If you've been following my blog for a while, we've talked about "occupied Japan" items and what that term means. For those of you that aren't familiar with the term, check out my post here. I subscribe to the Kovel's online antiques newsletter which addressed the occupied Japan topic recently. They have a handy online price guide for occupied Japan items here that you might find useful. I'm definitely bookmarking it because I come across quite a few "O J" items.
Little figurines were a common item produced during the years Japan was occupied by the allies:
Sometimes readers write to me with questions and I can't always answer them properly. That's when my other readers step in, and I'm so greatful! Recently my faithful reader Laura Loew helped reader and fellow busy blogger Wendy with a question about cleaning vintage felt hats. Laura knows what she's talking about, because she restores antique hats and clothing. To clean a hat, Laura recommends first vaccuuming the dust off very carefully. Hats can be steam cleaned with a steamer, and a stiff but not hard brush can be used to bring the nap of the felt back up. Laura has even washed felt hats before to carefully spot clean.
In other news, one of my longtime friends, Michel Grace, makes the most creative jean skirts that I want you to see. I took pictures of some of her wonderful creations when I attended my high school reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan in August.
Michel has used some yoyos she purchased from me on one of her skirts! I have to say this one is my favorite....
The red leather glove on the side of this skirt serves as a handy cell phone holder:
The backs of the skirts get as much attention as the fronts:
So that's it for today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!