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!