Vintage in the Garden

We love plants, and so do our lovely models, Hana and Wren. Curated gardens, and sacred wooded spaces are inspirations for some of the vintage patterns and textures we are drawn to. Whether it's a natural linen, a deep rose red, or a flora and fauna pattern, we are plucking it off the rack in hopes of saving it from a landfill and giving it the home it deserves. These special vintage pieces will make you want to run off into a secret garden and stay there as long as you can.

We took a spring trip to Longwood Gardens in Philly and spent most of the misty morning in the botanical atrium and greenhouses. If you've never visited, it's a must see! Here are a few of our favorite snaps of Hana and Wren in a small collection of our newer vintage pieces, currently available and coming soon to Etsy. Feel free to email us for more info or to purchase.

1950s Rainbow Pastel Plaid Dress with Mother of Pearl Bottons, Small, $49 • 1970s Handmade Linen Shift Dress with Floral Print, Medium, $45

1970s Red Off Shoulder Maxi with Printed Skirt, Medium, $48, SOLD • 1980s Red Overdyed Silk Shirt Dress, Small-Medium, $60

1970s Cerulean Blue Medallion Shift Dress, Small, $50 • 1970s Pastel Tie Top, Medium, $30 • 1990s Calvin Klein Chambray Wrap Skirt, Small-Medium, $33

Summer Style Scoop

WRITTEN BY SUNJU KIM

HELLO SUNSHINE! Alright. Alright. So maybe the PA summer hasn't been the best lately, but that doesn't mean you can't still flaunt around in the rainy weather in your best clothes! Five major trends have been popping up this season, and I'm here to help you bring out the inner fashionista - rain or shine. Your beloved intern has done all the heavy lifting and research for you. So, kick up your feet, and relax a while. You’ll be thankful for this rest when you’re shopping ‘til you drop for these new trends.


To kick off the warmer temperatures, shed some layers and show some skin! Exposed midriffs are HUGE, and can be so versatile to fit anyone’s body and their styles! Throw on a bralette with your favorite pair of vintage Levi shorts for a super casual day by the pool, or rock a leather jacket or blazer for an edgy look, perfect for your girl’s night out.

 

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Speaking of a girl’s night out, let’s take it back to Cyndi Lauper and her hit single, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” It’s back to the 80s! What’s better than high shine, full sleeves, padded shoulders, and jumpsuits? Absolutely nothing (except maybe a really really good cup of coffee). Break out those metallic, sequined tops and iridescent textured sweaters from those space bags you have stored in the basement and get going!

 

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Throwing it even FURTHER back, we have the rebirth of the Victorian Era! Looking for the perfect outfit for your summer romance? Turn to the delicate and amorous prints and styles from the turn of the 20th Century. All the ruffles, flounces, and voluminous shoulders will have you looking like a real-life princess. Low, off the shoulder necklines and intricate, elegant chest designs will be perfect for the warmer months.

 

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Last but not least, we have two classic styles that you probably already have sitting in your closet! Prints, especially stripes and florals, create a classic yet bold look. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these patterns! Mix and match an outfit perfectly tailored to your style! You can wear them on their own or opt to pair sailor stripes with a muted floral. There are so many combinations out there that will give you a one-of-a-kind look, even in something as basic as stripes.

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We can’t wait to try out these trends for spring and summer, and hope you feel the same! Get a head-start and pop on over to our Etsy shop to find the perfect pieces that are on trend and will make you feel like you're fresh off the runway! I've even included some down below to get your fashion transformation started! 

Stay cool and make sure to follow our social media for more inspiration for your closet! And P.S. Also remember to snap a picture in your stash duds and tag us on Instagram!!

Spring Songbirds

Hurray for blooms and beauty in Central PA! It's been a long winter and we have been so ready to be outside, without the need for jeans, and boots, and hats, and big coats. It's time to air it out ya'll! While it might not be swim season yet, we are ready to chill next to any body of water, (refreshes those negative ions ya know?) and take in some much needed vitamin D! We've added some of our favorite bold pieces, here on the blog, that transition from spring to summer. Comfort and ease are key, so why not make a statement with lush textures, vibrant colors, and wild patterns?!

Pink and Black 80s V One Piece, Small/Medium, $28, Black Velvet Trousers, Medium, $36

Black and Floral Halter One Piece, Medium, $30

Silky Chrysanthemum Safari Print Yellow Gold MuMu, One Size, $38

Silky Cheetah Cami, Medium/Large, $26, Forest Green Velvet Leggings, Small, $30

Sheer Cheetah Print Long Sleeve Open Blouse, Large, $34

Thank you again for your support friends! We feel so honored that our local customers and new friends alike are engaging with us online. We have found a new joy in curating and photographing our vintage finds and we hope that you feel inspired by what you see!

We love hearing from you, so send us an email or a direct message via Instagram. If you would like to purchase these pieces or want more info, let us know! Follow and like us on Etsy, and keep an eye out for featured pieces on Instagram @stashhbg. Go out and take in these lovey spring days. Have some coffee, sniff the blossoms, forage wild food, and listen to those birdies sing.

XOXOXOX- Stash Gals

Stash Goodbyes...

Woah! has 2016 been a tough, and gut wrenching year or what? Despite the turmoil our world has been in, we keep on truckin' - and we couldn't do it without our community. Thank you so much for supporting Stash over the last four years. It is a bitter sweet good bye as we leave our store front on Walnut Street, here in our beautiful and diverse capital city, and take some much needed time for our other careers, our causes, our families, and ourselves.

It has been an honor working as a female owned and operated business. We have felt so much pride, love and support. We have learned so much from one another as well as our amazing customers. Don't worry too much because Anela and I will have even more time to go on the hunt for amazing vintage and work along side our other small business buddies at local events, and as always in and on social media. Keep shopping local and take advantage of your access to some of the best artists and makers in PA!

Other exciting news to look forward to, is our Stash New Years Eve Party!!!! SAY WHAT!!?? Mark your calendars ya'll, because we are throwing one last hurrah at Der Meannerchor on New Years Eve and its going to be a banger! Details to come.

You have shown the utmost dedication and appreciation for local artists and our small business, and we feel so empowered by this community. We hope you continue to keep showing support and fighting the good fight. Here are our final ours for business. We hope you will come see us and get your holiday shopping on and take advantage of those DEALS, DEALS, DEALS!!

DECEMBER 16TH 4-8PM - 3RD IN THE BURG WITH KELLY CURAN - 20% OFF EVERYTHING AND FREE WINE (SALE EXCLUDES KELLY'S PAINTINGS)

DECEMBER 20TH-23TH 12-5PM AND CHRISTMAS EVE, DECEMBER 24TH 12-3PM - HOLIDAY SALE - 30% OFF ALL STASH VINTAGE ITEMS, AND 30% OFF WHOLESALE ITEMS (RECORDS, GREETING CARDS, AND CANDLES)

DECEMBER 27TH-29TH 12-4PM - AFTER CHRISTMAS SALE- 50% OFF ALL STASH VINTAGE ITEMS, 50% OFF WHOLESALE ITEMS (RECORDS, GREETING CARDS, AND CANDLES) AND 25% OFF HANDMADE VENDOR GOODS!

DON'T FORGET MANY OF OUR ONE-OF-A-KIND DISPLAY ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE! IF YOU AREN'T ABLE TO MAKE IT IN OVER THE HOLIDAY SEND US AN EMAIL VIA FRIENDS@STASHHBG.COM. WE WILL BE SCHEDULING SHOPPING AND PICK UP APPOINTMENTS FOR JANUARY 3RD, 4TH AND 5TH.

Love,

Haley and Anela

Buy Vintage, Save the World

Stash has learned so much about the garment industry since opening our doors three years ago. Beginning as a collective with four like-minded individuals, we cultivated a hard-core discussion early on - Buying vintage might not save the world, but maybe it's time to ask a bigger question; "Who made our clothes?" Our friend, Mary Imgrund, has taken the time to share her thoughts and research on fast fashion and how it affects our minds, our economy, our environment, and our health. 

 

The feeling when an acquaintance likes the same band that you do, but doesn’t listen to the lyrics. That’s how I sometimes feel about vintage clothing, which is so much more than a Macklemore meme, but a means to be mindful, subversive, and sustainable in one’s style. That isn’t to say I’m the only one who shops with ethics in mind. For the past few years, I’ve been fascinated with sustainable clothing, which refers to pieces made by workers paid a fair wage (preferably sewn by those who designed them) with a small or negligible environmental impact. When choosing to buy vintage, handmade, or thrifted goods, you’re concurrently rejecting the wasteful, manipulative world of fast fashion. The best part is that you don’t have to stop loving clothing to critique the fashion industry. In fact, having a cohesive aesthetic is one of the easiest ways to reduce waste, following your own look rather than trends will make you a more discerning fashionista. At the end of the day, sustainable fashion is important because personal style and artistry are incompatible with profit-driven decision making done by international brands.

The business of big fashion is largely driven by an exploitation of human insecurities, as evidenced by the millions of dollars advertisers spend to convince viewers that one more lipstick, or a certain brand of jeans is the key to happiness, sexiness, and completeness. This is despite the evidence to the contrary. Scarier still, advertising can shift one’s unconscious perceptions. In the BBC’s 2013 documentary The Secret of the Superbrands, a young British woman is subjected to a series of photographs of handbags while in an MRI machine; when she saw designer purses, the machine showed red and orange fireworks in the pleasure center of her brain. Designer clothing and the knock-offs it inspires are all based on the idea of accessible inaccessibility, consumers pay top dollar for items made in the same factories as clothing from Walmart, but are stamped with logos that are associated with luxury and desire, whether or not the piece itself is luxurious. The opposite is just as bad. While some are paying $100 for a $10 tee shirt made by Alexander Wang, discount stores use flattery and references to shoppers’ savviness to convince them to pay $20 for a shirt that cost a fraction of a penny to produce.

Across the ocean, the developing world is paying the biggest price for our cheap and branded clothing. The production of garments is faster and cheaper than ever before, thanks to a globalized economy. In the 1960’s, 95% of clothes worn by Americans were made domestically; now only 3% of our clothing is made here, according to the documentary The True Cost. The countries and factories vying for the business of clothing brands are given the false choice between retaining their all-important contracts and addressing safety and wage concerns. This system not only keeps wages low, it gives these companies deniability — benefiting from, but not explicitly demanding, humanitarian disaster. This is an example of a race to the bottom economy, which The Financial Times defines as “the situation in which companies and countries try to compete with each other by cutting wages and living standards for workers, and the production of goods is moved to the place where the wages are lowest and the workers have the fewest rights.” The result of such a system produces tragedies like the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people. The building had been visibly deteriorating, yet the factory owner ignored calls to evacuate the building. Thousands were trapped in the rubble, either dying instantly, or being slowly crushed and suffocated in the debris. Stories like this are becoming commonplace, as three of the four most deadly tragedies in the fashion industry happened in 2013.

Fast Fashion is the second largest polluting industry, second only to oil, according to Eileen Fisher, a fashion industry CEO. To put that in perspective, drilling for oil, with all of its leaks and pipelines, is the only thing dirtier than the garment industry. This takes into account all of the chemicals, packaging, and natural resources that go into making each garment. Denim manufacturers are known to dump cadmium, mercury, and lead into bodies of water surrounding their factories. In India, the Noyyal River is now toxic thanks to the boom of clothing manufacturing in the nearby town of Tirupur. The water is so saturated with chemicals that local farmers have petitioned the Madras High Court to not release the water in their fields, and a local university found that about 30% of villagers near the river suffered symptoms of waterborne diseases. In 2007, it was reported that Tirupur’s factories were dumping 23 million gallons of untreated water into the Noyyal River. As Newsweek writes,  “According to Yixiu Wu, who helms Greenpeace’s “Detox My Fashion” campaign, the average pair of jeans requires 1,850 gallons of water to process; T-shirts require 715 gallons.” Cotton also soaks up other resources, taking 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals and 25 percent of all insecticides, despite only taking up 2.4 percent of the world’s cropland. In some cases, this water is taken from other sources. Two rivers in Central Asia were diverted away from the Aral Sea for use for cotton irrigation, causing it to slowly dry up, become over-salinized, and laden with nitrogen from fertilizers used in cotton’s production. The fisheries and villages that depended on this water now have none.

So now that I’ve successfully made you sad (Not my intention!), there is good news. It’s so easy to break free of this system. Local vintage stores like Stash are crusaders for cool, sustainable duds. By wearing vintage clothing, you’re not only avoiding buying something new from Forever 21, you’re giving life to a piece that might otherwise end up in a landfill or shipped to a developing nation that doesn’t need more secondhand clothes (only 10% of donated clothing is sold in thrift stores, the rest goes unsold and is shipped by the ton around the world or tossed into landfills). Two good deeds rolled into one -- it’s like karmic happy hour. On top of that, older clothing is usually better made than the mass produced versions we peddle today, and as you see me quietly kicking myself for getting rid of my old overalls, be reminded that everything comes back into style.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, the easiest way to resist the temptation to buy into fast fashion is to rely on personal style rather than ephemeral trends. Since vintage clothing covers a huge range of styles and eras, it’s easy to find unique pieces to suit any taste. So next time you’re shopping at Stash, pat yourself on the back for not only supporting local business (I could go on about how great that is, too) but using your wallet to vote against untenable business practices and environmental disaster. If enough people choose to do this rather than hit up their local mall, we can force some substantial change.

 

Mary Imgrund is a graduate of Penn State where she studied English, American Studies, and Writing. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and sometimes-artist currently living in Harrisburg, PA. She is the co-founder and organizer of the HBG Flea, a curated urban flea market. A horseback rider, sustainable fashion hoarder, politics junkie, and cat cuddler, her work has been published in the Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, The Burg, Im-Possible, The Elephant Journal, and From the Fallout Shelter.

WORN: The Freedom of Minimalist Travel

The time of over packing has come and gone. If you're still in your early twenties, it's time. Shake off the illusion of quantity in favor of quality, sanity, and heaven forbid, serenity. Everyone else, it's not cute anymore, get it together.

In summary, you are not Jackson Pollock. Few people can make method out of the madness.

If I was still working that way I would be sitting on the floor with a bottle of wine in hand (no glass), mascara dripping, and a pair of underwear on my head. If you don't feel great in EVERYTHING you've brought, and can't combine with ease, we've got work to do.

I am still evolving, and honing in on these skills, but I want those hours of my life back. So here's to all of us, turning over a new leaf, or at least a step in the right direction (aka maybe don't pack that fourth pair of jeans).

Here are some crazy beautiful pictures by Haley Harned. I'd like to think they demonstrate how happy you can look with a couple of key pieces. You still have room for creativity -- don't worry -- and less room for error.

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WORN: Around-The-House Looks

Meet Hana. She's our shop girl, model, and all-around cool ladyfriend who we so lovingly refer to as "The Intern" since that's how her time at Stash began. Hana's got kick-ass style and the ability to mix and match like no other, so it should come as no surprise that we begged her to share some of her style secrets with the rest of us. In this series, Worn, Hana will explore many facets of personal style. 

Disclosure: Versatility is one of the things I value most in my closet apart from straight-up good pieces. The ability to mix and match with ease gives me a lot of much needed room for creativity. While this might make it seem like my closet is positively bursting, I do think I manage to keep things qualitative over quantitive. 

Some of my few and favorite looks can be attributed to the vintage pieces I have accumulated through time spent at Stash Collective. Needless to say, these staples are now over fifty percent of my wardrobe.

I came upon vintage when I was at the peak of some serious mainstream retail frustration and aggression. I typically don't revisit the halls of the mall because the shopping experience is pretty disappointing, exhausting, and over-stimulating. So when I am working, or browsing the vintage at my favorite collective (yes, that's right), and I overhear the devastating phrase,  "I love this but I don't know how to wear it," I die a little inside. 

I thought maybe I could demonstrate how to incorporate vintage in your day-to-day wear, whether that means it is interspersed with your modern pieces or an entirely vintage ensemble. Whatever the case, I hope this inspires you find the vintage look that is right for you. 

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FRAMED: A Conversation with Featured Artist Elena Jasic

Elena Jasic has an eye for beauty -- often the unconventional, strong, bold kind. For years, her artistic vision has manifested itself in fashion and beauty photography, yet it comes as no surprise that her landscape photography shares some of those same qualities.

And even less surprising is that she couldn't not create breathtaking images, even while she's supposed to be relaxing on vacation. She lives and breathes photography.

And my, do we love her for that.

Elena is a friend, an inspiration, and a creative wonderlady -- as well as this month's featured artist. 

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Terrarium Talk with Haley

Perhaps you have noticed that Stash likes plants. Okay, so maybe we love plants, or even obsess over them, talk to them, and play them only the illest beats while we are in the shop. It's just our way of saying, "Thank you for staying alive and providing us with oxygen to breathe."

Both Haley and Anela have been dabbling in terrarium and container gardening for years, and Haley wanted to share some information about her process and what she's learned. Let's have her start from the beginning...

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Going Back To Cali: Vintage Travels

Anela Bence Selkowitz -- one of our owners, as well as a real kick-ass photographer, graphic designer, and mother -- was born and raised outside of Los Angeles, and for the past few weeks, she's been back in California visiting family and friends and soaking up the sunshine. A winter hiatus at its finest!

But the vintage itch is very real, so of course she's done some shopping for Stash while she's on the other side of the country.

Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the West Coast finds she'll be bringing back East. 

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Feelin' The Love

We get it. Valentine's Day is super cheesy and commercialized and lame, and you're all too cool for it. Even Leslie Knope's Galentine's Day is going mainstream!

But let's be honest: we can all actually use a reminder to slow down and appreciate those around us.

And we can do so without being total sell-outs. 

We're wishing you more than just a day full of chocolates and flowers and teddy bears holding hearts embroidered with "BE MINE" (but knock yourself out if that's what you're into). Use this Valentine's Day as a chance to remember the things that fill your soul and make you happy. 

Because we're no good to anyone else until we're good to ourselves. 

Carve out some time for those you love -- whether it's your partner, your friends, your family, or your pets -- but don't forget to do the very same for yourself. We're busy dishing out care and compassion each and every day, but it's also so dang vital to conserve some of that for the (wo)man in the mirror. 

Whether you're looking to pamper yourself or your loved ones (or hopefully both), we've got a handful of ideas that are sure to please -- as well as a Valentine's Day-inspired playlist to get you groovin'! 

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FRAMED: A Conversation With Featured Artist Holly Farrell

Holly is a 25-year-old artist currently living in her hometown of Lancaster, Pa., and for the past year and half, she's been spending her time making pottery and ceramic sculpture at the Lancaster Clay Studios in Landisville, Pa. In 2012, she graduated from Tyler School of Art with a BFA in painting and drawing. And through all of that, she never touched clay. She found herself often dismissing 3-D disciplines since, in her mind, painting was really her strong suit. 

Let us just go on the record saying we sure are glad that she gave ceramics a try. Her pieces feel so relatable and accessible, like a modern day folk art. The ladies are a little lumpy, a little left-of-center, a little bit just like how we see ourselves -- and we absolutely love that about them.

We caught up with Holly about her background, her process, and why she draws a whole bunch of inspiration from spring break culture.

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Stash Gift Guide: Cosmetics

Let us guess: at this point, the bulk of your holiday shopping is done, but there are just a few more little things you need to round it all out and finish up -- and to fill the stockings. Wait, shit. The stockings. Dang it. 

Don't worry, we've got you covered with a whole bunch of cosmetics that are as good for your body as they are for the Earth. And many of them are made right here in Central Pa.! 

So as we find ourselves deep in the trenches of the season of excess and mass-production, we'd like to take a minute to recognize these little guys. By supporting them (and heck, us, too!), you're putting your money right back into the American economy, encouraging a culture of creativity, and offering meaningful gifts that each come with their own special story: the story of the people behind the product. 

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Sparkle & Shine: Holiday Looks

Whether you are searching for a professional look for your work party, a cozy little something for that family gathering or a whole lot of shimmer for your New Year's Eve out on the town, we have got you covered with some one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that are sure to add a little glam to your look. 

Take a cue from Hana and Jen and celebrate your stand-out style this holiday season!

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Stash Gift Guide: Accessories

We're continuing the celebration of handmade goods by showcasing our accessory makers!

And as we find ourselves deep in the trenches of the season of excess and mass-production, we'd like to take a minute to recognize these little guys. By supporting them (and heck, us, too!), you're putting your money right back into the American economy, encouraging a culture of creativity, and offering meaningful gifts that each come with their own special story: the story of the people behind the product. 

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Stash Gift Guide: Housewares + Stationery

Sure, we're known for our curated selection of kick-ass vintage, but we also carry some one-of-a-kind, handmade products from American-based artisans. Some of them are friends, and some are family members. Some of them are people whose work we've had in our own homes and closets for years, and some are artists we've recently stumbled upon -- whether by running into them in Central Pa. or discovering them by clicking our way down an Instagram rabbit hole (come on, we've all been there). 

And as we find ourselves deep in the trenches of the season of excess and mass-production, we'd like to take a minute to recognize these little guys. By supporting them (and heck, us, too!), you're putting your money right back into the American economy, encouraging a culture of creativity, and offering meaningful gifts that each come with their own special story: the story of the people behind the product. 

This week, we're all about the artists that create stationary and housewares.

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FRAMED: A Conversation with Featured Artist Lisa Bennett

Our featured artist this month is the mega-talented Lisa Bennett, whose work we've all been fans of for quite some time. Lisa's one of those people who seems to always be making something new and magical -- from photography to textilesdrawings to videos, and heck, even stuffed weaponry

Lisa resides right here in Central Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in Photography from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an AA in Photography from Harrisburg Area Community College. She has exhibited her artwork in various galleries, craft shows and arts institutions in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Chicago and Boston. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the photography department at Harrisburg Area Community College.  

We talked to Lisa about her techniques, he inspiration, and what keeps her creating. 

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