Holiday Shipping Schedule @ Shuushuu by Lulu

I usually put this schedule on the Announcements page of the shop but I wanted to put a comprehensive, hopefully easy to understand guide for the shipping schedule by Canada Post for holiday buying in 2012.

This guide will be a good indicator for when, how long and for us procrastinators, the absolutely last day you can get something shipped to make it in time.

 

 

 

 

 

Canada to Canada:

Light Packet: December 12

Regular Parcel: December 10

XpressPost: December 19

Priority Post: December 21

Canada to USA:

Small Packet by Surface: December 6

Small Packet by Air: December 8

Light Packet: December 11

Xpresspost: December 14

Priority Post: December 20

Canada to Everywhere Else: * Some Countries take longer such as Japan, Thailand, Africa, South America, Middle East*

Small Packet by Surface: October 30

Small Packet by Air: November 29

Light Packet: December 2

Xpresspost: December 3

Priority Post: December 14

These suggested times do not include weekends or holidays. This is also a preliminary guide because Canada Post has not released their official guide yet for 2012. And I wanted to give customers a way to plan their holiday shopping. So maybe this year I may be different and start early…maybe!

A few Gift Ideas for that Special Girl:

Courreges Necklace and bracelet Set in Silver and Gold Tone, Interlocking, interchangeable Chunky links!! Click on photo to go to Shop!

Oneda Vintage Cream and Navy Blue Enamel Flower Brooch. Click on photo to go to Shop!

Nina Ricci Vintage Clip On Earrings in Gold Tone and Banana Cream Enamel. Click on Photo to go to Shop!

I did not forget the guys, Some gift ideas for those most Excellent men will follow in another post!

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I hope you found this informative…Till Next Time!!!!

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Vintage Fall Fashion Preview @ Shuushuu by Lulu

I enjoyed putting these photo montages together. I think next time I am going to try actual collages of inspiring patterns, textures, etc. to combine with the vintage fashion images…we’ll see what happens next time. but for now this is for today!

Fall Preview for Women I

Coro Ice Blue Rhinestone Earrings

Coro Circular Wave Brooch

John Hort Lucite handle Patent Leather Handbag

Anne Klein Autumn Stripe Blouse

Harve Bernard Gray Wool Trousers

Fall Preview for Women II

Army Green Military style Blazer from Escada

Anne Klein Black Wool Pleated Skirt

Nina Ricci Banana Cream Gold Stripe Earrings

Kate Spade Animal Print Pony hair Shoes

Champagne 1970s Bow Tie Bodysuit

Monet Filigree Gold Tone Flower Brooch

Fall Preview for Men I

Croydon Khaki Green Trench Coat

Swank Mother of Pearl Gold tone Cuff Links

Burberry Crisp White Cotton French Cuffed Shirt

Valentino Black and Gold Relief Pattern Silk Necktie

Lorry Green and Black Wool Knitted Cardigan

Yah or Nah on my attempt at Photo Montage?

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I hope that you have enjoyed this post…Till Next Time!!!

Guidelines for Buying @ Shuushuu by Lulu

Since I will be closing out book sales at Shuushuu by Lulu at the end of September of this year, I am posting this comprehensive guide on how I grade my books and other vintage stock. This guide can be used for the many other items that will still be available such as, clothing, accessories, jewelry, ect. This terminology can be found throughout the Internet when buying vintage books. It is very common language, so I have incorporated it for the use of anything and everything. Then you do not have to learn multiple guides and charts.

When I first began collecting books, buying them online, I learned a thing or two about descriptions and lack of descriptions. If you are unsure of anything you want to know about an item and need clarification, always ask questions. Almost everyone I have dealt with will provide an answer, including myself. If you need more pictures, be specific about what areas you would like photographed, and I will provide them. There was an occasion where a vendor could not provide answers to my questions and it was not mentioned in the description, I did not buy from them. I think it is important to provide information as part of customer service.

Rating System:

Mint: Describes a book in pristine condition but is old, aged even used. The term is used as part of a wider scale to gauge how beat-up an object is and thus how valuable it may be to a collector. In many cases, only “perfect” condition—used to denote objects still in their original packaging—is ranked higher.

Excellent-Like New describes a book that is in immaculate, crisp condition with a perfect dust jacket. I generally use this term only to describe new books (and, frankly, some new books are no longer in As New condition by the time they get shipped out) or to describe books so pristine that the spine hasn’t even been cracked. I basically don’t believe this term can be used to describe a book older than 15 years because the very feel of the book will tell you it’s old, even if it’s in perfect condition and no one has ever opened it. I rarely use this term to describe the vintage books available in my store because of their age.

F. Fine describes a book that approaches being As New, without the crispness. There can be no visible defects, and the book is clean and bright, and the dust jacket has no rips or stains. All minor defects are noted in the descriptions.

VG. Very Good describes a book that is clean and bright but which may show subtle signs of its age, such as very minor knicks or scratches. The book edges may be bumped from storage or it may small defects but the book would still look clean, crisp and tightly bound overall. All defects are noted in the descriptions.

G. Good describes an average used book that shows some wear but whose interior is clean. They may have Inscriptions, Ink marks, Tears on the dust jacket or inner pages. All defects are noted in the descriptions.

P. Poor describes a book that has all its pages intact but which was obviously well loved and well read in its past life. I sometimes refer to books in this condition as Reading Copies.

XL. Ex-Library (Ex-Lib, XLib) describes a book that once belonged to a public or institutional library (and has been deaccessioned). Usually these books show some markings on the title and copyright page, as well as the endpapers. I spend time cleaning up ex-library books to remove the worst of these sins: rear pockets, stickers, dirty dust jacket covers, dirty plastic covers (sometimes just doing that makes a world of difference), etc. Sometimes I will state that X-lib books contain “usual markings”, it means it will have stickers, stamps, etc. All ex-library books are so noted, along with a condition grade. There is no such thing as an ex-library book in As New condition, but many are Very Good, and sometimes the dust jackets (in new plastic protectors) are beautiful.

The above terminology is the same I use to describe the variety of vintage items available in Shuushuu by Lulu. I do not use the term Poor because I try very hard not to acquire anything that is in Poor condition, if I end up with anything from an estate sale or allotment which is poor, I usually end up donating it to a local charitable organization or putting it in the garbage.

Measuring System:

I am always thinking of ways to improve the shopping experience for my customers or soon-to-be customers. It is always difficult to buy on the Internet because you cannot feel it or try it on for size. The worse thing is to open you wonderful package of the one thing you have been waiting a week or two for, and it looks just like it did in the picture. You are excited and decide to quickly try it on and Huh oh… it doesn’t fit. This guide is here to hopefully alleviate some of that frustration. It is a guide specifically for Shuushuu by Lulu, because it is the measurements I take and post for my available listings.

Clothing comes in standard sizing, although the human body does not! I list the size of all clothing if the size is still attached to the label of the item listed. But I also give measurements of typical areas of the body, in order to keep you informed and to provide a guide for buying within my shop.  This guide is for both men and women!

Women:

Measuring Chart for Women includes description of Skirt and Dress length

Bust: The measurement is taken under the arm, across the chest.

Waist: the measurement is taken at the narrowest part of the top. It is generally located between your rib cage and belly button.

Hips: The measurement is taken at the fullest part of your hips and buttocks, usually located 7 to 9 inches below your natural waist.

Length: I usually take the length measurement from either the Neck or the Shoulder, perpendicular to the floor and to the end hemline on the garment.

Shoulders: The measurement is taken from the outer edge of one shoulder to the outer edge of the other. Keep the tape parallel to the floor.

Men:

Measurement Chart for Men’s Clothing

Neck: this measurement is taken around the neck, directly over the Adam’s apple.

Chest: the measurement is taken across the chest over the nipples.

Sleeve: the measurement is taken from the underarm seam to the cuff hemline.

Waist: the measurement is taken around the body at the natural indentation of the waistline, over the belly button.

Hips: the measurement is taken at the fullest part of the seat.

Inseam: the measurement is taken from the inner crotch to the top of the foot.

Width: I use this measurement for the narrowest part of a garment if it is a straight cut. E.I: a Shift, Vest, Tube dress or top, etc.

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Cole of California Swim Wear-It’s Getting Hot!!!

A sexy post for a hot summer day! It’s 33oC outside and with the humidity rising, it’s getting hotter, and sweatier. Cole of California is an American swim wear company that produces fabulous swim suits for both in and out of the water. Their suits are sexy, functional and may produce strange tan lines.

The Company started out of a knitwear company called West Coast Manchester Knitting Mills by founder Fred Cole back in 1923. Fred Cole was an actor, at the time the family business was making long knit underwear. Fred was not interested in these boring, functional, utilitarian garments. He wanted glamour, the kind he had a taste of in Hollywood. He found Margit Felligi, who was a Costume Designer. And from 1936 to 1972, she designed some of the most creative, provocative and innovative bathing suits during her reign. She was known for her creative use of Latex, Nylon and Spandex. And in 1965 she rocked the swimsuit world with her “Scandal Suit,” a daring one-piece suit with a plunging net front.

Cole of California The Scandal Suit Designed by Margit Felligi in 1965

The Company signed Esther Williams to represent the company, 1950: and in 1951 (before she had her own line) Esther Williams was the spokeswoman for Cole swimsuits. One ad read:

“Here’s the perfect suit for real swimmers… the best I’ve ever worn. It will really do something for your form – in or out of the water.”

Cole of California Produced swim wear for Dior in 1955. They launched the Anne Cole collection in 1982, she is Fred Cole’s daughter. She also introduced the Tankini in 1997. The company is still producing swimwear, with their sister company, Anne Cole, and is designed by Anne.

I pulled some advertisements from Vogue magazines to show a progression of vintage swimwear from a highly collectible name as Cole of California. They are all sexy and cool including the slogan, “Never in the history of Mankind, has so little done so much for so many.”

White Two Piece Swim Suit in Vogue July 1944

                             Black 1 piece Swimsuit Vogue April 1973

 

Cole of California Beach- Leisure Cover Up Vogue Sept 1973-Model looks like Cheryl Tiegs

Cole of California Plunging Neckline Swim Suit- Vogue Nov 1973

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1975

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1976- This suit looks like a second Skin!!!!

Black Micro Polka Dot One Piece Swim Suit in Vogue June 1977

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1977- Love the print on this Swim Suit!!!!

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1981- Great texture and it’s white Ooo La La!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed this post! Till Next Time! Check out my store for other great Swimsuits and for a limited time I have a sale on, look in store announcements for details!!Lulu

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Who’s been spotted in Vintage?

Well if you haven’t heard of Florence Welch from the Florence and the Machine and her song the Dog Days are Over, then you will be glad to hear she adores wearing vintage.

I knew from the moment I heard her; I liked her. Then I found out she wears vintage as a major part of her wardrobe. She is heavily criticized for her choices and combinations in the media as well. I think as a person, she is free to express herself any way she wants. There are far too many critics out there anyway.

She certainly has given a boost to Vintage clothing over the past few years. I found this image of her in a forties style, loose flowing dress in a pretty pastel pink.

 

Florence Welch in a Vintage 1940s Style Dress

She has been spotted on the beach when on vacation in her variety of 2 piece vintage bathing suits (you can find these photos elsewhere on the internet).

I hope to bring more photos like this found in various sources in the future and feature a similar item from a fellow Etsy Seller!!!!

This dress is from Gay Retro located in the UK:

 

Vintage 1940s Dress from Gay Retro on Etsy

Just click on the image to buy this Dress!!!

I hope you enjoyed this short but sweet Blog post…Till Next Time!!!!!!!

MONET Vintage Jewelry Collecting

My first pair of Monet earrings I collected were a petite pair of silver tone clip ons with black round glass stones surrounded by little marquisettes. They had the signature earring clasp on the back that looked like someone stuck their thumb down and attached it to a hinge. They were also signed on the back in a script. I thought they were the cutest pair of earrings. Alas they are now in someone else’s care and safekeeping.

Monet Gold tone Choker Black and Clear Glass Square Cut Rhinestones. Click on Photo to BUY!!!!

I have since these first pair been collecting earrings, brooches and necklaces from the MONET brand. I have been impressed with the quality and how well these costume pieces have aged over time. But that is the trademark of Monet since it’s inception in 1937. The jewelry produced is very durable with lasting quality. Monet was also responsible for several technological advancements in jewelry such as the friction ear clip and the barrel clutch for pierced earrings.

Monet Navy Blue and White Cabochons set in Textured Gold Tone Nautical Design Clip On Earrings. Click on Photo to Buy!!!

Before 1955, Monet Jewelry was characterized by their use of precious metals and their unique designs. However, in 1955, it became easier for people who wanted genuine, vintage jewelry from this manufacturer to differentiate them from imitators of their designs. In that year, genuine jewelry carried the Monet Trademark.

Monet Textured Gold Tone Settings with Black Enamel Pentagon Design Centers in Clip On Earrings. Click on Photo to Buy!!!!

Collector’s who want genuine Monet pieces should know the various companies who have had the rights to create these trademark designs. From 1969 to 1989, General Mills acquired Monocraft Products Company, the company that held rights to Monet the longest. From 1989 to 1994, the jewelry was sold through Crystal Brands Jewelry Group, and from 1994 to 2000, Chase Capital Partners, Lattice Holding. Presently, Liz Claiborne, Inc. produces Monet Jewelry, a right they’ve held since 2000. As of July 26, 2000, Monet Group Inc. was acquired by Liz Claiborne Inc. Monet Group, formerly called Crystal Brands Jewelry group, is a manufacturer costume jewelry. It markets under the Monet, Monet Pearl, Monet Signature, Monet2, Trifari and Marvella brands.

The Monet jewelry made today still maintains its high quality and quantity of production. It is still able to change styles and designs capable of meeting the competitive market of today in costume jewelry.

Since I also collect vintage Vogue magazines, I found some advertisements for Monet jewelry and have posted them from three different decades, here:

Monet Vogue September 1968

Monet Vogue May 1976

Monet Pearls- Vogue November 1984. I believe the model is Paulina Porzikova.

Resources:

http://www.ehow.com/about_5052474_monet-jewelry.html

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=31692

http://www.jacksonjewels.com/Reference/Jewelry_Companies_M-O.htm

http://www.collectiblejewels.com/monet.html

I hope you enjoyed this post, Till Next Time!!!!

GAF View-Master Projector and Reels

I am a collector! You may know this if you have read my About Me page in my shop Shuushuu by Lulu or if you have read some of my other blog postings. I am sharing another wonderful imaginative item from my collection of vintage things!!!!

I own a Gaf View-master projector.

It is not a particularly appealing looking item but what it does is magical. It is a drab khaki color. It was made by Sawyer’s INC in Portland, Oregon in the USA. It contains a 30W bulb and feet that adjust up and down.

It makes a white wall come alive with light and color. There is a photo below:

              GAF View-Master Projector and reels

Well a View-master is nothing special without its reels of fantasy. These reels are made with KODACHROME film. And when the light shines through the film and projects the images on the wall and old familiar way of story telling begins. It is both visual and mental stimulation. The words go with the pictures. The reels I prefer to collect are the ones where artists have painstakingly created dioramas of plastercine sets and figures and animated them in still photography. The reels contain about 6 shots of different scenes.

I have a number of these reels, especially the Fairy tales.

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland: there is no date specified on the package. My dog chewed one corner and I nearly had a conniption fit. I also have Little Red Riding Hood, which came in a three set package and included Hansel and Gretel and jack and the Beanstalk. They were issued in 1950.

Goldilocks and the three bears was issued in 1963 and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (this is the ways it is spelled on the package) was issued in 1955.

I have included some stills from the Alice in Wonderland Reels:

After the Elixir – Alice in Wonderland View Master Reel (date unknown)

Tea Party-Alice in Wonderland View Master Reel (date unknown)

The magic of these vintage collectibles is the ideas you can imagine. One example is have an outdoor tea party, setup a screen made of a white sheet stretched across a clothesline and read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with the whole family and even a few friends. You have twinkling lights and cold ginger peach tea on a hot summer evening…definitely magica

Till Next time!!!