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Just added to the Goldmine Trash Etsy shop:

Pretty in light pink! 50s party dress with a white cotton tulle overlayer, which in turn has tons of lil’ white velvet bows. So adorable.

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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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A few things recently added to the Etsy shop:

True Love! Wine colored 50s velvet dress w/ rouched bust. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

… or you can be a blue valentine in this 50s lace stunner w/ sequined neckline and cuffs.

Cha cha cha! Sorry my camera hates velvet so much. This is STUNNING in person! 50s sexy black velvet halter dress with nipped waist and quadruple tiered ruffle skirting. Tres femme fatale.

Sweet as can be 50s cotton dress in gingham, with polka dots. The perfect dress for layering with sweaters now, and wearing alone in summer. Keeps ya stylish year round.

Polynesian princess! Incredible 50s dress in an atomic / tiki like print. Full circle skirt and a shelf style bust with gathers. If you’re going to Viva Las Vegas this year, you’ll want this one to do some dancing in. And did I mention it’s in a ‘modern friendly’ size?

For the disco dollies, a 70s floral print ‘secretary’ dress. I love the lil’ keyhole slit by the neck : ).

We’ve gotten a lot of love lately from Etsy treasurers. 6 features this week so far:







Thanks everyone!




This enchantress of a dress just landed in stock.

I love how 1930s dresses were all the rage in the 70s. Fashions made back then paid homage to the era, but the edgiest fashionistas (the GTO’s, the Cockettes, Warhol Superstars, Stevie Nicks) took to wearing the real thing.

This lovely dress embodies the spirit of that era perfectly. It’s authentic vintage from the 30s, but was given a new love life in the 70s; when it’s original (likely tattered) lace insert was replaced with a new polyester one in lavender. The rest of the dress is of original black rayon velvet, with lil’ buttons up the wrists, soft tucks below the bust, and a metal zipper.

So very groupie/bohemian/witchy, wouldn’t ya say? It’s perfect for fall, but compliments the spring/summer 2011 trends well too. For only $74.99, it can’t be beat!