I have been collecting vintage for decades, and have been selling for over 14 years. I was a PowerSeller on Ebay, and just recently took a little time off during my divorce, but will have my full site, This Means Wardrobe Vintage, up again very soon!
Vintage clothing has a life of it’s own. The quality is so different than the mass produced pieces in the market today. Especially clothing from the 1950’s and earlier. So much went into making each piece, and clothing was made to be loved, and to last.
For me, finding amazing vintage pieces has been such a thrill in itself. I live in Tulsa, which is an area that had a lot of oil heiresses, and a lot of money. I have been lucky in that I consistently find absolutely amazing pieces.
A FEW Of My TREASURED PIECES NOT FOR SALE
My pride and joy has been sold, but will forever hold a place in my heart. This dressing gown was made for, and worn by, Katharine Hepburn in the Movie Adam’s Rib. Worn in a bedroom scene with Spencer Tracey, and purchased from the estate of an MGM seamstress, who also had a clothing museum. When I purchased it, I had no idea what treasure I truly had, but it called to me, and I had to have it. I was later told by fellow Vintage Sellers in the area who attended the sale, to check my items, as some MGM pieces that were not tagged as such at the sale, were turning up. Sure enough, the MGM numbered label, and Katharine’s name was sewn into the skirt. I was later able to have it authenticated. It was so hard to sell it, but it went to a collector that now loans it out to a museum so that others may enjoy it as well! I have several other absolutely amazing pieces from the same estate that I will be listing. Including a pair of silk stocking made for a Vanderbilt from one of the early World’s Fairs.
Another treasured find NOT for sale, at least for now, my extremely RARE, Autographed original, vintage photograph of James Dean. This was brought to me by sheer fate. I purchased a vintage Life Magazine at an estate, from the 1950’s. I had never purchased a vintage magazine before, and it was so strange, but I had to have it. It sat in my closet for some time, before I decided to finally take it out and look at it. When I did, this was found stuck between pages. Hidden and saved for all of this time. The weird thing is, I think the “original” owner must still really want it hidden away, or no one else to have it lol. It no longer hangs in my home, because no matter where I would put it, or what frame I put it in, it kept falling off the wall!
These are my FAVORITE shoes that I own. 1920’s Velvet and Rhinestone encrusted heels. I found this again, quite by “accident.” I was going through a very small town picking up my son from Summer Camp. I drove past this little store, and something made me stop, despite running a bit late. I took a quick look around this little variety store, and was about to leave when I saw a glare. A little sunroof had a ray of light literally shining down into this box full of junk. The light was reflecting off of these rhinestones and I immediately saw them and grabbed them thinking I would sell them. Typically, shoes of this era run EXTREMELY small, an average of size 4.5-6. On a whim, I tried them on and they fit literally like they were made for my size 7.5 feet! They have since lived with me, taken and worn only for the most special of occasions. They are much more beautiful in person. It is an unflattering angle as it is rather hard to take a quick photo of your own feet 😉
I will be adding sizes and additional information and photos, once I get up the full This Means Wardrobe Vintage Site again.