dress clips.

 I posed them on one of my favorite pairs of vintage shoes- I bought these blue velvet peeptoes years ago at the NYC Vintage Show and they are actually a bit big for me!

Stay tuned- I have tons more in the vault!


  1. Those shoe clips are beautiful. What a treasure to have inherited from family! I remember buying shoe clips as late as the 60s. Are they still made anymore? It was so much fun to change the look of a pair of shoes simply by clipping on bows or something sparkly.

  2. Those shoe clips are beautiful!

    I'm glad you decided to share them and I can't wait to see what is in the vault!

  3. Spectacular! Family heirlooms to boot! What else do you have in the vault?

  4. Those show clips are really truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing them. I think the fact they are your mom's/grandmother's just make them extra bonus nice. And thanks for stopping by my blog and voting on the masthead! Appreciate the help!

  5. SO! GORGEOUS! It's so neat to have something that was not only in your family but a knock-out piece of vintage to boot! Looking forward to more "finds from the vault". :)