Vintage Holiday Gift Guide: Retro, Re-Use, Re-Do, & They Won’t Re-Gift

December 11, 2011
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Tinsel tree & toy train by Jara Ra

Vintage holiday magic starts here. Check off your gift-giving list with vintage items and antiques that are guaranteed to delight. My vintage gift guide offers some creative suggestions for even that impossible-to-buy-for person on your list (as well as for yourself, of course). Slither with snazzy snakeskin; add a punch of pizzazz with prints; make your mark in mod. ‘Tis the season to sparkle & shine! If you missed December's show for finding unique, old school items to make a statement that they will treasure year round, come on New Year's Day, January 1, 2012 to spend any gift money that you'll be receiving, on yourself. For the... Continue reading

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Don’t Mock the Mock Turtleneck!

October 16, 2011
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Colin's reindeer turtleneck

Men should fall for turtlenecks in the fall. Turtlenecks get a bad rap over for their too ‘PTA-dad’ or dowdy professor look, but don't be fooled. Turtlenecks, in a matte color and a simple weave, are flattering and can appear downright sexy. There is one exception. Unless you want to be mocked, stay away from super thick, cable knit turtlenecks with reindeer faces and bright shiny noses knitted on them this Christmas time. Colin Firth with his movie star good looks can barely get away with it. You are only allowed to wear that garment to an ugly christmas sweater party or if you are officially a grandparent. Pair a black turtleneck with a... Continue reading

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The Mad Men Remedy

October 1, 2011
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Betty needs a fix!  (courtesy of AMC)

Are you having Mad Men withdrawals? Are you watching Netflix re-runs on instant queue wistfully longing for your Don Draper fix while drinking heavily and chain smoking? Or imagining that you are? Did you run to Banana Republic for the Mad Men Collection and start mixing martinis for mannequins?   Hold the phone! Until the season 5 premiere in March of 2012, we have the remedy...shop for true Mad Men fashion at the Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire at the O' Club. Get ready to knock them out with your style for the holidays in one of a kind looks for less. We'll have 3 ballrooms of top vintage from the 1960's to bring... Continue reading

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Tribal Tendencies

September 24, 2011
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Meryl Streep in "Out Of Africa"

Feel like taking a trip on an African safari but you don’t have the time or the budget? Shop the Alameda Point Antiques Faire and go native for less. Two months ago, it was almost as hot as the Sahara desert at the Point but that didn’t stop antique treasure hunters to come out in droves for their shopping fix, braving the record heat. Welcome to the jungle of the former jet runways where you can find plenty of options for the luxe-haute hippie vibe fit for any safari. Linen is the go-to fabric for the sweltering temperatures and a wide brimmed hat to protect your skin from the elements with SPF 50.  Channel Meryl Streep in “Out Of Africa” for... Continue reading

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Frighteningly Fabulous Fashions

August 25, 2011
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Veronica Lake looking drop dead in leopard print

The fog rolls into the bay and the icy blonde with dark motives has her cash in hand waiting for first stab at the early buy. Will she get the accessory to the crime? The fall runway collections are an air of smoky lady-like, 1940’s film noir chic with tailoring right out of World War II. Go for vintage and find one of a kind glamorous fashion that designers are still inspired by today. Plan to play dress up with strong silhouettes & accessories. Head to holiday parties in glittering gold or candy-colored bijous, vintage furs & marabou jackets. Don’t forget your chapeau this fall to create the ultimate aura of mystery. Gloves are a... Continue reading

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Gone Swimmin’…Your forecast for summer: It’s going to be hot in Retro Swim Style.

August 3, 2011
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vintage needlepoint bathing suit in Vogue

Here's my Vintage Style Solutions column in The Point from last month:   Rejoice, beach goers! Have you heard? It's officially summer! That means it’s bathing suit season, but fear not Faire goers. The retro trend is making waves. Look for flattering styles to fit every shape and size.  Designers have brought back the maillot, with its basic tunic shaped sheath design that offers coverage yet is still seductive. Swim skirts, ruching, fuller coverage, and wide straps all ensure you'll be glamorous and sexy—and with just the right amount of skin on display. The new swimsuits have updated functional fabrics but the originals had some... Continue reading

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Prep for a Fashionable 4th at The Point

June 29, 2011
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Red, White & Blue in Vogue

We have a BIG show planned at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire for Sunday, July 3rd! We have dealers booked all the way in the back in rows to double EE. We have signed up new recruits who have never sold with us before so you can be sure to find plenty of bargains & treasures galore to stock up on, so pick up a shopping cart at the gate and be prepared to fill it to the rim! Get your walking shoes ready and plan to spend the whole day because there will plenty of vintage goods to peruse for your patriotic pleasure. Need a new frock for your 4th of July party?  We have everything a vintage lover needs for your holiday plans- from hanging on the beach... Continue reading

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Raining on our parade.

June 4, 2011
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Vintage pin-up caught in a storm on her way to the Faire!

June is the month you think of beach parties, back yard BBQ's and putting the top down on your convertible to take a long ride on the backroads, right? Think again. Mother Nature is thinking of something else this month by sending a thunderstorm right on our antique show weekend. Raining on our parade is not a very nice thing to do, leaving all our vintage loving shoppers like this lovely lass, out in the cold! Management at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire doesn't like to cancel shows due to stormy weather, especially in the summertime! Luckily, we have a new Rain Rollover Policy so that means, you get to shop the show every month and sellers can... Continue reading

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Vintage Fashion Faire Recap: Looks to Die For at the O’ Club

June 1, 2011
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Trappings of Time booth

It was vintage heaven at the Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire, held for the first time at the O’ Club on Saturday April 16, 2011. Last Fall’s strong early buy was beat this spring by the determined shoppers at 10AM, when the buying frenzy began. The flow continued steadily throughout the day, filling up the show parking lot. Show Producer Sandra Michaan reported that most dealers were selling a wide range of merchandise and there was a a buzz of wonder throughout the day, as enthusiastic shoppers wandered from room to room snapping up vintage scores, buying bags full of quality merchandise. One happy customer e-mailed show management: “I really... Continue reading

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A nice day for a white wedding.

April 30, 2011
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Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco

The birth of the Alameda Point Antiques Faire was around the time of Princess Diana's passing. I remember this clearly because there was so much memorabilia at the time. Since our show has a 20 year or older rule for items, no new merchandise is permitted to be sold so the commemorative Beanie Baby of Princess Diana was not allowed. Everything referring to her was selling at a record prices, from china to jewelry. Now, the Charles & Diana wedding collectibles are allowed at our show. Time flies... If you attended the spring Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire held at the O' Club, you must have noticed that there were beautiful vintage bridal gowns... Continue reading

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