We first met Martha, who lives just north of San Francisco, at a book signing last summer. The event was memorable for the attentive audience and the setting: outdoors among towering redwoods.
Martha claims that Alligators, Old Mink & New Money and our website have helped her become a more savvy vintage observer. We love the compliment, but since this creative woman makes her own stationery from wonderful vintage photographs, we're not sure she needed much help or inspiration.
Which brings us to this coat: A few weekends ago, Martha was digging for bargains at an annual rummage sale at a church in the very upscale community of Ross. By the time Martha got to St. John's Episcopal Church the organizers were anxious to move merchandise and the pricing was simple: a $1 a bag for everything you could fit in a bag.
As Martha notes, this wool knit coat, with a pink taffeta-like lining and a label reading Lilli Ann Paris San Francisco, "was the only item I could fit in the bag." Ohhh, what an item.
Thanks for sharing, Martha. And Melissa will be in touch about next summer's St. John's sale.