Some Very, Merry Down-Home Christmas Wishes

24 Dec

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From the Wallace Homestead Farm in Pennsylvania to the outskirts of Boston — including the Philadelphia suburbs and upstate New York, me and my family wish you and yours the very best of times today, and always!

Although this is just an abbreviated holiday post, I did want to point out a couple truly vintage items in our little family slide show. First, there is the theme of our red and black plaid wool vintage Woolrich coats. What is not pictured are the matching wool snow pants we all have to go with our Woolrich coats — truly a Norman Rockwell sight to behold!

A vintage Woolrich light wool jacket I got from a Salvation Army for $5.

But why are we all crazy for vintage Woolrich plaid winter wear?

Partly, it’s because we are supportive of our local economy and heritage — Woolrich is a family business started by John Rich in 1830 in what is now known as Woolrich, Pa. Also, it’s due to the quality of the Woolrich brand — there is nothing more snug in the howling wind than a tightly woven wool!

As a testament to Woolrich which “offers the outdoor enthusiast the clothing and gear they can use for years with complete confidence,” my family can vouch that our vintage Woolrich, ranging from the 1940s through 1970s, is still serving us well.

Dad and the 1940 Farmall bringing in summer hay.

Speaking of serving us well, there is none greater than the all-original 1940 Farmall tractor which is in full operating force at the Wallace Homestead Farm.

Like my Dad always says, “everything around here has to earn its keep.”

And, as a hallmark of our family farm, the Farmall is a solid piece of machinery that runs steady and sure.

So from Woolrich to Farmall, there is something to be said about the way things were … in that, the quality of craftsmanship in these vintage items can still provide a family shelter from the cold and a livelihood, in the same fashion they had done the day they were bought up to 70 years ago! This is why I love vintage so much — quality, heritage and aesthetic character.

May your Christmas gifts bring you at least 70 years of beautiful memories!


3 Responses to “Some Very, Merry Down-Home Christmas Wishes”

  1. Dawn O'The Atoms December 24, 2010 at 1:07 PM #

    LOVE the pics, Robin! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Blessings for the Happiest of New Year’s!


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic December 24, 2010 at 1:17 PM #

      Dawn — Thank you, thank YOU! May the Christmas weekend bring you all the love and joy of your brightest dreams!


  2. Capt Tom McCall November 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM #

    Hi Robin,
    Came across your blog while surfing the web. We both have an interest in vintage clothing I see. What caught my eye was the “cowboy hat” your father was wearing while driving the farm-all. Any chance you can find the name of brand and pass it on to me. Thank you for your time.


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