Just for you, here's a hilarious, whimsical take on estate sales brought to you by Cheryl Wheeler and company. Ms. Wheeler, if you're reading, I'd like to buy you a new shirt to replace that drab beige one with the breast pockets, it's just not doing you justice. Otherwise you're absolutely talented and fabulous and I'd love to sing around the kitchen table with you and your friends!
It's not often here at DaisyFairbanks headquarters that we receive items from the early part of the 20th Century. After all, at that period of time the central coast of California was a teensy little up-and-coming resort town known more for its salt water taffy than its place on the fashion radar. Anyhoo, one of the best things about having a brick-and-mortar store is that you just never know what will walk in the front door
A few weeks ago, we were delighted to receive a group of clothing that includes a few of the nicest pieces from the 20s & 30s we've ever seen. Yay Us! There was clothing form at least two generations of women in a family, representing a span of at least 60 years, and all of incredibly high quality. We'll be listing them slowly over the next few weeks.
When you deal with vintage clothing, or anything old for that matter, you're going to hear some sad and sweet stories about folks who have passed on. Recently I was treated to a peek into the life of a woman who enjoyed, collected, and never left the house without wearing at least three vintage brooches. When she left this world, her friends and family decided that one way to honor her was to give away brooches to each attendee at her memorial service. A client of mine brought in 10 boards (over 200 pieces!) of gorgeous shiny vintage (and some modern) brooches to show me, and asked me to pick out some that may be more valuable, for them to hold back and possibly sell. I was extremely honored to get to see this collection (and to be considered the resident expert!)
They were mostly unsigned examples, and a mix of about 70/30 vintage/modern. You probably remember a few years ago when "vintage" brooches were considered "in" by the so-called fashion gurus, and every department store had reproductions that they called "vintage pins."
(Don't get me started on the confusion that has been caused by the over-use of the word vintage by contemporary manufacturers who want to cash in on current trends. Because of them, an entire generation of young consumers thinks that the best places to buy vintage clothing are Urban Outfitters or Forever 21. UGH!)
This mix of modern and vintage may be hard to distinguish to the untrained eye, but we had a good time pointing out the difference in older vs. modern in their quality of construction and materials. Not that there's anything wrong with buying and wearing modern brooches - they're just as shiny and fabulous!
We found a few Trifari, Weiss, Coro, Boucher, Monet, Avon, etc., some sterling silver, and only one 14k gold. There were, however, more flowers than you could shake a stick at, lots of fruit, Christmas, and some amazing novelty animals including a giant rhinestone flamingo.
Oh, and as you may be able to tell from the photo above, the decedent was also a Red Hat Lady!