Thursday, April 15, 2010

Back and Forth

I've been having a difficult time lately with selling clothing. It's the line between being a "collector" and a "dealer" ... I feel like I go in waves between feeling happy to look for dresses for other gals - to just wanting to find things and tuck them away until ... a brick and mortar store? ... I turn into a senile old lady?

Right now I'm leaning towards 'collector'. It's hard to be at the fleas and antique stores and feel guilty for keeping something when I know I should be selling it... So... I think maybe it's come time to think about a real job again. Who knows, especially the what - and where ... but, I think I'm ready to start looking!

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The dress above was supposed to make its way to etsy today. It has these beautiful chiffon sleeves and it reminds me so much of New York City - and Lyell... The only thing ... it's a short one, so off to the shop, right? But as I was about to take measurements I realized I could let the hem down and all problems would be fixed. So now I feel 1 part happy that this dress can stay with me and 1 part guilty that I have yet another thing that's fallen into the trap that is my closet.

28 comments:

C said...

It looks perfect on you so I say this one should happily stay for the time being...you can put it in the shop later right? I know what you mean though, its the 'what if'?

Julls said...

I love the light in the photo and the shadow..very mysterious and adorable !

BaronessVonVintage said...

Oh boy do I know THAT feeling...I have major vintage hoarding tendencies and that is not a good thing when trying to make my Etsy shop profitable. I agree with C...you can wear it for a while and put it in the shop later!

Eli said...

I feel the same way and have amassed so many things that are difficult to let go.

Draft of Vintage said...

I hope you don't feel too guilty- it looks beautiful on you!

LUU H. said...

love the pic!

Fia said...

I don't even sell clothes and I know that feeling. There are some clothes I don't wear and even have friends picked out who I should pass them on to because they would work perfectly with their style. And yet, they are still in my possession.

Sarah said...

you look absolutely stunning!!

dk said...

Don't feel guilty lady! There are SO many things I've sold over the years that I thought twice about selling cuz I LOVED it, and now I wish I had kept it!

You can always sell things later, but its kinda hard to get it back :)

Kelly said...

I totally understand! I "sold" vintage clothes for years, but most of my stock would end up in my closet. The only time I could really part with clothes would be when I'd change my style, which I'm inspired to do every few years. Luckily, the last time I had a major deaccessioning -- most of my 60s Mod stuff went to eBay --was just before the economy crashed and I did okay with them, but I'm glad that I didn't wait a couple more months to sell.

Best of luck with your job search or whatever you decide to do. It's a tough time for people like us who like to work "creatively".

~ Kelly

hannah said...

i totally know how you feel. when i buy something for my shop that i like a lot, i'll wear it non stop for a week or two and then when i'm sick of it i don't feel bad putting it for sale. it's those really special ones you don't want to wear every day, just save for all the special occasions that are the hardest to let go of!

AndiPants said...

This is why I quit knitting to sell. I'd always get attached to the items.

anne said...

hahaha i know how you feel!
it's pretty awesome, i say keep it.

noel said...

you look...amazing! it does seem shorter than what you usually tend to wear, but it looks great. definitely keep it! -noel

Jocelyne said...

That dress looks amazing on you, you have great legs! What a beautiful photo too! I think you should keep that one for sure. I have the same problem with letting things go into my store, I just removed a dress that had been in there for a while after I tried it on and it was a perfect fit......oh the life of the vintage obsessed!

reckless daughter said...

I understand completely. I thinkg I would have a hell of a time selling great vintage things off especially if they fit me.

that being said...if you ever change your mind I'd gladly take the dress off your hands for ya! ;) you look wonderful.

esme and the lane way said...

I know what you mean, I'm finding it hard enough to sell dresses I love but don't fit me! (and I'm not even a 'seller', this is just a few things!)

I love the dress you are wearing, with those great sleeves. No wonder you don't want to let it go! Gorgeous photo too, absolutely beautiful.

And good luck with the job hunting :)

Fabiola "Fab" said...

Well I know this feeling too well but I ussually don't talk about it cause it would make want to keep it even more.... Yes it does look like a Lyell piece! You look amazing by the way!

lumikha said...

i'm like that too with collecting. i just started and i have yet to start selling. also, good luck with your job hunt...i hope you continue to update your blog...

Kelley Anne said...

I know exactly what you mean. The dress looks amazing on you. I'm sure we're all looking forward to seeing it after you've lengthened the hem.

The Noisy Plume: said...

...I've got a keep it or sell it problem as well.
:)
xx

Moorea Seal said...

oh man, there is nothing i love more than a simple and chic little mini dress with a high collar and sleeves. oh my. it would be hard for me to sell it too if i had discovered it! :)


<3 moorea

Becca Jane said...

Collector, yeah, that's where I would be if I were you, so many great finds! But this dress looks so lovely on you that it makes sense it would join the ranks of your closet.

HUzzah! Vintage said...

"real" jobs. groan.

Endy said...

beautiful! you look so.. lovely!

jessica said...

Oh boy, do I know what you mean! It's so hard for me to find wonderful dresses and then sell them. I always wind up keeping most of the things that I mean to sell. That dress does look great on you though :) Good luck with your job search!

Verhext said...

i do it too, like crazy. one for me, one for the shop. but come on, is this going to look this good on anyone else, ever? No, it is not. KEEP IT, GUILT FREE.

Anonymous said...

I'd totally hit on you in that dress.

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