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.