Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Touch of Pink

I'm obsessed with vintage pin on flowers...

Pink kitties!
1950's lace and tulle wedding dress with a 28" waist!  298.

Early 1960's Mr. Blackwell custom couture duchess silk satin rose print gown with shawl.
Size 6-8.

Fabulous 60s white chintz curtains from estate sale.
my hat box collection keeps growing...

How hot is this?!

Sexy early 60's Italian knit wiggle dress in shocking pink. 148.

60's Schiaparelli straw hat with pink flowers, 78.

Amazing vintage fuschia feather hat buy Jack McConnell, 125.

Gorgeous late 59's polished cotton rose print wiggle dress, 175.

1950's cotton halter neck dress, with flower print, 175, size 4-6.

Claret taffeta new-look party dress with pink scarf and built in crinoline.  248.,
size 7-8.

One of my favorite finds this weekend....

Poodles and Voluspa soaps  go together like....

New-old 70's italian snake skin heels....

My crazy hat box tower that one day I hope will reach the ceiling!

I had a pretty rough weekend. In a manic attempt to bring you the best vintage dresses I could possibly find, I may have blown a cerebral gasket. It all started with a picture of the Mr. Blackwell gown posted on an estate sale company's website. No price was listed, all that was mentioned was that this gown was going to be in an upcoming sale. The sale advertised "Vintage Fashion Designer Clothes". Well, this threw me into a complete tizzy. I had to get into this sale! I had to be first! I had to bring home the "Vintage Fashion Designer Clothes"!
 So, in order to get into the sale early you have to go to some pretty extreme lengths. The first thing required of me was so sign up on the LIST. The estate sale "list" is serious business. The list was going being posted Thursday afternoon at 2pm. The sale would be on the upcoming Saturday.  I decided to dedicate 4 1/2 of my earth hours to waiting to get on the list. So, I show up at 10:30 am, and there are already 5 cars parked in front of the house. The cars are filled with the die-hard estate sale people, it's always the same group. There's Barb and Kate and Jerry and Bob and Maureen, they look for jewelry, furniture and antiques.  They bring portable DVD players and snacks, one gal was in a sleeping bag and looked like she had just woken up.
They have started the list for the real LIST.  I am number 8 and so far I'm the only vintage clothing buyer. The deal is you can't leave once you've signed the pre-list or you will instantly crossed off the list. So for the next 4 hours we all had to sit in our cars and wait.  It wasn't long before the inevitable happened. I had to pee.  I was forced to consult 5 different people about this and finally they agreed I could quickly sneak off and take care of my business.  One poor guy just held it in the whole time, too frightened he might abruptly be slashed from the list.
Finally, the 4 hours passed and nobody died of kidney failure. We all got our places on the official list and drove home feeling confident about the sale on Saturday. 
The thing with estate sales is you never know what your going to get.  You don't know if the "Vintage Fashion Designer Clothes" are really going to be that or just some Liz Claiborne separates from the mid nineties. Well, this time we showed up and the sale had been CANCELLED. All that sitting around in the car holding my bladder for nothing!  Fortunately, it was rescheduled for the following week and I managed to wrangle some treasures. Like the Mr. Blackwell gown, which I pretty much paid retail for but simply had to have...I hope you enjoy the fruits of my labor:) heehee....

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Taylor Blue

I'm sad about Elizabeth Taylor. She was my first fashion idol. I used to draw pictures of her when I was little. I even owned her first perfume when I was twelve, I think it was called Passions? It came in a big gaudy purple bottle.  I think she may have liked the violet blue chiffon dress I just got in. It's the color of her eyes... The neckline may be a bit conservative for her but hey, it's pretty good. Sweet dreams Elizabeth, we'll miss you.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Xtabay: March Favorites

Fantastic 1950's Mexican spiderweb print sequined dress with matching bolero.
Waist 25", 275. 

1950's powder pink cotton halter dress with full skirt and tulle. Size 8-10, waist 29".

1960's watercolor chiffon cocktail dress, waist 25", 148.

1950's cotton novelty print day dress with buttons up the front. Size 2-4.

Early 60's Taffeta rose print day to night dress. Petite, size 2. 125.


New arrival! Mor perfumes and lip balms that smell heavenly, I can't resist their packaging!

1950's velveteen Lanz dress with heart buttons, size 5-6. 148.

1950's New Look jacket. Size 4, 148.

Amazing 1960's New-Old Bonnie Cashin wool coat with orange leather trim.
size small, 298.

The ultimate little black dress, 1960's Jobere, all silk. Size 2, 148.

Gabe all dressed up for work.

another perfect little black dress, with bow back. 1960's 148.

super cute 60's brocade dress with button up back. Size 4-6, 148.

1960's watercolor chiffon by jr. theme. size tiny 23-24" waist. 148.

Total 50's bombshell hawaiian dress by Alfred Shaheen. Size 9-10.

Pretty 50's taffeta print dress, 148.

Sweet 60's coffee and cream dress. size 2-4, 125.
Gorgeous 1960's chocolate silk dress by Larry Aldrich. Size 4, 148.

Originally worn by Miss Oregon 1962, satin beaded evening gown with beaded bodice and green band, the rose is optional. Size 2, 198.
Whew! That was quite an assortment! I wanted to showcase the fabulous variety of items we have in the store right now. The Cashin coat and the Alfred Shaheen hawaiian dress (which may have to live in my closet) just arrived this morning! Please email me at with any questions or call us at 503 230 2899. We are more than happy to ship! These beauties are sure to go fast...