I’m selling off more of my own stash. I kind of hate the phrase “shop my closet”, but if you’ve ever wanted to do so, now’s your chance!
For those of other sizes – never fear; there’s plenty of goodies today, including a vintage wedding dress I found at Goodwill(!).
50s Raspberry Skirt Suit Size L/XL / $60.00
50s Pink Polyester Suit Size M/L / $70.00
50s Fit-and-Flare Snap-Waist Dress Size L / $40.00
50s Novelty Print Cotton/Rayon Dress / Size XL
50s Orange Polyester Swing Skirt Size L / $40.00
60s/70s Green Ruffled Swing Dress / $45.00
50s Red Polyester Patio Dress Size S / $60.00
80s Pink Polyester Dress Size M / $30.00
50s Lace Fit-and-Flare Wedding Dress Size S / $260.00
This shop update was a looong time coming, and I still have more vintage to list. Along with some gorgeous dresses I found at a costume sale last summer, I’m selling some pieces from my personal collection. I need to be more realistic about what fits me, rather than stuffing myself into any vintage dress with a halfway pretty print. If it doesn’t fit, I must (ac)quit. Quality over quantity. So I’m selling about a third of my own dresses, all things you’ve seen me wear on the blog.
(Forgive the ModCloth titles – it’s cheesy, but it sells.)
Gourmet in Green Dress / $40.00 / worn here
Winsome in White Eyelet Dress / $50.00
Secretarial in Stripes Dress / $50.00 / worn here
Green Glory Maxi Dress / $40.00
Fabulous in Ferns Dress / $30.00
Alice in Blue Dress / $40.00 / worn here
Belle of the (Beach) Ball Dress / $30.00 / worn here
Black (& Brown) Beauty Dress / $35.00 / worn here (oh how it pains me to sell this one)
Red, White, & Sleeveless Blue / $50.00
Swingin’ Cowgirl Dress / $40.00 / worn here
Schoolmarm Chic Dress / $40.00
Heady in Honeycomb Dress / $40.00
Prancing in Purple / $40.00
Square-Dance Siren / $50.00
Blueberry Babe Dress / $35.00
Velvet Va-Va-Voom / $40.00
I may be just as insufferable as I was last year, but dammit, I think I produced some pretty good art in 2014. If 2013 was the year I “actually took on some semblance of a recognizable style“, then 2014 was about figuring out how to work my goddamn camera.
These are my favorite posts of the year. This isn’t just a “hey give me a lots of clicks” attention grab; I have slightly more integrity than that. I just really enjoy seeing where I am artistically. And, y’know, getting lots of clicks. I’m only human.
bloody snow & my tacky manifesto
garden of earthly delights & something is terribly wrong with the princess
loonette’s heyday & girl on the burning tightrope
my precious & by the sea (mr. t)
steam for a day & curvy girls with floral curls
curious little beastie & decadent decades
mad as a hattrix & rockabilly religion major
the traveling yellow skirt freak show & the other holy grail
Josh and I are well established in the new place. Photo tour to follow as soon as I can find my goddamn camera charger. We found a two-bedroom specifically so we could have a workshop for my vintage dealing and his steampunk art. As such, I’m buzzing to announce the grand re-opening of Dressed in the Dark Vintage! I closed up shop back in March for lack of storage space, but in the new apartment, I have an entire closet JUST for Etsy stuff.
And I’ve got a few tricks up my poofy sleeve. I want to renovate the shop a little, and one of my updates is better categorizations. You’ll notice the first new category: All Hallows’, where witchy wear will reside. Over time, I’d like to compile a few more stylistic categories: rockabilly, bohemian, etc. It’s more interesting than just “dresses, skirts, tops”.
I take a lot of joy in analyzing vintage. I lurk in brick-and-mortar shops far out of my price range just to park myself in rows of dresses and examine the seams and cuts. (“Why won’t she buy something?” the shopgirl moans, shedding a single tear.) I love getting my greasy hands all over relics of other people’s lives. More than that, I love conducting between the old and the new: dusting off something long faded and sending it off to its revival.
This is my ten-dollar-word way of saying BUY MY SHIT! Click on each photo to see its listing. This isn’t even half of my new stock (again with the camera charger), so check back soon.
In the name of my new tattoo (less than a week away!), I spent last night browsing Etsy for scandalous backless swimsuits. Never too early to start planning beach bonfires and other assorted illegalities. And I happened to find some old modeling shots of me from my days with Owlhurst Loft Vintage. The shop is on something of a hiatus while Erin, its curatrix, prepares to expunge her first kid. Crotchlings are expensive, though, so she could probably use a few extra sales. So, in addition to the smexy shots of swimsuit-clad me, check out some of Owlhurst’s other treasures. Click on each photo for its link.
As usual, click on each photo to see its listing. A nice mix of realism (swaddle-licious wool coats) and fantasy (dreamy spring dresses).
This coat has the most comprehensive story of any garment I’ve ever sold. Its wool was produced in Worumbo Mill, which closed in 1964 and currently holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s listed on Etsy for now, but I’m debating selling it to a private collector. Want to be the one to change my mind?
It’s been a while since I’ve truly lived up to my blog’s name. Today’s outfit is your fairly standard flapper wear, but I’m also showing off some of my vintage treasures. I plan to list all these hats on Etsy by the end of the day. Hold me to that, won’t you? Until then, I leave you with this tease of a preview.
This one is already listed.
Dress & Tights: Goodwill Boots & Necklace: Battery Street Jeans Bow: Classy Closet
As usual, click on each image to see its listing.