With nearly 100 vendors proffering jewelry, shoes, clothing, and handbags from 125 years of fashion history, the Vintage Fashion Expo is a magpie’s dream. Glitzy brooches and shiny Bakelite bracelets gleam beside sumptuous velvets, laces, and furs. Founded in the late 1980s in Oakland, the expo now has five shows per year in California—two in San Francisco and three in Santa Monica.
I attended the March 17-18 expo at the Concourse Exhibition Center on 8th St. Clothing purveyors from across the country displayed their wares, including San Francisco’s La Rosa Vintage and Decades of Fashion and Oakland’s Soiree Vintage. Since many of the dresses, skirts, and tops, and nearly all of the shoes were too small for me (I have another post in the works about vintage sizing), I kept my eye out for unique jewelry and accessories. Susan Lemmon of Oakland’s Juniper Tree Vintage Dress Shop repurposes vintage beads into collars, earrings, and hair clips. She gave me a great deal on the pair:
The next vintage showcase is May 5-6 at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, and then the expo returns to San Francisco September 22-23.