Our favorite vintage book is now at Roulette!

31 03 2010

Last year, I was wandering the aisles of a cute little bookshop and came upon The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping by Melody Fortier.  After I read it, I then passed it on to Rebecca.  We both love this book and think its the best vintage guide that we’ve read. I am very happy to share that we are now selling this book at Roulette.

Not only does The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping help you decide what vintage is, it also has a great decades guide with bits of fashion history.  My favorite section of the book deals with fabrics.  Not only how to determine what fabric your dress is made of  but Melody Fortier also provides a chart for care and cleaning.  So cool and so useful!

If you love vintage and want to know more about your favorite clothes and future finds, come in and get one of these little books.  It also makes a great gift for a friend who loves vintage.



cleaning vintage cotton (pre-1950’s cotton)

18 08 2007

A lot of vintage cotton needs a little TLC cleaning/stain removing, but how do you regularly care for the vintage cotton pieces you own?

Rebecca and I recommend dry cleaning anything from before 1950. But be very careful about taking your vintage to a dry cleaners, as the chemicals they use can damage vintage fabric. If you do choose to take it somewhere, please ask them if they dry clean vintage before giving them your treasured pieces.

We use Dryell, it’s a gentle, low cost way to keep your vintage fresh and laundered. I like to air out the clothing in my laundry room for at least a day after I dryell. The Dryell smell can be strong at first.

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