Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Coat

I filled my basket half heartedly at the flea market, thinking I would never find enough to completely spend the gift certificate my mother-in-law had given me for Christmas. Yes, there are such things as gift certificates for flea markets! As I got deeper into "Those Were the Days" in Warrensburg, MO , the treasures got better, but now I was running out of time before I had to rush home to pick up Rebecca from pre-school.

And then I saw it.
[insert angel chorus and bright light here].
The Coat.
In a booth with not much else of interest, I found it. I had to to stretch to reach The Coat on its hook, but fearlessly ignoring the things that might topple in the process, I stretched and grabbed. Hands trembling, I gently took the coat off its hanger and tried it on. Like a glove, it fit! Then. I knew. I must have it!
And time was running out.
I quickly retraced my steps, putting away the mediocre items I had filled my marketing basket with, as now I had The Prize and the rest was all seconds in comparison.

At the counter I asked if the dealer would take less. A quick phone call and yes! I got my price! And the gift certificate covered it!
The "sheared mink" was mine! Soft, clean smelling fur, untouched by moth balls or musty damp. Someone had taken very good care of The Coat. Now I was the new Keeper of the Treasure!

The Coat has gorgeous vintage details like the exquisite silky covered button and closure.

Suspenders in the shoulders so you can wear the coat as a shrug and not risk the luxurious fur slipping off onto the ground.

The sleeves' linings are gathered at the wrist to ward off cold blasts of wind.

And when you wear a fabulous fur, you have to have fur cuffed gloves.
These are faux from Target, 5 years ago.
The St. Bernard pictured above is our dog Lucy.
She is an optional accessory.


Patti said...

what a fabulous find!! I'm envious (not really), glad you'll be warm - and stylish - in this cold weather!

Lorrie said...

You've discovered a wonderful way to keep warm - and look glamorous at the same time!

ooglebloops said...

Gorgeous coat -fabulous find- you accessorize well - I LOVE Lucy!!!!!!

femminismo said...

Very nice! I never knew about the suspenders inside these coats! So that's how Joan Crawford and the other stars pulled that "shrug" thing off. And, I'm sorry, but I would have to say no to the optional accessory. Just would cost too much in upkeep (food).

Marlynn said...

You are just the "fashionista" that we will all have to strive to reach but it will be impossible. Tim Gunn move over. Thank you so much for sharing this post, sharing the photo - I LOVE it! Now I can see where all my money goes - yes, I know you said it was a gift certificate. .. . but I know it was all my money spent over at Ruby Floy! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! hugs, (hmmm word was pesseed - not going there!LOL)

Linda said...

The coat is the find of the year! What about the hat? You didn't mention the hat!!!!!!!!

La Dolce Vita said...

a true thrift fashionista!!!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Love the angel chorus AND of your THE coat with darling you in it AND your trusty furry friend! Great pics of the lining too. You won't want winter to ever end!

Jeanie said...

Look at that detail! They don't make 'em like that anymore. Or I can't afford them if they do! Great score!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Natalie ~
You write such entertaining posts! I can just see you at the flea market lol. Just love you girlie (and your new coat too!)

daysease said...

So glad you found something that made your day!! I know that feeling... Enjoy the blessing of your coat, and stay warm!! :-)


I love it! They sure don't make them like that any more!

Dianne said...

I felt like I was there! Beautiful coat. I didn't know about gift certificates to flea markets...what a great idea!