Flutter for Fathers

Yes, we know Flutter has a reputation for being a girly stronghold. But a quick look around reveals all manner of manly pleasures for the fathers in your life. Take a little tour…

We have a small but choice selection of vintage shirts & cardigans.

We have a small but choice selection of vintage shirts & cardigans.

Gorgeous elegant robes!

Gorgeous elegant robes!

Tonics & colognes are always nice...

Tonics & colognes are always nice…

Say it with soap!

Say it with soap!

Rock'n'roll dads are the best.

Rock’n’roll dads are the best.

Some dads like beer.

Some dads like bikes.

Some dads like beer.

Some dads like beer.

And what dad doesn't like KNIVES?

And what dad doesn’t like KNIVES?

And yes, we also have ties.You know, if you’re inclined that way.

The Portland Bazaar

Flutter and our sister store, Eden are participating this weekend in The Portland Bazaar!  The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday at The Sandbox Studio from 9 am – 6 pm.  There will be over 50 local vendors, food, craft classes, liquor tastings, book signings and plenty of shopping.  We’re bringing down a lot of inventory from both shops as well as highlighting some local designers in our booth.  Here’s a taste:

 Reconstructed vintage dresses from Ark Clothing.
 Chocolate truffles, wishbones, mustaches and lumps of coal from Neopolitan Chocolates.
 Terrariums and wreaths from our Mississippi neighbor Emerald Petals.
Brehan Todd Jewelry (the designer herself will help man our booth!)
Jesseca Anne Jewelry (the designer will also be at the booth with us both days!)
Pure Jewelry.
 Seaworthy Jewelry.
 Handmade leather wallets and pillows from Lees Lamar.
 Fur stoles with bright silk linings and bow-ties from Lees Lamar.
Pillows handmade from vintage Turkish suzanis.
 
…plus a few surprises we’re keeping up our sleeve.  Stop by 

More Through the Camera Lens.

Hello and good evening. I hope all our readers had a very lovely Thanksgiving with plenty of food, friends, and family!

This is sort of a mini-post with few words, but plenty of pictures. I recently brought my clanky old film camera back into Flutter and clicked away. Here are fifteen of my favorites because I think they show all the beautiful colors inside the shop…

Here’s to a fantastic and glorious week- see you in a few days!

From Past to Flutter.

Good evening, Flutter fans! I hope that you all enjoyed the crisp sunny weather today- I know I did. Portland looks beautiful right now- Autumn just suits this city so well. If tomorrow is as nice as today was, I think I might need to take a walk down to Laurelhurst Park with some tea, a blanket, and a good book.

Anyway, besides talking about the seasons and the weather, I thought tonight it would be nice to share some photographs and art from the past, all inspired from items in the shop. We sell such a wide variety of vintage and vintage-inspired items, I knew that I could easily find scenes, advertisements, paintings, and old photographs that pair well with some of our products. Plus, sometimes it’s just nice to take a peek into the past.


left: old portrait, right: Flutter


left: vintage advertisement, right: Flutter


left: Flutter, right: antique painting


left: photograph of 40’s circus performers, right: Flutter


left: Flutter, right: old film still


left: vintage Vodka advertisement (with Woody Allen), right: Flutter


left: Flutter, right: vintage catalog page

I’ll be back for a second post on Friday- enjoy the rest of your week!

Painted Flutter.

I often find myself inspired while spending my Sundays at Flutter. Not only do I have some of my favorite music playing and get to meet some lovely folks, but there’s no denying that I am completely surrounded by beautiful things. Usually I find this inspiration being targeted to my camera, but this week I decided to do something a little different. During the few quieter moments in the shop, I broke out my sketchbook and doodled some of my favorite objects and garments. While curled up on my sofa during the evening (while watching some bad tv, I admit), I painted them in with watercolors.

Oh, pretty little things, I love thee. This coming week I’d like to pair some shop objects with some of my favorite old film stars. I have a feeling they’ll go together hand-in-hand.

It looks like it’s going to be a lovely weekend. I wish you all: cinnamon vanilla tea (my current favorite), warm apple crisp, a classic movie viewing with someone you admire, a great thrift store find, sweet scents, some bed reading, good crisp weather, flirtations, salted caramels, a cozy nap, bursts of inspiration, some ridiculous dance moves, and discovery.

Stop by and say hello- see you soon!

Fall at Flutter.

Fall has arrived at Flutter! When I came into work on Sunday, I was completely blown away by how different the shop looks. Cindy closed the shop for a day to bring in new products, take out some old ones, and completely rearrange everything. Let me tell you, it looks lovely.

There are so many new items coming in for Autumn and the holidays. New books, scents, household items, and novelties, as well as new vintage finds. There are a couple antique couches I just dream of curling up on at home with my cat and a cup of tea.

Now, let’s get ready for this heat to end and the leaves to change. This year I am welcoming fall with open arms.

New in the shop: my picks:

1 and 2. Tomas Casademunt and The Selby is in your place: two very inspiring photography and interior books. Full of color and the prettiest clutter.
3. New Tokyomilk roll-ons. Not only do they smell delicious, but they come packaged in pretty vials with corks. I’m such a lover of this company.
4. Tree identification matches. We have a few new matchbook boxes in stock, but these ones are my favorites. Simple & classic packaging for a home necessity.
5. Classic nudie postcards. I myself have already purchased three of these and they look perfect hung next to my canopy bed in my girly bedroom.
6. Horse bottle opener. It reminds me of a door knocker on a old pub.
7. More classic naked ladies, this time on little pocket mirrors. I can’t resist a little vintage sexiness to keep in my purse.
8. Devil acrobat toy. Just in time for Halloween, I’m pretty sure my little boys would love this.
9. I love Eleanor Grosch’s work, so I was quite happy to see a trunk filled with her notecards for sale.

Enjoy your week!

Flutter on Film.

Through the lens of an old Canon film camera…









It sure does look pretty, doesn’t it? I usually snap most pictures of the shop on my iPhone, but last week I brought one of my film cameras in (I’m a bit of an obsessive collector) and snapped these. Just like certain albums sound best heard on a scratchy old record player, I think Flutter looks best on film. Like any good classic.

On another note, come stop by the shop this week- a bunch of items are now on sale in the back, along with furniture on the sidewalk. We’re clearing way for a whole lot of new products coming in for the fall. Or just come by to pet King, marvel at our new arrow sign (seen above), and “smoke” some candy cigarettes!

Hooray for The Spring Sale!

vintage dress
Oh boy ladies and gents, it time for the Spring Sale at Flutter! Starting this coming today, April 13th, until the end of the month, all of the beautiful vintage clothing is 20% off! (except those already marked down)
Polaroid cards
Pretty Polaroid Cards!
doll light

earrings
Lots of sparkly jewelry
Brehan Todd hat and neckace
Hat and Necklace by Brehan Todd
vintage dresses
So many pretty dresses in all colors!
vintage stamps
Vintage Stamp Collection
pillows
Pillows Galore!
vintage dresses

vintage dress

seahorse  bottle opener
Seahorse Bottle Openers
red dresses
Red Dresses
green dresses
Green Dresses!
key necklace
Pretty Jewels!
Black Dress
The Perfect “Little Black Dress” awaits you….
Red Dress
All in the details…
Asain Coin Purses
Asain Style Coin Purses and black and white photo cards
vintage dresses
More pretty dresses
blue dress locket
green dress
The perfect picnic dress
red dress
Love the print of this rare gem

Store Wide Sale at Flutter Until Sunday

red sofa
To make room for all of the new furniture, clothing and other Spring additions arriving in February at  Flutter, we are  having a store-wide sale! This week until the end of this coming Sunday, January 23rd, everything in the store is 20% off! This includes furniture, such as this lovely red velvet lounging sofa and hand painted side table. If you have had your eye on something, now is the time? There are still a few great pieces of furniture and pretty home decor left in the shop, as well as clothing and accessories, so come in and get them before they vanish into other happy homes. 
purple tutu

All of the clothing and jewelry are included in the sale as well. I have been coveting this purple dancing dress for a while now, I think it belongs in my costume collection…
yard animals
Frocks galore on sale!
red clothing rack
pink clothing rack
Gown
pretty sparkles
burgundy velvet chair
I would love to curl up in this velvety chair and read all of the amazing books at Flutter one of these rainy afternoons, with King in my lap. I wonder if that’s allowed?

post cards and photos

                             
tiny chair and velveteen rabbit
bear chair
big horn sheep
animal heads and hats
burlesque vanity
pillows

Hurry in before everything flutter’s out off the shelves!

{All photographs in this article by David Paglia Photography}

Everything is Coming Up Rainbows for Spring 2011

While the weather outside is getting colder, here in the Pacific Northwest, the ladies of Flutter are hunting and gathering all kinds of amazing vintage clothing and treasures for the Spring season! The new collection will be archived and in the shop by early February. Stay tuned for more info for our blog readers, you heard it here first! To make room for all of the Spring goodies, everything in the shop is 20% off, including all books, toys, vintage clothing, and jewelry by Paper Treasure, SeaWorthy, Urchin and Brehan Todd.
Meanwhile, Iv’e been preparing for my own jewelry collection for Spring, adding bright beads and shells to my inventory, watching films, looking at a lot of images, compiling my inspiration. Now that Spring is solidified, I’m on to Fall 2011, which I’m so excited about!
I would love to share some of my favorite looks from the runway, that I found inspiring this season. Many of the looks seem as though they could have been styled by Flutter! There was an explosion of color and feminine silhouettes on the runway from so many designers. The fabrications were combined in interesting mixes of florals and geometrics. The perfect pants and the long flowy dress seem to be the staples the to have for the season. Here is a look at some ready to wear designs that channel the 60’s again, with an extra burst of color, this time around.
Anna Sui back detail
Anna Sui Crochet Rainbow and Denim
D & G combined classic, casual sexy with a twist of cuteness, mixing florals, gingham and stripes.
D & G short skirt
D & G boots
D &G jumpsuit
Marc Jacobs was all glam feathers, sparkle, dramatic makeup and bold jewel tones.
Marc Jacobs purple pants

Marc Jacobs orange jumpsuit

marc jacobs red dress

One of my favorite designers of all time, Alberta Ferretti makes chiffon look like it’s infused with clouds.
alberta ferretti skirt boho
Anna Sui, who often references the 1960’s fashion styles has a creative interpretation this season.
anna sui blue dress
anna sui bright blue dress
anna sui black dress
Come in to Flutter and let one of the stylists help you put your runway look together from our amazing selection of vintage and handmade clothing and accessories.
See you soon!