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UPDATE 2/3

Brrrr, is it ever cold outside! Remember what I told you about TX weather? Last week felt like spring. But this week we’ve had snow, icy roads, single digit temperatures… and more snow is predicted for tomorrow.

Needless to say, I’ve hardly left home. Which in a sense is a blessing, because (when the power isn’t down) it’s pushed me to focus on adding new items to the Goldmine Trash shop. This isn’t even the begining of our stock. I have a lot of seams to reinforce and hems to restitch on the vintage, and several House of Trash dresses need finishing touches. Slowly but surely I’m working on it. So here’s a start:

I love these 80s butterfly tops! They look great with skinny jeans (or shorts in the summer), and can be layered over maxi dresses as well. Perfect for partying in. You’ll have no problem standing out in dark room with this thing on! It’s deadstock – never worn vintage – and has the original tag + bag of extra sequins and beads intact.

I’ve dubbed this the Intoxi-dress, in honor of Intoxica Radio with Howie Pyro. A collector of all things vintage since childhood, Howie has over 30,000 vinyl records alone! Intoxica is my favorite radio show because Howie’s great sense of humor really comes out on there. Plus, you can hear stuff you’ll never hear anywhere else. In an age where everything seems instantly accessible online, that’s quite an accomplishment, imo.

This House of Trash dress was handmade by yours truly, from deadstock vintage fabric in an ultra rare vinyl record print. It fits a modern size large, and you’ll need some dangerous curves to fill this baby out. My dressform did this no justice!

Mother of God. This thing is amazing! I’ve pretty much seen it all in my 15+ years of wearing, collecting, and selling vintage. This piece had me stumped however. The gal I originally purchased it from thought it had something to do with the Russian Orthodox church. There’s no religious insignias on it though.

Other theories  are that it’s a vintage costume, a fraternal order costume, or a vintage Indian garment. One of our Facebook friends offered the most likely explanation though: that it’s a torero (bull fighters) costume. Considering that TX borders Mexico, this makes the most sense.

According to her, the matching skullcap would’ve been worn under a larger hat. And the drawstring bag would’ve carried religious trinkets for good luck.

Whatever the case may be, this set is stunning! It’s hand stitched, and all that cording is hand tacked in place. The velvet looks and feels like a 30s velvet, so I’m dating this to the 1930s. It’s in fabulous condition. It’s perfect for a boho babe to make some magic in, but would be perfect for a burlesque costume too.

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SWEET SHOP SUNDAYS: SHRINKLE + SUGARPILL

Amy Doan was studying journalism when she began sewing clothes for fun in 2002. Under the seller name Shrinkle she sold her designs on EBay, which were so well received that Shrinkle became a full time gig. It was then Amy realized her true calling in life was for fashion design and glamor.

To promote Shrinkle, Amy set up a blog documenting her designs, in addition to her partying antics with equally fabulous friends. Other bloggers found inspiration in her humorous writing style and colorful pics, which featured fun ways to wear vintage fashions and plenty of bright, richly pigmented makeup . A new demand was born. Ever the savvy business woman, Amy expanded her shop to stock vintage dresses and Kryolan cosmetics too. She also began selling fabric and trim by the yard, for other DIY’ers.

Though maintaining her EBay shop to sell Kryolan, Amy opted to transfer her Shinkle line, vintage wares and diy supplies to an Etsy shop in 2007. Since then over 1,000 items have been sold, ranging from handmade corset tops to 70s disco dresses to vintage slips refashioned for every day wear.

But that’s not all. This year she launched her own cosmetics line, Sugarpill! These high quality eye shadows come in loose and pressed formats alike, in the greatest packaging you’ll ever see.

Inspired by punk, rave, drag and Japanese street fashion, each of Amy’s business endeavors reflect her style; a style where neon, glitter and hot pink are staples. The authenticity of her brand has gained her many loyal customers, with many more on the way.

ETSY SHOP SUNDAYS: MORTICIA SNOW

Puttin’ on the glitz. Morticia Snow sells one of a kind handmade jewelry made from reclaimed vintage jewelry, textiles, and other fun things. With a wide array of influences ranging from southwestern to militaria to romantic goth, she’s a gal after my own heart.