Friday, October 16, 2009

Follow the Yellow Shoes...

To St. Augustine Florida!
It is pretty easy to find great vintage shops in a town that was colonized in the late 1500's! It was not officially settled until the mid 1600's
around the same time as other colonies were being set up and down the Eastern Seaboard and after the area was purchased from Spain.

However, the most exciting time in St. Augustine I think was the Victorian era at the turn of the last century. Henry Flagler came here to expand his empire and he was quickly followed by the Social Elite of New York. They came for "medical reasons" at first spending the mild winters in this subtropical South and it soon became very fashionable to have a Winter home in St.Augustine. Here their social agenda was never hindered by snow storms or being forced to stay inside for weeks at a time.

I will post some more pictures of the streets of Old St. Augustine later, but for now here are some wonderful photos of my favorite vintage shop downtown. It has an amazing selection of Victorian riding hats and shoes from the 1940's.

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