The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 28, 1996 · Page 64
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 64

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V. 10 . 1996 ANTIQUE TOUCHES Vintage bridal clothes in yogue Old cake toppers, once found at garage sales, are even in demand By BARBARA MAYER The Associated Press Wedding traditions call for something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Now, as couples search for distinguishing touches to make their wedding personal, something old is increasingly valued. Vintage bride's and bridesmaid's dresses, tuxedos, antique rings, accessories-such as beaded bags and pearl chokers, and even old cake toppers are in demand. These used items, once found at yard sales and second-hand shops, are now hot commodities in antiques shops and at antiques shows, dealers say. Last summer, in what may be a first, an antiques show geared to bridal couples was held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J. Several hundred brides attended, according to show organizer, Irene Stella of Haworth, N.J. "We had been seeing brides looking for a non-cookie cutter wedding at our antiques shows for several years," says Stella. "So we decided to add special features to a show to interest brides." The events included a fashion show, harp music, and seminars on buying diamonds and on shopping for antique furniture. China- and silver-matching services and appraisal and restoration services also exhibited, and restorers offered free estimates on the cost of refurbishing family heirlooms. Vintage bridal wear represents the most popular oldie but goodie for weddings. "Sales have exploded in the last three years or so," says Carol Canty-Moyse, a dealer in Frederick, Md. Canty-Moyse, who put on the fashion show at the Stella antiques show, says that the most favored bridal dress styles currently are simple dresses from the 1930s to 1950s — dresses that do not have too much trim or glitter, If the bride is wearing some- The Associated Press Antique gowns, like these from Carol Canty-Moyse's Collage Antiques of Frederick, Md., are growing in appeal for many brides. thing old, chances are goo* that her attendants and her groom will follow her lead. The maids of honor likely will select period party dresses in keeping with the bride's choice, and the groom will choose an old tuxedo, cutaway or tailcoat. "There is an economic advantage to vintage clothing," says Canty-Moyse. "An old tuxedo dating from the 1920s to the 1950s goes for $95 to $150. Many bridal dresses range from $500 to $800, and prices for bridesmaids' outfits range from $200 to $300." Canty-Moyse also finds a ready market among brides for beaded purses and headpieces. But old veils, because of their fragility, are rarely available. Other items, such as lace runners, also appeal. Recently she sold lace to a bride who was planning to use it on each table ' at her wedding. Brides are on the lookout for jewelry of a certain age: pearl necklaces, earrings and pins, and engagement and wedding rings dating from the 1920s and 1930s. These are fairly plentiful and are quite popular, according to Philadelphia area antiques dealer Harriet Moskowitz. The pre-used items (not really old enough to be called antiques) may cost half of what new rings of the same caliber would cost. But that is not their primary appeal. "The old pieces have more character, better workmanship and an interesting history," Moskowitz says. Even if the stone is missing, an old setting is prized for its workmanship and ornate embellishments of filigree work and inset diamond chips. So popular are the old settings that jewelers > are reproducing them in new pieces, according to Moskowitz; Those who crave just a touch of the old might be satisfied with a cake topper. Dolores Marinello of Rutherford, N.J., collects wedding cake toppers. She says that the petite decorative items — bride and groom dolls, lovebirds and bells are all traditional — have been made out of spun sugar, plaster of Paris, china and plastic. Twenty years ago, when she began collecting these mementoes, hardly anyone else was buying them, recalls Marinello. Invitations; albums • Custom Designed Veils Silk Roral Designs • Fabric & lace for dresses Accessories for weddings* receptions 'Wedding Gifts • ]16W.6tti 913-243-4044 Concordla KS 66901 118W.6th 913-243-4755 She snapped up bargains at 25 cents, apiece. Now it is4 different story. Toppers under glass domes bring prices of $25, $50 and even $100 from collectors and couples who want them to add personality to their wedding reception. 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