Saturday, May 10, 2014

Vintage Style at Jack of All Trades Indie Craft & Antique Fair (Oakland,CA)

I just love it when I find out about new antique and flea markets in the Bay Area.  I have my favorites, but I'm always on the look out for new ones.  I recently heard about Jack of All Trades Indie Craft & Antique Market at Jack London Square in Oakland.  It's held the second Saturday of every month.  Today was the second Saturday of May and the perfect day to check it out.   It was a little windy, but the weather was beautiful.  The flea market starts at 11 and there is plenty of parking down there.  You can also get there by ferry.  I drove and parked in one of the lots I used during the Bart strike.

Jack London Square is on Oakland's waterfront and a great place for a flea market.  Jack of All Trades Indie Craft & Antique Market has handmade items, including clothes and jewelry as well as vintage clothing.  And I did see one of my favorite vintage clothing dealers, janey rose who is the Window Lady.  She had the best selection of clothes and purses and a huge a bus where everything inside was only $5. I found a green foreign legion-styled hat that fit perfectly and it was love at first sight.  It was $15, but I bought it anyway and wore it around the flea market.

After strolling around in my new hat, I found myself at the other end of the wharf at the Last Chance Saloon.  It's probably the oldest building down there and Jack London once worked there as a boy.  It is a tiny bar with a slanted floor from the 1906 earthquake.  It is full of history and interesting things inside, including hats hanging from the ceiling.  It also has many old photographs of Jack London throughout his life.  It was a great place to take a break from the flea market, sip a beverage and watch the world go by.  Enjoy the photos!

 Strolling to the flea market

 janay rose - the Window Lady
See janay's card below for info
  janay rose - the Window Lady
  janay rose - the Window Lady
  janay rose - the Window Lady
  janay rose - the Window Lady
 Inside janay's bus- everything $5
vintage hats inside janay's bus
 Janay's card
 Flower child top inside janay's bus
whimsy hat inside janay's bus

 Jack London's cabin
 Last Chance
 Inside the Last Chance - the floor is slanted from the 1906 earthquake

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Keeping It Real (Vintage) At 2525 Vintage & Modern (Hayward, CA)


I am always looking for new vintage stores to visit in the Bay Area and beyond.  I have been thinking for a long time about going to check out the stores in Hayward.  This Bay Area city once had a thriving downtown with multiple antique stores and collectives.  I haven't been there for a few years and sadly, most of the antique stores were gone.  But I visited a fabulous vintage clothing store at a busy intersection called 2525 Vintage & Modern owned by Paige Ball.  This interesting store had clothes from the 1960's to the 1980's as well as coats from the 1950's.  I'm also including the most adorable child's cape from the 19th century or the early 20th century that was selling for only $12.  If only I had some child to give it to, I would have snapped it up.

Wandering through this store was a trip down memory lane, as I saw many clothes from my ancient history past.  Paige told me that they usually have more clothes from the 1960's, but she just sold 3 bags full to a theater company - oh well, my loss.  I still had plenty of clothes to photograph and share with you.  And guys, their men's section takes up a third of the store.  Enjoy!

 2525 Vintage & Modern
Owned by Paige Ball
22600 Foothill Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94541

 Clothes from the men's department

 I love this cape

 Crazy wild 1980's dress
 Gold & velvet cocktail dress
 1960's afternoon party dress

 Vintage party shoes & more

 Vintage Ferragamo pumps
 1980's mini dress
 Summer dresses

 Stand out in a crowd coat
 1960s tricolor suede coat

 1960's dream cape
 Vintage apron
 Skirts, skirts and more skirts

 I had a top like this in the 1970's

 Pink Dior blouse for $4
 1970's granny skirt
 Esprit knit top

 Funky shirt for the man that has everything

 Sales rep Jordan Jones & hand-painted tie
 Hand-painted ties
 Frilly evening wear

 Colorful slippers

Nearby cafe in downtown Hayward