DANBURY, CONN. — A pleasing and colorful selection of merchandise was offered by a variety of “vintage” dealers from throughout the tri-state area at Vivien Cord’s Eighth Vintage Clothing and Accessories, Textiles and Jewelry Show and Sale over the weekend of April 6–7. The two-day show, presented at the Police Athletic League building, featured approximately 20 dealers displaying merchandise that ranged from Nineteenth Century hoop dresses to colorful Pucci evening attire.
Setting up at the entrance to the show, Back in Time Antiques, Mahopac, N.Y., immediately captured the attention of shoppers with a nice early plaid dress with cinched waist and puffy sleeves from the mid-1800s that was displayed on a mannequin. A plain white cotton young lady’s dress of the same era was displayed next to it, as was a child-sized mannequin outfitted with a boy’s leather bomber jacket and matching hat that the dealer believed was from the 1930s. The plaid dress sold as soon as the doors to the show opened to the public; the bomber jacket went out a few minutes later.
An attractive set of red plaid luggage from the late 1950s, complete with travel decals, was at Redinger’s, Litchfield, Conn., where a couple of nice leather satchels were also displayed. Purses on display ranged from early needlepoint and beaded examples to a collectible Dooney & Bourke bag.
Pat Frazer, Vintage Couture Jewelry, Easton, Conn., was busy with customers throughout the day, with Chanel, Renoir, Matisse and other vintage designer jewelry proving popular. Bakelite was also selling well at Art From The Attic, Arlington, Mass., where sales included bracelets and a butterscotch-colored watch/bangle. Snappy shoes and French fashions were displayed at Incognito, Somerville, N.J., along with a good selection of midcentury jewelry.
The next show for Cord will be the Ridgefield (Conn.) Antiques Market scheduled for May 4. For additional information, 914-273-4667 or www.cordshows.com.