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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

 

GUTTER CAT VS. THE JETS

Mood music:

Alice Cooper – Gutter Cat vs. the Jets

Anti-Nowhere League – rocker

the Cosmonauts – flowerbomb

the Johnson Family – (I don’t wanna boyfriend, I just wanna) motorcycle

Swiss gang members of the 1960s, captured by Karlheinz Weinberger. More here.

GMT <3'S SOTBM

 Hey y’all! Remember that big announcement I said was on the way? Well… here it is: I’ve teamed up with Sisters of the Black Moon – from now on my best vintage finds will be sold through their EBay shop + I’ll be doing some ‘behind the scenes’ web related stuff for them. This opens a whole new chapter for them as well as I; one we’re all pretty psyched about : ).

 Seeing my finds brought to life by them is a dream come true. I just love how the products are statement worthy, yet styled in a way that never looks ‘costume-y’ or ‘dated’. Instead, their presentation is a perfect hybrid of vintage, street, and high fashion – resulting in looks that are do-able and appropriate for every day. You can’t help but get inspired!

 On top of that, these ladies are the real deal. Such genuinely cool, kind, and creative people. They’re every bit as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside, so I feel very blessed to be working with them. It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I’m very excited for what the future holds.

 Without further adieu, lets get to the good stuff, shall we? Here are some treasures currently up for grabs:

 

 Dark green 70s jumpsuit with bell bottoms, cut outs, and studs, oh my! Very Foxy Brown and perfect in every way. here

The perfect fall dress! Authentic Indian silk from the 1970s. I just love the paisley/ethnic print + vibrant colors. here

Holy moly! 70s fringed bell bottoms in brown suede + cream cotton.  here

Deadstock (never worn) 70s gogo boots with cut outs. If you’re a size 5 1/2 to 6, don’t miss these. Such rare showstoppers! here

Kimono inspired 70s maxi with an obre like scheme. I love the wide sleeves and moon + bamboo/fern leaf print. here

This reminds me of my favorite fictional charactor, Wednesday Addams! Super cute 80s mini in black stretch velvet, with with satin contrast. The best. here

Grunge meets goth meets glam. Cutie pie 90s black cotton crochet halter dress. here

Glitz & glam! 70s high waist palazzo pants in a metallic gold brocade. Pristine condition as if never worn. here

Disco dolly. 70s poly chiffon triple tiered ruffle dress. Hot stuff! here

Mod-nifique! 60s mustard/red/black tartan plaid mini jumper dress w/ buckles on the straps. Perfect for layering in colder months. here

Zodiac print 60s/70s mini dress. I repeat,  ZODIAC PRINT 60s/70s MINI DRESS.  Such a thing exists, and the proof is here

I love Victorian revival stuff! Cream colored 70s mini w/ lace, ruffles, and self belting. here

Ooooh, girl! 70s/80s washed silk halter mini in a 30s inspired style. I love the deep v neck + open back. Every gal needs a sexy lil’ thing like this hanging in her closet. here

This 40s rayon Hawaiian stunner sold last week. Such gorgeous colors and print!

There’s PLENTY more where this came from, trust me. What you see here is a fraction of what I brought the sisters + they do plenty of treasure hunting on their own too. Please visit their shop for many more incredible items. Thanks for checking it out!

 xoxo, SJ

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

SWEET SHOP SUNDAYS: SISTERS OF THE BLACK MOON

This trifecta of fashionstas never cease to take my breath away. Ladies and gents, I present to you Sisters of the Black Moon – this Sunday’s Sweet Shop.

These ladies have an aesthetic heavily influenced by music and counterculture of the 60s and 70s, with a little Jennifer Herema and a lot of globe trotting thrown in. Each week a new batch of auctions are added to EBay , sending bidders in a frenzy for fringed kimonos, vintage crochet, tapestry bags, Gunne Sax minis and gauze maxis.

If you’ve ever gazed in amazement at a vintage piece but drew a blank when it came to integrating it into your existing wardrobe, fear not: each Sisters item is perfectly styled for inspiration. And yes, those are the (drop dead gorgeous) sisters themselves modeling.

Alecia, Rachel, and Sara are bff’s who originally bonded over common interests, and founded Sisters of the Black Moon in Austin, TX in 2009. Sister Sara has since moved to Sweden to be with the love of her life, but continues to run her share of the venture from there. Great style knows no limits, clearly.

For a double dose of inspiration, the Sisters’ collaborations with Austin photographer Alexandra Valenti are a must see! These stunning editorials are awash in bright colors, yet have a soft feel to them ala Madame Yevonde. Be amazed. Be very, very amazed.

 

NEW ARRIVALS 1/30

Here’s the stuff I added to the Goldmine Trash Etsy shop yesterday:

I’m obsessed with these dresses! 70s mini made from scarves. Elastic neckline, huge asymmetric sleeves, stretchy smocked waistline,  bloussant bodice, and relaxed fit skirting. This style flatters just about any body type. Amazing!

Tiered ruffles on a 50s day dress? There’s something ya don’t see every day! I love this dress more than anything. Such vibrant head turning colors – you can’t help but smile when looking at it. Double darted bust w/ rouching at the center, nipped in waist, and full ruffled skirting. Divine!

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SWEET SHOP SUNDAYS: SHOP BARDO

What this hidden gem on Etsy lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. Ladies and gents, make yourselves familiar with ShopBardo, this weeks Sweet Shop.

Vintage designer labels. Antique bird feather earrings. Masonic belt buckles and fine leather jackets. These ladies like their vintage rare and exquisite, just as they are.

Here’s a brief interview I did with Summer Harrison, one half of this dynamic duo:

ShopBardo are: Summer Harrison (an accessories designer who studied at Otis) and Sophia Casanova (a professional model).

We started our Etsy shop because: We want to make the world more dreamy.

My favorite of our items is: The Vintage 1970s Alex & Lee fantasy surrealism necklace. A Rare, one-of-a-kind ‘passementerie’ (French or Italian for ‘passing of the cord’) necklace by California artists Alex & Lee, signed “Alex & Lee, Love and Peace.”

I love vintage clothes because: They’re fun! Clothing had soul then….the fabrics, construction, everything was better quality. So much of what is out there today as far as new clothing goes is made in China. Now wearing a piece of vintage clothing is a luxury, and it’s rare that someone else would be out in the same thing as you.

We don’t care about designer labels so much, but we are deeply knowledgeable about them as they can be a great reference for finding what you like. The fashion industry is fast paced, and vintage clothing is art meant to be worn, not hoarded by collectors. It’s important to mix old & new clothing.

My best vintage scores have been: An Ossie Clark snakeskin jacket, the vintage 70s Fiorucci snakeskin & metallic platform heels someone just purchased from our Etsy page for their Shoe Museum in Moscow (we still have a similar pair left!), and all of the beautiful Masonic hardware we have in shop from the late 1800’s; they’d be great for a jewelry or hardware designers reference of gorgeous new finishes.

My dream is to one day own: Everything ALAIA.

My fashion muses are: The spirits that we talk to, Strawberry Switchblade, and Kate Moss. She likes a lot of good vintage British boutique clothing.

When I’m not working or shopping, I’m: looking for the magick.

A true connoisseur, I tell ya. Haute hippies and disco dollies take note; ShopBardo won’t stay undiscovered long.