Its never easy saying goodbye, especially when its to something that has been an important part of your life, given you butterflies in your tummy at the thought of its arrival, and made you look and feel fabulous. Yes, dear readers, I am talking about the moment when you realise that you are not going to wear that item of precious vintage anymore, and its better off in someone elses wardrobe.
Recently I set up an Etsy shop, because I knew I had a few bits and pieces that I had been meaning to sell. Last week I sold a pair of shoes, and as shallow is it sounds, I was genuinely really very sad putting them in the box, taping it up and sending them off to their new home. 'Why did you sell them then you silly woman?!' I hear you cry. Well for multiple reasons:
Times are tough and I need the money
Its a sad fact, but as someone that doesn't own any property, a car or any expensive jewels, my collection of vintage is probably the most valuable thing I own. The fact that vintage is an investment, that you know can be sold on, has always been an another appealing reason why I love it, to add to the long list.
I don't wear them anymore
The shoes are from the early 1940s and they no longer suit my style. As much as I loved them , I know someone else will bring them back to life again. That's what vintage is all about isn't it? Actually wearing clothes that once belonged to someone else, keeping them alive when the person who first bought or made them is now long dead. I hated the fact that those lovely, comfortable and practical shoes had been lying untouched in a box for over a year. The recipient will get tonnes of wear out of them, I'm sure, and that makes me happy.
I don't want to be a crazy hoarder
Sometimes you just have to accept that you don't have room for any more shoes, and if you hope to buy more (yes I do!) then you need to make space.
Its the same story for the two amazing Swirl dresses I have just put in the shop as well. Both beautiful, but just not my style anymore. Sometimes you have to accept when something just doesn't actually suit you that much. The necks on these dresses are far to high for my bust, giving others the impression that my boobs are far droopier than they actually are *yet*.
There are some exceptions that I would like to make to the above. Every now and then you come across a piece of vintage, that although might not fit you or suit you, or even be your style at all, you can really appreciate how wonderful it is, and want to be really selfish and keep the goodness all to yourself, even though you know you could probably make double what you spent on them if you were to sell them. Sometimes this means items that should be in books or in museums, as an illustration as what was really great about the design and fabrication of clothing/accesories/homeware during that period.
I believe these shoes fit the bill...
I bought these darlings on Ebay about 4 years ago for an absolute steal. I wore them once and they hurt my ankle so bad it was bruised for days. They are about half a size too small for me, but I thought I would make them fit somehow. I didn't. I keep them in a box and take them out every now and then to swoon over. I think I've worn them for photoshoots too, because I can just about manage to wear them if I'm not moving about too much. You may or may not like them, but for me they are just a really stunning pair of shoes. They are so of the era, I can practically picture the dame who owned them. Those among you with good eye sight might have spotted the CC41 stamp too, so they have a historical connection, and can be dated very specifically because of this. The fact that they are reptile skin makes them extremely glamorous, the kind of glamour that we relate to the 1940s, and we know was born out of an era of deprivation and hardships, making it somehow more special. I don't think I'll be saying farewell to these beauties for a while yet.
How do you feel about getting rid of your vintage?