I want to start off by thanking everyone who has continued to follow Ledbelly Vintage throughout these irrational, emotional, but ever so phenomenal years. It's been quite a while since I've posted anything new on the blog.
Today, I am extremely ecstatic to announce...Ledbelly is back!
Plugging at it, more than ever before.
In late 2015, I was an accident and irrationally living in an expensive area that required me to carry two jobs. This affected the shop tremendously. I began working in finance - an industry that engulfed me so quickly that I let it get the best of me every day. There is always something to learn, something to investigate, and the return only makes sense if finance is the lifestyle you want to lead. Sure, a steady income is comforting and I have met some commendable people along the way but regardless of security, I have always continued to crave working on Ledbelly all day, every day.
In early 2016, we moved out of our Eastside Austin home into a tiny apartment up North. My husband and I both worked our butts off trying to determine exactly where we wanted to end up. We thought about Cedar Park and even building a tiny home in the outskirts of Austin. Little did we know...
In early 2017, my husband was offered an amazing position in San Diego, California. We took an emotional step to leave our family and friends onto the West Coast. At first, it was a bit tough but we have great group of friends (some we now consider family) and have quickly grown attached to our new lovely home and amazing city.
Below are pictures of our new home and lovely San Diego. You can see the Ledbelly charm. :)
It's now 2019 and it's so phenomenal that we're living by the ocean, doing exactly what we love!
While working in finance, I have saved and collected a plethora of products for Ledbelly and am excited to show you what's in store (so many beautiful heirlooms, handmade jewelry, and accessories).
So with that, thank you again for being so supportive and understanding about Ledbelly lingering for so long. Although Ledbelly has been semi-active for a couple of years, this year will mark a whole new beginning for the shop and I can't wait to share more! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
- Melinda Ledbetter
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Ledbelly Vintage Bridal Photoshoot
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we had the pleasure of visiting my hometown and scheduling a bridal photoshoot at some of our favorite historic buildings. Here is the photoshoot in one of our favorite Ledbelly 1950's wedding gown, vintage ivory gloves, and a feather fascinator from Gypsies Antiques.
The top couple of buildings is an old high school from the early 1900's which still exists today. Interestingly, the 1st North Dakota Infantry occupied this area as a camp site from 1916-1917. This was the first U.S. Army Component to take offensive in World War II (ref. OpenPlaques).
In the end of this gallery, we have tiny mid-century cantina that changed many times over the years. We couldn't tell you exactly what existed but we're sure there was plenty of suspicious activity in this building. Regardless, it's always had a great exterior and happens to be right by a thrift store.
We just love these buildings and thought they were great locations to feature this wonderful wedding gown and accessories. Imagine how great it would be to have a "Grease" 1950's theme wedding in a old campus. It's always been a dream!
For more vintage wedding dresses visit us at Gypsies Antiques!
5202 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
online at ledbellyvintage.etsy.com
As of November, we started carrying vintage bridal dresses and posting them gradually as we clean and steam. We are currently updating on bridal page so that all wedding gowns and accessories are available directly on our site and at our showroom shop in Gypsies Antiques. Please stay tuned as we continue updating our store!
Here are a few dresses we have posted thus far. We absolutely adore every one of these!
1950's JCPenny Wedding Gown - $265
1960's Fink Wedding Gown, comes with detachable train and pillbox veil hat - $180
1950's Romantic Satin Ivory and Lace Wedding Gown - $495
1960's Maurer Wedding Dress comes with a detachable train - $295
Visit us at Gypsies Antiques
5202 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
Ledbelly Now Open at Gypsies Antiques!
Thank you Ledbelly followers and everyone who has supported us along the way. We are SO thrilled to re-open our showroom shop at 5202 Burnet Road, inside Gypsies Antiques!
Gypsies Antiques is a European antiquary with interesting and creative vignettes. You will find many things you probably have never seen before and wonder where it's from. It's a spectacular antique and vintage shop and part of Lo-Burn IBIZ District. We couldn't be any more excited that owner, Deborah Sierra, has given us the opportunity to sell all types of vintage at her store. It's so amazing that just last December, we featured Gypsies Antiques on Austin Vintage Blog and now have a showroom there. We are so honored and happy to work with Deborah!
Besides carrying astonishing antiques, Gypsies now features a vintage boutique with a few vendors including Ledbelly and Bloomers and Frocks! Bloomers and Frocks is another wonderful shop offering all sorts of vintage clothing and accessories for modern women. Owner, Rebekka Adams, has great sense of style which shows throughout her showroom. Come visit us soon!
Here is a sneak peak of Ledbelly. See more about Gypsies Antiques at Austin Vintage Blog and Bloomers and Frocks HERE.
Vintage bridal section featuring LaFleur, our handcrafted vintage inspired wedding jewelry and all other sorts of vintage goodies such as gloves, Whiting and Davis bags, brooch hair combs and more.
Vintage armoire full of lingerie, hats, and purses!
Vintage bridal accessories. Vintage wedding dresses coming soon!
Close up view of our special occasion accessories. Display changed daily with new vintage products!
Vintage dresses, aprons, hats, purses and more from the 1940's - 1980's!
HOURS and LOCATION
Monday thru Saturday: 11am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm.
At Ledbelly, we have a few great fashionable pieces that we would like to feature today. These marvelous milky threads are perfect for the fall or winter and ready to be worn! Each article has it's own unique flair, great for weddings or any type of outfit.
1940's crochet cape-let that can be used in many ways (around your head as shown, around your neck, or around your shoulders). A darling piece for a special girl. - $26
A beautiful ivory fleece cape featuring a faux fur trim. One size fits all and made by east 5th (private label line by JC Penny). Great for a vintage style wedding dress (source comparison: Closet Couture). - $40
Bib collars have been around for centuries but this particular lace bib collar is from the 60's - 70's. It has a beautiful embroidered flower detail on the front with buttons on the back. Perfect with a little black dress, similar to image above (source: Today's Treasure) - $16
This rabbit linked fur scarf was recently posted and now on reserve; another great item for a vintage style wedding, date night, or girls night out. It is simply stunning as the woman this image (Collectors Weekly, Vogue Magazine). - RESERVED
Thank you for looking! For any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org