My visit to a real ghost town!

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Bodie, California is a truly amazing place.

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In the 1880’s this town was booming! Once gold was discovered in 1859 by Waterman S. Body, word spread and people came to settle and strike it rich. By 1879 the population had climbed from about 20 to 10,000!

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The Standard Mine yielded nearly $15 million over 25 years. However, once the mine closed in 1941, residents  moved on to greener pastures.

For unexplained reasons, most of the buildings remain completely furnished with the belongings of their previous residents. It is as if everyone just walked away. It is haunting, but also quite beautiful.

inside of the general store, still stocked with goods!

a peek inside of the general store, still stocked with goods!

wow!

wow!

the pool hall

the pool hall

Herby had a good time too!

Herby had a good time too! (although she has the classic Boxer “sad face”)

Bodie is now a California State Historic Park and remains untouched. Nothing may be touched or removed from the park. Even the smallest pieces of old glass and rusted tin cans remain in the dirt from generations past. All of the photos I took of interiors were taken through old window panes, as entrance to the buildings is prohibited.

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an amazing discovery inside of the old bank building!

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the lay of the land

‘ the lay of the land

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I highly suggest a visit to Bodie. It was such a great adventure! The natural landscape is truly breathtaking and the town itself is amazing.

I really loved the casual nature of the park as well. Once you pay to enter ($7) you’re basically on your own. There are no guides or paths. You are free to wander and explore as you wish.

Hope you all are out there enjoying the summer and having adventures of your own!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Western dirndl & red tooled leather!

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Hello again friends,

I’ve got an outfit post for you today, featuring a few things made by me and some other great vintage goodies.

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This is the third dirndl skirt that I’ve made using the instructions in Gertie’s book & I’m sure I’ll make more! They are so easy to make and comfortable to wear. I highly recommend giving it a try, if you haven’t already.

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I found this great western print cotton at my local fabric store and knew it had to be mine! I think it works perfect for this style of skirt.

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The blouse is an old standard of mine that I found in a little antique shop in Florida. I just love these cotton button-up blouses, I wear them with everything!

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The shoes (oh, the shoes!!) are red tooled leather wedges that I picked up on my last visit to Los Angeles and I ADORE them! I’ve dreamt of these very wedges for years now, so I am really loving them.

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The finishing touches to this outfit are:

tooled leather belt (thrifted in Nevada)

1930’s (?) burgundy sunglasses (thrifted)

hair scarf (my grandma’s)

wooden earrings with carved horses (vintage)

cactus felt pin (made by me)

burgundy tooled leather handbag (vintage shop in Arizona)

or

vintage basket purse (birthday gift from Mom)

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It was a challenge keeping Herby (my adorable boxer) out of these photos, so I had to let her get in on a few at the end!

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xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Alameda Antique Faire finds

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Today Derek & I spent many hours at the monthly Alameda Antique Faire and these are the treasures we brought home.

 

-boxer figurine (we’re starting a collection of these because we have a real boxer, Herby, and think they’re the cutest dogs!)

-little porcelain hula girl (how cute is she?!)

-tiny panther (too good to pass up!)

-variety of paintbrushes & pounce wheel for our sign shop

-can of “white lead” (another signpainting collectible)

-1920’s Murphy oak chair (a steal for $12! Plus we have a matching one already!)

 xoxo,

tina

vintage lovin’ gal