Vintage Shopping Trip to Richmond
It was worth the drive!
For two months, we planned vintage shopping trip to Richmond. Folks opted in and then opted out, but when the time arrived, we had 6 couples. Logistics were a problem, because Richmond is two hours from DC and we had a "window" of shopping opportunities from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Although this appears to be eight hours of shopping, those of you who were with us at Shrewsbury and Lancaster will attest to the fact that this is really hardly any time at all! (You may visit my Vintage Page for a discussion of Richmond in greater detail)
In priority order, we wanted to visit Bygones and Halcyon. We wanted to start at Bygones because it is right off the Powhite Freeway, just off I-95; also, we wanted to pick up the famous Bygones Vintage Calendar, a must for all who cherish the 1940s (the calendar is ostensibly for 1947 --- the dates will be the same as 2003).
In order to hit Bygones at 10:00 am, we had to leave on a Saturday Morning by 8:00 am, after revelry at CCB the night before. To make things worse, it was raining cats and dogs. All of your who aspire to collect vintage must expect Sacrifice. Nothing good comes easy, and nobody got a Ricky Ricardo jacket sitting on his (her) duff...
The PT Cruiser is GREAT in the rain
Of all things, we were actually EARLY! Better yet, the entire group arrived almost simultaneously. We even had to wait a tad under a friendly umbrella.
Waiting for Bygones to Open
We'd like to welcome some newcomers to our Vintage Safaris:
Sue and Gary
Catherine and David
Promptly at 10:00, we got an enthusiastic reception from Mamie, the owner of Bygones. We managed to keep her and her assistants hopping for at least two hours, trying on just about everything in the store. We had a wonderful time. Here's the group photo:
At Bygones; Note the Calendars!
After this, we walked a block up the street to Luxor and spent about 40 minutes rooting around. Once again, we found some very nice stuff. Here are Ellen and Marc trying out the "lift-worthy-ness" of a pair of vintage tailcoats:
Checking out the "Tails"
Then it was time for lunch. We adjourned to the New York Deli... Update from 2008: The New York deli has gone downhill. We suggest that you eat at Can-Can a spectacular Brasserie that has the most marvelous food and the longest zinc bar in the USA
A Brief Hiatus in 2004
Authentic Decorations At Can-Can (click to enlarge)
Read the Story of Mother Angot
After lunch, we made a seven block excursion to Halcyon known for BOTH extensive selection AND Winston, owner Constance Carroll's wonderful pet Scotty. Today, we were very surprised to find that Constance has added a second pet -- a thoroughly endearing Schnauzer named Olive. (Winston's legion of fans will be disappointed to learn that the venerable hound passed away in 2007 at the ripe old age of 19...)
Sue, Frank and Olive
David, Gary, Frank, and Olive
An updated picture of Olive from 2008
In addition to playing with the dogs, we actually bought some clothes
We received excellent service and lots of help from Constance. Here's a group photo:
The Group at Halcyon
There seemed to be a wonderful array of hats that expressed the personalities of our lady shoppers:
Just the thing for Crowded Dance Floors at CCB
There were certainly a whole lot of fantastic outfits available. I "think" that you will be seeing all of these in the near future!
Beverly and Catherine
It wasn't all just the ladies. There were plenty of vintage clothes in big mens' sizes!
Gary Caley and the Cab Calloway Tails
Marc Shepanek in Irridescent Sharkskin
David Seng, Wall Street Plutocrat
Frank demonstrates the Hat Protector
This Interesting Label was Inside the Fedora
We had a wonderful time in Richmond and thanks to the owners and staff of Bygones, Luxor, and Halcyon for putting up with us!
Our very deep gratitude to Dr. Ronnie Weinstein Chiropractor to the Lindy Trade for taking and processing all these photos!!.
If you want to retrace our steps to Richmond, here are the details:
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