The most difficult part of selling vintage clothing & treasures is deciding if you really want to part with it. I know I am not alone in this "downside" of it all, and I employ as many tactics as I can to talk myself into "letting it go". (My grandmother is partly to blame for this, she was the world's greatest pack rat and I am proud to say I inherited it from her.) I guess I am more of a collector rather than a hard core retail seller, and I always wonder about the people who purchase my vintage treasures . . .
This is the very first vintage item I ever sold. The Red Velvet Shoe was originally launched on eBay, I was a pc newbie, had NO idea what I was doing, and looking at the quality of this picture, it's a wonder it even sold! I was so thrilled to have a sale, that at the time I didn't really question parting with it.
I was doing some designer trench coat research (due to the fact that I will soon be listing a vintage Yves St. Laurent trench coat in my boutique) and this image caught my attention. Rod Stewart starts humming in my head "and she wears it well . . . ." (it's actually a Burberry, not an YSL) and I love the western belt buckle and chunky necklace. . .and what a cool bag, wait let me look closer at it . . .
And there you have it.
My vintage brown suede purse by "Triangle" with chanel~esque gold link chain hanging on the arm of this very chic woman* . . . and I wonder, is this my vintage purse?
I've been in need of an umbrella stand for, well, my entire adult life, now that I think of it . . .you would think every single home ever built in New England would come with an umbrella stand built into it's foyer (that's actually a great idea, maybe someone should market it? ) but having lived in many, that is, sadly, not the structural case.
Some friends tell me they've scored a "Faux~Asian~Antique" copy at The Christmas Tree Shop, but I have yet to find one on my occasional visits there to stock up on candles, Carrs water crackers & cocktail napkins . . . (and sometimes that colorful and absolutely delicious Bassetts Licore made in England . . .but even that is a rare find nowadays).
So, while recuperating from hosting a retirement party for my step~father which involved a keg of Guinness (courtesy of my brother~in~law, our resident beer & wine maker and sentry of THE little black book of numbers that could even have supplied us Absinthe when it was still illegal here), 30+ people, far too much greasy Irish food & blasting Celtic music (pictures forth coming), I decided to do a bit of eBay browsing for this critical object sorely missing from my home. (A wonderful diversion when one does not want to face the aftermath.)
Compliments of Ebay's Labyrinth of Luxuries:
French period umbrella stand/painted wood & cane sides (find it here) I love this...but with a starting bid of $149.99, that faux Asian one is gaining by a nose . . .
Anglo~Indian Teak Hallstand & Umbrella Rack (find it here ) Just the title makes it worth the $2,250.00 . . . but it would cost another thousand to find umbrellas worthy enough to be in the same room. Come to think of it, I'd have to replace everything! I'm in love . . .
French Iron & Bronze Umbrella Stand (find it here ) This would be perfect . . .I wonder if the umbrella is included for the $150.00? This is a favorite . . .but it must weigh a ton, and that is an issue with shipping . . .
Oak Ball & Stick Umbrella Holder (find it here ) It's lovely, but with $425.00 the starting bid, the Xmas Tree Shop is beckoning . . .(I think I saw one of these at our local thrift store for $5.99 . . .)
c1890 Victorian Antique Wicker Umbrella Stand (find it here ) I love this, but could I paint it black? For $495.00, I guess it should be the color I want . . .not to mention what painting it would do to the value.
Antique (???) Umbrella Stand/black finish (find it here ) This could work, and it's only $29.99! Somehow, I don't think this is an antique . . .especially since there are "More than 10 available". Even so, I like it.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . .
Realizing I was truly in no condition to make a serious decision of any kind, I decided to put off my decision by making a far easier one:
There isn't a vintage clothing afficionada/o out there who doesn't dream of owning a Ceil Chapman dress. Well, here's your chance:
This beauty is up for auction at Timeless Vixen and you can find out more here. It might also interest you that the bid started at only $24.00, and as of this moment, that's where its at! I think I just may go for this one!!!!