Friday, May 18, 2012

Threadflip: new kid on the block

Just a quick note here--Have you found "Threadflip" yet?

We can count on both hands the many sites that sell vintage fashion, but the roster of websites to buy and sell nicer, newer fashion pieces drops off. Where to go online for affordable designer fashions and post-1990 looks?

Take a look at this very new website at It may be what you are looking for when it comes to buying and selling better pieces from recent years. They even sell 'vintage' but that's not really what this site is about.

From the shoppers viewpoint, the pages are clean and well planned. The search page has good size images, not the tiny postage stamp views you find on most consignment sites. The seller's page I viewed even had the 'close-up' feature to see the photo details. Since this is really an online consignment shop, all of the photos are posted by the sellers.  This makes the quality of the pages a bit uneven.  I can imagine that some form of uniformity will prevail as this site matures--since the better photos will probably showcase and sell faster.

The site takes 15% consignment from the final sale.  For this they provide the postage and packing material (and this can add up, as we all know!). So that is the unique feature: when an items sells, the seller has 3 days to approve the sale, then a package with mailing label is sent to the seller.  This is ready to stuff the dress into before it is sent via USPS to the buyer. The only drawback to this system might be the lag in time for the item to arrive at its final destination--maybe a week at least, right?  Well, enough said, go check it out!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sally takes a Ride: c. 1923

This is my grandmother, Sally Nye in about 1922 or 23. Around this time she left Kearney, Nebraska for the wilds of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. There she would gain the reputation as a flapper, if the press clippings from her hometown are any indication. I can best date this by her skirt length, since she was always careful to be in fashion.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

1926 Nice

1926: Lorenzi Poster
Art Deco promenade fashions at their best. Summer brights in blue and red, even a white fur to catch the off shore breeze. Center stage is the flower girl in a captivating striped skirt with floral shawl and black apron.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Beach Magic: 1935 Swim Suits by Gantner

Beach Magic! Gantner Swim Suits and Banda-Wikies

This set of swimsuits from May, 1935 is worn by starlets: Esther Ralston (Polka dot: $6.50), Phyllis Brooks (Stripes: $3.95), Irene Ware (former Miss America), (Anchors: $6.50) and Toby Wing (Maillot: $5.95) with the back view. This was 'sold in smart shops everywhere'!

"Young, modern...lovely sea sorcerers, with French secrets of contour control. Each year, the smartest suits are styled by GANTER...and here are four that, like the starlets who wear them, have a positive genius for capturing all eyes!"

Click on the image to see a larger version. You can find out more about this California design company at The Vintage Traveler.


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