Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ruby Lane Featured Seller

Before I begin this new blog series featuring our Ruby Lane Sellers, I would like to extend a warm thank you to MS from TheSpectrum for taking the initiative and the time to introduce many of our VFG Etsy team sellers to you over the past year.

 I now have the great pleasure of beginning this next blog series by introducing Carrie from
 Glad Rags and Curios.

1. What was your first vintage acquisition and where is it now?
 
Starting in 7th grade, I developed a habit of absorbing select castoffs 
from my parents’ closets into my own (that year, it was my mother’s late 
60s acid yellow and neon pink paisley satin turtleneck, while the piece 
I remember always wearing in high school was my dad’s late 50s black and 
white jacquard knit sport shirt, and in graduate school my mother’s 
cream leather 60s jacket and I became inseparable). I’m amazed at how 
clearly I remember those cherished garments!
 
As far as my first actual purchase, though? That would have been the 
powder-blue, mink-trimmed early 60s suit jacket I bought as a 19 yr-old 
newlywed from a thrift store in upstate NY; I wore it to my first 
anniversary dinner (with a maxi-length, home-doctored jean skirt) a week 
later. I have no idea what became of it!
 
2. What was your favorite or best buy ever?
 
In 2010 I got very lucky at an auction and bought a boatload of 
museum-deaccessioned Vera Maxwell garments (for a song!) that ranged in 
date from the late 30s through the early 80s. I love Vera Maxwell and 
have long thought she’s underappreciated, so snagging designs of hers 
like high-waisted black wool trousers from the 30s, WWII era skirt 
suits, and a fox-trimmed ultrasuede evening coat from the 70s, was an 
incredible high—which I have yet to descend from!
 
3. What was your most unusual buying experience?
 
I went to an auction several years ago at a funeral home that was 
originally a turn of the century college. It was a gorgeous old 
building, full of chandeliers and ornate wood paneling, and the family 
that had converted it to a funeral home in the 1950s were collectors 
with an eccentric streak and tendency toward hoarding. Everything from 
antique biers, Victorian vanity sets and old Victrolas to beaded 60s 
dresses, kitschy Occupied Japan figurines and boxes and boxes of novelty 
aprons came up for sale.
 
4. If you had a time machine which decade or year would you
choose to go back to and bring back some clothing or jewelry.
 
Definitely the late 30s and early 40s, plus the Victorian era for some 
extra jewelry! A couple of years ago I acquired a photo album of my 
mother’s from the WWII period (from her teen years into young 
adulthood), and my jaw drops over and over at how gorgeously she was 
always dressed, despite the fact that her family was quite poor.
 
I’m a huge fan of Depression- and WWII-era jewelry made from “alternate 
materials” (ie carved wood, bakelite, etc), and though it was due to an 
appreciation for nature vs the constraints of a war economy, the 
Victorian era was awash in jewelry made from unusual materials, 
too—hair, horn, bog oak, vulcanized rubber. I love when the imagination 
and earnest if not always sophisticated artistry that’s gone into 
crafting a piece of jewelry is what makes it desirable, rather than the 
value of its materials.
 
5. What are your favorite, most helpful reference
materials/sources?
 
The Vintage Fashion Guild’s Label Resource and Forums; old catalogs and 
magazines; my ever-growing collection of books that are catalogs of 
museum exhibits about vintage fashion.
 
6. What item were you most tempted to keep that is available in
your shop right now?
 
Definitely this one (if it fit, it would be in my closet!): 
 
 
 
 
Here are some lovely items from Carrie's shop for you to see.
 











2 comments:

Play Online Bingo said...

That Neck Tie is so much fun! I know someone who will really love that! :) It is amazing!

denisebrain said...

"I love when the imagination and earnest if not always sophisticated artistry that’s gone into crafting a piece of jewelry is what makes it desirable, rather than the value of its materials."

Sister! Just how I feel!

It was great to read more about a vintage dealer I really appreciate and respect. Thank you for the interview!

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