Digging up Treasures, A Year Later

It's been a year since I purchased the entire contents of a vintage shop that shut down (read all about it here), and I am STILL organizing and finding incredible items that make me squeal! I foolishly thought it would take me a month, MAX, to sort through and organize everything. Ha! Not only was it a monumental task to even load and unload that jam packed 27' U-Haul truck, there was just no safe way to get into our storage unit with Jacob around. A huge majority of the boxes, suitcases, and tubs have been stored away for a year now, and I have no clue what's in most of them. This weekend we moved them to a storage facility, and I brought a few boxes home with me to look through. Holy moly! I thought it would be mostly hats (I had originally estimated I had 300 or so hats...I was way off. More like 800+!) but I found some other neat surprises.

One suitcase was locked, but had a garter strap hanging out of it. I thought there might be a piece of lingerie in it, so I brought it home. Much to my surprise, there were a few cotton late 20s-30s dresses, some wonderful linen pieces, a 40s lace wedding dress, a handful of slips, and ten or so Edwardian pieces in it! Jackpot!

This incredible silk and cotton 1920s dress was wadded up in a plastic bag underneath a pile of linens. It needs some mending, but it is just gorgeous.

I've been finding a lot of Edwardians whites mixed in with what I thought were just table cloths, WAY more shoes that I thought I had, most of them from the 1940s. There are also a lot of non-clothing items (crochet table cloths, un cut patterns, etc )that I need to figure out what to do with- either add them to my existing shop or open another one?

There are many many many more boxes to dig through. I know it will take me a long while to really get everything sorted, but I'm in no rush. While there are a lot of great garments here, it is a very very time consuming task to hand wash them all, mend them if needed, and get them ironed and steamed and ready to list. I want to do these pieces justice and not rush it. In the middle of remodeling a house, moving into another house to remodel, being a mom, a wife, and a pregnant lady...I'm fine letting this vintage work hang out until I get those few extra minutes to work on it. Once things settle down a bit with house work (so so soon!), I'll be able to actually put in regular hours for the shop, and I'm looking forward to it!


  1. Holy hell. You are living the dream right now. Treasure hunting like that and knowing you are going to come across gold like this! I hope you keep doing posts like this because it is such great eye candy.

    That white dress with the black and pink dots... I am praying it is my size.

  2. I cant wait for the patterns to be in your store!!

  3. Wow, this is so cool. What a fun surprise! I can't wait to see what else you find and purchase something of my own if it's my size. :)