I don't know about you, but I could no more function without an apron than I could do housework in high heels and pearls like June Cleaver supposedly did.
I keep a ready stack in a drawer in the kitchen because I go through three or four of them a week. Mine are of a fairly basic strap-over-the-neck/tie-at-the-waist design, but I do have a small stash of delightful sleeved smock aprons from the 1970s which I pull out and admire from time to time.
Yesterday I spent about 10 minutes in the Goodwill (I would have loved to linger, but my husband was waiting in the car--he's not a thrift store fan) and during my top-speed scan, I found another of these fun smock aprons to add to my collection.
Isn't it nifty? Not bad for $2.99, even though it does have a couple of tiny stains. Here's close-up of the fabric; it's such a happy print.
My others I've had for a few years. First, let me show you the one I think of as The Thanksgiving Apron.
|Peppy and Wickham decided to join me for the photo.|
This Indian corn motif is so delightful. I've got two close-ups for you:
Wouldn't you love to find a few yards of that fabric?
My next apron isn't as exuberant as those first two, but it's still got its seventies era charm. It's more of a "flower child" affair.
Actually this photo is making the colors more summery than they really are. It's more olive green/orange-y than lime/fuschia. It's another good autumn apron.
Now, for the capper! I defy anyone to come up with a more iconic seventies smock apron than this one:
|The Psychedelic Mushroom Apron!|
(My husband just said, "They'll think you've been out there picking them in pose!" Ahem...It's strictly a caffeine buzz, I assure you.)
Isn't this fabric fantastic? What I wouldn't give to get hold of a few yards--or better yet, a whole bolt--of this vintage classic.
Now that I've exhausted my own smock collection, I felt I simply had to check and see what similar aprons I could find on Etsy.
RogueRetro has this gem for sale for $35... I'm admiring the owl print... drool....
YesterThreads has this delight on sale for $24.... swoon.... I love these strawberries!
Here's a refreshing faux patchwork model priced at $39.50 by VintageDove. Nifty greens!
Another winner, this one for the great price of $12, is available from vintagefrombutterfly. Very reasonable price and a fun way to start your own collection!
LetsFolk is offering this classic at a real bargain--snap it up for $10.00. The floral medallion print is so attractive!
VeryBestVintage has another happy vintage owl print; this one in a cheery yellow. Price is $24.00.
I hope you're as inspired as I am with these terrific aprons. I've decided to get mine out of the closet and put them to good use even though I find them a challenge to tie by myself. That's really the only reason I don't wear them more, but that's lame! These are too good to hide away, so I'm turning over a new leaf as of now.
Until the next time, happy junking!