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LAZY

Had to pull over and snap a few pics of this old theatre in Kansas, which was en route to my latest buying trip. I don’t document my travels as much as I should and need to work on that asap. I was gone for 4 days and returned last night,triumphant! Quality over quantity this round. I listed a few of the finds tonight:

1940s? Tropical Hawaiian print? Fishtail peplum? We’re so there. You can expect a last minute bidding war on this here.

Rose print 1950s party dress in shocking, bubblegum, and raspberry pink. Shiaparelli would have approved. here

Morton Bergman late 1950s impressionist style blue spring floral cocktail dress set. Wiggle skirting + matching bolero/cropped blouse. High quality tailored look + silk = totally luxe. here

There’s tons upon tons more which hopefully will all be up this week. Some 5 day auctions will launch on Tuesday for sure. This stunner will be for sale via Buy It Now too:

Pick of the litter. Just wait till you see the rest of it!

xoxo, SJ

CALLING ALL CRAFTY GIRLS

I’ve hoarded vintage patterns since high school. 20s flapper dresses, 40s playsuits, 50s ball gowns, 60s structural mini’s, 70s bell bottoms… Regardless of size, if it looked cool I had to have it.

 I managed to amass an entire coat closets worth of patterns, and have made myself many wonderful items over the years. I’ve also made many one of a kind, vintage inspired outfits which I sold through Etsy and EBay, which have gone to happy homes worldwide. I won’t give up this hobby any time soon. But…. I’ve decided to part with the excess. Rather than horde things I don’t use, I’m hoping the patterns will find new owners who will appreciate (and hopefully use) them. 

 I decided now is the time because traditional domestic skills are making a comeback. The art of making things by hand (and with love) is slowly but surely resurfacing. These patterns are valued today as they weren’t 13 years ago, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

 Here is the first batch of patterns I’m offering for sale on EBay.  There’s hundreds more, which will be listed weekly throughout the year. I only sell patterns which have all pieces intact. I carefully inspect them to ensure this. So no gambling involved.

 

1940s Advance #4564 playsuit/swimsuit. Good larger size (40 bust).

1940s Hollywood pattern#1487. Darling casual dress/suit set! 40s size 18 / 36 bust.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Couturier Design #1692. Pucci pajama jumpsuit. Vintage size 12.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Couturier Design #2249. Pucci v neck pajama jumpsuit. Vintage size 10.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Americana #1856. Chester Weinberg mod mini dress. Vintage size 10.

1960s Vogue Paris Original #1737. Guy Laroche mod mini dress + matching coat.Vintage size 14.

1928 Vogue #9242. Flapper dress with asymmetric hem + scarf. Matching slip pattern also included. Size 18 years/36 bust.

HIGHLY COVETED! 1940s Simplicity #1307 sarong skirt, shorts, and cropped tie top playsuit/dress set. 40s size 16/34 bust.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Couturier Design #2065. Fabiani mini dress.Vintage size 10.

Late 1950s/1960s Vogue Paris Original #1458. Lanvin Castillo full skirt dress + matching coat. Factory folded – unused w/ 2 original sewing labels intact. Plus a 3rd department store sewing label. Very Mad Men! Vintage size 12.

 1960s Vogue Paris Original #1694. Pierre Cardin mod mini dress w/ sculpted seams. Vintage size 12.

1970s Vogue Paris Original #2827. Pierre Balmain day dress. Ok, this one is missing the pattern piece for the belt loop, but that can easily be recreated. All the critical pieces are intact.Vintage size 14.

More to be listed on Thursday – namely 30s and 40s patterns.

 

HELLO AGAIN, EBAY

A few years back I decided to switch selling venues, from EBay to Etsy. But I’ve decided to start selling on EBay again. The Etsy shop will remain open and I’ll continue to add to items to it every so often, but EBay will be the preferred online venue from here on out.

 Perhaps you’re wondering why. In one word: traffic. While there’s several things I dislike about EBay, they generate the largest audience for vintage clothing.  Hands down.  While I love Etsy’s lower prices and ease of use, I’ve recieved more hits in 5 days on a single EBay auction than I have on all my Etsy listings combined… over the course of 3 months! Small businesses need heavy traffic in order to operate. Otherwise sales stagnate and the business becomes a hobby. In the past year this is exactly what happened to me on Etsy. So back to EBay it is.

 With no further adieu, here are some treasures currently for sale on EBay:

 I know, right? Metallic teal green patent leather vintage heels from (I’m guessing) the 1940s. Possibly 30s or 50s though. Super rare color that’s perfect for spring. Approx. size 7 1/2 – 8 US. Listed at $9.99 w/ no reserve here. Auction ends this Sunday.

Va-va-voom! 50s inspired 80s vintage Lanvin dress. Strapless w/ asymmetrical peplum and wiggle skirting. Red silk + black velvet. Current bid is only $31.00 here. No reserve. Auction ends this Sunday.

LOVE!!!! Indian made 80s rayon chiffon slouch ‘trophy’ jacket. Loaded with aurora borealis sequins, purple glass beads, and faux pearls. 20s art deco/flapper inspired look. Current bid is only $16.50 here. No reserve. Auction ends this Sunday.

Luxuriate, 70s style. This bohemian beauty reminds me of Thea Porter. I love the elegant, free flowing silhouette + opulent Indian paisley print. Great color scheme too! Made of rayon. $9.99 opening bid w/ no reserve here. Auction ends next Thursday.

Red hot. Ultra glam 50s party dress w/ couture like cut, full skirt, and tons of rhinestones. 10x better in person. Viva Las Vegas, prom, maybe your wedding? All worthy causes for this baby. $9.99 opening bid with no reserve here. Auction ends next Thursday.

Several ‘buy it now’ store listings are available too:

These crazy 70s platforms came from the estate of country star Skeeter Davis. The certificate of authenticity is long gone, but I purchased them from a very reputable dealer and take her word for it. Size 7 – 7 1/2 US. Grab ‘em here.

Jackie O behind closed doors? The only 60s vinyl pillbox hat I’ve ever seen. Perfect for a bad bad girl. Available here.

1950s full circle skirt w/ cording detail for texture. Lovely spring floral print. Up for adoption here.

The bold and the beautiful. 70s raspberry + bubblegum pink felt floppy hat. Fun stuff. Buy it here.

Prices are negotiable on most store listings. If you need a better price, please don’t hesitate to ask. Serious and reasonable counter offers will be accepted : ).

I go out of town for business this weekend, but will try to add more listings on Sunday night. There’s a ton of great stuff on the way including vintage sewing patterns, fabric, sunglasses, jewelry, boots, and of course clothes. Plus the most amazing vintage cape I’ve ever found. Stay tuned!

xoxo

 

BOO! (the update I’ve been promising)

Hey guys! As I mentioned earlier today, I’m sooo sorry this blog has been a bit neglected lately. A lot has been going on in ‘real life’ which has kept me pretty busy. I’ll try to post daily and keep up on this blogs regular features starting tonight though!

 So first things first, here’s a rundown of every Goldmine Trash and House of Trash item to land in stock since the last big update:

 

The Tropicalia dress. This House of Trash beauty was made from a sheer cotton organza, which had a Mayan inspired novelty print. It was then given an underlayer in light yellow cotton. Like most House of Trash items, it was constructed from an authentic vintage sewing patter. Rounded neckline, cap sleeves, ruched cummerbund waistline, and full dirndl skirt. Amazing. And SOLD.

Metallic gold with lace overlay. This 50s stunner bore the Jonathan Logan label, and SOLD instantly.

A House of Trash playsuit to end all playsuits! Made from a 40s pattern in the most amazing metallic gold polyester, which feels and drapes like a rayon. You can’t tell from these pics, but it’s actually a 3 pc. set with matching shorts. It’s perfect for a pinup look, and since 70s aesthetics were reinterpretations of 30s and 40s aesthetics, this is suitable for a disco look too. Your fashion forecast never looked brighter.

I have a ‘thing’ for all things inspired by the Native Americans and southwest. Blame it on the 4 year stint I did in Phoenix. Naturally, it was love at first sight for me and this fabric. You’ll see more of it in the near future, but for now, this House of Trash set needs a good home. The tie top is adjustable and perfect for summer, and the skirt is a full circle (aka the best kind). Mix and match them with other items in your closet for a wardrobe that keeps going and going.

If I were a wee bit sorter I’d keep this for myself. This peignoir set is to die for! Lovely peac and white color combo, with tons of lil’ pearly beads throughout. Pair it with tons of jewelry and wear it as outerwear. Why not?

I’ve gotta hand it to you gals down under for having impeccable taste. My Australian customer base is growing and growing, and I could’t be happier about that. This lovely House of Trash dress will be headed for New South Wales first thing Monday morning. SOLD!

 The lace is imported French, and retailed for $100 a yard. The light silk taffeta underlayer normally retailed for $30 a yard. 4 1/2 yards were used of each, so under normal circumstances this dress would’ve contained $555.00 worth of fabric alone! I managed to get an incredible deal on it though. And as always, when I get a deal, I keep the good karma flowing by passing a deal on to my customers.

 It warms my heart to know this dress has found a new home. When placed alongside authentic vintage, House of Trash manages to outsell the ‘real thing’. That’s one heck of a compliment!

Arpeja were an upscale American boutique label which cranked out some amazing stuff, namely under the lines Young Innocent and Young Edwardian. This 70s boho dress is from the former. Such beautiful mood lifting colors, and I love the kimono sleeves. A winner for sure.

The ‘mama’ of the above dress, if you will. This country inspired cutie dates to the late 1940s, and I originally purchased it from an Austin vintage shop for myself. It’s a tad tight in the waist for me though, so back on the market it goes. Godspeed, lil dress.

The pattern above was used to make the dress below. It’s the first plus size dress I’ve ever made; all it needs is a curvy mamacita to do it justice! Made of a lightweight cotton, which has a very mid century-esque wood grain print to it. Obsessed. I stocked up on bolts of this stuff. This dress will be the only one of it’s kind though.

Soldiers stationed in Manila would send these Philippine souvenir shoes home to their sweethearts. Hand carved and hand painted wooden wedge heels, with cloth uppers. This iconic style has inspired many an imitation since, but these babies are the original thing. ‘Philippines’ is carved on the outsides, and ’45’ (as in 1945) is carved on the inner sides. Thank goodness it’s getting warm.

If Jayne Mansfield lived to see the 1980s, she would’ve loved this! Stretchy cotton blend bandage dress with side draping, body con fit, cap sleeves, and a sexy cut out in back. Love the ta, red, and black leopard print. Purrrr.

Last but certainly not least, original 70s platform clogs with chunky heels. Navy blue leather, with braided detailing along the outer edge of uppers. These go perfectly with all the bell bottoms that are out now. My personal recommendation? These beauties from Charley 5.0 which Nasty Gal has in stock.

Is that wasn’t enough excitement, Goldmine Trash is having another sale! This time everything in stock is 50% off. Use discount code ‘spring’ during checkout.

 I meant to list more vintage tonight, but my camera battery is recharging. So tomorrow it is. Stay tuned and stay cool.

 xoxo, SJ

NOW WE’RE 3

1940s family. Too cool.

RECENT ENCHANTMENTS

More treasures available from Goldmine Trash <3. A gal can never have enough clothes, right?

I usually don’t stock separates, but I’m a sucker for a great novelty print. Therefore I couldn’t say no to this! Lady Veshoevius, I’m looking at you.

Spanish dancers and bullfighters. Whatever the Spanish word for ‘swoon’ is can be inserted here.

Again with the novelty print thing. This thing is bat bird shit insane! 40s inspired 70s 2pc dress set in the most amazing/eye gouging bird print known to man. Natrurally, it sold in an instant. I’m including it in this post for your gawking pleasure though.

70s chic = all over this spring/summer = I found your new favorite dress. Beautiful and goes with everything.

This Courreges inspired cutie gives off a…. medical…. vibe. Blame it on the Stendhal syndrome.

Barber pole beauty! If it’s color blocked, count me in.

For lucks sake we’ll call it a horseshoe print. 1940s, rayon, larger size, pristine condition – sounds like a winning streak to me.

Mad Men a la Mode. The perfect lil atomic age dress for everyday wear. Go shopping, cook dinner, and plunge the toilet IN STYLE. It’s all good, girl.

House of Trash strikes again! I have 60 yards of this fabric. Isn’t it fab? This is the perfect dress for Viva Las Vegas. It’s appropriate for a wearing to a car show, but would make quite a statement as you dance the night away too.

This was made from an authentic 50s sewing pattern – which I tweaked to incorporate some 50s Hollywood meets Hawaiian style flair. Strapless, balcony bustline, rouching, boned for support, and sporting a full circle skirt : D.

I love the mid century influenced wood grain print. The sort of wood grain which leaves you intoxicated on an aesthetic level.

Didn’t see this one coming, did ya? Another House of Trash masterpiece made by me!

This thing is so structural that it can stand up on it’s own. This was fashioned from the same vintage pattern as the tiki dress above, but was also tweaked to have a style all it’s own.

Once again you get a strapless bodice w/ balcony bustline, only this one is accentuated with ruffles. And the front overlay has a dramatic ‘m’ shape which resembles a (holy smokes!) Batman mask. It’s double boned at the sides, and has a full circle skirt.

Made of a jet black vinyl which is textured and crinkled. It’s lightly lined with cotton too.

Cecil Beaton said it best “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

My friend Allison (a real life Blair ‘evil dictator of taste’ Waldorf) pointed out that the bodice is similar to the one on the Vivienne Westwood wedding dress. Ya know, the one Carrie Bradshaw wore in the Sex and the City movie. I never made that connection until now.


Spot on. Allison is the expert!

Like it? Snag it here.

Many more beauties are on the way soon. House of Trash has some major tricks up it’s sleeve. Plus there’s piles upon piles of vintage waiting to be photographed : D.

COMING SOON

Just in time for Viva Las Vegas! House of Trash will have a few of these playsuits in stock next month : D. 40s vintage size 16.