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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.

 

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.

UPDATE 2/08

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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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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NEW YEAR, NEW STUFF

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:

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Thanks everyone!