Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Brooch Madness: Fall Edition

It's no secret that my favorite vintage accessory is and has been for a while vintage brooches. Long before I even knew there was such a thing as dressing vintage, I was buying any sparkly thing I could pin on that caught my eye at local antique malls. I have previously posted a little about my loving a good, kitschy, vintage brooch, and today I'd like to list some dream-come-true brooches I would buy if I could. I'm really cheap, and we have a tight budget right now, so it has to be a great deal or something I can't possibly live without in order for me to buy it otherwise. But that doesn't mean I can't dream, or that you can't live the dream.

What says fall more than this 1930s brooch? Two cutely ugly owls on a tree branch. I only wish I could justify spending that much on a brooch. You can find this adorable owl brooch here on Etsy.

Here's another,  and nothing says fall more than this acorn brooch, complete with fall hued leaves. Available from this Etsy seller.

And now a 40s brooch to combine the two, and this one is a little cheaper. Check this one out here.

I love that this next one from the 1940s incorporates blue and pink into fall leaves. Get it here.

And what says vintage like
cherries! This gorgeous pin (picture below) from the 1950s has cherries and leaves in fall hues. Oh, be still my heart! Make it yours, here, and I'll live vicariously through you. 

Another 40s/50s brooch with dangling leaf and vivid fall colors could take your neutral outfit and make it scream fall. You'll find it here on Etsy.

So, this fall why not add a little color and seasonal flare to your vintage outfit, just like the glam ladies of the past used to do by adding a cute and kitschy brooch. They look great on sweaters, cardigans, button-up blouses, and dresses.

Hey, and let me know if you get any of these. I would love to see how you style them.

What's your favorite vintage accessory?


  1. Really, really wonderful roundup of charming vintage autumn brooches. I adore these lovely pieces, too, as well as that you're also a fan of dressing with the seasons. I love that each of the four gives us new reasons to dress up and unique accessories (and garments) to include in our wardrobe as one turns into the other.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much for your splendidly sweet comment on yesterday's outfit post, as well as for all the others you've shared with me lately. ♥

    *PSS* That second brooch isn't actually from the 1930s. I don't point it out to correct you, of course, just to let you know that it was mass marketed by Hallmark in the 70s/80s and can be had for a song from numerous sellers on eBay and etsy. Here's the lowest priced listing I was able to find for it on etsy:

  2. Oh, thank you for the correction! I've edited it out. I was taking what the seller had in a description listing. I guess I'm a little naive.
    I too, love dressing for the seasons! I used to read "The Magic School Bus" books as a kid, and I loved Mrs. Frizzle's themed clothing then, so I guess I've always been a little into theme dressing, lol.
    I love novelty prints, too, and my fabric stash is surely proof of that. I'm hard pressed to find solids in there.
    My little girl (who's five), has had her own definite opinions about what to wear since she was two or three, and one of my brother's has said that she dresses how I would if I could.
    Thank you, as always for your kind words. You definitely have a gift for encouragement!

  3. You are so very welcome, honey. I'm not the type to correct people usually, but if money can be saved (and in this case, quite a lot of money, relatively speaking) then I'm more apt to speak up. I appreciate that you didn't mind, and also truly appreciate and am touched by your wonderfully nice words, compliments and blog comments.

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  4. I learned a long time ago, by God's grace, that only a fool despises wisdom and instruction or criticism. I am still a fool about a lot of things, but especially as I teach my own children and give music lessons, I've learned to accept criticism and thank others or it even if it's unfounded, because theycare enough about me to criticize. And money saving, always a plus with me, the queen of cheap.