Monday, November 21, 2011

Skirts Galore

As I expand my shop I've also been on the hunt for lots of great vintage circle skirts and vintage German Trachten "Dirndl" skirts like the one above. Although I also have some classics for sale like this lipstick red vintage 1980s pencil skirt or this Japanese school girl vintage 1960s wool plaid skirt, most of my finds have definitely been on the sweet and sassy folkloric side. Here's a peek at some of the highlights.

Vintage German Folk Pencil Skirt with Lederhosen-like Embroidery, a Linen Blend

Gorgeous Royal Purple Handmade Vintage Circle Skirt with Blue Batik Trim, Will Fit Most

Gorgeous Vintage German Trachten Skirt with a Lovely Sheen in Teal Plaid with Adorable Faux Pearl Trim

Festive Vintage German Folk Trachten Dirndl Skirt in Dark Red with Black and Gold Stripes and an Ingenious Waist System that Makes it Wearable for Any Size

Happy vintage shopping!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A New Look For Curious Knopf

As of last Monday I'm renting a small basement room so I can expand my vintage clothing shop (and also better store items from my photography shop.) I've been running the shop out of my apartment but our place is not that big and we have literally no storage space (why have they never heard of closets in Berlin?!?!) so for over a year vintage clothing has been literally coming out of our ears....

The room is a ten minute walk from my apartment and part of a juggling school/shop so I've already seen lots of amazing circus acts when I've been working there. The light was a big problem though and hanging the gray backdrop in just the right way was also a big challenge. A few days ago I started to despair when I thought I was going to have to shell out big bucks for studio equipment and those are big bucks I definitely don't have.

But then I found some great information on how to set up a photo studio on a budget from things you find at the hardware store (if you can read German, check out the article here.) I need to do a little bit of tweaking (still need to build that styrofoam tower to reduce the shadows...) but I think they turned out ok. And it all cost me way less than a 100 Euros which is even better. I'm going to be expanding Curious Knopf a whole heck of a lot in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Friends Sometimes Do Have Benefits

As a special promotion to all of my Facebook fans, I'm offering free shipping on all vintage clothing until the end October. To participate is easy. Just click here, become a fan and then go to my shop and choose out what you like. Let me know in the notes to seller box that you are taking part in the Facebook promotion and I will refund you the shipping price over PayPal. If you want to buy later or just feel like saying hi, then become my fan anyway. I'm often offering special deals through Facebook and that way you'll be the first to know.

xoxo Rebeccah

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Seeing Double

For a month or so I've been posting a lot of new vintage clothing finds in my shop with a double image. Unfortunately I've noticed the pieces have gotten very low views, I'm assuming because most searches on etsy are done with a thumbnail version which means they would be very hard to see. Still, I do think they look cool. Here's some of my favorites, soon to be changed to improve my views! :(

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Classic Vintage

Although a lot of what I carry in my shop is vintage folk and boho clothing, I'm as much a sucker for a gorgeous mid century wiggle dress or art deco gown as the next Linkvintage loving gal. When I find a great piece, I certainly try to get my hands on it. Here are some of the gems I came across recently.

Vintage 1940s Ivory Wedding Dress (or Evening Gown)

Vintage 1950s Cobalt Blue Wiggle Dress with Matching Cropped Jacket, Handmade

Vintage Early 1960s Autumn Weave Dress

Vintage 1950s Floral Dress with Full Pleated Skirt

xoxo Rebeccah :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dirndl Madness

In the next coming weeks I'll be adding tons of new dirndls and trachten to my shop. Here's a preview of what is and what is yet to come.

As always, all the trachten (i.e. Bavarian and Austrian folk clothing) I'm carrying is high-quality and totally modern. These pieces are great for any woman who loves the sweet and sassy look of alpine folk clothing regardless of how far she may live from the alps! To see more, please click here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Plus Size Folk Vintage

Although I'm as much a sucker for vintage 1940s dresses like the gorgeous one pictured above (and carry them in my shop when I find them), I definitely have started to specialize.

I find so many amazing German folk and boho pieces, Landhaus dirndls and otherwise, and I've most definitely fallen under their spell. Although I carry the style in many sizes, like this fabulous folk skirt with embroidered waist, size small/extra small,....

...what I always have a lot of are larger and plus size pieces like this gorgeous linen Landhaus style dirndl dress, a US size 18 (though it can be worn by smaller sizes due to the corseted back)

This fabulous boho beauty, a US 14 to 16

And this beautiful Trachten full skirt, also a US 14 to 16

Happy vintage shopping all your fabulous curvy ladies!

Friday, September 9, 2011

How Do You Say Bread Crumbs In Romanian?

Before I found these vintage 1940s art deco kitchen canisters I had no idea how to say bread crumbs in Romanian, let alone caraway seed.

Then again, I guess I shouldn't feel bad considering the person I bought them from said they had "no idea" what the language could be. It seems funny that a person wouldn't think to do a google search as I did (and found it was Romanian within ten seconds.) Then again, maybe they just didn't care. Good thing these beauties will go to more loving hands.

I'm selling them in my vintage shop piece by piece here. Happy vintage living!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Thing About Dirndls

Anyway who has taken a peek at my shop knows I have a thing for dirndls. Although the ones listed there are, of course, for sale, I did give in to temptations and keep Linkseveral for myself. Why dirndls? Here are my reasons.

Dirndls are for so much than just Oktoberfest. Actually, when I see one worn in full apron Bavarian glory I almost get offended. ;) They are both sweet and sassy, both innocently girly and super sexy. They fit well. If you have a boyish figure they make you look more curvy. If you have a curvy figure, they hide the spots that are maybe just a little bit too curvy.

They are also made of such beautiful materials. Soft cotton, raw silk, linen. The bodice is always lined often with a funky retro cloth or a brilliantly white cotton. And the pewter buttons are oh-so-cute for sure.

In fact, the only complaint I have about dirndls is the little "gap" that so many of them have underneath the bodice. If worn with an apron, you would never notice, but worn without the gap needs to be either pinned or sewn shut as it will flap open. But why is it even there in the first place? My theory: easy access. You can't get sassier than that!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Save 60% in my shop through Heartsy

My shop will be on heartsy for the next couple of days. If you don't know what heartsy is, it's a platform where you can buy vouchers for store credit an various online shops. My voucher costs $22 and will give you $55 in credit. You can use it to buy any of the fabulous vintage European clothing and dirndls I sell as well as my handmade jewelry. There are also special perks if you get a friend to buy, so spread the word!

The vouchers are also valid for 3 months, so if you'd like to buy one now and shop later that's also no problem. But you better act fast. The offer is only for a few days and only 100 vouchers are available, so once they're gone, they're gone. To take a closer look, click here: Curious Knopf on Heartsy

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

So it’s been exactly a year since I first opened my shop, though not since I’ve been selling.

I had a shop called Schaufenster before this one where I sold a little bit of vintage and a little bit of art and a little bit jewelry. That shop branched off in Curious Knopf, Schaufensterbabe and Augenblick Photo.

But then again, even this shop has changed a lot since I first opened it. Originally I intended to sell vintage buttons, hence the name Curious Knopf, Knopf being the German word for button.

I’ve gone from selling vintage clothing to vintage clothing and housewares to vintage clothing and jewelry.

I like where I am now, focusing mainly on vintage Trachten and other folkloric clothing as well as my own handmade jewelry.

To celebrate I’m offering 15% off of everything storewide until the end of March. Just apply the coupon code oneyearetsy at the time of purchase and the discount will come off automatically. Xoxo :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Baubles for Babes

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. My shop has undergone a bit of a over-haul because I’ve decided to specialize more in vintage trachten clothing like sweet and sassy dirndls, as well as other folkloric clothing. The pieces I choose are always very wearable and won’t give anyone that costume-y feel. Nothing can make you feel more like a woman that a curve-hugging dirndl. What other clothing can make you into a sex bomb and a sweet innocent girl all in one stroke? But I digress. The main reason for this post is to introduce you to my ever-expanding jewelry section. So here goes:

1. Vintage Photo Jewelry

These pieces are made from high quality copies of vintage photographs out of my own collection. I have only a handful of styles right now, but will be adding a lot more soon. To take a closer look, click here.

2. Berlin Cemetery Series

I’ve always been a sucker for a “vintage” weathered graveyard. Luckily, there are two fabulous ones within walking distance of my apartment filled with rusted wrought iron fences, crumbling angels, dilapidated art deco crypts, the works. They inspired this new series of jewelry made from polymer faux clay marble I used to make an imprint of the beautiful engravings there. To take a closer look, click here.

3. Bakelite and Celluloid Jewelry

This is my “oldest” jewelry section featuring pieces made with vintage goodies like celluloid gumball charms and Bakelite. Each piece is entirely one of a kind. To take a closer look, click here.

4. Natural History Series

Minimalist series featuring pieces inspired by my frequent jaunts in the Naturkunde Museum here in Berlin. To take a closer look, click here.

5. Lace Imprint Series

Modern style meets vintage inspired. I make these simple, geometric jewelry designs out of hand-mixed polymer clay which I then imprint with vintage lace. To take a closer look please click here.

Viva la Vintage AND handmade!!