December 18, 2009

Portland Picnic

Mr. NSV and I went to the Portland Picnic last weekend to buy Christmas presents from local indy craftsfolk.
Bad dea, in retrospect, because all we wanted to do was buy for ourselves.
A few of the things I didn't buy:
Purses from Boomchick-a-boom

Pottery from Patti Aggi Ceramics:

 Earrings from Fayandrada:

Sweet weed box (and anything) from Strong Arm Bindery (who was once my studio neighbor - I could hear her binding the books, which was really cool).

I could even get NEAR the Grandma June table to look at the vintage, but I am positive that it was fabulous.

 Long t-shirt from Pinecone & Chickadee

Another photo portrait by Nathan Eldridge: (because I already have one!)

 Jellyfish print from Emblem Studios:

EVERYTHING offered by Ferdinand:

And about 90% of the other things offered at the sale.

December 16, 2009

Bad Taste

I love the saying, "Her taste is in her mouth."

With my affection for bizarro lawn art, spooky head art, and 70's motorcycle helmets, some would probably say that about me.  But I like to think I'm just eclectic.

However, I don't think eclectic explains my ardor for this 1970's black satin roller disco jacket with a sparkle uniform on the back.   Especially because it's a man's jacket.  But I love it.  I love the man that wore this, and I love thinking that some other guy might rock this look.

Or maybe all those psychedelic college experiences are catching up.

In case you agree that this is the most insanely fabulous jacket ever, you can bid on it HERE.

December 15, 2009

Something to think about

The Politics of Vintage

Including the questions:
  • Is wearing a fashion from an oppressive time period indeed a symbol of that oppression?
  • Is there such a thing as "reclaiming" these fashions so that they are symbols of power rather than domination?
  • Should we only make patterns from the eras that were the least oppressive to women?
  • If wiggle skirts and the like are offensive to those with feminist sensibilities, what is the alternative? I mean, what could we possibly wear that would establish us as feminists to those who view us?
  • Are 50’s wiggle skirts really that different from modern pencil skirts?
  • What about current fashions that are restrictive? Stilettos, Spanx, etc? Skinny jeans? Are these symbols of oppression towards women?
I need to think about this one, but off the cuff, my answer to almost every question is, "No."

December 11, 2009

Happy Holidays

We've assembled the aluminum tree (sadly the color wheel does not work), put on the vintage ornaments (there was some red wine involved, so we did lost a few), and propped up Scary Santa in the Bertoia chair.

The Stig showed his appreciation by trying to eat the tree.

He was really into it for a minute, but thankfully, tinsel is not to his liking.

So instead he struck a pose and gave me my electronic Christmas card.

Happy Holidays.  Life is good.

December 3, 2009

Let's try this again.

Apparently my previous sale only lasted for one day.

So I've extended it until January, and deepened the discount to 35%.

Click on the 1940's lavender silk Art Deco dress (now 35% off) to go to the sale:

November 29, 2009

Best Novelty Print EVER.

I know, I know, I've said this before.  But this one is IT.

The best part?  It reminds me of my friend Holly, world's toughest dog walker (she's in Chicago!), and vintage clothing dealer extraordinaire.

November 22, 2009

Oh dear.

There are some insanely beautiful items coming up for sale in the Christie's Fashion Through the Ages auction in London on December 3.

If I'm on your Christmas list, here are a few suggestions:

1950's Strapless Lace Dress

1920's Sheer Fortuny Tunic

1980's Alaia Leather Halter Dress

1920's Lanvin Embroidered Gown

And if you're on this side of the ocean on December 3, here are a few doozies from the Christies Country Music Auction

Dale Evans Nudie Suit

Hank Williams Tie and Tie Tack

And of course - a Johnny Cash Suit,  by Manuel.

November 18, 2009

Over here!

I've been ignoring this blog because I've been working on my new blog/website (as soon as I figure out a couple of CSS tweaks I will be DONE!).  Still, I've been posting on Facebook and on Twitter, and have been listing party dresses on eBay, clothing on Etsy, drinking bloody marys, eating ring-ding-a-ling cake, watching Dexter, and playing with Captain Puffy Pants.

November 11, 2009


It looks like I'll be integrating my blog into my new website, and unless I can figure out a decent looking feed (really, it should not be that hard, but it is), I'll be relocating this blog.

I hope I can bring all of you along.  And don't worry, it won't happen any time soon. 

In the meantime, I've been listing some killer vintage.  Click on the coolest smoking jacket ever to go to my eBay store:

November 7, 2009

Big Cats

I love big cats.  Specifically, this big cat (The Stig a/k/a Captain Puffy Pants)

I love the big cats on this Serbin dress too:

They're angry!

You can read more about Serbin here.  You can check out the dress auction here.

November 6, 2009

Serendipity Redux

A few weeks ago I was so moved by this article in the local Maine paper, about the 70th reunion of the Cony High School Class of 1939.  "This is our last hurrah," is what really got me.

And then I found this:

I am a sentimental monster, but not so much so that I didn't put the jacket up for sale on ebay.

November 3, 2009

Karma. Flattery. Plaid.

As I've been training for a half-marathon, I've been listening to A LOT of podcasts.

One of my recent favorites is The Sound of Young America with Jesse Thorn.  I listened to the entire catalog of podcasts throughout September.

 I was pleased to find out that Jesse and Adam Lisagor had started a new blog about clothing, called Put This On, first because I've become a fangirl, and second, because I'm into blogs about menswear.

So you cannot imagine my  freakout I had when my pod-nerd/ vintage menswear geekery merged together :  One of my auction items featured on the Put This On blog.

This coat is not necessarily the item I'd like featured in a major blog.  It has issues - lots of them.  But it's one of those pieces of vintage menswear with an elusive quality (it's work wear from the 1940's) that makes it very desirable.

I am as pleased as punch!

October 28, 2009

Second best vintage leather jacket ever.

If I didn't already own the best vintage leather jacket in the world:

(it's a Brooks 60's cafe racer jacket with stars on the cuffs), then I would keep this for myself:

It's a 40's Horsehide leather jacket with iridescent lining.   And it's up for sale now.

One more reason I love my job.

I'm a geek for research.

While searching for information about this Conmar Zipper on a 1940's Horsehide Leather Motorcycle Jacket (to be listed momentarily)

I came across this blog post....with lots of pictures of vintage zippers, including this gorgeous Deco Conmar:

It's always good to know that others share my enthusiasm for these weird, small things.

October 26, 2009


In acknowledgement of daylight savings time I've just listed some gorgeous black 1940's clothing on eBay.

Note that this is an acknowledgment, not a celebration.  I'm not really a fan of daylight savings time, but it does give me an excuse to put on my pajamas and drink red wine an hour earlier.

October 19, 2009

Snow good.

Snowfall in October does not bode well.

But last night's mini-squall forced me to acknowledge winter, and list accordingly (though grumpily).

Here's my first batch of winter coats.  There are more to come. If there's anything I find lots of here in Maine, it's winter coats.  So...many...winter....coats.
(click on the photo to go to the auction).

70's Pink Abercrombie & Fitch Trenchcoat

1950's Faux Leopard Coat XL

1970's Gray Wool Belted Coat w/Huge Fur Collar

1960's Mod Snow Leopard Coat
(not really a winter coat, but oh well)