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« on: March 17, 2011 03:59:41 PM »

So I wanted to try and do a old style pin up shoot. Just at home for fun and was wondering if anyone had any tips or anything for what to wear or where I can find old vintage for a decent price? Also if anyone knows where I can find a good tutorial on how to do my hair that would be awesome.
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2011 07:35:47 AM »

Have a peek at the tutorial posts:


I think the green swirly tank top is a good start:


This is my fave pencil skirt tute (some day, I WILL make this!):


And lastly, the dragon dress is very retro:



Off Craftster, there's BurdaStyle, which has a few free patterns that could suit your needs:



PHEW! Don't forget to have a peek at the techniques section:



As for finding vintage clothing, try your local thrift stores! I know it's very hit and miss. The trick is persistence! In my current tiny town, I've found some amazing stuff at our Salvation Army store. Right now, I pay peanuts for my clothing because our Sally Ann has bag-day(s) at the beginning of each month to move the old stock. It's $5 for a kitchen-catcher sized bag of any clothing except coats. Even on non-bag-days, the prices are great, like $1 for tees, $2 for sweaters, $2 for shoes, and so on. Prices vary depending on the location. I've noticed larger cities will have more expensive Sally Anns.

In larger cities there is inevitably a Value Village (aka Savers). Although they are corporate with a "donation agreement" with various charities local to each given storefront, people tend to know about it and not the other smaller, non-profit thrift stores, and thus donate all their goods to it. I wait for half-off days when I live in a city that has one, and make sure to line up at least 15 mins before opening. Otherwise, they may not let you in at first (there's a fire-safety limit to how many people can be in the store).

If I were you, I'd ask around and find tucked-away little gems like Paws and Claws, the main money-maker for an animal rescue service in my home town. It's in a tiny little store-front that doesn't look like much, but the prices are rock-bottom so that they can move lots of stock quickly, and through the miracle of economy, can have that much more money for the dogs they kennel, feed, and find forever-homes for (though they occasionally have cats, bunnies, even ratties). Thankfully, while living in another city, a friend of mine pointed out a place called the Jarett Value Centre that I probably would never have noticed. Yet another tiny non-profit community-service type store, great prices, sale days to move stock, etc.

« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2011 03:06:54 PM »

Wow thanks for all the information. I dont know if this site has a spot for it but if it is allowed I may post the photos if I find something.
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