Monday, November 28, 2011

Ipad Vintage Fashion Drawings

Whenever my husband lets me, I use the doodle program on his ipad and somehow dresses are always the subject. I'm starting to get the hang of the program; this one came out pretty great.. check it out!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Black Friday Sale!

Psst! Now through midnight, the entire shop is 20% off! I've even added a bunch of brand new items. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Party / Vintage & Jewels Trunk Show


If you are in the NYC area, I wanted to pass along an invite to our holiday party and trunk show! Amy from Wildfell Hall, Camille of Cam Ci Cam Ca and I are throwing a get-together in Amy's husband John's tattoo shop in Greenpoint. Both guys and gals are welcome; there will be booze, racks of vintage at "friend" prices, and beautiful handmade jewelry that will make a great gift. No obligation to buy, just stop in and say hello! Hope to see you there.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New jewels!

I have been a very greedy seagull lately, hoarding troves of jewels in my nest. I'll be adding some of the ones that I'm actually willing to share with you later on today. Keep an eye out for tons of sparkle, and some incredible holiday dresses entering the shop all week long.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

A day off!

Between working weekends at Artists & Fleas and working my buns off for the shop, I almost never get to take a day off; but this weekend I took (gasp) two days off! Today we had brunch Stone Street and rode the Staten Island Ferry at sunset; all my seagull friends popped in to say hello! Enough work for now, off to do some shopping!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fall in full swing

I've been spending the day with a dear friend from California and could not help taking photos of all the beautiful leaves in my neighborhood. It's hard to believe that bitter cold is just around the corner when NYC is this enchanting. For those of you with no seasons, enjoy these pics!

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Disappearing 40's

I'm putting some killer, rare pieces into the shop tonight and a good portion of this week's focal pieces are some 1940's stunners. These pieces are getting harder and harder to find, as rayon is a delicate fabric prone to fading, stains, and becoming brittle.

Sometimes I panic when I think about how 40's pieces are disappearing so rapidly; even ten years ago they could still be dug up at estate sales and the occasional thrift shop. When I do find 40's pieces, more often than not they need repairs, soaking, or rebeading. It's always such a risk working on these fabrics as you just never know how they will respond; I would say that I lose about 1 in 5 pieces trying to bring them back to life.

Soaking them will either yield beautiful results and leave you with a bright, stain-free beauty or shrunken, dye-bled, shredding mess. Spot treatment sometimes works, but usually it just makes a big fat hole in the fabric or leaves unsightly water rings. I hold my breath every time I take a 40's rayon piece out of a soaking bath, because you just never know how it's going to look.


I guess it's my fear of their extinction that's been driving me to obsessively seek out 1940's pieces lately. They are most often a labor of love to restore, but I actually enjoy doing it because this era simply has the best prints, the most interesting cuts, and the most flattering drape. All of these pieces will be in the shop by this weekend, contact me via Twitter @greedy_seagull for more info in advance.