I was thinking perhaps some of you wonder: why does she sell vintage clothes out of a cupcake shop? And you would be right to ask, because it’s not really typical. The answer is simpler than you’d think. I have a history with Tracy: a family history. And after almost a lifetime of our paths not crossing, I recognized her at a networking meeting back when I had a homestaging company. We chatted a bit and awhile later, when I had decided to let my business have a long nap, she hired me to work in her new store in White Rock, my home town. It was a great time! Selling and serving cupcakes on the beach every day, occasional deliveries, a little business development. I remember that time in my life with a happy heart. Eventually it was time to part ways, and I got a fundraising position at a local non-profit. With all my adventures though, I have always come back to Tracycakes: to work, to visit, to patronize. I really feel attached to it, and suspect I always will!
So when I asked Tracy one day last Spring if she wanted to have a vintage section in her new cafe and she said yes, I was beyond excited! Since then, I have been stocking and re-stocking lovely vintage wares in the Murrayville, Langley Tracycakes. I love creating the vintage tableau right in the front window, and love even more when someone decides to buy a treasure and make it theirs. I always wonder how, where and when my customers will wear the dress, coat, hat or jewelry they bought. It’s the thing about vintage: it has lived before us and will live on after, re-created by the next person. Amazing, isn’t it?
This week at Tracycakes:
I love these earings on the left! They’re so sparkly, almost royal. The middle pinwheel brooch is delightfully chipped, and perfect for a casual coat or sweater. The art deco bowtie brooch on the right is quite a find! Very Great Gatsby.
This dress is a real 60s frock: the boxy cut, the front bow…so iconic!
Another brooch: this one is perfectly ladylike, I picture it on a princess coat or pink mohair cardigan.
This black frock (sorry about the picture, I was in a hurry!) is perfect for dinner, a meeting, a date…the shape is wonderful, and the texture is so fun!
A butterfly pin: because it’s pretty.