I have been wanting one of these Cowichan styled sweaters for a few years now after being obsessed with the one being worn by Marilyn Monroe in the picture below taken at the beach.
I see listings for these all the time on eBay for $30 and up, usually being advertised as a "Big Lebowski" styled sweater for a Halloween costume. These sweaters have so much more history to them other than being a prop in a movie. Please check out Lisa's blog entry, of My Pretty Baby Cried She Was A Bird, here if you would like to learn more about these sweaters. I am guilty of buying a "fast fashion" version of this sweater at a Forever 21 store this last Christmas as my eBaying luck was just not in my favor for my search of one of these beauties; that is until I went to Hawaii. I came across this "Richman" brand sweater below at a Salvation Army in Kailua, HI for a whopping $7. I was so excited and proud of this find. It fits so comfortably and is now one of my favorite go to sweaters.
I came across this vintage Asian inspired coat. I love to pair these up with a good pair of skinny jeans and heels or simply use as a cover up or coat over a black dress.
Below are my "Aloha Shirt" finds. The blue one in the back is actually an "American Graffiti", the movie, pattern. I love this having come from the central valley and having cruised down McHenry Avenue as portrayed in the film. The middle shirt is a Hilo Hattie brand shirt which I bought for $3. Most of the shirts at the actual Hilo Hattie store sold for $20 or more so this was a good find. The black top was purchased at Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts store located in Waikiki. This store is a must visit if you are on the prowl for that perfect true vintage aloha shirt.
Below is my purchase from the store Avanti, located in Waikiki Beach. This store has some of the best vintage Hawaiian reproduction shirts from the 1930's through the 1960's that Dave and I have ever come across. If only they made some Shaheen styled wrap reproduction dresses. The store manager was very friendly and loved Dave and my embrace of the vintage Hawaiian styles. I picked out this awesome aloha cowboy themed shirt. Dave also picked out a shirt (sorry no photo) which he is really happy with. Be sure to check out their website here if you are interested in owning one for yourself. They have a ton of frequent celebrity shoppers such as Bruno Mars.
I found this very cute sparkle cream colored Made in Hong Kong top on our first day of thrift store shopping. This and the next item were the only two vintage clothing pieces I purchased on the trip.
This was sadly my only barkcloth find and it doesn't fit me. I ended up gifting it to my friend Rosalynn who it fits perfectly. I'm happy I was able to find it a good home as Rosalynn loves the dress and she looks killer in it.
I originally purchased a similar "hula" skirt at Hilo Hattie's for what I realized later on was a ridiculous price as I soon found one for almost 80% less at a nearby thrift store. I was quick to return the other one back to Hilo Hattie.
Below are my mug purchases from the trip. The one on the far left is from La Mariana Sailing Club which happens to be one of the last original "Tiki" relic's left on the island. The tiki mug in the middle is from Tikis' Bar and Grill which is located in Waikiki beach. The decor was cool, including some Shag prints and one that I was sure was an actual painting, but it definitely had that "sports bar" feeling which Dave and I are honestly not the biggest fans of. The drinks were yummy regardless. The bamboo styled mug was a thrift store purchase.
These nifty frosted fruit themed glasses were a steal at 50 cents a piece!
I couldn't believe that I came across these two vintage ashtrays from Marine World and Disneyland Hotel in Hawaii of all places. I'm guessing they were from someones collection from a trip to California. These were just 99 cents a piece. (sorry the photo is tiled; I couldn't get it to upload correctly)
I couldn't pass on this handmade clam shell shaped chip n' dip. It was probably this hardest item to pack but knew it had to come home with me.
I love this vintage made in Japan clam with pearl shaped dish as well. I'm not sure what it was specifically intended for (possible ashtray, candy dish, or soap dish) but I plan to use it as a jewelry display dish.
Dave really liked this dish tray holder and insisted we bring it home.
I found it really hard to pass up on the vintage Las Vegas change dish as well.
This NOS souvenir set is the best of them all. I actually already have this tray but I didn't realize they originally came with matching cup coasters!!!
This "carved in Fiji" tiki was a score for 99 cents as well. (seriously we found some awesome stuff for cheap just in the thrift stores alone!)
If you go to Hawaii, and have the intention at some point of purchasing flowers for your hair, don't forget to check out the thrift stores first. These were the beauties I found at a local Savers store in Honolulu.
I love finding vintage Bermuda bags. I also found this at the Kailua Salvation Army store.
This beaded handbag is not vintage but how could you pass up on that native village print! This will certainly be used at Tiki Oasis this year.
I came across some Japanese items at several of the thrift stores as Hawaii is so close to Japan and a lot of their goodies end up on the island; hence this awesome kitty bank.
One of my previous obsessions growing up, as most girls, was Barbie! I used to have a wide selection of barbies, outfits, and accessories including the silver and pink corvettes and three store condo with elevator. Years ago my sister and I sold all of our Barbie toys, with the encouragement of my dad, to three little girls that lived around the corner from us at a yard sale we had for I think just $15 for it all. (sigh.....palm to face). I get so upset when I think about it now as our collection included clothes my mom hand made for her Barbies in the1960's as well as a customized wedding dress my grandma had made me for my Barbie that was a Princess Diana wedding dress knock off. The hoarder inside is screaming "Why the HELL did you get rid of your Barbies!!!". Well the truth was that we saw that the younger girls would take care of them and enjoy playing with them as we had. Anyways, I came across this book of published pictures and descriptions of "Billy Boy's" personal collection. It's quite fun to flip through and spot this things I used to own. (once again sigh......palm to face)
One of my suggestions for when you ever go on a vacation is to wait to purchase any local souvenir items until you have checked to see if a thrift store carries them first. My oven mitt and hot plate holders were found at the local Savers thrift store.
Below is an accumulation of all of my jewelry finds in Oahu, Hawaii. The first two bangles in the row are Bakelite! The second Bakelite bangle and the hula dancer charm were purchased at the Tin Can Mail Man shop located in downtown Honolulu. I recommend this store to anyone seeking the finest of the finest Hawaiiana vintage. Chris, one of the shop owners, was so friendly and we ended up talking "tiki" and about various vintage Hawaii history for more than an hour! The elephant broach was actually purchased here in San Diego a few weeks back.
I purchased this excellent vintage Hawaii themed scarf here in San Diego a week after we returned from our honeymoon in Hawaii.
This beautiful blue sheer dress what purchased here in San Diego. I've tried it on with a white and black slip dress but it just doesn't look right. Any other suggestions on how to wear it?
My last find for the past two months is this awesome vintage Los Angeles souvenir plate. I see these plates for other places all the time but this was my first time coming across a Los Angeles Hollywood themed one. All it's missing is Disneyland!
Till' Next Time,