As I mentioned awhile ago, I’ve got my Etsy Store all registered, plus a website for selling non-vintage clothing, bought a mannequin from Italy, got my logoed hang tags made, business cards, got all the boxes of old clothes from storage, took lot$ of thing$ to be drycleaned, and went through all three of my closets (and both chests of drawers) to see what I should sell.
Well, there is A LOT. I embarked on the huge project in doing a series of self portraits wearing everything I own… then revised a bit. Do I really need a photo of every single tee-shirt and pair of jeans I own? Are there enough hours to spare, for me to put on, photograph, and take off, and put on again ALL the patterned stockings and stuff I have? Probably not. So, I just hit the highlights with all the actual outfits: of course shirts and skirts, dresses and gowns, but also a few PJs and bikini’s — mostly vintage. A few things I did not find in storage are my mom’s baby-doll nighties from the 60s, and some authentic Victorian era jackets I bought at the Long Beach Swap Meet a long, long time ago.
I still have about one more day of shooting (after 5 days of Comic-Con craziness in San Diego for work), then I’ll take pictures of everything I’m selling (I have four boxes full, so far) on the mannequin and hopefully will be able to launch my stores by mid-August. I’m selling some of my mom’s sexy dresses from the 60s, some of my now-embarrassing 80s outfits, several things I always liked but that never fit me right, and a few brand-new with tags designer dresses (Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson) I snagged on the cheap.
Along the way, I encountered a bunch of pictures of me wearing the clothes “back in the day” when they weren’t vintage yet. Here is a bikini (Eugena) I’m wearing 20 summers ago, and yesterday. (I’m not thrilled about being two decades older, but I am happy I discovered scissors and self-tanner!)
It’s in perfect condition, because I’ve only worn it twice for pictures! (I’m not brave enough to actually walk around in a bikini… if and when I swim, it’s in cutoffs and a shirt; if I bought a bathing suit, it’d be a one-piece, old 50s bombshell style. This bikini was given to me and it still has the $78 price tag on it.)
…will be its own separate entity, once I get the stores launched. For now, it just points here.
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HERE ARE 4 OF THE DOZENS OF DRESSES I’LL BE SELLING
This is a 100% Silk Gown from China. I got it about 10 years ago, and only wore it a few times. I have lots of Chinese dresses I never wear.
This is a super-slinky, extra-sexy little black dress, short and backless. Very low cut. I always liked it, but never had the guts to wear it out. I should let someone who’s young enough to enjoy it, have at it.
I got this shirt about 10 years ago, it’s a Betsey Johnson original with bell sleeves and has a very hippie, flowy vibe to it. It’s always been too big for me as a blouse, but too short as a dress… so it’s never quite worked for me.
I got a lot of use out of this dress, but it’s still in perfect condition. It’s adorable, airy and comfy, but just too “cute” for my current taste.
That’s it for now —! I’ll be posting more soon… lots of 60s, 70s and 80s ladies lingerie and fashion. Can’t wait to show you all!