Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dresses for Successes

I've talked about this before. How vintage dresses are pretty much the best thing that ever existed.
For years, dresses were kind of a "well, it's not the right occasion," type of thing for me. 

Not no more!

All that and some horrid English to tell you that when I find amazing vintage dresses -- which, trust me when I tell you that they're really hard to find -- I'm either selling it to you or keeping it.

Or keeping it and then selling it.



This 60s olive green corduroy dress? Yeah. Just a tad big for me. But, think that's going to stop me from wearing it? Psshh. No way. Once I've loved it some, I may sell it. (Light on the "sell" and heavy on the "may.")

I'm going to switch out this belt -- because it's like the size of Texas-- and wear one of mine, a wide, black leather one along with some oxford flats. Perfect Fall outfit for Cali, and if cooler, add a black turtleneck. I'll have to Instagram that outfit!

And it's vintage new old stock (NOS), never been worn, so I'm pretty partial to wanting to wear it, although that would be the very reason NOT to wear it. But, life's too short for me to give NOS to other people some days. Like today.

Anyway, Fall is in the air. Not literally, but in my head. Kids are back to school, I noticed a crispness to the air this morning during my run: it's close. Closer than it's been since last Fall. 

I'm counting down the days to sweaters and boots. And I have a BAZILLION sweaters in my shop, ready to go!

Come. Visit. Now. Find said sweaters. Here.◄

By the way, I'll be having a 20% off sale September 1st through Labor Day, 5th of September! So, if you're waiting to shop, that will be the time!

Happy future Fall folks!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Overalls - The Return to Utilitarian

Or also known as "cyclical fashion."

If only it WAS the return to utilitarian with the hand made, hard-working people that warranted the insurgance of overalls. But unfortunately, it's not. It's just fashion doing its fashion "thing" and coming back into play.

Overalls. They're back. I wore them twenty years ago. And now, though I'm not wearing them, I see them everywhere. There was one pair that I sold a month or so ago that I regret -- every day.  It's was a specific vintage brand called Dee Cee. I had them in my hands and I sold them. I mean, they were vintage but slim enough to make me look like I wasn't wearing a garbage bag.

What is wrong with me?

This brand is on eBay so I know I can find them- but I really want to thrift them, the way I found them originally. Thrifted. Worn. Patina'd to perfection.

Meanwhile, if I come across overalls of any kind, I buy them to sell. No questions asked. If I list them, they will sell. In fact, after five years selling vintage, I was trying to figure how many pairs I've sold. Now, I'm not a huge store. I usually have 400 items or so, usually less. But I found a "sold items" list through my stats page and surprised myself.

I've sold over 245 of them. That's insane!

Today's overalls are slimmer, a bit fitted, more streamlined. And I like that because I'm slim and I don't look like I'm drowning in overalls with this cut. But I also don't like them as much because that's not the true vintage style and heritage of overalls. And being that I sell vintage, I'm a stickler for the original.

Doesn't matter, though. Ladies are buying new ones at places like Madewell and Anthropologie and I'm finding -- and selling-- vintage ones, from the 90s and before.

I'm also selling shortalls. Yes. Shorts that are overalls. Remember that awesome 80s name?
Yep. They're amazingly popular. And for good reason. They're darn near perfect for any weather. And you can wear leggings with them in the winter and over a sweater. They're that versatile.

All. Year. 'Round.

Here's a sample of overalls and shortalls that I'm selling right now! Or you can click here ◄ for my entire overall inventory. Ones like these:






Now, I'm going to go paint some fences and building something ... oh and gather the eggs and pick some early summer squash. Because THAT, my friends, is the utilitarian heritage of overalls.
 
-HJS