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Spring Cleaning its Great So You Don’t End Up a Hoarder!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 16, 2012 by factorygirl82

I am a fan of the TV show Hoarders. I also like American Pickers. I think watching them makes a good combination of collecting and selling. I find Hoarders fascinating and it always inspires me to clean out my closets. I have a lot of clothes. This isn’t surprising considering I’ve been in the vintage clothing business for 10 years and in general just love fashion. At work before seeing the TV show I would jokingly say I hoarded things. Which I did. But didn’t realize it until seeing the show and then coming across my very own favorite hoarder. I guess this blog is about collecting and the beauty of letting go.

One of many never worn pieces.

In December of 2010 I got a call from some people claiming to have a bunch of unworn with original tags 1950s and 1960s stuff. In my head I thought “Ya Right” in truth that almost never happens. Maybe a piece or two but not a bunch. I set up an appointment with them expecting it to be miss dated items, everything new, or a bunch being 3 pieces. I was wrong. They brought in box after box of dresses, skirts, shirts, all ranging from 1958-1980 unworn with the original tags. The majority of the tags even had the date of purchase and the price paid for the item. This was not even half of the stuff they told me. And this was where  I met my favorite OCD Hoarder.

One of many pairs of unworn shoes these were from 1959

Kate was her name. She was from the Northside of Chicago. She lived a good life and to the ripe old age of 92. Her sister was still alive and in her late 80s still smoking like a chimney. I kind of aspire to be her.  Kate never married or had children. She liked to shop.  Her sister had quite a few kids. In my head, she did all this shopping intended for them but then in typical hoarder fashion had trouble giving the items away. Her sister had no idea that Kate was such a clothes horse. Because it wasn’t until she passed away that they discovered that she had three storage spaces and an extra apartment for all of her clothing and accessories! There were 800 boxes filled with clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses, and scarves.

1960s Pink Silk Organza Cheongsam with Original Tags

I spent almost a full year buying from them.For a vintage clothing store owner it was the mother load. Most hoarders hoard what we know as junk or trash they find it to be gold. Kate was not this kind of hoarder. Not only did she have fabulous taste and a wide range of sizes but she took great care of hoard. On almost every item there was the original tag with date of purchase and price paid. On the shoes she kept all of them in boxes with descriptions of what they were, where and when she wore them (if at all) and again price paid and date purchased.

A Fabulous 60s Tiki Two Piece Outfit with Original Tags

After I began working with Kate’s family and helping them with cleaning out the hoard of clothes I began to think about my own closets. Yes I have more than one, I have four. One for coats, one for black tie dresses, one for skirts and day dresses, and then one for sweaters and vintage blouses. This was a little excessive especially because there was a lot of stuff I wasn’t wearing! It became very clear to me. I needed to part with some of it. I am lucky when it comes to clothes and collectibles that I have a shop where I can bring it in here and sell it. But if you have the time you can do etsy, ebay, or heck call me if you aren’t wear it, cash in pocket is better than nothing.

Another Pair of Early 60s Unworn Black Patent Pumps

As I began to attack my closet, weeding out things that absolutely did not fit, that I hadn’t worn in two years, and things that were not my style I became a little anxious.  I thought crap I am a hoarder I’m having emotional attachment to objects! But I plowed on and took a bunch of dresses to the store. I think I got over the emotional attachment when I had a girl buy one of my dresses. It was one that I did love but it just never looked right on me. I had even worn it a couple of times but hadn’t in two years. Which is now my rule. If I haven’t worn it in two years it’s out of the closet! But she loved it and looked fabulous in it. I realized that’s really what being a collector is about, you find something you love it and you pass it on for someone else to enjoy it.

That’s the only experience I’ve had with a true hoarder. I would have loved to have met her but I’m sure she’s glad that the clothing has been passed on.  Because it’s the perfect case of you can’t take it with you when you go, so why not let someone else love it?

I am going to try to blog more hopefully I don’t get writers block! But if you ever need help making decisions or cleaning out hoard don’t hesitate to contact me through the shop! I’m glad to help.

It’s a Sympathy Vote.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2012 by factorygirl82

Phew it has been a while since I’ve written! Part of it had to do with being uber busy, being ill again, holiday craziness, and then just writers block. But enough about me. Hope you all had a great holiday season. This month, as it is steadily approaching I’ve decided to write about the Oscars!

I was a film student and have always been a big film buff. The Academy Awards were and still kind are one of my favorite things to watch. I think as I’ve gotten older they have become less fun. I watch them mainly for the pretty dresses at this point because pretty much anyone that’s really deserving of winning never wins. It’s a rarity that the picture I want to win, wins. I used to always try to see as many of the contenders as possible, so I could make a fair decision. I took it seriously! Not so much anymore. Going to the movies has gotten expensive, a lot of times it annoys me more than I have fun, there’s always that idiot whose phone either rings or they must absolutely check their text message because they are sooooooo important they can’t not be in contact with the outside world for a whole two hours. I digress.  I’ve decided to write about a few of my favorite films that were nominated for best picture and didn’t win but should have if the Oscars weren’t just an ego stroke. To quote trainspotting

“Despite the Academy Award?”

“That means fuck all its a sympathy vote!”

Trainspotting is one of my favorite movies and books of all time. It’s the only one on this list of films that wasn’t nominated for best picture but should have been! It came out when I was 13 or 14 I was in my major anglophile phase, still am but I would say that was the peak of it. I saw it with my mothers approval. I think she approved it because she knew after seeing it I would most definitely not be touching heroin any time soon, let alone ever. Trainspotting is a great adaptation of the book, it has a kick ass soundtrack, great cinematography (I wrote a paper on this for a film class, stupid teacher gave me a C because he didn’t like the film), and an awesome cast. The Scottish accent can be tricky at times especially with Begbie but you’ll get the hang of it after a few minutes. In the book there’s actually a glossary in the back. Uber helpful. If you’ve been living under a rock since 1993 I recommend you watch this asap.

As you obviously know by now vintage is kind of my thing. I’m a huge film noir fan. This movie, again, an adaptation is so great. It captures the film noir feel perfectly but instead of being black and white it’s in color. This was when Russel Crow was actually cool and a good actor. When Kim Bassinger came out of retirement and hit it out of the park with her portrayal of the Veronica Lake lookalike. The costumes, set design, acting, and plot in this film are excellently done. I think the reason this lost out was because it was up against Titanic. Which in my opinion is one of the crappiest written films of all time. Sure the special effects are intense and amazing but the plot and the dialog horrible! I can’t believe people fell for this crap. I mean how many times do the characters have to say each others names? It’s almost 3 hours in if after 30 minutes we don’t remember who the main characters are or their names obviously there’s something wrong.

Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite films of all time. I saw it instead of going to my High School graduation. Definitely time better spent. Moulin Rouge was either a you love it or you  hate it type of film. I definitely love it. I love Baz Luhrman. Again the costumes, the music, the set design, the acting all amazing. Ewan McGregor rocks as does Nicole Kidman who saw that coming them as Hollywood Musical Stars? Now this lost out to A Beautiful Mind. Which was good, I saw once don’t care if I ever see it again. Moulin Rouge I watch repeatedly and it inspires me every time I see it. This was where the Oscars definitely played it safe going with a Beautiful Mind over the innovative film that did change modern cinema. If it wasn’t for the success of Moulin Rouge would Chicago have gotten made? Nope.

The Aviator. What an amazing film! I had just finished a Howard Hughes biography and Leo got him spot on. Cate Blanchett was stunning as Katherine Hepburn I did not see her pulling that off but she did, again this has a vintage thing, so you can understand why I lean toward these films. The sets, costumes, and just in general feel of the film was fantastic. The only thing that drove me a little nuts was the casting of Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow. I love Gwen as you all know but her as Jean Harlow? She needs to gain about 30lbs to even come close to looking like her. This lost to Million Dollar Baby which I never saw. I think they just wanted to drag out the Martin Scorsese losing streak until he a did a bad movie then let him win for that one as a general this is for all your amazing films. Sorry  I’m not a fan of the Departed. I know I’m one of the few.

Last year the Academy Awards were a total joke. The Social Network should have won. I know most of you saw it especially anyone that is on facebook which in this day and age is rarity to not be on it. Again great direction, acting (minus JT again sorry not a fan of his acting), and a great script. I think this lost out because it’s too relevant. The Academy doesn’t like pop culture too much, they would rather be thought of as dramatic, elegant, or just plain stuffy. The Social Network is like Pop Art give it 30 years and it will get it’s own special award.

Well there ya have it some of the films I think are worthy of best picture but never got the Oscar. We shall see what gets nominated this year I will probably only have seen two possible contenders. My Week with Marilyn and this weekend I’m seeing the Artist. Which I’m sure I will love but there’s no way in hell it would win a best picture Oscar it’s too unique.