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  1. kellyb

    kellyb Registered Guest

    Hi everyone:) I’ve been registered on this site for a while now but this is my first post. My interest in vintage clothing started when I bought a Frank Usher dress, I didn’t know anything about vintage fashion at the time but I found the resources here and realised it was from the 1950s, and that‘s how it all started! I mostly wear simpler styles from the 60s, but I love fashions from the 40s through to the 70s. I started selling on eBay 2 years ago as I don’t have space for a collection and this way I still get to buy, keep the items for a while, learn as much as I can about them and then sell them on (usually anyway!) I do collect aprons by St Michael from the 50s-70s, I love the fun prints, they’re cheap and don’t take up much room so I can buy as many as I want:) The resources here have been really helpful to me over the last couple of years so thanks to you all, I would love to sell vintage full time but I have a lot to learn, I can’t wait to learn more, contribute if I can or just talk vintage!
    Kelly x
  2. Catbooks1940s

    Catbooks1940s Trade Member

    welcome kelly!

    do you happen to have a photo of your 50s frank usher dress? i'm in the states and the only ones i've come across and had thus far were from the 70s and 80s.

    that's exactly how i look at it. i don't have to worry about if something fits or suits me, only if i love it for one reason or another, and hopefully be able to find exactly the right person the piece belongs with. often i feel like a foster mom of vintage clothing, or some kind of vintage clothing matchmaker :)

    and one of the wonderful things about vintage is there's always something else to learn. always.
  3. Pinkcoke

    Pinkcoke Alumni

    Hi Kelly,
    I take it from your favourite brands you're in the UK? I'm in the east midlands. I would LOVE to see your 1950's Frank Usher dress. I bought one this summer and it is now my new favourite, I tried to find another one but sadly they are few and far between! I also hoard a collection of aprons, many St Michael (great novelty designs) though I hope to list some on the way up to Christmas.
    Hope to hear from you again soon :)
  4. kellyb

    kellyb Registered Guest

    Hi Joan, I wish I still had the dress unfortunately I sold it but it I wish I had kept it or kept photos of it although I wont forget it :), it was a black silk taffeta with a portrait neckline and the bodice had an asymmetrical button fastening it was plain in colour but such beautiful construction and the first dress I ever sold but the biggest regret :( I know what you mean about 'fostering' a piece and hopefully finding the right owner, I can't help but become attached to pieces and often I wish I didn't have to sell them, I still have a 40s wedding dress and I just can't bring myself to sell it, I feel like I just want to keep it safe for now :)
    Lovely to meet you x
  5. Catbooks1940s

    Catbooks1940s Trade Member

    hi kelly :)

    oh well, it would have been lovely to see it, but i'll have to make do with your description and my imagination. heh, i've definitely had 'seller's remorse' before, as you had with your usher. mostly with pieces i've sold from my private collection, but some i'd bought to sell but fell in love with, yet weren't my current size. still, it's very gratifying when someone who truly loves the item buys them and is thrilled, so that helps take the sting out of it.

    i have a late 30s to early 40s wedding dress i'm not (yet?) able to let go of either. it was the wedding dress of a friend of my parents, who's always been very dear to me. i just can't sell it. what i'd really love is to get married in it. i never had my mother's wedding dress, so this would be the next best thing. so, i understand how you feel.

    lovely to meet you too!
  6. kellyb

    kellyb Registered Guest

    Hi Melanie, I'm in the west midlands so not too far away:) as I said to Joan I really wish I hadn't but I sold my Frank Usher dress, it was beautiful and it really was the beginning of my vintage obsession, I haven't found another since but I hope to! I love my aprons too, the St Michael brand is a bit sentimental to me, I remember shopping at M&S a lot with my mum when I was very young in the early 80s, before Marks & Spencer was even added to the labels, ok now I feel old :( But yes I love the novelty designs, I have aprons with poodles, kittens,stamps,shops and all kinds of things! I have sold a couple of doubles I had in the past, they did do well around christmas time, think I'll be hanging on to the rest of my collection, no regrets that way!
    Thanks for your kind welcome, hope to talk to you soon x
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2014

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