Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Shop Update: Black, White, Pink, Grey and Red

1930s French beaded silk purse

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays!! I'm very slowly coming out of Christmas hibernation mode to get some new listings up in the shop. I took out my needle and thread this afternoon to tackle Elly Maggy Vintage's ever-growing mending pile and prepared lots of fresh pieces to be photographed. I'm looking forward to sharing them very soon! 

In the meantime, I hope you like this latest update, featuring a collection of 30s, 40s and 70s gems. As usual, click on the links to shop the Etsy listings...

1940s pale bink beaded sweater by Bronte knitwear
1930s two tone crepe dress with bias cut skirt

Monday, 19 December 2016

Winter inspiration

It's very nearly the shortest day of the year here in the U.K. and the early sunsets mean I'm just about ready to fall asleep at 4 o'clock! With the long nights, there's been less time for outdoors-walking and more time for armchair-festering... But I've been trying to put the long evenings to good use by researching the history behind forthcoming shop items and tweaking a new online Elly Maggy Vintage project... More news on that in the New Year!

I've also been spending more time over on Pinterest, browsing pretty pins and putting together this winter-themed ideas board. I hope these vintage images cheer up your December evening!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Vintage cocktails + a mid-century home bar collection

1950s atomic shot glasses set

It has been a while since I've listed anything in the homewares section of the shop but I just couldn't resist adding these super sweet mid-century drinkware sets... Bought together, they make a pretty cool instant home bar collection!

1950s gold grapevine tumblers
 I love the gold frosted grapevine tumblers and quirky atomic shot glasses... but the star of the show has to be the cocktail recipe coasters!

Mid-century cocktail recipe coasters
 As always, you can click on the captions to shop the collection on Etsy. And, in case you're itching to re-create some mid-century mixed drinks, I wanted to share the full recipes with you here on the blog:

Brandy Toddy
1 and a 1/2 oz brandy
1 teaspoonful granulated sugar
hot water to taste

Rob Roy (Scotch Manhattan)
2/3 Scotch
1/3 vermouth
3 dashes of angostura

Singapore Sling
1-oz dry gin
3/4" cherry brandy
1/2" dash lemon juice
3 dashes of angostura
teaspoonful of granulated sugar

White Lady
2/3 dry gin
1/3 cointreau
lemon juice

Tom Collins
dry gin
juice of half a lemon
soda water and ice
powdered sugar

Dry Martini
2/3 dry gin
1/3 dry vermouth
twist of lemon peel

I'm definitely intrigued by the Rob Roy! Manhattans have to be my all-time favourite mid-century cocktail... I like mine served with a cherry and plenty of orange peel. If you give any of these mixes a try, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Shop vacation!

 Just stopping by to let you know that Elly Maggy Vintage is having a wee autumn vacation... The Etsy shop will be back on 1st November with some sweet new pieces, including pretty 40s knitwear and some super special 1920s - 1930s dresses.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Birthday Sale!

Elly Maggy Vintage is 4 years old tomorrow! Celebrate with 25% OFF everything in-store Friday 23rd September through Sunday 25th September! Thanks so much for following the shop these past four years!!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Shop Update: Separates and Sequins

1970s unworn wrap skirt made from hand-printed cotton from Pakistan
1960s button down peasant blouse from Dorothy Perkins
80s does 50s high-waisted tapered cotton pants
1930s sequined purse
...And a very pretty dress! I hope you enjoy these latest additions to the shop. It's quite a random mix of simple and special-occasion pieces... But that's how I like it best when choosing for the shop! As always, click on the links for full details and photos on Etsy.

I'll be back here on Friday, sharing news of a special weekend offer so be sure to check back then!
1950s primrose print rayon shirt dress with tiered skirt

Saturday, 16 July 2016


Just stopping by to let you know I'm running a little sale of non-vintage clothing and accessories over on instagram. There are a few pieces already up (like these Italian sandals) and I'll be adding more in the coming days. All items are in very good to excellent / unworn condition. Go and take a little look! There are bargains to be had!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Shop Update: Two Dresses and Grey Skies

1930s embroidered sheer maxi dress with lace trim collar and puff sleeves
 There have been grey skies over the U.K. these past few weeks, both literally and metaphorically. Politically, it's been a distractingly turbulent time and, weather-wise, it's been pretty much completely clouded over for most of the end of June / start of July. With gloomy skies overhead, it's been trickier than I'd hoped to post new listings in the shop... Still, I managed to find a short burst of sun last week and took photos of these two dresses, both now available on Etsy. I'm waiting for the (meteorological) clouds to lift (...the others look like they'll take much longer) and then I'll be back outside with my camera... I've got some really nice 1930s pieces that I'm excited to share and then I'll be off on the hunt for new vintage gems.

1950s striped cotton wiggle dress with button collar

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Summer Sale

The Elly Maggy Vintage summer sale is here... And running through Saturday 9th July! Lots and lots of sweet pieces available... With more items to be listed throughout the week!

**No additional coupon codes can be used during the sale and all purchases will ship on Monday 11th July** 

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Monday, 13 June 2016

Shop Update: 40s Blouses, Maxi Skirts and Gingham Prints

1940s sheer nylon blouse with pointed collar

It's hard to believe how warm the weather was last week, when I hopped out into the yard to take shop photos. It's back to grey skies and long sleeves today! 

1980s gingham skirt with lace-up back and button detailing
1960s gingham sun dress with ruffle hem and patch pockets

1980s Cottage Garden cotton floral skirt
With a full afternoon of sun shining overhead, it felt good to start catching up on listings...taking plenty of breaks for iced drinks along the way! There are still a few more pieces to post from this shoot so I'll be back to share those later in the week. And then I'll be hoping for more sunshine... There are some really special dresses that need photographing!

80s does 40s leaf print cotton blouse
1940s crepe blouse with Art Deco style print

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Shop Update: White, Black and Peach

*SOLD* 1940s embroidered cotton blouse by Olivieras Embroideries
 I'm a wee bit delayed posting the shop's most recent update... These pieces all hit the store over the past week or so... and one has already found a new home! But better late than never, I hope!

Looking ahead, there's going to be a small shipping delay in the shop in the coming week but then I'll be listing lots of new pieces spanning the '30s to the '80s. There'll be some great abstract prints, pretty florals and... not one but two gold skirt sets!! 

50s / 60s blouse with 3D applique flowers

40s / 50s longline lace bullet bra

1920s pink and green plaid cotton day dress

1930s peach corselette bra by Spencer

1910s / 1920s antique crochet cotton step-in

Monday, 25 April 2016

Shop Update: Florals, Cottons and Denim

1970s hand-printed Indian cotton wrap dress
It's been a while since I posted a shop update but, despite the blog's radio silence, I've been busy filling the Etsy store with lots of fresh items for Spring. The new pieces span the '50s to the '90s and include a nice mix of florals, patterned cotton, denim and two super cute purses. As always, click on the links for full details and more photos.

*SOLD* 1960s novelty print skiiers skirt
1970s wooden necklace
70s straw tote bag
1990s sun dress by Laura Ashley
1960s cotton maxi day dress
50s pale pink blouse with gold-tone buttons
60s / 70s psychedelic floral wrap skirt
80s oversized denim jacket by Orvis
80s does 50s tropical print bustier by Betty Barclay
80s midnight blue leather clutch

Friday, 15 April 2016

M&S Archive

 A little while back, I sold this 90s midi denim skirt to the archive of British retailer, Marks & Spencer (previously known as St Michael and often abbreviated to M&S here in the U.K.). Most of the time, I sell directly to customers so orders to designers, costumers and companies always stand out a little! Fast forward eight months and M&S has just launched a special 'archive' collection with pieces re-designed and re-issued from their back catalogue. There's no denim skirt in the current crop... but the skirt is now featured in their online database and, who knows, maybe it'll be resurrected in the next archive collection?!

I regularly choose M&S pieces for Elly Maggy Vintage... in fact, there are a couple in the shop right now, including the shirt and dress pictured above. Older St Michael garments from the 40s-60s typify British mid-century style with bright, beautiful novelty prints while their more recent pieces are classic, easy-to-wear and frequently very nicely made, even up until the 1990s ...before the company shifted away from the unionised British garment industry to today's 'fast fashion' style of manufacturing. 

The new archive collection made me think how great Etsy is as an archive in itself - a brilliant place for finding the true 'originals' and buying them ethically and often at a snip of current high street prices! So, I've started a little Pinterest board bringing together some favourite pieces from Etsy and elsewhere on the web. Feel free to follow the board... and share links to your favourite vintage St Michael pieces in the comments below. I'd love to see!