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I was sorting through bins upon bins of vintage clothing I have collected over the years and realized I needed to let go of some of my treasures which I logically call inventory. Selling vintage is a very difficult process for those of us that see the beauty in items that others might not. We want to rescue it all – give it new life. We want to show it love and attention. We ignore the stains and rips and tell it it is beautiful in our eyes.
Sometimes I find a vintage garment or home good and I am conscious of its flaws. I know it will take some work to revive it or make it presentable. I know it’s probably best to pass it up. Just say no. But the potential! But it’s rare! But it’s almost perfect.
And as much mending, polishing, re-dying, re-painting as I put in, it is still going to be worth much less to everyone else than it is to me.
And my most valuable pieces? Yes, this is how hoarding starts my friends. They are too beautiful and too valuable to let go. It’s time to decide if I am a collector or dealer – a fine line always.
This is all a parallel of what my personal life has been for almost a year, which is why you haven’t heard from me. Letting go has been a painful process. It seems that as soon as you let go of one important thing in your life, it’s soon time to let go of another.
So I took some time off to let go of many things. And I realized that when I let go of personal human treasures from the past, it made me focus on letting go of the physical vintage treasures piling up and reviving the activities that make me happy like blogging and discussing vintage.
So I’m back.
The blog will be taking a new direction – not just focused on vintage clothing, but home and lifestyle as well. I hope you will revisit me and come along for the ride.
For now, I am letting go of the guilt of not blogging, letting go of a ton of vintage treasures, and letting go of any goals and expectations that aren’t a direct reflection of who I am and what I love. I hope you love it too.
February 13, 2014 3 Comments
I’m so excited to announce the launch of a new project – Vintagepreneur! Vintagepreneur.com is a platform for vintage and antiques dealers who really want to embrace social media, blogging and online marketing but are a bit overwhelmed. Owning a vintage business is overwhelming. Most dealers are too busy or overwhelmed to deal with social media and online marketing. But it’s sort of a catch 22 for most dealers – how will people find you and your merchandise if you aren’t putting yourself out there?
I’m a teacher by trade, so I have always tried to teach and coach my vintage colleagues about blogging and how to use these really cool internet tools to help them with business. So this new site came sort of organically. I teach so why not teach something I am passionate about – social media and vintage! I even adopted the title of Vintagepreneur. I think it describes me well! I am so excited about the possibilities for the platform. Mostly I wanted to create a space where I could share all the stuff I have learned, the mistakes I have made (and how to avoid them), and help people use social media to grow grow grow!
So if you are a vintage or antiques dealer, currently or aspiring, or know someone who is, please send them the link to Vintagepreneur.com. I’m really hoping, as vintage and antiques folks, we can learn from each other.
And I have a special launch gift. When you sign up for the mailing list, you get a free eguide! FREE! It’s my top three must use social media sites for your vintage business. I even give you examples of vintage dealers and influencers who are using the sites very effectively.
This is a scary, exciting, thrilling, feels right, announcement. Thank you for all your support and I look forward to seeing some of you vinties on the other site!
June 26, 2013 3 Comments
I have been blogging here as Debutante Clothing since 2005! Whoa. I’m an oldie, but a goodie. Which is why I want to make sure we don’t lose touch. If you are a subscriber to the RSS feed here and you use Google Reader, you will soon be missing out on any new updates to the blog because Google Reader will no longer exsist as of July 1. That means you will lose all your favorite blog feeds as well. So I had to find some alternatives for you if you want to continue to receive updates via a RSS reader.
My favorite is Bloglovin‘. It really is a pretty reader, and let’s face it – this is a visual blog and if you follow as many vintage, fashion, home decor and style blogs as I do, the images are just as important as the content.
Bloglovin’ really understands style consumers like me and you. This reader is clean, very well organized, easy to use, and it even makes really smart suggestions for other blogs you might like.
And the best part is that Bloglovin’ makes it super easy to transfer your Google Reader feeds over. So here is a checklist of things to do so you don’t miss this feed and so you don’t lose the rest of your fave blogs:
1. Sign up for Bloglovin’
2. Add DebutanteClothing.com to your feeds. (You can use the button on the right side of this page as well)
If you subscribe to my feed via email, no worries! I got you covered. MailChimp will now deliver my blog updates to your email box. I take care of ya!
June 24, 2013 2 Comments
My sister won a an awesome contest. She won a photo session with photographer Trisha Alonzo for her engagement pictures. I mentioned before that my sister wants a rustic vintage themed wedding so she asked me for some ideas on some good locations for the photo shoot, locally. She knows I am an obsessed crazy woman when it comes to historical buildings and local history so this assignment was pretty easy for me. Luckily I love in the historical part of our little town, Ontario, California. Yes the city was founded by Canadians. You can imagine the confusion about my address since not very many people have heard of Ontario, Calif.
I have to say we are home to some very big names. The Sunkist factory (we were known for our citrus), the Hotpoint electric iron, one of the oldest wooden baseball fields, Jay Littleton Ball Park (The Babe and A League of Their Own filmed there), and of course, Mr. mid-century Americana, Mr. Charles Phoenix.
One location that I knew my sister would like is the Graber Olive House. The Graber Olive House sits in the middle of what is now a residential neighborhood. But it was at one point a thriving olive grove and packing plant.
After purchasing land in Ontario in 1892, C. C. Graber discovered olives, as cured by the earlier ranchers, to be one of the finest food delicacies of California. After research and study of this method, Mr. Graber cured several barrels and the following season a much greater quantity was demanded by neighbors and friends who had eaten from the original barrels. Thus began Ontario’s oldest existing business.
There are no longer olive trees on the premises, but the old, original buildings and machinery remain. It was fun to explore the living museum of such an old business, and a local treasure. It made a beautifully rustic backdrop for my sister and her fiance’s engagement pictures.
all images Copyright © 2013 Sandra Mendoza. All rights reserved.
June 12, 2013 2 Comments
I ran across this funny (at least to me) article about vintage images of housewives staying in shape while they do their household chores. Of course my vintage-tracked mind went straight for this skirt.
Now, I consider myself a feminist. I believe that women should be paid equally as men for the same job. I do believe some women are strong enough to do very physically demanding work, and I don’t think women are bad mothers or wives if they choose to work and love their careers. Above all, I am happy that as women we are allowed to make these kinds of choices for ourselves, rather than society dictating what our role should be. I am thrilled that I have the option to stay at home with my kids or have a fabulous career. Having a choice is what our foremothers fought for.
So I look at these smiling women, dusting, mopping and wiping, and think, “Look at them multitask!” They are getting their recommended 30 minutes of exercise while taking care of their casa! Because I tried vacuuming for 30 minutes for my cardio – you KNOW that is not exercise. Stop lying.
Did I just regress 60 years or am a true feminist and look at this as one of the many choices I am now lucky enough to have? And look at that SKIRT!
What do you think? Sexist or Hooray for Choice? Leave a comment!
May 31, 2013 4 Comments
I told you about my quest for a vintage vanity or jewelry armoire. My current storage solution for my vintage costume jewelry consists of cardboard boxes sitting on my bedroom floor and an array of smallish jewelry boxes. But I couldn’t help picking up one more. How could I pass up the Schiaparelli shocking pink? This little vintage box works out really well for traveling. It’s compact and rectangular making it perfect for an overnight or carry on bag.
How do you travel with your vintage jewelry? Leave a comment! I’d love to know.
May 23, 2013 2 Comments
As I mentioned a few posts ago, I recently bought a new home. Best thing about buying a new home? Shopping for and decorating it! While I have already collected quite a bit of mid century housewares, my new-to-me 1954 suburban ranch needed new vintage accessories to make it look prettier.
On a fluke visit to one of my old favorite thrift stores I scored this spectacular vintage floral painting. Signed J. Lopin ’67, this 4.5 foot painting caught my eye from across the store. I haven’t been able to find any information on the painter, but if you know something, lemme know!
Isn’t it gorgeous?
I rarely find good pieces of art at thrift stores. I think I have picked up less than five pieces including paintings and prints. This gigantic work of art (it’s almost as tall as me) meets all my vintage aesthetic needs: florals, abstract, mid century. Check, check, and check.
I was so inspired by my painting that I snapped some pictures of the flowers in my garden. The previous owner’s daughter told me that her mother was a close friend of a famous local nursery owner so she was gifted some rare hybrids of roses. I feel so lucky to have found a home with only one previous owner! She loved her home. I hope she loves the new painting!
Have you thrifted anything fabulous lately?
April 11, 2013 4 Comments
If you have always wanted to know where the fabulously dressed celebs buy their beautiful vintage clothing for red carpet engagements and general fabulous living, look no further. They Way We Wore has been a vintage clothing mecca for designers such as John Galliano and pin up beauties such as Dita Von Teese.
Doris Raymond is the owner of The Way We Wore, a jewelry box of a boutique on La Brea in Los Angeles. Raymond shares her obsession with vintage clothing, her stunning collection and list of famous celeb clients in the new six part series L.A. Frock Stars on Smithsonian Channel.
In addition to the overwhelmingly beautiful collection in the boutique, Raymond offers design services to designers and stylists which include access to her massive inspiration room. Imagine an entire room filled to the rafters with fabric, garments, swatches, notions, and anything under the sun that can inspire the next potential couture collection. Proof that vintage never goes out of style.
If you caught the premiere episode of the six-part documentary L.A. Frock Stars on Smithsonian channel, you got to experience a vicarious shopping trip with the gorgeous mistress of burlesque, Dita Von Teese. I was mesmerized as Dita tried on gorgeous vintage dress by Dior and YSL. What a treat!
I am so excited for Doris Raymond and her team. Reality shows usually tend to be obviously scripted and over the top. I am so glad that Smithsonian channel is involved. I think it is the perfect channel for someone like Doris Raymond and The Way We Wore – a company that really gets high fashion and collectable vintage. They have perfectly portrayed the relevance of Raymond’s collection from a historical and fashion perspective and really let her passion for beautiful vintage shine through without needing to create faux-drama. I can’t think of a better outlet.
If you missed the first episode, don’t worry! You can watch the full episode on the web at Smithsonian Channel’s website. But don’t forget to catch it Thursday, March 14 at 8pm EST/PST on Smithsonian Channel (check your local listing). I don’t have that channel, but I was able to watch the show on demand!
Let me know what you think of the show! Would love a watching buddy!
Want so catch some more videos of Doris Raymond? Check out these interviews I have done with vintage guru herself!
UPDATE! You can purchase the entire season for less than $9 through iTunes!(Disclaimer: this is an affiliate link).
March 13, 2013 2 Comments
February 14, 2013 No Comments
This is my official end of the hiatus post. I know there are many blogs that start off strong and then sort of burn out. I have to admit and accept I was just about one of them. Here’s a quick recap of what has been going in my personal life that took energy and time away from Debutante Clothing…
1. Divorce – yup. Nuff said.
2. Death of a 16 year old student
Same day as the divorce. I think this one hit me even harder than the divorce because my student passed away from complications of undiagnosed type 1 Diabetes (which I also have).
3. Bought a home
I seriously needed something to pull me out of the funk. I had been waiting for the housing market to stop being so damn psycho. I took the plunge on a cute little 1954 suburban ranch. More to come.
4. A new relationship
So far so good!
Phew! So much has happened. I hope you will all forgive me for abandoning the blog for a bit. Can we be friends again???
image source: rosenberryrooms.com
February 12, 2013 5 Comments