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So this store is amazing, especially since you have to reallyreallyreallyreally dig to find stuff. But you will. Sometimes you are met with dissapointments, such as when you stumble over a vintage transportable record player in it's case along with a whole bunch of singles and it has a tag on it saying: sold. Also the beautiful art déco lamp near the window: not for sale. But then you turn a corner and there are gems of your vintage bargain hunting career. For the first time ever I have found shellac records with something else on them than Swiss or German folk music. (Shellac predated vinyl and has two major disadvantages to it: one, it easily breaks, so handle them with care and don't ever drop them, two, they require 75 rpm so there is a lot of turning and starting over involved in playing these.) One of them is by Hazel Scott and whoever first owned it actually cut out picture from the newspaper and glued it on, how adorable is that?

There were also some old photographs which I collect. I was very proud of myself this time, because I managed to guess right from which decade they were, just by the clothes and hairstyles. (They had the dates written on the back.) I am getting quite good at that.

I like the vintage suit the woman wears in this one, I am guessing it is more late 40s (the picture is dated 1953) though, anyone disagreeing? I normally don't like assymetrical clothes that much, but the cut of this jacket I adore! Also the guy's suit on the left? I want one like that! And I the fact that the guy in the middle has his tie tucked into his pants made me smile :)

I also got these little things, by far the most expensive things in the bunch... I have always wanted a cut-throat razor, because you know, who doesn't. I found this on youtube and find it strangely appealing... don't ask me why. The little tin box originally held plasters and I am considering making it my little mobile first aid kit. Not sure yet, in any case it was too cute and I had to buy it. The brooch I adore and it is real silver too, I don't have that much 'real' jewelry. I just checked the web and the '800' on the back means an 80% silver content. Bargain!

I also got some things for my sewing, these fringe trims were marked down to 1 CHF per metre and will make excellent flapper dresses for my dolls! The vintage army badges I don't know what to do with yet, but I should make myself a fake boy scout shirt. I am embarrassed to admit I don't have one yet...

I also got some buttons which I have already cut from the cards and put in my button jars.... There were some small yellow flower buttons that I thought were cute, but only after I cut them from the card I realized what a gem they were. At the back you could see that they were actually shell! I have NEVER seen dyed mother-of-pearl buttons in my life before, so this made me very happy.

Sadly I can't find the store online, not even an adress, but if you live in Berne just walk down Rathausgasse and you will see it about halfway down on the left-hand side. The owners are very sweet, we had a long chat about crafting, thrifting and the economy and they even offered me a cup of coffee, which I sadly had to decline for some prior engagement I already had.
Laureen Zanotti - 13. May, 12:40

How fascinatingly awkward (-or sad?) that personal pictures land in thrift shops. My grandmother used to show me all her old pictures, and I used to like the idea of people getting all dressed up for the occasion. I would have guessed that the photo was taken in the late thirties...

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