Hello October

Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! I know Christmas is most people's favorite and I love Christmas too but that's why I love Halloween... it marks the start of the holiday season. The leaves are changing color, the weather starts to cool down (well maybe not in CA) and Starbucks comes out with their PSL :). But my favorite part of the month of October, is decorating for Halloween! I love mixing vintage and new when decorating. Vintage blow molds, paper mache and the die cuts that you hang in your windows just make me happy. I went a little crazy with the outdoor Halloween decorations from Crate and Barrel this year since it was the first Halloween in our new house. I am such a dork but every night I can't wait until it gets dark so I can turn all of my lights on. I may or may not have put up the decorations mid September but no one needs to know that except you and I. My parents always decorated their house to the 'T' for Halloween so thats who I probably get it from. I remember getting excited to come home from school on the first day of October and begging my mom to take the decorations out. Yeah, I guess I've always been crazy!

How do you guys decorate for Halloween? 

I can't wait for you guys to see Elvis' Halloween costume! Last year he was the cutest little bumble bee but I think this year's costume is even better! Just need to bribe him with treats in order to take a photo! Cannot wait to go trick or treating! 

Blow molds including hanging one: Vintage

Paper Mache Cat and Pumpkin: Vintage 

Wreath: Crate and Barrel

Twig Garland around Front Door: Crate and Barrel

Door Mat: Crate and Barrel

Large Spider: Walgreens

Metal pumpkins/skeleton on porch: Crate and Barrel

Pumpkin Stakes: Crate and Barrel 


Tutorial on how to wash your vintage garments

The above photo is a warning to those of you who don't wash their vintage! The yucky water is a result of years of dust, dead skin cells and dirt. So its literally unsanitary if you wear vintage before washing it. I am by no means a professional when it comes to knowing how to wash old fabrics. I am sure there are many people out there who have different methods and know a lot more. I am just showing you my method, one that has worked for me. I hope I can help you in making your vintage as clean as possible without risking any damage to it. 

What you'll need:

1. Large plastic container- others simply wash the item directly in the bath tub. To make it sanitary for both the customer and myself, (no I don't want to bathe in a bath where I soak hundreds of units per year nor do you want your garment washed in a bath tub where I bathe myself) I place the plastic container in the tub and wash the garment inside it. Please don't think I am saying your unsanitary if you wash your vintage directly in your tub, I just personally don't like to.  
2. Woolite
3. Baking soda- I purchase the large box because I seem to go through the small box too fast.
4. Oxi Clean

5. Wooden spoon
6. Starch- I prefer Faultless over other brands.
7. Iron and ironing board (of course)
8. Steamer

Step 1. Prep the item. If it has stains, spray Oxi Clean directly on the spot and use a wet wash cloth to rub it in. If the stain is bad, do the same thing again. Then wait 10 minutes or more depending on the severity of the stain.
      *Side note: if the stain is severe I recommend taking it to the dry cleaners. They have much
      stronger stain fighters than the ones that us regular folks can buy at the drug store. You also
      don't want to try to wash it yourself first because doing this can actually lock the stain in, 
      making it more difficult for the dry cleaners to remove it. So just save the time and hassle and
      head to your trusted dry cleaners.  
Step 2. Place the plastic container in the tub and fill it with warm water. 
Step 3. Pour the Woolite in the container (use more or less depending on your load size). 
Step 4. Pour the baking soda in the container. I use a 1/3 cup scooper in which I usually pour in two scoops (totaling 2/3 cup). I would add more if you have 3 or more pieces your washing at one time and especially if the garment has a foul odor. Baking soda won't hurt the garment, it will just make it smell so much better, so go ahead and pour that stuff on in there!
Step 5. Mix the concoction with a wooden spoon until the water has bubbles and until you see that the baking soda and Woolite is mixed in. 
Step 6. Set the garment inside the container and use the wooden spoon again to swish it around for a few moments. 
      *Side note: in this example, I am washing only one piece but if you have multiple loads to wash,
      makesure to separate colors just like you would do with your normal laundry. (Duh! Right? I
      know you know that but I am just making sure because I feel like vintage fabrics bleed even
      more than newer ones.)

Step 7. Wait 45 minutes if the garment isn't too dirty and doesn't have much of an odor. Wait 1 hour or more if the garment has a foul odor and there is a lot of dirt. 
Step 8. Ring the dress out and rinse it under fresh running bath water until you know it is rinsed of that yucky water above. 
Step 9. Find a place outside in the sun to let the garment dry out. It may take all day depending on where you live. It usually takes 2-3 hours here in Southern California. (Never place it in the dryer.)
Step 10. Once it is dry, now its time to iron. Spray the starch on each area and go over it with your iron (make sure it is on the right setting and is not too hot or you'll ruin the fabric).  
      *Side note: I take all of my fragile and formal pieces to the dry cleaners. To me, I'd rather pay
       $10 to get it professionally cleaned than risk ruining it all together. I pay too much money for
       my stuff and I am sure you do too. 
       *Side note: make sure not to spray too much starch in one area. This can cause white residue
       which means the starch had no where to go so it ends up on the bottom of the iron or on the
       surface of the fabric. If this does happen to you, wet a wash cloth with warm water and rub it
       onto the white spot, make sure the iron is clean of excess starch and go over the white spot
       again with the iron. It should disappear. 
Step 11. After the garment is ironed, use a steamer to get the wrinkles out, that the iron could not. I usually find that the steamer is great for getting the wrinkles out of the area at the waistline and the top of the skirt... and wah lah! Your vintage piece is now clean and ready to wear! If you have any questions, ask them in the comments section below and I will try to answer them :)

This skirt is coming to the shop this week! :)


Elvis the shop dog.

If you didn't know already, Elvis is a 9 month old Australian Shepherd. He's not just my dog. He's my best friend. (Yes, I am one of those people who say "I love animals more than humans" and I am not kidding). Since I work from home, I spend every second of the day with him and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Its funny how he kind of just took over my instagram account (@whendecadescollide).  No, I wasn't planting him in the photos. He just happened to be there at the perfect moment and now I think people follow me just to see him. I don't blame them because I would do the same thing (my instagram feed consists of only vintage dresses and dogs). So he just kind of became the When Decades Collide shop dog and I love it.


What's in the shop?

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