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July 25, 2012

New Sponsor Shout-Out – Let’s All Welcome Madge’s Hatbox!

Hey there Everyone, it’s RetroRuth!  I am very please to introduce Pamela of the fab Etsy store, Madge’s Hatbox. Pamela is No Pattern Required’s newest sponsor and an all-around great lady. She has a fantastic Etsy store filled with vintage hats and jewelry, and a great blog filled with lots of info about her vintage pretties and her family history. A great part of her shop is “Get The Look 4 Less”, which offers less expensive vintage alternatives to expensive designer jewelry and trends.  It’s fascinating stuff, and you should head over there and check it out! But enough from me. Here is Pam to tell you more about her store, her blog and her fab family:

I grew up vintage. Some of my earliest memories were of my mom and me climbing up the stairs of the old Salvation Army store in downtown Wichita, Kansas. The sixth floor was where all the furniture was located. She’d find a sorry old couch or chair, take it home, rework it and put it in a place of honor in our ranch-style home. I can still smell the stripper she used removing the old stain. Later in the 70s, we would haunt flea markets and used clothing stores for buys on clothes, hats and costume jewelry. My mom had great style and I learned a lot about what and what not to buy. She taught me how to pick pieces that would stand the test of time. When my wedding date arrived, finding something among our treasures for the “something old” part was easy.

Pam and her mom

I carried those vintage shopping habits over into my own family. My husband was none too pleased when we drove a rented van four hours to meet a delivery truck on I95. He apparently didn’t understand my important purchase of two sofas for $75.00 on a trip to Miami. Of course my mom was with me when I bought them and we didn’t put a lot of thought about getting them back to Atlanta.


My mom passed away much too early and I put that part of my life away. Losing her meant losing my best friend and my partner in crime. Shopping for and wearing all of those wonderful vintage finds was too hard without her. So into the closet they went and there they stayed.

The beginning of 2012 found me sorting stuff in our house for a garage sale. I took a deep breath and opened that closet and went through all the wonderful hats, jewelry and clothes that were stored there. Knowing that a garage sale was not the place for selling my collection, I decided to open an Etsy shop. If I wasn’t going to wear any of it I wanted all these beautiful things to have good homes. To me there‘s no point in owning something and not wearing it.

I named my Etsy shop Madge’s Hatbox after my maternal grandmother who was a milliner. That’s a whole other story that you can read about on my blog at madgeshatbox.com. Well the shop took off and with it I rediscovered my love of vintage – the uniqueness, affordability, quality and style. I have regained that joyful feeling discovering a fabulous pair of earrings or the perfect side table and realizing you are part of a chain of people who have cherished it. The reason I love vintage is the story behind every piece.

Grandmother Madge

Please check out my curated collection of hats, jewelry, fashion and home goods. My heart is in every piece. Mom and Madge would be so proud.

Thanks for the lovely story, Pam, and welcome to No Pattern Required! We wish  you lots of good luck and can’t wait to read more about your family history on your blog!

Madge’s Hatbox is having a Christmas in July sale, going on right now! Head on over and check it out.

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3 Responses to New Sponsor Shout-Out – Let’s All Welcome Madge’s Hatbox!

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    July 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    What an amazing and lovely story Pamela! Your Mom and Grandmother sound like they were very special women and I’m sure they would love what you are doing with all of those cherished items. I really like the notion about being part of the “chain” as I know all of my stuff will have other homes one day down the road. Welcome aboard, I can’t wait to check out your shop!

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    July 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

    What a great story. I can just picture that old Salvation Army. I’m sorry that Pamela’s Mom had to go so soon….that makes me really sad. I’m glad though that she has found her love of vintage again. I think that would make her Mom very, very happy! She has a very lovely Etsy shop with beautiful pieces and the prices are very reasonable.

  3. Andrea Reply

    July 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Welcome, Pamela! Such a lovely story, and the pieces you have in your Etsy shop are both fantastic and reasonably priced!

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