Saturday, February 7, 2015

Gold Country Vintage 2015

It's been a while since I visited California Gold Country, which is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where I grew up.  I traveled there to see my parents and to visit Victorian Closet in the tiny town of Amador City.  As usual, I stayed at the Gunn House in Sonora, which has the most dynamite breakfast, including fresh waffles.  On Friday, Fran (my mom) and I went to downtown Sonora and after lunch at our favorite coffee bar, Legends, we went shopping at our two favorite consignment shops, Runway Exchange and Occasion Station both on Washington Street.  At Occasion Station, I took some photographs of beautiful vintage and contemporary evening dresses to share with you and watched Fran shop.

Bright and early Saturday morning, we traveled to Amador City about an hour away from Sonora along Highway 49, the old miners' route through California Gold Country.  Along the way, we passed historic towns such as Angels Camp where Mark Twain spent one winter and wrote a story about a frog that made him famous for all time.  When we got to Amador City, the town was just waking up and shops were opening.  We walked on the old wooden sidewalk, past the local museum to Victorian Closet.  This shop, owned by Sally Knudson, is a time capsule.  In one corner, are wedding gowns from the early 1900's-1940's.  On another wall, are handmade quilts.  My most favorite items were the victorian doll clothes, including one outfit that would have looked cute on Tom Thumb.  Fran bought 2 Storybook dolls that she collects and I took many photographs.

We said good-bye to Amador  City and went to the nearby town of Jackson where, unfortunately, many antique stores were closed.  I wandered into Tinker O'Brien on Main Street because I saw a few interesting items I wanted to photograph.  The store's owner, Michele Jenson, took me in the back and showed me her treasure trove of vintage clothes that I am sharing with you.  All in all, it was a good trip.  I got to have time to bond with Fran and do what we do best - take a vintage clothing trip.  Enjoy! Toni

 Fran enjoying lunch at Legends
 Fran shopping at Occasion Station
 Occasion Station
Sandy, owner
157 S. Washington Street
Sonora, CA 95370
 Lingerie at Occasion Station
 Hot boots
 Evening gowns at Occasion Station
 Fran trying on clothes at Occasion Station
 Wedding gowns at Occasion Station
 1980's evening outfit at Occasion Station

 Black & White evening wear at Occasion Station
 Amador City
 Victorian Closet
Sally Knudson, owner
P.O. Box 141
Amador City, CA
 Vintage wedding gowns at Victorian Closet
 Victorian hats & blouses

 Very cool vest
 Lingerie models

 Love those glasses

 Vintage glasses

 Black velvet bonnet
 Vintage dancing shoes

 Vintage ankle boots
 Vintage bathing suit
 Crocheted children's dress
 Victorian doll outfit

 A view of the store at Victorian Closet

 Vintage lace
 Hats, hats & more hats
 Beautiful quilts
 Tom Thumb outfit
 Victorian boy's sailor outfit

 Velvet beaded bow at Victorian Closet

 Downtown Jackson, CA

 Tinker O'Brien
Vintage & Uncommon Goods
Michele Jensen, Owner
22 Main Street
Jackson, CA 95642
 Black velvet vest at Tinker O'Brien
 Plaid trench coat at Tinker O'Brien
 Handmade 1960's dress at Tinker O'Brien
 Sheer vest
 1960's dress at Tinker O'Brien
1960's blouse for the love-in at Tinker O'Brien 
 Flaming vest at Tinker O'Brien

 Platform shoes from the 1970's at Tinker O'Brien
 Lacy blouse at Tinker O'Brien
 Hats, hats, hats

 Snowflake sweater from Canada at Tinker O'Brien
Michele Jensen, owner of Tinker O'Brien