Monday, June 30, 2008

I'm Featured In The Vintage Shopping Guide!

If you click on the title of this blog entry, it will take you to an interview with me! The wonderful Malie, editor of the VSG, sent me an excellent in-depth email questionnaire, and then yesterday, we actually went vintage shopping in Brooklyn together! I discovered a fantastic vintage store and a lot of not-fantastic vintage stores. And in person, she was delightful.

The day before, Saturday, I had a private appointment with a seller and got some AMAZING plus-sized 40s and 50s vintage dresses! Woo-hoo! Here's a couple of them. These are just test shots, they aren't listed yet, but look for them at my shop on Specialist Auctions, which I have renamed The Mad Fashionista's Plus Size Boutique. For instance, this mid-1940s navy beauty with a lavender hip swag, three huge rhinestone buttons, and the original belt!

(It happens to fit me perfectly! I HATE when that happens!)

This stunning green beaded 1930s gown, with amazing seaming on the shoulders and below the waist:

And this XXXL dress of some kind of heavy black satiny material, with peach trimmed pockets and studs around the neckline:

In the meantime, over on Ebay, I have up for sale a wholesale "wounded bird" lot of dresses in need of a little TLC, mostly mending. It is REALLY a pain not to be able to sew...there's only so much I can push off on Mom!

Hope you are all seeing lots of green, whatever your venue.


Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sizzlin' Summer Shopping!

I'm kind-of on vacation. I'm keeping up with orders on my website (when I'm able to steal an internet connection on my laptop) and I'm working on a few small things here. My vacation spot here at the Jersey Shore is actually only 20 minutes from home, but when I pack to come here for the week, I always end up packing like I need to take everything that I can with me. I have to keep reminding myself that I can always just drive home if I forgot something!

Anyway, when shopping for your Vintage Vacation wardrobe, there are 4 things to remember - swimsuits, straw purses, sandals and sundresses! I chose a few of each from several Etsy sellers to post here, because I love that you can create these cool widgets with your favorites on etsy.

So if it's too hot outside, or if a rain cloud dampens your vacation, go shop for some great vintage!

(ps. Don't forget underwear with your vacation wardrobe. There's been several occasions when I forgot to pack mine, back when I lived a lot farther than 20 minutes from the shore!)

Back to vacation!
Bye for now, Carol

Summer Fun At Main Street Mall Online

Over on the Main Street Vintage mall site Alley Cats Vintage has been busy listing items. Three of her summer fun treasures to be found there include:

1) This Vintage 1980s Playsuit Set Romper and Over-Skirt B34 suggests fun in the sun for sure!

There is a one piece playsuit with elastic in the bodice, waist and drawstring bloomer legs. It buttons up the front with tie string shoulder straps which makes it adjustable. The elastic waist measures 22 - 28 inches, hips are 38 inches, bust is 34 inches and total length is 21 inches.

The A-line skirt has a section of elastic in the back waist, and buttons up the front. The waist measures 28 inches, hips are at least 42 inches and total length is 28 inches.

The fabric is a heavy cotton/linen blend, hand washable. The background color is a cream with black, and brown. The pattern is like an Indian or Western style pattern.

The condition is excellent, showing almost no wear.

Alley Cats Vintage

2) Just in case there is a little rain this Vintage Winston-Salem Journal NC Comic News Paper Fabric Umbrella will come to your rescue!

This is a darling vintage umbrella done with comic fabric. It is comic strips from the Winston-Salem New Journal in North Carolina. There is Peanuts, Blondie, Dennis the Menace, Beetle Bailey, Garfield, The Family Circus and several others. The handle is wood and the center rod is a thick metal.

The only condition issue is a bend on one of the inside spikes and the metal rod on the top shows a little rust, plus a few dirty spots on the fabric. Closed it stands 35 inches.

Alley Cats Vintage

3) And, where ever you are, this Wonderful 1960s SOS Red White & Blue High Crown Beach Hat will help keep the sun under control!

The hat band is a thick wrap of what looks like fishing net. Up the side is a gold cord with red, white & blue felt SOS and at the bottom is a red & white plastic ship wheel.

The upturned brim is banded in navy and red.

The fabric is a synthetic straw done in a sand color.

The condition is just excellent, showing very little wear if any.

No inside label and it measures 22 inches and it stands 6 inches high.

Alley Cats Vintage

Visit Mainstreet Vintage, Main Street Patterns, and Main Street Mall Online, for your summer fun today!

Happy 4th of July, Have a Picnic, Past the Mustard and Don't forget the Olives

Just in time for a 4th of July picnic (or you COULD wait for Labor Day) we are offering the PERFECT dress to eat your Hot Dogs in. If you drop the mustard, no one will every notice.

This swingy rayon jersey dress was handmade at home around 1938 and is simply awesome. It has that little shoulder shelf (not a pad but a stiff shelf) to hold out the pleated (not gathered but pleated) sleeve head.

It closes with ......... are you ready for this ...... OLIVE GREEN frogs. So......after you get messy with the mustard you can play with the olives and no body will ever know.
I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July but don't forget to spend a little bit of time this week shopping at cemetarian on eBay and at

Friday, June 27, 2008

Wicked Plum Vintage Has New Items!

Wicked Plum Vintage has recently added 3 GORGEOUS new vintage dresses to their store, and would love for all of you to come and oooh and ahhh over them!

First up is this awe-inspiring late 50s/early 60s 2 PC Black/White Pencil Wiggle Dress with the Matching Cropped Button Jacket, that are both in FANTASTIC condition!:


Also an EXQUISITE late 50s/early 60s Cotton Jersey Knit Floral Print Twist Bust Wiggle Dress that is in IMMACULATE condition!:

And last but not least, a 50s era I LOVE LUCY style Shirtwaist Pleated Full Skirt Dress in a hard to find 42 inch bust, also in IMMACULATE condition!:

So click over to our store right now, before someone else snatches em' up! I am willing to accept reasonable offers on all the Buy It Now items, so don't be shy, and don't be afraid to ask! You might be surprised!


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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Vintage Bulletin Interviews . . . Meloo!

This week I interviewed longtime ebay seller - Meloo! The gal behind the seller name is Melissa. Melissa, started selling on ebay the same time that I started in 1998. Over the years, she has consistantly had fabulous awe-envy-jealousy inspiring, drool-inducing vintage stock. She finds pieces that you could imagine movie Goddesses like Clara Bow, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow or Rita Hayworth wearing, and makes them available for you to wear.
I sent a list of questions to Melissa and asked her to choose some of her favorite items that she currently has for sale. Enjoy the interview and the fabulous vintage!

1. Please give a brief history of how you ended up selling vintage clothing -
*Melissa - I grew up watching old movies and fell in love with the glamour. As I got older I haunted thrift shops in the sketchier parts of town much to my parents dismay, on to vintage clothing shops in the Baltimore/DC area and began my love affair with vintage clothing. After slinging whiskey in bars in DC we moved to Richmond, VA and I decided to pursue my interest in antiques so I had a space in shops in historic Ellicott City, MD and Fredericksburg, VA selling primarily MCM, Art Deco, 50's Hoosier/dinette sets and American Empire furniture and whatever I saw that I thought was cool.
A friend showed me ebay in March of '98 and I knew this was something that I could do, a good way to sell some of the vintage clothing that I no longer wore, or things that didn't sell at the shop. So we got a computer and I listed a cool 50's Gabardine Car club jacket with an embroidered mad scientist on the back and it sold for $450...I was HOOKED!

2. What kind of vintage clothing can customers find in your store -
*Melissa - I sell vintage from the 1900's-the mid 60's, I tend to go for the glamorous gowns that I loved in the old movies...30's bias cut gowns, embroidered piano shawls, a stunning Edwardian or 20's jeweled lame' gown to great 40's and 50's resort and cocktail attire along with the shoes, purses and jewels to match! Usually you'll find 20's, and 30's evening gowns on my ebay the moment as I prepare for a large buying trip I am mostly doing summer skirts, bombshell swimwear, Hawaiian, and cotton dresses but next week I'll have some Victorian and an AMAZING Turkish Ottoman Empire Gold Metal Brocade Anteri Robe c.1850, so occasionally I'll find something unusual!

3. Do you have a philosophy on buying, collecting or selling vintage clothing -
*Melissa - I buy what I love. Condition is important, but generally my reaction to something is immediate - if I have to think about it, it generally won't end up doing well for me. I don't have a huge inventory, I travel a lot and like to be able to buy what I want without it taking over our house...something my husband appreciates!

4. What makes you excited about vintage clothing, what keeps you interested in it? *Melissa - I have no poker face...I'm that girl who walks into a shop and gasps "Oh, My GOD....that is GORGEOUS!! Can I see that a little closer? I'll take this...and this...oh, and THIS...etc" I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE beautiful old clothes...I love meeting wonderful people who take the time to tell me when they wore a dress, the fun they had in it and how much it meant to them, it never gets boring - when I think that I've seen it all, I come across an estate with the most stunning gowns that I've seen yet, and I've made great friendships with some really fabulous dealers along the way as well.

5. What sort of items do you collect personally - vintage clothing, antiques, weird stuff or otherwise -
*Melissa - I collect purses - from beautiful jeweled Art Deco, to Lucite, to insane 50's wicker basket purses exploding with fruit or plastic flowers, I collect clothing/purses/shoes with birds (I'll have a blog on myspace with pieces from this collection soon!), Jeweled Burlesque costumes, leopard, Art Deco anything, 40's Hawaiian, wild 50's sunglasses with fins and rhinestones, beaded sweaters (I have 150 all organized by color) cashmere sweaters with dyed to match collars...I have them in every color, jeweled vintage shoes, and costume jewelry....and I am a very into music and still have a vinyl collection somewhere near 2,000....that's it off the top of my head.

6. What are your future plans, where do you see yourself in 2-3 years with selling Vintage?
*Melissa - That's an excellent question, I worry about how the changes ebay has made will affect us all and where it as a website will be in 2-3 years, I really like the thrill of auctions and so a website doesn't give me the rush of seeing something get bids and the hopes of seeing it do especially well, perhaps a shop, maybe never know!

7. List all of the places where you sell - online, walk-in shops, events, shows -
*Melissa - At the moment you can find me on ebay and Babylon Mall. Meloo on Babylon Mall

8. Do you have a blog -
*Melissa - Well, sorta. I have what might pass for a blog on myspace that I am going to TRY and do more regularly, but I suppose the answer is mostly NO ;)

9. What other groups or social networks do you belong to - (myspace, stylehive, stylefeeder, polyvore, flickr, facebook etc.) List them all -
*Melissa - I'm on myspace at and the Vintage Fashion Guild and always swear that I will pick an hour each day to keep up with the vintage boards that I belong to and do more marketing/joining groups such as the ones above....did I mention that I travel a lot?!

10. Show me a few of your favorite items that you currently have for sale and explain what you like the most about them -
*Melissa - On Babylon Mall is the most INCREDIBLE sapphire blue silk velvet dress from the late 30's - with copper and turquoise is not only gorgeous it is in EXCELLENT of the most beautiful, and softest silk velvets that I've had

On ebay my favorite pieces for summer are: This total SEXPOT Lime Lame' Jantzen Swimsuit

Fabulous, RARE 30s/40s Bakelite and Real Bamboo Sunglasses

AMAZING 50's Catalina/Jim Tillett Pin-up Swimsuit w/Matching Skirt

And a Great pair of 40's Coral Suede Peep-toe Sandals w/Wooden Flex-i-soles

So go check out all of Meloo's Fabulous Vintage - Meloo on ebay and Meloo on Babylon Mall
Read the previous Vintage Bulletin Interviews

Bye for now, Carol

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Vintage Bathing Beauties!

Wicked Plum Vintage has some cute vintage bathing suits, just in time for the summer heat!

Vtg 60s Bullet Bra Tie Waist Sheer Chiffon Overlay Ballet Scoop Back

Vtg 70s Cherry Print Rockabilly Swimsuit Romper Playsuit w/Belt

Plus we added lots of cute dresses, tops, and awesome vintage shades to stay cool in the summer heat!

We will have a huge listing going up on Sunday night June 29 at 9 PM EST. We will have TONS of cute vintage dresses from the 50s to the 80s! And some are some especially drool worthy pieces of classic late 50s/early 60s Marilyn Monroe wiggle dresses and suits and I Love Lucy dresses, all in IMMPECCABLE condition and quality!

I will post them very soon, so make sure you check us out!


Sparkle pretty :-)

eHappy vintagehas plenty of sparkly things coming your way to complete the perfect casual party-out-for-dinner-and-drinks kinda night...two Frederick's of Hollywood tube tops {one sparkly black, one striped silver & red} ala oh-so-70's disco reminiscent!

Can you imagine how show stopping they'd both be with jeans, heels, and simple accessories?

Purse Diva Vintage

Hello all! Take a peek at two very neat new vintage pieces to our store.

Check out these darling jelly belly firefly vintage earrings, they're as cute as can be and oh so unusual! A terrific opalescent blue, with rhinestones and enamel eyes, and those delicate gold filigree wings!

Also a pair of dreamy Dream Step 1950s black scallop cutout stilettos -

Need something nautical for your Summer parties? Here's a couple of perfectly darling vintage dresses, as well a neat pair of "porthole" earrings.

Every item in our stores has recently marked down, so come take a peek at our treasures.

Born Too Late Vintage

Let's Talk Shoes.........

Vintage 1940s Coward Black Suede Swing Shoes Size 8 A
Vintage 1960s Montgomery Ward Taupe Perforated Swing Style SlipOn Shoes Size 8 B

Vintage 1970s Hush Puppies White Perforated Swing Style Shoes Size 8 M

All these great shoes are available at Born Too Late Vintage at

Monday, June 23, 2008

Basic Black

There is nothing as classic and elegant as a black dress. Here are two New Arrivals at Rice and Beans Vintage that are both classic and elegant, but far from ordinary!

Vintage 50's BERGDORF GOODMAN Black Satin Dress w/Velvet Ornate Appliqué

Vintage 70's COURREGES Black Wool Dress w/Amazing Silk Chiffon Ruffles!

Alley Cats Vintage on Main Street Mall Online

Vintage 40s Silvertone Round Lennon Style Ladies Eyeglasses

Vintage 50s Pink Sparkle Sunglasses

Vintage 50s Ladies Cat Eye Aluminum Glitter Eyeglasses by Artcraft

Vintage 50s Thick Black G-Man Eyeglasses

Vintage 70s Huge Round Sunglasses with Interchangeable Lenses.

Cool Eye Wear available from Alley Cats Vintage......

Surfing USA

Whether you're surfing or sunning the vintage clothing sellers at Specialist Auctions have what you want and need!

So what are you waiting for?? Let's go shopping!