Saturday, February 20, 2010

new in the shop this week

Well, no photo shoot this week after all...sigh. I love my models, but boy, they can wreak havoc with your business schedule! So, model-less, I'm finally getting around to listing bunches of shoes, a BIG vintage belt lot, and some newer clothing items that have been hanging (ha, pun not intended) around for awhile. Watch for these in the next couple weeks.

My exciting news today is that my daughter is home from college for mid-winter recess and will be here in just a few hours, YAY. We'll be doing fun things, like walking around Boerum/Clinton Hill/Heights (ha, still not sure where one stops and another begins) going into cute lil shops, eating out tonight...going to Little Cupcake for breakfast tomorrow (FINALLY!!! I've lived here almost 5 months now and I've been waiting to go there with HER!) and whatever else strikes her fancy....

But for now, here's what I listed last night in the shop. And as always, more to come tonight and Sunday...

Friday, February 19, 2010

feeling a little whiney

I so look forward to vacation weeks cuz it means LOTS of thrifting. I haven't really hit my stride since relocating to Brooklyn. While there are *many* thrift and vintage stores here, they seem to be very picked over and overpriced, and I've found very little here. I do my best shopping by returning to my old favorite haunts on Long Island, even though it's a hike back there. That's what I did on Wednesday...and it's just been full-on thrifting ever since. Sad to say, without too much success! I know there are lulls every year...I hope this is just a lull and not an ongoing decline! Where are the dresses?? Hardly anyplace had any dresses! I got a few nice things (pictured)...I'd just hoped for MORE (please, sir).


Yesterday I visited the mythical creature known as Goodwill OUTLET (ooh), where I'd heard they sold clothes by the pound (ahh). It was tres disappointing. Lots of bins of mediocre newer used clothing. It takes a long time to go through the bins...a LONG time...especially to end up with NOTHING to show for it. Then I hit six other shops in the area...nothing. NOTHING. It's just SAD. I even stopped at a house that had clothes hanging on the fence outside...ha. Old guy sitting there w his dog, trying to sell his (decidedly uninteresting) old clothes. Pass.

Today is the last real day of vacation. We hit dog park early...then I tried a couple nearby thrifts. had some success at one small shop up the avenue - for ME. ha. So got two tops for me, and one awesome vintage "as is" dress that I'll use for a photo shoot then try and sell it in its flawed condition.

Then went to a place called "Hit or Miss Thrift." Oh. Yeah. No, definitely MISS. No clothes. Some furniture. A bumpy green florists vase for $20?? An entire wall of glittery cheap import jewelry. Brand new. Only good thing was baskets of drippy chandelier crystals, all shapes and sizes. I wasn't even motivated to ask the price, but now I know where I can get them. If I find I need them.

Last store was a United Way thrift, didn't even know they HAD stores. The two aisles were almost entirely blocked by furniture. To be pushed outside. When he got around to it. Right now he was listening to his buddy's story of a mutual friend's attack cat and how he ended up in the emergency room and how he wanted the "friend" (friends like this I wouldn't want) to have the cat put down. If I could just come back in 30 minutes...or a couple hours?? Then I could see the women's clothing. Pass.

So. An abnormally disappointing week of thrifting. Which hopefully means I'm due to hit the mother lode VERY soon. If I just knew WHERE.

Okay. Time to stop whining and get back to work.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

faves from today's rag&bone show...

mmm...makes me wish winter could go on JUST a little longer...these are so fallish and preppy and cozy and layered and plaid and girly and yummy!

photos from

new vintage goodies in the shop this week

more to come tonight!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

loss is sad: RIP Alexander McQueen

So young, so talented, such an untimely death of a fashion icon. i know that news stories will morph as the days go by as to the cause of his death...but whatever the cause, it is a sad loss and my thoughts go out to his family, loved ones, and close personal colleagues.

In memory, here of some of my Alexander McQueen fave looks....

Your style will not be forgotten, Mr. in peace.