Come shop at the Vintage Bazaar



Retromat will be selling at the Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm in Salisbury MA on Saturday Sept 20th and Sunday the 21st.

Come visit Rosie the camper and see what goodies we have to offer. There are housewares, barware, super picnic stuff, mens and ladies hats, cute bags, bowling shoes,vintage typewriters, great jewelry…  And of course, super cute vintage clothing!  That is JUST Retromat alone!

The whole fair has something to offer everyone. There are activities for kids, tons of good food PLUS a vintage motorcycle show on Sunday.  Seriously, this is a cool day out.

For more information and for ticket sales just visit their website:

Come out and shop!  It will be a blast…

Oh hey, feel like a pop quiz?

Hi readers!

Readers?  Hellooooo?


Oh, right. I suppose I have been gone rather a long time and I did promise to come back at the start of the summer. Well, I can’t say much other than I’ve been caught up in moving back from Hungary and getting a second dog and you know, just, uh, not blogging for no good reason at all. The thing is, I rather like writing it when I make the effort. So, I refreshed the look, and I’ll do my best from this point on. Enough said! Let’s get to the quiz!

I had an idea earlier today and I am not sure if it is gonna work well or be a total flop.  But, I was thinking that there are quite a few stars who were not only famous for their acting, but were known for their hair.  Right?  I think I am right… right?

So for today’s quiz I am going to show you photos of famous hair! That sounds sort of creepy.

Anyway you are going to tell me who the hair belongs to. :)  Easy, right?

I thought it would be really simple, but then I tried a few test pics on an innocent bystander and it is apparently really hard.  We shall see.

So, remember, don’t scroll down and look at anyone else’s answers if you want to make a guess. Try not to use google image search like a big ol’ cheater because, come on, this quiz is not important enough for that.

Guess in the comments section.  If no one gets it, I will give you some hints tomorrow.  Here we go!  (Wow, are these creepy?  I think the hair without the faces looks sort of creepy.)



Hair # 1



Hair #2



Hair #3



Hair #4



Hair #5



Hair #6


Ok, well, get to guessing and in the meantime, I have dresses to photograph!

Good luck :)

And we’re off…to Budapest!

Budapest - Szechenyi baths in winter.  Yes, I am heading to Hungary for a few months.   While over there I am really hoping to discover some awesome treasures to return home with.

I would like to say that there will be some updates from lovely Budapest, but I doubt I’ll find the time for blogging and will be spending more time exploring and traveling.

But when we get back, there will be plenty to share!

Happy New Year to everyone and I’ll see you in the summer!

1946 Fashion? What does that even mean?

Here at Retromat we are happy to be one of the many awesome sponsors for the Greater Boston Vintage Society’s upcoming Winter Formal, which promises to be a most elegant shindig.


Here’s the trick, though: Because they’ll be showing It’s a Wonderful Life, which was released in 1946, the organizers are asking all of those in attendance to shoot for that 1946 look. Several lady members of the Society have experienced some qualms about such a specific target. What exactly does 1946 look like in women’s wear?

Normally it’s almost impossible to pin down a vintage look to a single year, but 1946 is actually a great year for them to have chosen. In fact, it’s going to be a piece of cake to dress appropriately. Why? Because that year was a major transitional period in women’s fashion, which means we have a great deal of freedom to dress almost any way we please.

We are heading into an era of post-war prosperity—but we aren’t quite there yet. So while people want things to be new and fun, and there are emerging trends (some of which will last and some of which won’t), there are also plenty of old standards hanging around, partly from nostalgia for the pre-war period, partly from the continuing recovery from the shortages of the war.

What this means for us is that you can be realistic. There were plenty of gals in the mid-late 40s that still went for the more feminine vibe of the late 30s, so you’ll find dresses from designers of the period that still have that classic slightly more frilly feel.  Just look at this 1946 pic of our friend Norma Jean.

Marilyn - Screen Test 1946.

Marilyn – Screen Test 1946.

Very young and fresh. 1946.

Very young and fresh. 1946.

Some designers are working firmly with the mid-40s look that is most identified with this period—clean lines, high waist, wide shoulder, cigarette.

Gene Tierney. My Idol.

Very classic noir feeling 40s


But don’t think your options are limited. After all, with the end of the war there are certainly those women and designers who are charting the future… Dior’s New Look, for instance, is already starting to emerge in ’46 and it was absolutely official by ’47. So, break out a cinched waist and big circle skirt for the Winter Formal. Sure, we might think of them as classically 1950s, but they certainly won’t be out of place here.

Looks sorta 50s, but this is 1946. 1946!

The point is, there’s no reason to go crazy trying to be perfectly authentically 1940s. No, you don’t want to stand out from the crowd with a 60s mini-dress. But you do want to look and feel gorgeous, and this period provides lots of options for looking “right,” even if your outfit is a few years in either direction of the target. Even if you don’t want to buy vintage, you can look for something that is new but has the style lines that invoke the era we are shooting for.  Have fun with it, don’t make it difficult for yourself.  This should bring you joy.  PLUS – many of you are going to want do dance… and so keep your skirt style in mind with that.  No gal is going have fun trying to swing in the thinnest tightest floor length pencil skirt going.

Below, I have gathered images from high end designers, hollywood films and also every day shop adverts as well as a family wedding photo – mostly trying to be diligent about making sure they are from the year 1946.    I did grab a few earlier 40s images for this.  It’s not like we hit 1946 and every woman had to burn her old stuff or throw it away… so anyway, that said – here you are:  CLICK the PIC and you can scroll through the show.