Category Archives: CUTE STUFF

FLASHBACK

My super photographic memory often leads me to reminisce over items I’ve sold over the years. I vividly remember their textures, sizes, where they were purchased from, how much I paid for them, etc. etc. It’s like having a ‘Goldmine Trash‘s greatest hits’ loop constantly running through my head.

Tonight as I soaked in the tub, I suddenly thought back to a dress I sold in the EBay days, in ’03 or so; which was purchased in Portland, OR on a buying trip.

It was strapless, had a balcony bustline with ruffle insert, was boned and nipped at the waist, and had a full circle skirt w/ metal zipper at the side. The fabric was a crisp, slightly crinkled grey cotton, with metallic silver chrysanthemums screen printed on it. And like many of the best 50s ready to wear, it bore a Fred Perlberg label. It was love at first sight for me.

This was it:

Behold the magic powers of a 3.2 mpx point & shoot. Boy am I glad technology has improved since then!

I sometimes kick myself when I think of all the amazing things I sold back in the day, because their low quality pics do no justice for my archives (granted my photography skills still leave a lot left to desire, but hey… work with me here). Better pics. Sure wish I had ‘em.

Anyway. After my bath I decided to browse Etsy, where I came across this lil’ stunner from Timeless Vixen.

Now that’s more like it! Instantly I found myself reliving that brush with glamor – vicariously through her.

Hers has a slightly different bodice, and she makes no note of who the designer is. But if it has no label, it most likely had a Fred Perlberg one at one point.  Fabulous, right?

This is a shining (no pun intended) example of what makes vintage so great. The dramatic silhouettes, the high quality construction, the immaculate attention to every last detail… oftentimes even todays designer labels can’t compete. It’s no wonder wearing quality vintage has become a status symbol.

This Timeless Vixen treasure is already spoken for, and I’m sure whoever ‘Crawford’ is has a new favorite dress on the way. But the rest of us can still swoon to our hearts’ content! And I should really work on those pictures…..

WHIPLASH GIRL CHILD IN THE DARK

Zana Bayne of Garbage Dress‘  S/S ’11 collection.

Strike dear mistress, and cure his heart.

ADORABLE

 Cutest thing ever! Available from Etsy’s Betty Turbo.

WILD VICTORIAN BAT COSTUME!

Eva Dress  just stocked copies of this authentic antique sewing pattern, circa Victorian France. Isn’t it amazing? 

Reminds me of Musidora’s costume in Les Vampires, which is a great thing.

BABY SAY UNH!

I double dog dare you to tell me these aren’t the coolest sunglasses!

Huh? Huh?? Uber amazing and authentic 50s vintage! Cat eye sunglasses are having a moment in fashion this spring/summer, and I couldn’t be happier about that. If having the most showstopping piece is your thing, snatch these babies up from Retro Vertigo. She’s one of Etsy’s finest, and really knows her stuff!