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OUTBOUND

A treasure trove of Goldmine Trash auctions end today! Epic vintage dresses, vests, and duster jackets from the 1950s – 1980s to keep you ladies stylish all festival season long. Viva Las Vegas? Austin Psych Fest? Coachella? Check. Check. Check!

Emerald green 1950s Fred Perlberg. Full circular skirt, pleated cummerbund inset, boned bodice. Yow!

Runway style 1960s/70s black maxi vest w/ gold + metallic gold embroidery, forming Indian paisley motifs.

Dandy in the underworld. 1960s purple velvet + silk chiffon mod mini w/ metallic silver sequin trim.

Global goddess 1960s/70s dashiki maxi dress. Gauze like vanilla cotton w/ Indian paisley ethnic print.

Couture style construction! Bad photos, but a serious stunner in person. Shocking hot pink late 1950s-60s Mad Men style cocktail dress. Velvet + satin. Kay Selig designer label.

Gothy 1980s-90s black burnout stretch velvet robe/duster jacket.

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SOUTHERN GOTHIC

  My dad is an avid treasure hunter as well; a collector of bark cloth, mid century lamps, and wall art. We often travel together on weekends in search of items to add to his collection + my inventory. Two years ago we headed for Louisiana’s oldest city (and former set of Steel Magnolias), Natchitoches.

 Typical us, we had no prior knowledge of what the city had to offer.  The charming downtown was your typical ‘old town’ – 3 or 4 square blocks of 2 story brick buildings and cobblestones. Only this downtown also had a waterfront. And a lot of greenery. Impressed with how green Natchitoches was, we opted to take a scenic drive.

 What followed were miles upon miles of beautiful farmland, namely fields full of pecan trees. And when I least expected it, there it was. The most haunting sight I’ve ever seen, an old white home largely hidden behind a mess of trees and vines. I had to investigate.

 The driveway was empty. The surrounding grounds could be toured during business hours, which were since over. With the exception of a massive black bumbling bee hovering by the porch we were alone. Or perhaps not. I’m very sensitive to presences and felt watched the entire time. 

 Moments after leaving my dad suffered a mysterious affliction which caused him to lose most of the sight in one eye. Naturally, I think malicious forces from beyond the grave were the culprit. It’s as if they were saying ‘that’s what you get for snooping around’. Thankfully dad made a full recovery after wearing an eye patch for 3 months.

Upon my return home I researched this place of mystery. Magnolia Plantation was on the cutting edge in it’s heyday. Established in 1830, it was well equipped with many cotton gins and hundreds of slaves; who built a great fortune for the Le Comte family. It also stood atop an Indian burial ground. If that doesn’t set the tone for horror, I don’t know what does.

As  sensationalized as the Ghost Adventures episode on it was, they got a few things right. Magnolia Plantation is undoubtedly a very haunted place with a very brutal history.

The basement of the 2 1/2 story main home was used to cure meat, as well as discipline (aka shackle and torture) disobedient slaves. Escaped slaves were often hunted down, then returned and tortured. Once an overseer took slaves to the basement to torture them. Instead they tortured, killed, and cured him. The original ankle shackles used to detain slaves remain in the basement to this day.

The home has a designated ‘dying room’, where several residents and guests have died over the years. Including a Union soldier, who was slowly poisoned and went mad.

When Union soldiers overtook Natchitoches, they attempted to burn Magnolia plantation. The attempt failed, but they did succeed in shooting and killing an overseer at the doorstep. He’s buried on the property, and reputedly haunts the home.

Atypical masonry buildings housed slaves. Each building is subdivided into 2 sections, and each section housed up to 20 slaves. The buildings also housed up to 25 confederate prisoners at a time during the civil war. Many died from suffocation.

 Voodoo graffiti is found everywhere on the property. On the slave houses, the slave hospital, in the main home… even on Christian grave markers. Anthropologists studying the property found many voodoo related artifacts, much to the dismay of the local community – who’d rather downplay the negative parts of their history.

Hundreds of confederate soldiers are said to be buried on the property in unmarked shallow graves. The graves have yet to be found though.

With that said, Magnolia Plantation is considered one of the most haunted places in the south. I’d like to think the trees grow as they do because they hang in shame. Their concealment of the main home is their way of protecting us from the ugliest aspects of humanity.

I originally posted these photos on a personal blog, and had resized them to fit the dimensions of my layout. I regret not saving them in larger sizes and am sometimes tempted to go back and reshoot. But the little voice in my head tells me to steer clear. And little voices are never wrong.

HAUNTED

Juliet of the Spirits poster.

FRINGE BENEFITS

Currently in search of a good home: this jaw dropping 1920s slouch vest w/ attached cape… dripping with ridiculous (in a good way) 19.5″ jet black fringe. There’s two 40″ long tassel style fringe clusters in front as well. Excellent condition and very wearable.  These days it’s extremely rare to find vintage as old, exceptional, AND wearable.  I find maybe 2 pieces that fit the bill per year. So I guess this year is off to a good start!

 Snatch it up for $549.00 if you have deep pockets. If not, don’t be intimated. The reserve is considerably lower.

Fast forward several decades to something similar (and undoubtedly 20s inspired), from boutique label All That Remains. Yours for $690.00 at Bonadrag.

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.

 

ENCHANTMENT

This lovely jacket was auctioned off by Thrifted recently for $255.00. If you’re sad about missing out, we have the same one in purple ending tonight! Perfect for festival season, which is just around the corner.

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