Parsimonia Handmade Holiday Market

Hello, my lovelies! It occurred to me today that I never posted any photos of the Handmade Holiday Market we've had set up here at the store since the week before Thanksgiving! It's been going really, really well, and thank you to those of you in and near St. Louis who have been able to snatch up some goodies to support these amazing artisans. We'll have it up through Jan. 5, so be sure to swing by and check it out if you can!

This year's artisans are:

The ReTrailer is the cutest mobile tea and spice shop this side of the Mississippi, and all of Lisa's products are made with organic, fair trade ingredients, as well as a healthy dose of love. She also recently set up shop on Cherokee Street, opening Smalls Tea & Coffee this December!

Lesley of Flora Lorraine creates artisan hypertufa troughs using common disposables for molds and cotton burr compost as a more regional and sustainable alternative to peat moss. These natural containers are planted in exciting combinations for both indoor and outdoor garden enjoyment.

Fable + Lore is whimsical jewelry handcrafted with an eclectic mixture of new, vintage and upcycled materials. Chelsie is a quirky print/pattern/color/texture/craft-aholic, and makes each piece with love and obsessive behavior. Her pieces are perfect for someone who likes modern flair with a vintage soul! 

The Iris and The Bee is a boutique stationery company specializing in modern and elegantly simple custom designs. Designer Britni carefully crafts each piece and uses a variety of printing methods with fine paper and unexpected finishes.

Local photographer Courtney Patch lends her sensitive, unobtrusive presence to family celebrations, businesses and nonprofits through digital and Polaroid photography. This year she's taken some of her favorite (and very vintage-y) Polaroids and gathered them into a beautiful 2014 calendar!

Adrienne and Andy, the duo behind A Tiny Moth, make some really incredible soaps. Scent combinations such as ginger-lemongrass, tea tree-lavender, bay rum and coffee-oatmeal have been deliciously filling the store since they first dropped off their inventory. They've also stocked us with dog shampoo, shave soap, beeswax lotion bars and hair & beard tonic! Truly something for everyone!

Red Anvil is an independent indie jewelry and wearable art company whose owner Kate, a metalsmith by trade, strives to create inspired, well-made pieces that are edgy and imaginative. Her materials include, but are not limited to, upcycled items, toys, beads, buttons, found objects, fibers, pearls, copper, and silver. We are lucky to have some of her terrarium earrings and necklaces in stock, which add the perfect touch of whimsy to any outfit!

Sucre Shop creates the cutest little wooden utensils decked out with the cutest little designs! Owner Brooke loves pretty parties and creating unique things for her customers, and she and her team have been stocking the store with festive designs biodegradable forks, spoons, appetizer picks, cheese knives and really cute round gift tags!

See you all soon for your holiday gift shopping, right? ;-)


Online Store Updates

Hello, my lovelies! Well, I might have missed out on Cyber Monday, but I've been working my no-so-little buns off that past week to get the Parsimonia online vintage store back into shape, and wanted to let you know to start checking it again for regular updates of new merch.

And...AND...as a treat to my non-St. Louis shoppers, I'll be letting the new arrivals get settled online for a couple days before I put them out in the store. That way y'all get a chance to snatch it up first, which is my way of say "thanks" for being a fan even though you're far away! ;-)

The newest items will always be listed at the top, and checkout is through PayPal, so once you get to that point, it'll send you over there to finish your purchase, much like they do over at Etsy!

Right now I have approximately 30 items on there (hee-hee), but loads and loads more will start making an appearance over the next several days. So keep checking back!!

Have a great rest of your week!




Hi friends.

Just wanted to pop in and wish you all a day of love and gratefulness! I'm sitting here at the store on Thanksgiving Eve, the doors are locked until Friday, and I'm just so, so grateful. Grateful for all the events that have happened over the past two-and-a-half years that have led me to where I am now. Grateful for the constant flow of support from family, friends and a neighborhood that has welcomed the brick-and-mortar store with open arms. Grateful for the repeat customers whose faces and lives become more familiar to me with each visit. Grateful that I am getting a chance to try out my dreams and see how they stick. And grateful that tomorrow and — thanks to my dear friend Chelsie — Friday I get to rest and commune with my family.

I hope that tomorrow (or today, if that's when you're reading this), amid all the food and fervor, we all take a moment to be grateful for the people and circumstances in our lives right now — and remember to love one another. There is a lot of good in the world and in people if we just take the time to notice it. We just need to open our eyes and our hearts.



Modern Vintage Travel-Themed Party (Or Happy First Birthday, Nora!)

This past August the hubs and I traveled to Omaha for our niece Nora's first birthday party, and I've finally gotten around to editing the photos to share will you all!

My sweet sister-in-law asked if I would help plan the big day, and she wanted it to have a travel theme, so we did a mix of modern prints and colors with vintage elements like old suitcases and globes, an old pull-down world map and blue Ball jars.

We also took some embroidery hoops, filled them with vintage fabric, and sewed pieces of vintage trim on them to create a hot air balloon. Then we tied some teal berry baskets from them to complete the look!

Mom and dad put their baking skills to good use and made a variety of cupcakes in lieu of one big birthday cake, and we put some hot air balloon picks in them to tie in the travel theme.

My sis-in-law also put together some super cute favor bags with inflatable globes, and her family cooked up some amazing dishes, which we happily ate with Sucre Shop utensils.

When it came time for little Nora to dig in to her first cupcake, she carefully pondered and poked it before happily offering bites to mommy and daddy.

Once everyone was hopped up on sugar, presents were opened, drinks tubs were played in, kids ran amok in the backyard, and then everyone went home with happy hearts and full tummies. :-)

Our other niece, Phoebe, had quite the cute celebration, too, just a week before! Be sure and hop over to Camille's blog and check out the fun!


New Arrivals This Week!

Hello, my lovelies! Happy, happy Friday! I hope your week has been wonderful, and that you have some fun things planned for the weekend. Last night I found myself yelling at the TV and hugging my dog a little too tight while watching the World Series game. Our Redbirds came through (Yay!), and I'm SO excited to watch (or at least listen to!) the games this weekend. Today, however, we have a break from the excitement, so if you find yourself out and about on South Grand in Tower Grove today, do stop by to check out the new vintage merchandise that has been hitting the racks all week.

I've pulled together a little sampling of what I found for you all this past weekend. If you see something you like, don't hesitate to contact me via email (secondhwithstyle(at)gmail(dot)com) or through Facebook with any questions!

Vintage Women's Blazers!

Cream knit cape/poncho; colorful cape/shawl with built-in scarf;
charcoal women's coat; black-and-gold women's oversized blazer!

Lots and lots of skirts!!

Vintage dresses in regular and plus sizes, and a black-and-tan romper/pantsuit.

Sleeveless crop-top sweater, blouse and more dresses!

(Same cape as before [Whoops!]), short black knit blazer and women's cardigans and sweaters!

Vintage baby clothes!! The cutest things ever!

More vintage baby clothes and vintage Anne Klein heels (black suede with gold studs).

Women's belts; nice wool men's hat; and super cute knit potholders!

I also found the cutest set of Waechtersbach bowls with the mod apple pattern. The base is a cream color with black specks, and they're in pristine condition!

So come We're open today and tomorrow until 8 p.m. and Sunday 12-5! See you soon!


Sucre Shop @ the Parsimonia Store

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Brooke of Sucre Shop at the Parsimonia Store for a little stop and drop. That's right: We're now carrying the cutest (and locally made, mind you!) wooden utensils you've ever seen. And I'm sure you've seen them. They've been featured in most major women's magazines, tons of blogs and most recently at the newly opened West Elm in The Galleria.

I've had the privilege of getting to know Brooke over the past year, and she is just the sweetest! And I'm so happy she is willing to give her goods a try at this little store o' mine. Here are some of the products we currently have in stock (including their new wooden gift tags!)...

And then, as the holidays draw near, we'll be putting out some super cute gift tags, Thanksgivukkuh utensils and ones with Fair Isle sweater patterns!

So be sure and pick some up so you can outfit your next party with even more fun! We're open Wednesday and Thursday, 11-7; Friday and Saturday, 11-8; and Sunday, 12-5! Come see us at 3194 S. Grand in Tower Grove! :-)


Parsimonia Gets "Framed"

Whew. I tell ya what, friends. I am s-t-r-u-g-g-l-i-n-g this afternoon. Last night, Holly and I ventured out to Craftoberfest to sell our vintage goods, and I think I officially have a hangover from the amount of fun we had (okay...and maybe the beer I consumed). :-)

It was (and always is) incredibly awesome to meet so many new people, including those of you who follow Parsimonia on Facebook and Instagram (so nice to put some faces with handles!). So thank you to those of you who were able to come out and support small local biz. I hope you had a stupendously dumb amount of fun!

Some of you might remember a couple photos I posted some weeks ago involving a photo shoot with another local business, Indie Mats. The ladies behind this company have created something I think is really smart and really cute to boot. They're called "Framers," and it's basically very thick framing mats that you put photos into, but they're printed with all these beautiful modern designs (including some of Amy Butler's!) and come with double-sided sticky squares that you use to hang them on the wall, sans an actual frame.

Anywho...Emma, one of the founders, contacted me about using Holly as a prop to shoot their new line, and we also used some spots in the new brick-and-mortar store. We started the early in the morning at a spot in Forest Park to take some photos with the trailer, which I think turned out cute!

Then we took a small break and met up at the Parsimonia store, where we arranged some frames above the mantel in the lounge area, on clothing racks, ladder displays and lots more. I was even wrangled in there for some shots. Luckily, I was wearing one of my favorite new vintage dresses. :-)

Of course, Sadie had to get in on the action. She's such a camera...well, you know the rest. ;-)

Emma even created a cute little slideshow video documenting the fun had that day. Check it out!

Peek behind Framers first photo shoot from Indie Mats on Vimeo.

Be sure and pop over to the Indie Mats site when you get a chance and scope out their new line. Would be a great way to gift some sweet snapshots of friends and family! I, personally, fell in love with the colorful honeycomb pattern, and the Amy Butler florals.
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