The One I Almost Left Behind & 2nd Loved 1st Friday Link-Up

About fifteen years ago, I was rummaging through my favorite local flea market (still my favorite). I usually went there then to find vintage glass and kitchen ware. However, on that summer day, I saw two Pendleton 49’ers hanging in a back booth, both in good condition and each only $5! I grabbed the one I really liked, a brown and butter-yellow plaid, and left the red and blue, lonesome on the wall. After getting home, I regretted that I didn’t take it as well. Next morning, I drove the thirty miles back to get it. It was still there, and I’m so happy I got it.


Now this vintage 49’er is my official holiday Pendleton. I just wore it for Thanksgiving with our family. With the 49’er here, I am wearing my thrifted (Goodwill) White House/Black Market flared jeans, a Coach bag, and a pair of Born black ankle boots. I’ve had these boots for about ten years and they are the most comfortable boots I own–and they still look new. Because of this pair, I am surprised I don’t own more Born shoes. If Born shoes hold up like these boots, they are one fantastic shoe company.

The 49er’s

Below are my three vintage 49’ers. The top left was given to me by my mother-in-law before she passed. She had worn this jacket for as long as I had know her. When I showed up in one of my vintage ones, she made sure I had hers as a remembrance.

Pendleton brought back the 49’s a few years ago slightly restyled. I do have one of those and did a post on it last January.


A bit of 49er history


Pendleton introduced the 49’er back in 1949. After market research, they concluded American women were ready for wool sportswear and introduced a small line of five items. The line was a success. But the interest in the iconic Pendleton jacket was especially good. No one is going to tell their story better than Pendleton HERE. I love vintage ads and Pentleton’s post has some gorgeous ones along with a great history of the 49’ers. The first 49’er was sewn by the designer Berte Wiechmann, who based her design on Pendleton’s mens’ shirts. She was very particular about the buttons and would only use a black shell button from Australia and Tahiti. In 1956 alone, they used $150,000 worth of buttons for the jackets!

Another good place to go for all things Pendleton, and really all things vintage sportswear, is The Vintage Traveler. Lizzie Bramlet, also a retired teacher and collector of vintage sportswear, is very knowledgeable. She is one of my favorite bloggers in this area.


Finding Your Own 49’er

At the moment Pendleton these two 49’ers on sale for $138 each.








You can find a vintage 49er on eBay for around $40-$50.

The one below is on eBay now and has a 40″ bust measurement. These jackets are wool and I would grill the seller about any moth holes or other imperfections just to be on the safe side.

You can also find authentic 49’ers on Poshmark.


Instagram Focus

The look below is perfectly at home in this 2nd Loved post. I wore this last week and was my Instagram post. My Sanctuary Clothing vest, Merino Pendleton sweater, brown leggings were all found second hand on eBay. My Marc Jacob sunnies were from The RealReal. The two “new to me” items are my Coach bag and the Nine West Vintage Americana boots.


Now to the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. For inspiration, I’m again kicking it off with a collage of the wonderful slow fashion stylists that linked up last month. We still have just eleven and I am brainstorming on how to get the word out about the slow fashion movement. I so appreciate those of you who have taken time and effort for this important part of the fashion community.

I appreciate all of you who link up but to be in the collage you must link up with something you scored at a consignment shop, eBay, or a charity shop.

This month thirteen bloggers linked up at least once, sometimes more than once with gems that they searched for and thought deserved a second life. I now give you…

Last Months Slow Fashion Stylists from the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup


I would like to thank everyone who participated in the linkup. Again, to be in the collage, the link title or in the blog, you have to mention what was pre-loved. I hope to see you at the link-up tomorrow!

The link up button is now on every post that I publish to make it easy for you to link up.

And Something Extra


With my emphasis on slow fashion here on the blog, I’ve wanted to participate in something along that line on Instagram. This month I got my wish. Michelle of seechele_styles  sponsors as thrifted challenge every month and this month she is letting me be one of the guess hosts. If you are on IG, check out Michelle and join the fun. You just have to tag you 2nd Loved fashions with #thriftedchicstylechallenge and there is always a prize for this one.


That wraps it up for this week. Thank you for stopping by. I’ll have another blog bit next week. You are certainly welcome to leave a comment or two or three. I love to hear from you.

I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.

Husband Michael gets credit for the photos of me and does a bit of editing from time to time.

Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..


Time for my usual link-up blurb!

It’s time for the December’s 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup which stays open until December 31st.

Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste the URL in the Linky box, you are good to go!

One item is quite OK—a hat, skirt, pants, shoes, purse, or a piece of jewelry.  That item (or items) can be from a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique, one of the online consignment shops such as RealReal–or even something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.

When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want. To be featured in my collage, which I will put on Instagram along with your links, you have to say what item is second loved. That is a “have to”.


If you have never participated in a linkup before, no fear. Go to Linkup 101 guide that is found on my 2nd Loved 1st Friday linkup page (also found at the top in the tab section).

Just click the frog below to link up and join the fun!

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32 thoughts on “The One I Almost Left Behind & 2nd Loved 1st Friday Link-Up

  1. Well, you had me at 49 Terri, my birth year!
    I love how you provide some history on clothing, you must enjoy the research aspect of blogging, I do too. I loved the language in the adverts – collaborating colours, clothes mingling …
    It’s funny but over this side of the pond we don’t see much tartan, it seems to be mainly confined to real kilts and golf jumpers and just the occasional skirt. Maybe it’s its time to become “the must-have” soon. I wonder if we can get Pantone to come up with a tartan colour!
    Thanks for another great post, happy weekend, x.

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    1. Mary, I’m not to far behind you-1950. I’ve always worn plaid, even in grade school. It’s always been a staple around here. Now it seems more in than ever. I still have a plaid skirt that my mother made me in the 6th grade. I want to turn it into a bag but it’s one of many things I want to do so. Pantone is a good idea. They could do like Black Watch Colors of the Year.
      Oh, about the research. Yes, I do love it and always have. There was always a bit of research when I was developing new projects for art and that part has just never left me, especially when it comes to fashion and architecture.


    1. These two jackets were what started my real love for the 49er. I don’t know if I will ever have any more, four seems like a enough.Thank you for supporting me and this link up. This slow fashion movement is important to me and this is just something I can do and I love making my collages!


  2. Hi Terri! I found this so interesting about the Pendleton sportswear women’s line. i love reading about the history of fashion, and what a score you found! Love that you picked up the second jacket and the colors are so nice! The secound outfit is lovely too, love the faux fur and boots. i need to check out Ebay more. i have linked up some poshmark scores.
    jess xx

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    1. Jess, thank you for the positive feedback. Sometimes, I probably get to much into the history of things but that is just me. I’ve always enjoyed research and sometimes it just comes out. About eBay, I am careful when I am there( fakes run rampant) but sometimes you can get amazing deals. Sometimes the things on Poshmark can be more of a bargain and then sometimes not. It seems to even out in prices and I do know that there are somethings I can only get from eBay.


  3. I’ve just seen this post. I’m not sure how I missed it but I’m glad I caught up because it’s fascinating. I’ve never heard of a 49 er before.
    I must say it looks very cosy and wonderfully vintage. I really like the one you are wearing, I love the bright colours.
    It was an interesting read and now I will look out for them.
    Thank you for including me in your link up. Once again you’ve created a lovely collage and it’s great to be included.

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  4. I have never heard of a 49er except for me (I was born in 49). I enjoyed seeing how you styled this iconic piece and really enjoyed the adverts. Now I am off to the thrift shops to find one for myself.

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    1. Hi Bernadette, You are the second fellow blogger who has mentioned they were born in ’49. I am mid-century-exactly July, 1950. Good luck with the thrifting and let me know if you find a ’49er. I’ve never seen them anywhere 2nd hand except on eBay and Poshmark, with the exclusion of the two I found all those years age. You might have luck at a vintage consignment shop though.

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  5. I’d never heard of 49ers before, the story behind them is really interesting. I love how you’ve styled yours. I really enjoy shopping for vintage and thrifted clothes, I’ve been wearing a lot of items I picked up in charity shops on my blog lately. Thank you for linking up!

    Emma xxx

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