Tuesday, July 28, 2009

First post! And a big score...

Hello! And welcome to the inaugural post of the blog. I've been wanting to do this for a long time. As my favorite band the Replacements sang: it's too late to turn back, here we go!

Anyone who collects or loves vintage can tell you that The Big Score is always in the back of your mind. You might scour thrift stores, and sleep in your car to be first in line at estate sales. You might stop at every yard sale you see, and if you're lucky, you might find one or two great pieces.

But you can't stop thinking about The Big Score. The Big Score is found in the back room of an old shoe store, long out of business, that never got rid of extra stock. It's in the home of a woman who loved fashion...and who never threw anything away.

The other day Andy got a call from someone who said she had a "houseful" of vintage. Yeah, sure, he thought, a house full of polyester pants and housecoats maybe. But then he phoned me to let me know he was neck-deep in vintage dresses. This woman's mother had been a total fashionista. She'd had friends in the rag trade, and had purchased huge quantities of clothing at sample sales and end of season sales (the same way my thrifty-yet-chic Grandma Edna shoppped).

She did this (get ready) from the 1940s to the 1970s!

Here, in photographs, is a little taste of what Andy has brought home. So far.

A whole rack of dresses. Boxes and boxes of hats and purses. A pile of garbage bags not yet opened with more dresses, sweaters, and blouses inside.

It represents what was in ONE ROOM of the house. There is still more to come, and we are going to be very busy getting it ready for sale.

(There are at least three L'Aignon dresses!)

I can't wait to see exactly what's in this treasure trove. I hope you'll stick around and stay tuned to the blog for sneak previews!


  1. Congratulations on the blog and the great score!

  2. Congrats on the blog! It has got to be SO exciting going through all those bags and boxes!

    -Amanda/Rust Belt Threads

  3. Wow! I hope it turns out to be even better than you thought! I'll be watching the Etsy store :~D

  4. holy crow! can't wait to see what you've uncovered.

  5. Dude. I am so happy for you and I am SO JEALOUS! I can't wait to see what you find in all that pile of goodness! Does everything seem to be in pretty good condition so far? 40's dresses? I swoon. I want one! Keep me in mind! Give me a heads up if you are listing anything you think I would go for! Now that I have an actual PAYCHECK! I can bust a move here and there on some clothes.

    On my way to look at a 50's dinette for our new pad. Hope it is a cute one and in good shape. Can't wait to move in on Saturday. And Yes! I will be able to start listing on Etsy again. I have to! I have too much stufffffffffff!

  6. That's so great. Reading this made me recall that time in Holly Springs when you guys found all that deadstock vintage in the attic of a local men's clothing store. Have fun sorting!

  7. Thanks, y'all! :)

    Behthany, keeping fingers crossed, but so far no mold, cat pee, or that sort of ickiness. I can't imagine she got to actually *wear* much of this, but we'll see. Main issue seems to be dust. Huzzah on the paycheck! I'll look forward to seeing pics of the dinette.

    Rach--ah, Holly Springs. I wonder if Graceland 2 still exists? xoxo

  8. Wow-wee-wow! Great score, looks like lots of fun

  9. Wow I'm now reading this post! that was super score!!!! I recently scored a near similar score and can't wait to share them with the world!


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