weekend sale circuit: sept. 13-14

rankfile + hello vintageFor days I’ve been thinking up ways to best break my blogging hiatus, and then last night it hit me. Why don’t I tell you about a couple super-sweet secondhand shopping events, happening this very weekend? Sounds good, right? Right!

Rank & File x Hello Vintage Pop-up Shop: Aw man, where to start? I guess with Libby and Katie, the talented women behind these businesses and this can’t-miss event. These girls are picking pros, each with their own strain of impeccable taste, keen eye for design and a selective inventory that runs deeps. Usually one has to trek to the Mall of St. Paul in order to peruse their collective stash of fairly priced ’60s-’80s-era housewares, artwork, handmade goods and textiles, but this weekend, they’ve hauled it all to Minneapolis so they can pop up next to Bull Run’s original location. How convenient is that? Catch them there tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. And tune into their Instas—@rankandfile and @hellovintagemn—for sneak peeks of what’s up for grabs. (So much good stuff, I can already hear my wallet weeping.)

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The Most Glorious Garage Sale: My friend and business partner Rae and I have lots in common, including a shared tendency to hoard inordinate amounts of vintage in our basements. Fortunately for all of us, she’ll be setting tons of it out to sell at her rummage sale tomorrow, starting at 8 a.m., including loads of clothes, shoes, small furniture, tasteful modern and vintage home decor, accessories, housewares, linens, crafts supplies and other bargain-priced miscellany you’ll definitely want to buy. Go early and bring cash! 

Wishing you wonderful, thrifting-filled weekends dearies!



how to: make crepe paper bunting

It seems like before any of our Mighty Swell sales, Rae and I are always finishing something up at the 11th hour. Take, for example, this bunting, which Rae whipped up out of leftover crepe paper that was lying around from our sneak peek photo shoot. I’m pretty sure our first customers were walking through the door while Rae was finishing up hanging it! Since we raked in a ton of compliments on it over the course of the weekend, I thought I’d have Rae share the how-to so you can make your own. It’d be a cute addition to any shower, birthday party or backyard barbecue, right?

“What do you do with a lot of extra crepe paper from a photo backdrop? Make a bunting to hang in the windows, of course. This simple decor came together in a snap, and the crepe paper looks lovely when light shines through it.”—Rae


Rolls of crepe paper in several complementary colors—we ordered ours through Papermart.
Yarn (we used white)
A stapler and staples
A pair of scissors


1. Cut a 2-foot long piece of paper off of the roll and fold it in half length-wise. Cut down the fold, so now you have two pieces. Fold both of the pieces in half and lay them on top of each other. Now cut those pieces into 3-inch strips. Since I wasn’t measuring (and was in a hurry) my pieces were quite irregular, but I think this added to the charm of the bunting! Repeat with remaining colors so you have piles of strips in every color.

2. Grab your yarn and stapler and start making magic! Cut a piece of yarn the length you want your bunting to be. Slip a strip over the yarn and staple just under the yarn (this way your buntings can be moved and spaced out. If you want them fixed, staple your folded-over strip right onto the yarn.). Repeat with alternating colors and voila—you’re done!

Many thanks to Rae for walking us through it step-by-easy-step!



P.S. Yesterday was a happy day for Karissah, winner of the Girls Got Rhythm fest ticket giveaway. There’s still time to get your tickets online; a limited number will be available at the door tonight and tomorrow.

how to: DIY frame collage wall

Rae and I are up to our elbows in all kinds of crafty goodness this week, making pretty stuff for Mighty Swell’s storefront windows. Gathering ideas and inspiration for our displays and then seeing them to fruition (while sticking to a bare bones budget!) is one of our favorite things about owning our own shop. So, I figured I’d start sharing some of our favorite projects and DIYs with y’all here on the blog! Sound good? Cool. Without further ado, here’s Rae on how to make a collage wall with thrifted frames and wrapping paper.

This DIY project served as the background for Mighty Swell’s spring sneak peeks as well as pretty décor behind our checkout table. We got so many compliments and inquiries about them (and even a few offers to buy them off the walls), Meghan asked me to write up a little how-to. I’ve been collecting vintage wrapping papers since who knows when… YEARS. I’ve wrapped many a gift in them, but I still have a lot leftover. This project was the perfect way to use up some remnants and display some of my favorites patterns. Like most of the DIYs we undertake at the store, this project is multi-purpose, affordable, easy to accomplish in a short amount of time and when it’s all said and done, super cute!



Miscellaneous frames in different sizes. I like to gather as many different shapes, styles and textures of frames as I can. These were all thrifted for 50 cents to $3.00! Think about where your finished pieces will live after you’re done so you can choose frame sizes accordingly.

Spray paint in your favorite color. Ours just happens to be YELLOW!

A variety of vintage wrapping papers. (Vintage fabric would be cute too!)

Hanging hardware, glazier points, needle nose pliers, hammer and nails.

Spare cardboard (optional)


1. Prep your frames. Carefully remove all artwork, glass and paper backing, leaving just the naked frames. Hold onto glass, cardboard, mat boards and backing boards as you will use these in the assembly proccess. You may find it necessary to remove nails, staples and other things that are holding the glass in the frames…This is where the pliers comes into play.

2. Spray paint! Make sure to do this outside of possible or in a well-ventilated area. Lay down plenty of old newspaper or a drop cloth. Give your can of paint a good shaking, and be sure to get sides and inside of frames while you’re spraying. Pro tip: It’s always tempting to spray on one thick coat and call it a day—resist this urge! Several lighter coats of spray paint will yield a MUCH better final product with fewer unsightly drips and uneven patches. Let the paint dry completely before moving onto step three.

3. When your frames are totally dry, start playing with the layout and configuration of your frames. This will help you decide which paper goes into which frame and will result in a perfect collage wall. When you find a layout you like, snap a pic so you can remember what goes where before you start hammering nails into the wall.

4. Assemble! This is where those materials you saved in step one will come in handy. To cut your wrapping paper  down to size, trace the backing board that came out of the frames. This will ensure a perfect fit! If there is no backing board, you can trace the glass (very carefully) onto a piece of cardboard and use that. When you have your paper cut, use a glue stick or spray adhesive to mount the paper to the backing boards. This step is crucial in preventing bubbles and other unsightly blemishes in your artwork. Finally, place your new wrapping paper covered boards into the frames and secure. If you removed the securing parts of the frame, you can use glazier points to hold them in. Refer to your pic of the layout you liked and start hanging!

Ta-da! You’re done! Now you have a lovely wall collage to call your own!!


Hey all!

This afternoon, my pal Mary tipped me off that a shoot by Serah Star, featuring a sweet piece of vintage borrowed from yours truly, was online. The entire spread is so lovely, you must check it out.

The piece of lingerie I lent is sooooooo super pretty! It’s the perfect shade of mint green and it’s in fantastic shape, considering that it’s probably around 60 years old.

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Photography, Serah Star
Fashion Styling & Creative Direction, Hollie Mae Schultz
Hair & Makeup, Kate Erickson
Styling Assistant, AJ Lund
Model, Lindsey, Ignite Models

Thanks so much to Hollie Mae and AJ for paying me a visit and finding some pretty things to play with. Local stylists, take note: Rae and I and all our vintage are here for you!

I’m off to enjoy some pasta & red wine. Nighty night!






high plains sneak peeks

Rae, sweetie that she is, put together a sneak peek shoot for a bunch of merchandise that’s up for grabs at the next Mighty Swell sale. Many thanks to Jamie Otto and Emily Tetens for rocking the crap out of these clothes.

Vintage gold beaded tunic top, $28. Perf for the holidays!

Silky blue secretary dress with neck tie & gold buttons , $26. Lovin’ the cuffs on this little dress, too.

Satin and plaid dress, $25. Warm and comfortable for holiday parties, with a super flattering cut.

Just one of the maaaany ’50s/’60s coats we’ll have for sale. I’m in love with the fur detailing on this one, and the muted mocha color.

One-shouldered razzle-dazzle dress, $28. Sequins rule…that is all.

Classic brown & white gingham shirt dress, $24. Got to love the nice tailoring on this, and how wearable it is practically year-round.

For even more sneak peeks, click here.

Nighty night…





introducing…mighty swell!

Hi y’all!

It’s my great happiness to introduce you, dear readers, to Mighty Swell, an affordable vintage shopping event, popping up at Umber Studios on October 2 & 3.

Here’s the story: Girl blogger and thrift-store shopping addict starts an Etsy shop. Girl is busy. Like, super busy. Time-consuming shop up-keep quickly gets relegated to back-burner. Girl’s soon up to her ears in adorable vintage and starts to freak out. First girl blogger meets another girl blogger and Etsy seller with similar stresses. The vintage-loving duo team up and a pop-up shopping event, unlike any other in the Twin Cities, is born. A mighty swell idea in their eyes!

Gah, what else to say?!! I couldn’t be more excited about this event! Rae and I are working hard to make Mighty Swell the kind of shopping event we’d want to go to. What would we like to see there? (Wearable vintage from the ’50s to the ’90s!) What price points would we like to see? (Sensible ones!)  What kind of atmosphere? (Unstuffy &  fun!) I’ll be blogging about the planning process as this month progresses…hopefully you won’t mind the occasional update. : )

If you’re in the Twin Cities area, here are all the details you need to know.

When: Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, 12-5 p.m.

Where: Umber Studios, 3109 East 42nd Street, Minneapolis

We’re on Facebook & Twitter too!

I would love to see all your pretty faces there!