Friday, May 30, 2008

There Are Things You DON'T Want To Know

I love, love, love vintage clothing. It is as close to a religion as I can get. And I love knowing where vintage clothing comes from.

Most of the time.

A few months ago I had the distinct nonpleasure of visiting a vintage hoarder. It was like the Collier Brothers, except instead of stacks of newspapers, there were racks of clothing, piles of clothing, mountains of old magazines and photographs, hats jammed willy-nilly onto shelves so that when you took them out, they were broken and crushed. It brought to mind my husband, who is always after me to make my vintage "invisible" in our small Manhattan apartment. Most of the pieces I found had distinct issues and a rather remarkable smell.

Recently, I visited another vintage hoarder. Although much cleaner and more organized, all of her domicile was filled with clothes racks, bins, and piles. I spent the night in a bedroom surrounded by clothing racks, which reminded me of nothing so much as sleeping in a coat check room. When I returned to New York, I couldn't get the image of being surrounded by so much...stuff...out of my head (hence my earlier post about reorganizing). Part of it is that I have the potential to be a hoarder myself. Part of it is that the very nature of vintage selling demands "Grab it now because you won't see it again!" This woman was surrounded by beautiful dresses she cannot bring herself to list.

On the other end of the spectrum, on the same trip I visited a seller whose entire collection filled one closet. Yes, you read that right. One. Small. Closet. Everything was obviously chosen with a great deal of thought, and this seller didn't have extra money to throw around at anything she thought might sell.

There was a lesson in there for me. So when I got back to New York, I sent her three big boxes of vintage clothing. I'm still not sure if it was a thank you or revenge.

Now, a plug for a simply gorgeous black silk 1940s novelty print dress I have in my store, size XL (my mannequin is a full-figured size 16). It has a side zipper and petal-shaped pockets:




http://www.specialistauctions.com/auctiondetails.php?id=1160373

Elisa aka Hoardmeister aka The Mad Fashionista

Jealous Much?

Just kidding. Really though, this dress is beautiful. Vintage 1940's midnight blue dress with elegant hand beading in bright white. Bead work forms an abstract floral pattern. Sharp v-neck, darted bust. Side zip, no stretch. Narrow cinch belt for natural waist. Front panel pocket with long arrow pocket detail. Pencil-cut skirt. Made of semi-sheer crepe with glass beads, metal zipper. Form fitting. In great condition.
Size Snug medium measures 30" waist and 40" bust

Click here to see this item at MonsterVintage.com

Vintage Bulletin interviews - Vintage Vixen!

Go to any search engine and type in 'Vintage Clothing' and Vintage Vixen will show up in the top results. That's because Vintage Vixen is one of the oldest and largest vintage clothing websites online. They were one of the first vintage sites, starting in March of 1997 from an idea that "combined the uniqueness and collectability of vintage clothing with the unlimited marketplace of the Internet." They were one of the inspirations in deciding to try my own website later that year.
Their inventory is massive with over 5500 items online, and new stock is always being added. They have a wide range of vintage from the 1800s to the 1980s, over 30 categories of womens clothing and accessories, as well as a nice range of men's categories, along with children's and jewelry too. They also offer Vintage Lovers information on fashion history and vintage clothing care in their Free Information Section
I sent a list of questions to Head Vixen April and here is the interview -


1. Please give a brief history of how you ended up selling vintage clothing -
*April - Well, I wanted to learn to sew as a teen, and my perfectionist grandmother was all too eager to teach me. She was a home economics teacher for decades. As I trained under her, I found I was interested most in historical costume, but specifically the actual clothes from the past, not modern-made approximations. I found a well-established vintage clothing shop nearby me, became their seamstress for a few years in high school, and at the same time began rummaging around online. That was 1995-1996... from there, VintageVixen.com was born, and I have not been able to slow down since!

2. What kind of vintage clothing can customers find in your store -
*April - We are like most vintage clothing shops in that we're a soup-to-nuts kind of store. I suppose I should say hats-to-shoes! If it's a garment or otherwise adorns the body, we're interested in it - as long as it's 1980s or before. We have dainty 1840s handsewn bodices and 1980s Madonna style fishnet tops. I sell anything interesting enough, rare enough and/or pristine enough to be considered saleable.

3. Do you have a philosophy on buying, collecting or selling vintage clothing -
*April - On buying - I prefer to find and sell what our customers prefer to find and buy. When I'm buying by the piece, it really has to thrill me or thrill my customers if I'm to buy it. We have such overstock (more than 5,000 pieces not on the site yet!) that I only buy when it's exciting stuff.
On collecting - I don't actively collect, though I wear a few dozen items that are vintage and I love them dearly. I consider the business inventory my "collection".
On selling - We are a website that sells at a modest price. We are not a museum, nor are we a thrift store. I love that we have relatively low prices and great clothes.

4. What makes you excited about vintage clothing, what keeps you interested in it? *April - The thrill of the hunt. Seeing something never-before-seen, or something that's been in the dark of storage for decades.

5. What sort of items do you collect personally - vintage clothing, antiques, weird stuff or otherwise -
*April - In vintage clothing, my own closet has a lot of insect-motif items (bees, dragonflies etc), good cashmere, tailored suits, Juliana bracelets and things. For my personal decor, I collect mythological items, specifically Art Nouveau decor (think satyrs, mermaids, fairies). I have a growing collection of vintage Disney Fantasia figurines that were made in 1940 to promote the movie (these are centaurettes, nymphs, pegasus).

6. What are your future plans, where do you see yourself in 2-3 years with selling Vintage?
*April - I see myself in the same place, with a few thousand more items having passed in and out of the warehouse and more wonderful customers to have met by then.

7. List all of the places where you sell - online, walk-in shops, events, shows -
*April - http://www.vintagevixen.com/ - that's it! There's about 5,500 items on the site at any given moment.

8. Do you have a blog -
*April - No, but they look like a lot of fun! I think I'd really enjoy that kind of pastime. My time splurge is spent on articles I post for the site at: http://vintagevixen.com/articles.asp

9. What other groups or social networks do you belong to - (myspace, stylehive, stylefeeder, polyvore, flickr, facebook etc.) List them all -
*April - I am on FaceBook and LinkedIn, I think. Also ModelMayhem for modeling/photography connections.

10. Show me a few of your favorite items that you currently have for sale and explain what you like the most about them -

*April - Mmmm, right now, let's see. I love this flapper cloche for its wonderful "patina". It has a lot of wear issues that only seem to make it a better piece, which is a rare thing to see.
Fantastic 1920s Copper Velvet Cloche
http://www.vintagevixen.com/itemDisplay.asp?itemID=26295




*April - I adore this dress for its pretty simplicity, and because I envy those who go strapless:
1940s Chocolate Linen Strapless Sun Dress
http://www.vintagevixen.com/itemDisplay.asp?itemID=26486




*April - And this one's my kind of find - it's understated and flirtatious:
Beautiful Knotted Black Fan-Shaped 1940s Purse with Lucite Pull
http://www.vintagevixen.com/itemDisplay.asp?itemID=23450




Thank you April, and the crew at http://www.vintagevixen.com/


Bye for now, Carol
http://www.dandelionvintage.com/

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Patterns and the Diary of your Life !

So Rita, of Chez Cemetarian, was talking 'bout incomplete patterns...now I don't have 900000 like she does.. I probably only have a few hundred......but some are incomplete. I dug them out, took pictures and will offer them on ebay.
I found these in a box....I'm guessing the '39 clippings were the wishes of a young girl.....and the women's pattern that looks a lot like the child's pattern....were chosen for a mother and daughter's matching ensembles.....perhaps this young girl became a mother and took great pleasure in dressing her little girl......
These clippings are dated 1939...




This pattern has pleated shorts and a jacket.....only a shred of the pattern remains....



And a child's 1945 pattern...That looks a lot like mom's jacket and pleated skirt,
up there !

Sci-Fi Crazy!

Okay, I just had to post this. This is one of the coolest girl t-shirts I have seen in awhile. Everything about it is awesome. The color, image, design. I think it speaks to the the sci-fi geek in all of us. Vintage 1978 original Close Encounters of the Third Kind photo screen print t-shirt in light blue and white. Made by Circus Maximous. 50/50 Cotton/Polyester blend. Unique open polo style collar and cap sleeves. Incredible rare piece in excellent condition.
Size: Small
Click here to see the Item at MonsterVintage.com


This is a very hip summertime tank top. Plus it's Star Trek! Vintage 1970's authentic rare Star Trek athletic cut tank top in deep-orange with black ringer details. Soft cotton blend. Featured front original cast caricature multi-color ink print. Unbelievable find in mint condition.
Size: Roomy Medium
Click here to see the Item at MonsterVintage.com

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Vintage Swimsuits for the Summer Season!

This is one of my favorite from the summer collection. A Vintage 1960's "Cole of California" brown & cream stretch nylon swimsuit. Flattering hourglass panel shape with built in bra. Very good condition.Size: S/M, Chest to 40", Waist to 30"
This item for sale @ MonsterVintage.com





This is another great find for the summer time.A vintage 1960's original; Glenbrooke Americana striped bikini in red, white and blue. Made in the U.S.A. 100% rb textured Stretch Nylon. Open side seam flat panel skirted bottoms sit at natural waist. Top features deep v-neckline with built-up straps, darting at chest cups and dual button adjustable rear closure. Some minor spots on top, easily cleaned. Great condition.
This item for sale @ MonsterVintage.com


Mommy, Do I Really Have To Sell? (Whine)

Ever have one of those days where you look around your Ebay area and suddenly have an urge to flick lighter fluid on it and burn up all of those Ferragamos, Swirls, and Carol Brents?

Well, perhaps you don't have the pyromaniac urge in you that I do, but there are some days when the LAST thing I feel like doing is selling. By which I mean listing. (Shipping is a whole 'nother entry--let's just say there's a reason my DSR is 4.5.)

And today I made things worse by deciding to: REORGANIZE! Yes, I bought myself some clear bins, a shoe holder to replace the unweildy box that has been clogging up one of the very few flat spaces in here (my desk doesn't count, it's the Mt. Everest of paper and strange small objects), with the thought of putting my vintage linens...which I never list...into opaque blue bins and my clothing in clear bins. It seemed simple enough, until I had loaded up the shoe holder, threw out the old shoe box, and washed out an opaque bin. Then I walked into the living room/home office and was confronted with a scene of such chaos that I promptly turned my back on it and sat at the computer.

Not only that, I made a dumb mistake in one of my listings, a huge ornate heavy silverplate tea set. Instead of setting the calculator for UPS Ground at 34 pounds, I left it at the default--Flat Rate Priority Mail! When I go to ship it and see that there only $9.85 for shipping, I write the customer about my mistake and the real shipping cost. Understanding soul that she is, she promptly demands a full refund. You have no idea how much I was salivating at the idea of getting those ENORMOUS cardboard boxes full of silverplate out of here today!

Oh, well, as Neicy Nash says on "Clean House," I have to take a big girl pill and get back to work. Here's an auction that didn't sell, so most of it is going into the donation bag:



As you can see, sometimes my impeccable taste fails me. Big time.

Elisa
http://www.specialistauctions.com/shops/hoardmeister

Going to Portland! Any suggestions on spots?





Hello vintage world, I'm heading to Portland Oregon in the fall and am putting together my itin now. Does anyone out there have any great suggestions on vintage clothing spots I simply cannot miss? Fleas, antiques and markets? I'll prob only have a few days in each little area i'm going to but suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, May 26, 2008

My own stash of VINTAGE for sale!

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to an update!
Over the past few days I have been re organizing my own "stash of vintage".

Each day little by little I am prying them from my wardrobe & adding something from my collection to my eBay store

I haven't worn some in such a long time and they really NEED & righteously deserve to be WORN and enjoyed!
Going along with my stash sale my special forever friend Emma is doing the same!

We have quite a BIT to list

I have started on this!! Pieces were photo'd this week and ready to go and some ARE online right now
Time to move on for another lady to love... and make room for more..??..((giggles))

& your gonna LOVE THIS STUFF,
Please be sure to check in each day to see what has been added. All will have buy it now, prices,... in order for you to quickly BUY IT before I change my mind
A some great pieces that have been consigned will be in the store and SOME FABULOUS 10 P listings auction style listings as always!

Cheers to you Angelina





click ....to get dressed...

Saturday, May 24, 2008

SALE on Designer Vintage Clothing

Memorial Day Weekend Sale! That is right from now until Monday evening EVERYTHING is 25% off at Sydney's Vintage Clothing. I have been voted by the people as one of the top 10 stores on the web, I am thrilled and honored! So let's celebrate Memorial Day and Lulu's Top 10. Use "Celebrate" in the checkout and get 25% off. That even includes NEWLY listed items. Take a peek at some of the dresses!




Thursday, May 22, 2008

Vintage Bulletin Interview - Floozees Vintage

If you've shopped on ebay, you've seen her auctions. Floozees Vintage - has been selling on ebay since January 1997 and has over 40,000 transactions! She's been a longtime favorite of mine, I've bought several cute dresses from her over the years, and I've been outbid many times by her other loyal fans. Her auctions start low, and her fixed store prices are very reasonable. She's definately someone that you want to put on your favorites list so that you can check out the store regularly.
So this seasoned Vintage Clothing selling pro was an easy choice when I was deciding who I wanted to interview for the blog. I sent Jill a list of questions, and here are her replies -

1. Please give a brief history of how you ended up selling vintage clothing -
Jill: Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth aka Before Ebay, I was a picker for a vintage clothing dealer in Dallas and a few of her friends. I've worn vintage since High School. I wore 40s and 50s suits to work. The quality and workmanship can so rarely be found in more modern clothing, plus it fit my body type.

2. What kind of vintage clothing can customers find in your store -
Jill: Floozeesvintage sells wearable vintage from the 1930s-1980s. I've expanded to include more 70s and 80s as that has been more of the trend. I'd prefer to only sell designer 30s-50s but let's face it, it's harder than ever to FIND and we like to pay the mortgage and eat. I hate to admit it, but more of the 70s and 80s stuff has grown on me, it's what I came of age wearing. Some of the prints are great. You have to smile when you just look at them.

3. Do you have a philosophy on buying, collecting or selling vintage clothing -
Jill: Buy it to wear because you LOVE it and it makes you happy! If you're wearing vintage, chances are pretty good that you won't see the same outfit on someone else.

5. What makes you excited about vintage clothing, what keeps you interested in it?
Jill: The Thrill of the hunt, the huge adreline rush before the doors open and closets are yet unexplored. Let's face it, sleeping in my truck on a Wed night in January in Mn ,parked in front of an estate sale is not as much fun as it sounds...
I'm partial to killer 40s suits and print dresses with interesting details. I love handknits from the 30s and 40s-think of the labor of love it involved from a previous generation.

6. What sort of items do you collect personally - vintage clothing, antiques, weird stuff or otherwise -
Jill: I collect manniquin heads, manniquin sewing dolls, art nouveau and art deco lamps, cottage needlework from the 40s, 40s suits and handknits(LOVE old knitting pattern books).

7. What are your future plans, where do you see yourself in 2-3 years with selling Vintage?
Jill: Someday soon, I'd like to get my website up and not just picture storage for ebay items! I'd like to add a few more shows now that my son is older and I can be away from home for more extended periods of time.

8. List all of the places where you sell - online, walk-in shops, events, shows -
Jill: Ebay, shows, walk-in shop.

9. Do you have a blog - Jill: No. I adore Dress a Day!!

10. What other groups or social networks do you belong to - (myspace, stylehive, stylefeeder, polyvore, flickr, facebook etc.) List them all -
Jill: I'm not a joiner, have trouble keeping up with my laundry.

11. Show me a few of your favorite items that you currently have for sale and explain what you like the most about them -
Jill: Gosh, just started a sale for the Holiday weekend and things have been flying out of the store. I can't believe this is still here:


50s BOMBSHELL beaded SWEATER GAL dress 42-34-42 - Jill: It's loomed, not knit in a nubby rayon/cotton blend. What a great dress for a special event. It's got all the bells and whistles and is a wearable size too.



40s SWING GAL navy wool Coat w/ICE CUBE buttons 36 - JIll: 40s navy blue wool Coat is pretty darn cute too


Jill currently has over 1400 items in her Floozees Vintage ebay store, 900 of those are Vintage Clothing, 400 are vintage patterns, plus there are many other other goodies. Stores items are currently 25% off for the holiday weekend.
Plus, at auction, there are a bunch of late 1950s to 1960s 'Modern Beauty Shop' magazines - which look like they are great resources for creating vintage hairstyles!




Thank you Jill!


I hope everyone enjoys the interview. Watch for the next one!
Bye for now, Carol
http://www.dandelionvintage.com/

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Creepy Sneakers

I have always wondered where those advertising illustrators of the 50's and 60's got the models to draw for shoe advertisments. You know the ones, the carefree looking gal with the pageboy haircut. She wears peddlepushers tight to her legs, One leg kicked up behind, her other leg on tiptoe and appearing to be floating in mid-air. What kind of woman was she really, did she really fit into those long skinny pointed shoes?
I came across an ad for Edith Henry Shoes long narrow slim pumps. The lady they used in this ad was real but her shoes didn't look long and slim to me. I have a pair of Edith Henry pumps listed and they aren't long and narrow. They are cute, real person shoes. But the Edith Henry ad states "The touch of Edith Henry can be yours in any of these sizes:2 1/2 to 14 AAAAAAA to C", ( yes 7A's!). Its amazing to think of shoes that narrow. And just what is a 7A's shoe?

Well after all my years of wondering about this illustrated model with the skinny feet I finally came across what must have been her shoes. A pair of skinny, pointed, white cotton canvas sneakers. I came home laying them on the table. I decided to leave them there to ponder over them some more.
Coming in for a visit, my sister picked them up and exclaimed they were creepy! Creepy? Why? She could only think of a woman with her feet flopping madly around long and slim, with long bony toes shaped to points. She pictured boney legs that held these flopping feet. The thought then crossed her mind, what if she got a bunion did it throw her off completely? What happened to the woman with these feet when she got pregnant? Did the law of gravity tip her over sideways? Or did the length of her foot keep her up? Did her feet help her with swimming? Did she skim across a pool quickly with her feet flopping madly slapping the water? Was she really happy and carefree as the ads made her seem, or was she in pain from her skinny feet? Did she play tennis? And if she did, what happened to her feet when she jumped down on them? I imagine her teetering back and forth.

What one gal finds creepy another finds fascinating!

If you wish to purchase these sneakers I am selling them on the babylon mall.
Vintage Late 50's White Canvas Single Tie Sneakers Shoes Long Narrow 6
Vintage 1940's 1950's Two Tone Edith Henry Buckle Bow Shoes

ChiChiChambers



The results are in . . . .



Lulu asked her blog readers to vote for their favorite vintage websites. And the winners are...

Dorothea's Closet Vintage
Sweet Cherry Vintage
Dandelion Vintage
Vintage-a-Peel
Denisebrain
Daisy Fairbanks
Damn Good Vintage
Vintage Secret
Fast Eddie's Retro Rags
Sydneys Vintage Clothing

The Joys of Modeling...Sort Of...

Because I am a plus-size woman and an actress in my spare time, I often model dresses that I think need a little "oomph." Sometimes, my (reluctant) husband will take the pictures. That is not a lot of fun for either of us, because he doesn't quite know how to use the camera, and he likes to say things like "Why are you making those strange faces?"

Other times, I use my tripod and 10-second delay on the shutter. There have been some pretty funny mistakes rushing to the background. I chose this dress that is on my Specialist Auctions site, because it is pure wool...and I am incredibly allergic to wool. In fact, I'm allergic to wool, cashmere, angora, you name it! I live my life in cotton. I can tell if a garment has wool in it by doing my own personal "burn test"--I rub it vigorously between my palms. In less than a minute my palms start burning!

However, this dress needed "oomph," and my mannequin, Bodicea, was not providing it! It's handmade, with gold bobbles around the hem and gold piping on the neckline.



http://www.specialistauctions.com/auctiondetails.php?id=1098551

It was one big ITCH! There's the old saying, "You must suffer to be beautiful." I will paraphrase that: "You must suffer to be a vintage seller"!

Elisa aka hoardmeister aka The Mad Fashionista
Mad Fashionista's Vintage & Modern

Monday, May 19, 2008

VBO - Vintage Blow Out Sale!!!!

This Thursday starts the Memorial Day VBO on ebay.

Never heard of VBO? It stands for 'Vintage Blow Out' and it's a special sale where participating vintage sellers list some great buys, all priced at $19.99 or less, all in 'Buy It Now' format.
Search VBO from May 22nd to the 29th for great vintage clothing and accessories bargains.

If you see a good deal, buy it fast - because they don't last!



If you are a seller and you want to join in, check out the VBO Me Page - for details and guidelines.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Dandelion Vintage 25% off Sale!!!!


25% off of all stock!!!
www.dandelionvintage.com

From now until next Satuuday night - 5/24.
Discount will be subtracted in the shopping cart.
Regular shipping charges apply.
Discount does not apply to items already on hold.
Discount cannot be combined with any other offer.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Vintage on Etsy - Part 1

Some of your favorite vintage sellers also sell on Etsy. Etsy.com has been known as a great resource for buying unique hand made items from a variety of crafters, sewers and artists for several years. Now they are opening their doors to vintage items, and even recently changed their search feature so that you can search specifically for vintage clothing, fabrics and household items.
To find vintage on Etsy, you can go directly to the Vintage category on the lower-left side of their main page. Or you can search using keywords at the top of the main page, just remember to choose 'Vintage' from the drop-down menu next to the search box.
You can still find these sellers at their regular locations, but now you can also find them on etsy too! Here are brief profiles of some of the great sellers that you can find on etsy.

Tribecca Vintage - Vintage clothing and accessories have been a passion of mine for over 20 years. However, my love of vintage doesn't just stop there! Here at Tribecca Vintage on Etsy, you will find unique vintage fabric, notions, linens, and paper goods for all of your crafting/handmade needs!

Glamourstitch - specializes in Vintage and contemporary sewing patterns, notions and supplies to create that perfect vintage retro look for the modern day fashionista.

Retro Wear - We have a wide selection of vintage fashion ranging from dresses, skirts, swimsuits, lingerie, pants, costumes, purses, hats, outerwear, jewelry, scarves etc. For Women & Men. We also offer vintage kitchen items. WE LOVE VERA and have an assortment of Vintage VERA table linens and scarves available.

Treasure Turf - We've traveled the globe to uncover a wealth of vintage trinkets and treasures to help dazzle your wardrobe. Our baubles and beads are sure to delight your inner desires. Take a trip through our TreasureTurf of vintage jewels and rhinestones and help them find a new home!

Morning Glorious on etsy - I have been selling vintage on eBay for 8 years under the name morning-glorious. And, I'm a proud member of the Vintage Fashion Guild. I'm excited to now bring fun, fresh-to-the-market 50's, 60's and 70's vintage and retro collectibles here to etsy for your enjoyment!

Dandelion Vintage on Etsy - a little division of my website Dandelion Vintage! On Etsy, I'll be selling clothing from the late 1960s through the 1970s and some other vintage accessories, household items and crafts that I make.

DaisyFairbanks - strives to bring fabulous vintage to the fashion conscious. Our items are hand-picked to be the best affordable and authentic vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, and more.

The Spectrum - We have sold antique, vintage, classic & designer clothing, hats, shoes, purses, accessories, jewelry, sewing patterns & antiques worldwide since 1969. Victorian, flapper, noir, swing, pin-up, New Look, rockabilly, mod, lounge, goth, new wave, dolly, Western & Hawaiian.

Northstar Vintage - Mid-century to mod accessories and housewares. I have over 3000 transactions on eBay, a 100% feedback rating, and tons of repeat buyers. Happy customers make me a happy seller. So buy with confidence, and check back often - I list several times a week, and I have some damn cool stuff.

Sister sites of Dorothea's Closet -
Kiss My Vintage! - the best vintage wear from the 60s to the 80s. why? because we said it is.
Moralfiber - sources, upcycles and recycles vintage textiles and patterns. Because its the right thing to do.

andapanda's Reproductions - This is a wonderful, creative site! I am very proud to be here. Please visit my sister Mickey (wildhareart) on etsy! She makes the most oplulent tuffets and tables. And my Mom paints! Find her on etsy as beverlyoriginals.

Retro Vision Vintage - your source for authentic vintage fashion from the Mod 60's to the New Wave 80's. We know you want to look unique and individual, and that your style can't be found at the mall!

Empress Jade - offers an outstanding selection of groovy vintage clothes and accessories. Pin-up Glam to Groovy Kitsch! We have been selling vintage for several years and are an EBay Power Seller with 100% positive feedback.

Fast Eddie's Retro Rags - is now rocking it up on etsy! What you'll find is killer vintage clothing and accessories for your inner b-movie bad girl or greasy juvenile delinquent. I'm a sucker for terribly ridiculous kitsch, so check out the crazy vintage collectibles and housewares I'm selling too! A house isn't a home until it's packed with tacky knick knacks.

Catwalk Creative - loves unique and inspiring vintage clothing, perfect for the style conscious and environmentally aware consumer. If you're tired of maxing out your credit card on expensive designer labels, and no longer want to contribute to the landfill problem that is fast-fashion, you're in the right place! Just take the latest catwalk style, adapt it by using vintage or recycled clothing and voila! You can put together a well thought-out & unique look every time

Ceil Chapmans Galore!

Leslie Hindman Auctions - is having a Vintage Couture and Accessories auction on May 18th & 19th. A longtime Ceil Chapman collector is selling many of her dresses in the Hindman auction. Here is a great chance to view (and bid on) some excellent examples of why Ceil Chapman is so beloved among vintage clothing lovers.
Tie on your drool bib and check out 12 of the 26 Ceil Chapmans that will be featured in the auction this weekend -




Some other items of interest -
A Paper Dress with a profile of Clark Gable - which I think is really cool
A somewhat subtle Pucci Dress that would be perfect for a non-flashy gal like me
A pink and navy ruffled chiffon gown from the estate of Leona Helmsley, proceeds benefitting her little dog!



A sequined Candy Cane-like Column gown
An interesting Moschino Half Suit Dress (I wish they had a better picture, I'd like to see the details)



All you need is Love - a Love Box Bag by Enid Collins. Pretty colors and a little bird, very cute.




There are also many other gowns from the estate of Leona Helmsley, other designer dresses from private collections, jewelry, designer accessories like scarves, belts and handbags.
Check out the auction photos -
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZlesliehindman



Bye for now, Carol
http://www.dandelionvintage.com/