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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

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.

50s, 60s, and 80s

Another overload of cuteness in the Goldmine Trash Etsy shop this week!

Mid century mademoiselle! Late 50s-early 60s cotton day dress in a jewel toned atomic print. Love.

Just like honey. I love the fullness of the bust gathering and skirting. 50s perfection in a beige, tan, and amber checkered plaid.

Surprise! Another one of a kind House of Trash original. The fabric was vintage deadstock and is in the most PRISTINE MINT CONDITION! You’d think it was made yesterday with how crisp and vibrant it is. Gorgeous plum/raisin color with an Indian style floral print… stamped with metallic gold throughout.

The skirt is a full circle, so you’ll all eyes will be on you as your twirl about the dance floor. So fun.

Classy as can be cocktail dress in a metallic silver and white damask floral brocade. Very Blair Waldorf.

Fun fact: there was no such as person as Suzy Perette. Suzy Perette was simply a brand name for a New York design house which specialized in providing adaptations of Parisian haute couture designs, particularly ones by Balmain and Dior.

While Suzy Perette dresses were a more affordable alternative to couture, they were still out of reach for most buyers, with prices averaging around $70.00 – a small fortune back then. Consequently, this label is pretty collectible today.

Like all Suzy Perette dresses, this silver stunner has a somewhat sculptural look, a nipped in waist, and is made of premium fabric. The photos don’t begin to do it justice! It’s very flattering on, and is in dire need of new adventures.

Just in time for St. Patty’s! These two 80s prom dresses are a guaranteed way to get noticed. I love 80s metallics, and if there’s a big bow, even better. They’re both under $50 too. Before the discount even.

Diner uniform chic, 60s style. Another dress that pics aren’t doing justice for. Carnation pink and white checkered print, with white color block contrast. Cutie pie peter pan collar + decorative pockets with ‘gum drop’ buttons! A perfect mod Easter dress.

SOLD. But worth showing for fun. 10+ years  ago I sold a 60s mini with a mod/London Underground target print to another vintage store. And 10+ years later I still kicking myself for letting it go; it was easily one of the coolest vintage prints I’ve seen!

I’ll probably kick myself for selling this one too, but oh well. At least it’s going to a good home. Godspeed, 60s micro mini.

ALSO SOLD. To the same gal. I’ve had a ‘thing’ for color blocked 60s dresses ever since the PSA uniform Zooey Deschanel wore in Almost Famous. I especially love when they’re black and white, or red, white, and navy blue. Like this one.

Mosey on over if you see anything to your liking. And don’t forget – entering discount code ‘vlv14′ during checkout takes 25% off your entire purchase!

I’M BACK

Things have been slow at my day job, so I’ve been on a tighter budget for the past few months. I got tipped off to a hell of an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up on though, so I headed north for the weekend to do some buying for the shop.

In small town USA lives a guy who’s mother did theatre costuming from the 1940s-1980s. When the threatre closed,  she got to keep all 15,000+ costume pieces (talk about a perk!) She died a few years back, but he never held an estate sale. He just hung on to everything, and stashed it in a barn. Until recently, he had no clue there was a market for old clothes.

Eventually someone clued him in though, the word got out, and slowly but steadily pieces have been sold off. When I visited him this weekend, he said there were about 5,000 pieces left. Much of it I had to pass on due to condition issues, but there’s still plenty of very wearable stuff, mainly from the 50s and 70s. And while I won’t leak #’s, I will say this: I got a hell of a deal. I love when this happens, because then I can keep prices lower too : D.

Anyway… it was the shock of my life to come accross such an opportunity. Things like this used to be the norm in the vintage clothing industry, but nowadays most estates get raided by museums and upscale Hollywood shops long before the public is alerted. I was honestly shocked by how much was left. You’d think a big name dealer would’ve purchased the entire lot.

Because I made other purchases from thrift shops, I only had so much room in my car. But believe me, I’ll be back to this secret stash of hidden treasure!

Here are a few pieces from the haul:

Disco divinity! It’s no secret that I love 70s poly dresses like this. And I love the clothes Frederick’s of Hollywood used to make. Best of both worlds. The 2nd picture shows the true color better, which is a lavender.

50s and gathered and floral and full skirted. Oh my. Jewel tones are so underrated.

Have you ever seen a 50s dress where the beading is fringed like that? That was more common with 60s dresses, which makes this quite an oddity. Pretty carnation pink lace, with a full skirt and rhinestones, faux pearls, and bugle beads on the bust. Fun.

Easter everywhere. 50s cutie pie in a large scale check. Lightweight cotton in a cheerful light green and pink color scheme. Already sold.

Colorful + 70s + cropped length = the perfect top for mixing with this springs trends. This one has also sold.

The touch, the feel, the fabric of our lives. Not cotton folks, rayon. Smooth, silky, cold to the touch 40s rayon. Totally luxe; nothing has been made like it since, making this a rare treat. I love the color scheme of this dress. Plus it’s shirred shoulders and lil’ bows.

Obsessed. Vintage Bali crochet stuff is killer! Plus the embroidery and scalloped hems on this piece are pretty sweet.

Serious ‘what the fuck’ moment, in a good way! 50s halter dress w/ a skirting overlayer made of asymmetrical fishnet mesh… which has a beige paint splatters all over it. If Lydia from Beetle Juice time traveled to the Eames era, she would’ve worn this.

Move it, Barbie! Bombshell 50s wiggle dress with a mermaid/fishtail hem. The outer layer is black tulle, which has tons upon tons of lil’ black ribbons and metallic silver threads woven throughout.

Oooooh yeah. I dubbed this dress ‘la Parisienne’ because it reminds me of Miss Pandora, one of my favorite fashion bloggers. I could totally see her in this, rocking some black Louboutin heels so the soles would match the print!

Amazing 60s party dress in a quilted rose print, with an empire waist and fringed hem. I’ll probably end up kicking myself for letting this go.

I can’t help but wonder who the actresses were that wore these, and what plays they were used in. Gigi? South Pacific?

There’s much more on the way of course. Just wait, honey child.

Hope you all had wonderful weekends and Valentine’s Days! I’m so glad fashion week is going on. I can’t wait to see what the fall trends will be.

TERRARIUM FOOTSTOOL

Another shop sold this on Etsy earlier this year. You bet I wanted it!

ETSY SHOP SUNDAYS: MASCARA JONES

Los Angeles based Mascara Jones has a finely curated selection of high quality, upscale modernist jewelry and home decor, with a strong emphasis on 1950s-70s pieces. I get the feeling I’m in a modern art museum whenever I visit this shop. Ah.. la dolce vita.

 

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MID-CENTURY MADNESS IN ARIZONA

3 years ago I was living in Phoenix, AZ. It’s been on my mind a lot lately, as there’s certain things I miss about it. The beauty of the desert, the dry heat (10x better than TX humidity), 80 degree ‘winters’, the friends I made out there, and the incredible mid century architecture!  Needless to say, I’ve been reminiscing through old photos, and decided I’d share some with you.

Here’s some architectural photos I took out there; mainly of buildings from the 50s and early 60s, with a few older ones added for good measure. Do enjoy, and credit/link back if you repost.

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