The HipSisters of Va.


Making Vintage Vogue Again..


This venture began after a conversation with one of my best friends about how much we enjoyed finding unique vintage items and re-purposing them into something current and perhaps vogue again.

 

I hope that some of the ideas you find here inspire you to embrace the past and get creative by doing re-purposed DIY projects - that turn something old into something new.  Why should we recycle when we can re-purpose instead?


We are southern gals, with southern charm! Our projects and inspiration come from growing up in Virginia.  We consider ourselves fortunate to live in a historically diverse state to draw inspiration from.  It could come from the many historic battlegrounds, southern manor homes, historical graveyards and museums.  You could say that we are literally surrounded by the past. 

 

We are also so lucky to have access to the beach and the Blue Ridge Mountains; where country charm is rustic, family oriented and back to basics.  Everywhere you turn in Virginia you will see beautiful quaint barns, horse farms and rolling pastures. For those who like to travel down roads long since forgotten, you could discover an abandoned old country school house, or a town that is frozen in the past with dust covered shop windows. All in all, we have a rich tapestry to draw from. 


We never know where our next inspiration will come from!


So, my simple rules to making Vintage Vogue Again...


Re-purpose, Reuse, Re-imagine                           

I have had conversations with those that don't understand my strange addiction to old pieces.  My lovely husband simply sees worn, dusty, tarnished "old" things as junk or trash.  I see them as something real, that still has life, just needing some TLC or a simple repair.  I recently re-discovered a quote, from a childhood book, "The Velveteen Rabbit", which I believe in a way explains my what my heart can't speak, my dream or desire.  It is not so much the love of vintage things, but to me the sentiment behind those things. Simply put - someone cherished/loved the item when it was new. 

 

Now, it may be appear worn out around the edges, rubbed of its luster- it may not appear as beautiful and polished as it once was but, that shows its life and the journey it has been on.  It is not junk nor ugly to someone who appreciates the life it once lived and the possibilities of an astonishing transformation into something real and cherished again.

 “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” — The Velveteen Rabbit - M.Williams
 

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