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Playing Dress-Up

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My camera was feeling a little neglected so I handed it to my mother and started playing dress up. A little wacky but this is what we came up with.  

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

Bold retro print under a black formal gown. Bold fish nets stockings adorn the arms.  

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

"I wish there were wine in here." 

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

This tulle crinoline is so full with only one layer....it's crazy! We put it over top of a bright neon paisley dress.  

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

The accessories are what really made this outfit fun! Hot pink gloves, large rimmed glasses and an enamelware flower pin in the middle. 

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

"Ooh! Be careful! You're makin' me nervous!"  - My mom every time I stood on the stool. 

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Sykora Bakery

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Sykora Bakery

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Sykora Bakery

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Sykora Bakery

The two dimensional art man on Sykora Bakery wasn't the only one giving me odd looks during this pic sesh

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Sykora Bakery

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Sykora Bakery

we put this quilted house robe over top of a tulle formal gown from the 40's. It's so vintage chic.  

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Lion Bridge Brewery and Copper Alligator

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Lion Bridge Brewery and Copper Alligator

Mia Suntken Aug 2016, 16th Ave, Czech Village

Mia Suntken Aug 2016, 16th Ave, Czech Village

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Czech Village

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Czech Village

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Czech Village

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Czech Village

The floral hat is so charming, and the vintage bling is amazing.  

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Czech Village

Mia Suntken Aug 2016 Czech Village

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

Mia Suntken Aug 2016

Be Our Valentine!

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"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." -Charles M. Schultz

Courtney Deputy 2016

Courtney Deputy 2016

Roses are red, violets are blue, suger is sweet and so are you.  

Roxy Rockafeller 2016

Roxy Rockafeller 2016

Copper Alligator has a large selection of vintage slips and undergarments.  

Ashli Bishop 2016

Ashli Bishop 2016

Slips in all styles and colors.  

Roxy Rockafeller 2016

Roxy Rockafeller 2016

Half slips too!  

Roxy Rockafeller 2016

Roxy Rockafeller 2016

"Love is game that two can play and both can win."  -Eva Gabor

Courtney Deputy 2016

Courtney Deputy 2016

This mint green slip has delicate lace trim. Vintage slips are beautiful in that way. Even though they are meant to go under clothing and not be seen they are made to make the wearer feel beautiful through every layer.   

Roxy Rockafeller 2016

Roxy Rockafeller 2016

We've got the thigh high stockings with the black stripe up the back AND we've got the garter belts to hold them up! This little get-up isn't just meant to be sexy. Its functional too! 

Courtney Deputy 2016

Courtney Deputy 2016

This specific garter belt can be found in our Etsy shop. 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/267137275/lace-garter-belt-daisyfresh-large

Courtney Deputy 2016

Courtney Deputy 2016

Ashli Bishop 2016

Ashli Bishop 2016

Halloween Costumes at Copper Alligator

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We've got lots of options for this Halloween. Here is a fierce cave woman with a bone necklace.  

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015

This dress kinda makes me think of the Flinstones. We put a pinup spin on it giving her wavy hair and red lipstick.  

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

This cheer costume is UNI colors and even has paw prints on the shoulder. The "L" monogram is velcroed in place.  

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

We've got spirit! Yes we do! We've got spirit, how 'bout you?!

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

This is a reproduced Native American head dress with large feathers and detailed beading.  

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

This dress can be worn for lots of costumes. A pirate? A witch? A scarecrow? They all would turn out great with the right accessories.  

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

This dress oozes old Hollywood glam. It is very Jessica Rabbit-esque.   

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Go to the sock hop in this adorable poodle skirt. Pairing it with an adorable cardigan takes us straight into the 50's.  

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

This cardigan has very detailed beading and sequins.  

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Who doesn't love a mermaid?!  

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Her tail is made of ruffled green fabric and foam padding cut into the shape of a fin. Her top is made of sea shells attached to a  nude bra with netting.  

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

"I wanna be where the people are. I wanna see, wanna see 'em dancin'" -Ariel

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

She looks like she's ready to cheer on Texas A&M in this burgundy and white cheer uniform.  

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

GO TEAM! 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Roxy Rockafeller Oct 2015 

Sweet Caroline

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Caroline was a a great help to Copper Alligator this summer. From running the shop to helping me at vintage markets to modeling in our fashion shows, she was my right hand WOman. She even helped me reupholster some bar stools! Our recent project was this little photo shoot. She looks great in vintage! Enjoy!

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

She has on a silky vintage slip, an fluffy fur collar and a floral, netted hair piece.  

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

This dark brown fur shrug can be found in Copper Alligator along with other amazing fur pieces.  

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

This black cape can be found in our Etsy shop. You can get there by using the "shop" tab here on our website. 

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

the fringe and rouching on the back is to die for!  It has a large silk bow too.

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

This chocolate gown is so boho chic, it looks perfect on Caroline. We've tied a piece of lace around her forhead to tie in with the lace on the gown. 

Caroline Oct 2015

Caroline Oct 2015

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Caroline is totes adorbs on this pink vintage Schwinn. Her blue dress is a double knit. Perfect for when the weather starts to get a little cooler

Caroline Oct 2015 Sokol Bandstand

Caroline Oct 2015 Sokol Bandstand

We took it to the street (technically the ave) to show of this awesome wool winter coat with its fur collar.  

Caroline Oct 2015 16th Ave Czech Village

Caroline Oct 2015 16th Ave Czech Village

Her chocolate brown felt hat is charming with the dangling tassels on the side.  It, and many other hats, can be found at Copper Alligator. 

Peace, Love and Vintage

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Lets take it back to the 1970's with the wide legs and the mode scarves! 

 

Britt  August 2015

Britt  August 2015

This gray jumpsuit is ready for some hard work or to get down and groovy. Set it off with a bright colored mod scarf. 

Britt August 2015

Britt August 2015

Britt August 2015

Britt August 2015

These Land Lubber bibs are so 1970's! The high waist really accentuates a girls curves. Take it a little country with a red and white gingham sleeveless top.  

Britt August 2015

Britt August 2015

Remember what I said about "accentuates a girls curves"?! 

Britt August 2015

Britt August 2015

Britt August 2015

Britt August 2015

These Land Lubber bibs can be found in store or on our online Etsy shop by clicking the "shop" tab at the top of our main page.  

Fabulous In Fur

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Add a dash of vintage elegance this upcoming chilly season with a warm luxe fur piece.  

Brittany August 2015

Brittany August 2015

This piece is made of a course fur, possibly beaver, and 3 fur tails on each end (not actual animal tails but fur wrapped around a thick cord). There is a small chain and hook closure on the inside.  

Brittany August 2015

Brittany August 2015

This light colored fur shoulder wrap has some spotting, possibly bobcat. How gorgeous?! 

Brittany August 2015

Brittany August 2015

Her heels even have little fur puff balls on the toes. Great way to accesorize! 

Brittany August 2015

Brittany August 2015

This long fur scarf has emerald satin backing.  It can be very collegiate yet sexy. 

Brittany August 2015

Brittany August 2015

This fluffy dark fur scarf makes even the most simple of ensembles look bold and elegant.

Brittany August 2015

Brittany August 2015

Brittany August 2015

Brittany August 2015

Prancing Around Palisades Park

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Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa.

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa.

Prancing around in nothing but a crinoline. 

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

This handmade floral halo can be found at Copper Alligator along with other colors and styles.  

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

"With grace in her heart and flowers in her hair" - Mumford and Sons

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

This baby blue nightie, along with lots of other vintage sleep wear is available at Copper Alligator.  

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

This crocheted top screams bohemian chic! 

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

White frills amongst the rugged terrain of Palisades Park. 

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Lots of silky slips and sparkly bling can be found at Copper Alligator.

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Roxy Rockafeller July 2015 Palisades Iowa

Vintage Bathing Suit

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Roxy Rockafeller  

Roxy Rockafeller  

Found this amazing vintage bathing suit at a flea market of all places. It was in great condition and couldnt jump into my arms fast enough. It is a one piece with a cut-out in the center. Very flattering and classic all around. It criss-crosses in the back and ties. The tan lines in this one will be odd, yet totally worth it.  

Roxy Rockafeller

Roxy Rockafeller

Swim suit season is coming to an end we will be bundling up in wool sweaters soon. Don't forget that Copper Alligator has got you covered from head to toe. This hair scarf is a Copper Alligator pick as well as the vintage suitcase. 

Roxy Rockafeller

Roxy Rockafeller

Isn't Roxy just a doll?!  

Pickin' Trip in Oronoco, Minnesota

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This is the second time I've joined my parents and grandparents on their annual trip to Oronoco, Minnesota for the giant Gold Rush Flea Market. It was a hot one! Found some great things to bring into Copper Alligator and a few things to sneak straight into my own closet.  

Mia Suntken at Oronoco Gold Rush Days in Minnesota, August 14th, 2015. 

Mia Suntken at Oronoco Gold Rush Days in Minnesota, August 14th, 2015. 

This is a view down one of the roads. The thing is huge! This photo doesnt even begin to explain how enormous Gold Rush Days is.

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Tried on a few hats. This one with the feather is fun. A few hats came back to Iowa with me. Look for them in Copper Alligator soon.  

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Searching through some crowded racks for hoping to find a gem or two. Got some great pieces for your fall wardrobe and a few that will be packed away until next summer.  

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I was on a mission to find some great mannequins AND I DID. They were a little risque for my liking but fun to pose with anyway. These sexy ladies stayed in Minnesota.  

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We brought back some scarves, jewelry, boots and lots of other fun things for Copper Alligator. The hunt for Copper Alligators items is half of the fun.   

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This flea market literally takes over the entire town of Oronoco. It is in everyones lawns, back yards, The firestation opens up and sells food and beverages in the middle of town. There are lots of food vendors and even more vintage and antuque dealers. We were told there was over 300 vendors this year. If Oronoco doesnt quite scratch that pickin' itch, there is another giant flea market in Rochester, just one town over. Its pretty huge, itself. We always hit up both. You never know what you might miss out on if you don't.  

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We ended both nights with a game of dice. Those are my grandparents. My grandma is frowning because she just busted. Better luck next time.  

1950's White Strapless Prom Dress

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This 1950's white strapless prom dress is embellished with white sequins and 3 dimenshional flowers with gem centers.  Pleating on both sides of the waist help flatter your figure.  It includes a matching white shoulder wrap. 

Measurements- WaistL 27", Bust: 34", Length: 34", Zipper length: 14", Shawl: 67.5" x 17".

Yup! Thats Mt. Trashmore in the back ground.   

Yup! Thats Mt. Trashmore in the back ground. 

 

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A little smooch for the Lion on the "Bridge of the Lions". 

A little smooch for the Lion on the "Bridge of the Lions". 

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A close up on the lovely details of this charming dress.  

A close up on the lovely details of this charming dress.  

Destiney Lynn Ohrt photo shoot.

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This is Avery Novak wearing a 1950's dress for the Destiney Lynn Photography photo shoot. 

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Is it a coincidence that we have Avery Novak in front of the Novak building?

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You can find this adorable dress in the store. $42

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Somtimes hats and gloves make better accessories than jewelry.

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Megan and Ali had fun modeling some of our fancier vintage clothing. 

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Who brought the giggle water?

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Time to bust out the furs.

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The black curly lambs wool coat is from the late Berger Furs in Marion $68. And the tan fur coat is from the late Armstrongs in Cedar Rapids $248. 

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I keep refering to this dress as the Galactic Alien Princess dress. 

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This LBD will turn heads at your next cocktail party. It is listed on our Etsy site.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/218907990/black-velvet-cocktail-dress-with

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Christmas is just around the corner!

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We have the perfect vintage Christmas ornaments to adorn your tree. 

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Stay cozy in some nice winter sweaters. 

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Copper Alligator has lots of wool winter coats with fur trim in stock. Get them before the snow starts falling...again. Lots of different sizes and colors. 

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Listening to our Christmas records on the cradenza.  All records are $2. 

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Put on this Christmas tree apron and bake some goodies to put in these vintage tins. Take them to that work party or family gathering. 

 

 

Need an UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER? We've got you covered. Sweaters, vests, blazers, suspenders, bow ties, and festive turtle necks. Get decked out!

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Oronoco Gold Rush Days

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First time to the Oronoco Gold Rush Days and I was NOT disappointed! This picture does no justice for how HUGE it was. I toted around my mom's green vintage cart and, of course, I had to rock one of my favorite vintage dresses.

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We hit the mother load of vintage clothes and I snagged myself some adorable rompers. Don't worry. Not all of them fit me. The ones that don't make their way into my closet will be in the store soon. 

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You know you've made it when you see the giant corn cob water tower. (This is technically at the Rochester Gold Rush Days. They are only a few minutes from one another.)

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My friend, Buck, looks like he's enjoying himself. Great weather for a giant flea market huh?

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This was my seat for the ride home. The van was pretty loaded down. Packing the van was like a strategic game of Tetris.

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My adorable parents come to Oronoco every year. They finally let me join them. 

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