She’s the Bees Knees!

Today I met with Pam Scrima of Parkerhawn Vintage, and let me tell you, what a bundle of creativity, excitement, and inspiration rolled up in one cool package!

Not only does Pam own the charming vintage store, housed on the 2nd floor of the treasure-filled Hadley and Harriet boutique-house, but she’s also the brainchild behind all those great fashion film sneak-peeks in Dallas! She’s held preview parties for Valentino the Last Emperor, The September Issue, and next week she’ll be hosting a Coco Before Chanel watch party!

The lovely Pam Scrima inside her store, Parkerhawn Vintage

The lovely Pam Scrima inside her store, Parkerhawn Vintage

Hadley and Harriet on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas

Hadley and Harriet on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas

Vintage treasures inside Parkerhawn.

Vintage treasures inside Parkerhawn.

Check out Parkerhawn’s website for movie details, vintage items, and some great tips on how to turn your vintage treasure hunt into a successful venture. I especially love Pam’s Five Rules that turn secondhand shopping into an art:

1. “Shop like a buyer.”

Pam’s top tip? “Buy off-season.” Think ahead to what you’ll need or want 3-6 months down the road and you’re in serious bargain territory. Think coats in the summer, beachwear in the fall,

2. “Go for classic fabrics and seasonless pieces.”

Pam recommends The One Hundred by Nina Garcia as a guide to must-have wardrobe essentials. Choose these items in silk, cashmere and animal prints for year-round wear.

3. “Befriend a great dry cleaner and an alteration specialist.”

You must have a go-to guy or girl who can take a dress in, hem a pant leg or otherwise alter your latest vintage find. If you’re not sure where to go, Pam recommends asking a personal shopper at a department store for a referral.

4. “Know thyself.”

“I look at the trends,” our expert states. “But I don’t have to follow them.” Pam believes in embracing your body type and shopping for styles that compliment your curves. Further, she says knowing your measurements is vital, and that a tape measure is a key part of any shopping kit. Many vintage stores don’t have fitting areas, and this trick will help you determine if a piece is a keeper. Don’t trust tags, as vintage sizes will vary.

5. Vintage “red flags”

First of all, perspiration stains are a deal-breaker. According to Pam, “They’re never coming out!” Second, never buy too small. Going up a size or two is okay, but too small can rarely be tailored to fit. Finally, our expert warns us against shrunken wool. Pam says none of the wives’ tales about restoring these items are true – and you can definitely take her word for it.

Written by: Lisa Petty; Copyright NBC Local Media; First Published: Sep 10, 2009 6:22 AM CDT

And for maximum vintage wearability, always remember to mix your fabulous vintage pieces with of-the-moment styles to make your look retro, unique and fresh.

WhoWhatWear.com has a fantastic and informative video that illustrates this idea perfectly:

More How-To vintage tips on WhoWhatWear.com

More How-To vintage tips on WhoWhatWear.com

Happy treasure hunting!

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3 Responses to “She’s the Bees Knees!”

  1. Emily Says:

    I love love LOVE this post. You ok for me to reference it in my blog and send people to check it out? Love the tips for vintage fashion buying!! Lush! Also, definitely check out Coco Avant Chanel – it is beautiful!! I have pre-ordered my DVD!! xx

    • FineLineStyle Says:

      Yes, I would love for you to reference! Thanks for your kind words! I’m going to check your blog too….I’m just getting started and would love to have some blogs to link as well… I’m going to see Coco Before Chanel on Friday! Yayy! XOpm

  2. Emily Says:

    Thank you for your comment on my site! I will add you to my blogroll for sure! And will email you when I write a post including your blog… If you let me know your address! Ta! xx (PS enjoy the film! Her outfits are awesome!)

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