My Vintage Weekend – Part 2

Andy Warhol tomato soup cans
Andy Warhol tomato soup cans

Yesterday I wrote about the vintage sewing patterns I got last Saturday at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland (“My Vintage Weekend”). The following day I went to the Alameda Flea Market (officially called the Alameda Point Antiques Faire), which takes place on the first Sunday of every month in Alameda, just a couple miles from downtown Oakland. So here are a couple highlights from the Sunday of my vintage weekend.

This monthly event is enormous. It could take you an hour or more to walk to the vendors in the very back, and that’s if you don’t really stop and browse. There are literally hundreds of booths. Items are supposed to be at least 20 years old but there is plenty of newer stuff there as well.

Parking is free but there is an admission fee to get in. Rates vary according to the time you arrive: $15 from 6 am to 7:30 am; $10 from 7:30-9 am; $5 from 9 am to 3 pm, free after 3. Kids under 15 years old are free.

I wandered around with designer, jewelry maker, and consultant Kat McEachern. We’re both members of the Makeshift Society,  and she kindly offered to drive. She picked me up at 7 am and by the time we parked and purchased our entrance tickets it was 7:30.

It was pretty chilly that morning because it was rather cloudy.

The soup cans and the lovely hat are the photos I took before my phone ran out of power. Using photo apps drained it. Next time I’ll bring my digital camera!

There were many folks selling vintage clothes and hats – prices varied greatly – from $250 frocks from the 1950s to $30 hats from the 1940s.

We also spotted people selling blankets and quilts as well as a variety of collectibles and furniture (mirrors and coffee tables and chairs).

We saw people selling crystals and fascinating looking fossils. Kat bought some crystals and other items to make into jewelry.

The last two photos are a couple of the things I bought. I have a ton of hats so I’m always on the lookout for hat boxes. So when I spied this one, I just had to get it. The next time I go, I’ll spend more time among the clothes and hats. I was very tempted to get a hat but I have so many I decided I would hold off this time around and just focus on a hat box.

I saw the fabric below at the same booth that was selling the Andy Warhol soup cans. I really liked it so I bought it.

Do you go to flea markets? Do you have a game plan before you go or do you just browse and make spontaneous purchases? Did you find any great deals?

Vintage hat trimmed with ostrich feathers
Vintage hat trimmed with ostrich feathers

















Black vintage hat with dramatic feathers
Black vintage hat with dramatic feathers

















More vintage hats!
More vintage hats!

















Cowboy boots!
Cowboy boots!

















Hand stitching detail on a vintage quilt
Hand stitching detail on a vintage quilt

















Vintage hat box with a mirror and inside pocket. I got it for $15.
Vintage hat box with a mirror and inside pocket. I got it for $15.

















Home dec fabric
Home dec fabric I got for $5. Tote bag!



My Vintage Weekend

Last weekend was my vintage weekend. On Saturday I stopped by the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, which was having a sale of vintage clothes, shoes, and other accessories. This place  occasionally gets vintage goods from its estate services.  The next day I went to the Alameda Flea Market a.k.a. the Alameda Point Antiques Faire (its official name), where hundreds of vendors convene on the first Sunday of the month, selling a huge array of vintage (and not so vintage), upcycled, and funky items, everything from furniture and toys to clothes and jewelry. I’ll write about that fun experience tomorrow.

The Depot is a nonprofit organization loaded with donated art and craft supplies, vintage goods, fabric, furniture, and more, which it sells. Its mission is “to divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services.”

I looked at the clothes at the Depot but they were either too small or the styles weren’t what I was interested in. But I was thrilled to find some vintage patterns for $1 each. I spent many minutes looking through two small boxes of patterns from the 1950s and 1960s.

Here’s what I bought. All the patterns included the original instructions but I haven’t checked yet to see if any pattern pieces are missing. They patterns are for bust size 30, 32 or 34, smaller than my 36 but I’m hoping it won’t be too difficult to grade up. I’ve only graded up one size when I made a dress from a vintage Vogue pattern.

I might start with the blouse below (Vogue 9961). I’ve been assured by Melizza (@mujerboricua) via Twitter, that it’s “totally doable.” She had a vintage pattern that she graded up from a size 40 bust to 44. She told me that she used the book Fit for Real People as a guide and she kindly offered to lend it to me if I’m ever in the Peninsula.

This Vogue 7034  dress pattern is size 14, which back then, as you can see, meant a 32 bust and a 35 hip. No vanity sizing back then!

1950 Vogue dress pattern
Vogue 7034 dress pattern from 1950




















Vogue 1955 coat pattern
Vogue 1544 coat pattern from 1955 (apologies for blurry image!). One of the recommended fabrics is “wool hopsacking,” a loosely woven wool.




















Vogue 1960 blouse pattern
Vogue 9961 blouse pattern from 1960. For this pattern, a size 12 meant a 32 bust, 25 waist, and a 34 hip. This top has a waistband.





















Vogue 5380 dresses - no copyright date listed
Vogue 5380 dresses – no copyright date listed



Vogue 6419 dress (no date but looks very '60s)
Vogue 6419 dress (no date but looks very ’60s)























Vogue 7282 dress pattern (no copyright date, 1960s)
This Vogue 7282 dress pattern says “new sizing” on the front. Here a size 12 was 34 bust, 25 1/2 waist and 36 hip. No copyright date but looks ’60s 


Vogue dress pattern 5968, 1960s (no date)
Vogue dress pattern 5968. I like the buttons on this dress.


I love vintage patterns of the 1950s and ’60s. I’ve also bought some Vogue reissued dress patterns from the 1950s. Have you made any clothes from vintage patterns? Did you have to grade the pattern? How did it turn out?