365 Vintage Days: Junk Yards

When you own and restore classic vintage cars – as my husband does –  you end up visiting junk or wrecking yards, hunting for parts and other treasures. Junk yards are not exactly girly places, yet when we are on holidays in California or Arizona, we visit together a couple of well selected ones.Vintage jeans and blouse, comfortable shoes, sun screen and there I go.

I picked up a few junk yard photos, happen to be from two different visits to the Big M yard in Williams, California, north of Sacramento, in spring 2009 and spring 2012. The outfits I wear have been presented  -at least partly – in the previous part of the 365 Vintage Days blog so they are not really new to anyone, but seen in a different environment.

I enjoy treasure hunting for clothes and I also enjoy part hunting from wrecked cars. Most of the time my husband finds the parts but I pride myself for finding the back-up light for our 1958 Plymouth Belvedere  and good rear bumper for our 1959 Dodge Wagon…

Spring 2009, Big M Automotive

The denim jacket is a repro, but the blouse, denims, green mocassins and costume jewelry are vintage.

Cadillac? Pick-up? Worth a thorough look… 

Spring 2012, Big M Automotive

The bullet nose studebaker Champion1950 or 1951 (like this one)  is the car I would really like to have – but that’s a difficult one, in particular for parts and I just can’t afford a restored one… It remains a dream.

My sweater, blouse, denims, shoes, bakelite and belt are all vintage… purchased from many different places over the past years.

Waiting for the guys to pull apart the parts we have selected… 

Saddly wrecking yards are disappearing fast… the legislation is tough and it is sometimes more profitable to sell the cars as scrap steel to China than pull them apart part after part… but with two of our cars still under restoration, we still have a few junck yard visits planned.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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  1. lydia says:

    Yes im so happy. I thought this blog was finished. I spent hours looking through every page about a month ago. I just started collection and wearing vintage a year ago. You are incredible your outfits and style makes me teary. Lydia

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