GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 2000 item #1321434
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By Fenn Wright & Manson, one of England's leaders in special occasion fashions since the 1970s, this dreamy see-through jacket of coral organza combines a look of pure romance with all the proper details. Notice the shapely seaming, graceful lapels and double cuffs with shimmering faux-moonstone buttons in a slightly lighter shade of melon.

Sheer jackets of this type, tied on with enormous bows, were style essentials in Europe during the late 1980s and very early 1990s. (I'm not sure if they were also worn in the U.S., since I was in Britain then.) They're fabulous over slip dresses and a wonderful way of fluffing up just about any outfit for an evening event or a daytime gala like a wedding. In the latter case, they can give you decent cover for the ceremony, allowing you to wear something that might otherwise be a little too bare until the reception.

Size is marked small, but obviously the shape is highly adaptable. I'd say it could be worn by anyone up to about a size 10. Condition of the wrap is fabulous -- it can't have been worn much. New party tops and wraps by FW&M sell in the $150 - $200 range, by the way, so this is a great bargain for that label.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1960 item #1321431
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Worthy of the gals in "Grease," this outfit is just what you need for any fifties-style event -- or just for the fun of wearing Retro. The skirt's a full circle of metallic patterned fabric so crisp it can stand up by itself and the jacket is a classic zip-on windbreaker, also very crisp. I doubt these treasures have been worn more than a couple of times, if that.

The skirt is ballerina-length (30 inches) on a 26-inch buttoned waistband with zipper below. No tags are on that, but the jacket is marked Barbara Rogers for Power Chute. Size small and hand-washable, the jac may be of a somewhat later date, but its style is pure 50s and the color and texture match to the skirt is excellent. Just add a top with a turtleneck or a Peter Pan collar, bobby socks and loafers or Oxfords to complete the 50s look. The jacket will be very useful as a separate piece, too.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 2000 item #1321375
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Most of us avoid new furs now -- I haven't bought any for more than 30 years -- but I can't justify leaving vintage pieces to rot, unworn. They're warm, for one thing, and we still find them beautiful or faux-fur wouldn't be so popular.

It would be a great pity to waste a hat as glamorous as this towering pile of fluff. The look is positively Zhivago! And it covers your entire head, all the way down to the nape of your neck, so nothing could be cozier. Fit shouldn't be a problem -- it's fine on a standard-sized head with lots of hair (mine) -- and its condition is superb.

The hat reached us with just one tag, declaring Italian origin, so its maker is unknown, as is its age. We'd be safe to say late 20th century. Provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.

Elsewhere online, these big, showy red ones seem to going for $300-325, but we got a great deal on this beauty and we like sharing.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1970 item #1321371
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Although many of us wouldn't buy new furs now, to avoid encouraging the trade, making good use of vintage pieces strikes me as both ethical and sensible.

If you agree that their warmth shouldn't be wasted, this fluffy mid-century chapeau may appeal to you. It dates from the 1950s or early 1960s, but is in pristine condition. Even its lining is beautiful, made of luxurious black fabric that's ridged like grosgrain ribbon.

Size is on the small side. I can get it on, but not down as far as it really should go. My forehead is 22.5 inches around and the maximum this hat would fit properly is about 21.5 inches. Assuming it's big enough for your purposes, this is a marvelous bargain.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 2000 item #1321367
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Like many people, I've had second thoughts about furs. I wouldn't personally buy, sell or wear new ones (despite defending the rights of those who do). Where I part company with the anti-fur purists is when it comes to vintage pieces. Making good use of them strikes me as both ethical and sensible.

If you agree that their warmth shouldn't go to waste, this vintage headband may appeal to you. The fur is soft and supple, with luster and without tears. The fleecy white lining is unlabeled for maker or size, so we measured and found the band is 23 inches in circumference, just right for an average head. Width is 5 inches, age is unknown and provenance is a collection in Ontario.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1930 item #1274488
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Evening bags by Mayor are definitely not thick on the ground. I wasn't able to locate any others online - besides which ours is perfect, apparently never used and still snapped into its glamorous burgundy case of velvety suede that bears the maker's name and logo. The heavy metal mesh is as supple as fabric and lined with ivory silk. The pouch measures about 5" x 4 1/4" and closes with a double chain 6 1/2" long, with beautifully shaped carrying rings an inch round on each end.

If you want a fine early 20th century mesh purse more exceptional the widely available ones by Whiting & Davis and Mandalian, this is your obvious choice. Probable dating is the early 1920s (dawn of the Art Deco era) and provenance is an estate in Florida, where the Mayor's company moved at the height of Deco mania. No jeweler is more closely associated with Deco style than Samuel Getz of Mayor's.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1990 item #1274469
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If you crave that bold, sexy '80s look, why not wear the real thing, rather than a new-yesterday knockoff? Vividly scarlet, this "Dynasty" era dazzler has an elegantly draped peplum overskirt and a ruched front bodice ornamented with a transparent Art Nouveau butterfly that's loaded with white pearls, red sequins and bugle beads. Ruffles supported by an underlay of red petticoat net appear both fore and after and the skirt is slit, so you can walk and dance easily. The low-cut back closes with a short zipper. Length is just below the knee.

The label of this gorgeous gown identifies it as a California-made creation "For David Howard" from the "Climax" line by Karen Okada. The fabric is acetate that feels like satin taffeta: rich and slightly crispy. No size label is present, but the dress looks like it would fit most small women (sizes 2, 4 and probably 6). Its only point of close fit is the waistline, which measures 26 inches. Condition is so good that it can't have been worn much.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1990 item #1227575
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The Hachi name, as you may remember, is closely associated with the late Princess Diana. A beaded evening gown created for her by the Japanese designer took top price (more than $70,000) at the personal apparel auction she was organizing at the time of her death. She wore that dress often between 1983 and 1989. This said, any beaded dress by Hachi is of more than idle interest -- and ours happens to have the very same beaded sunburst pattern that features on Diana's gown at shoulder and hip. (Run a search for "The Hachi Dress" to see what I mean; there's even a Princess Di doll in that fabulous dress.)

Our elegant example of Hachi's artistry surely dates from the same period as Diana's. It's a sleek 48-inch column of silk crepe with a diagonally cut dropped waist. Within the center of the neck, there's a fabric-covered weight to ensure that it drapes properly -- lovely detail, but the loveliest is of course the giant beaded sunburst that extends for more than a foot over the right shoulder.

There's no size tag, which leads me to believe the dress was custom-made. Its bust measures 34 inches, narrowing to a waist-skimming 28 inches and flaring to more than 40 at the hip, because of the gathers. Outer sleeve length is 22. Sizing should work for most small women (US 2, 4 and possibly 6), but do please check your measurements to be certain. There's no lining, since this is a fabric you want to flow very smoothly. The spicy color sizzles somewhere between cinnamon and clove.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1990 item #1227510
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These exciting vintage boots with stiletto heels are a lot more Vixen than Western. Besides the pizzazz of their 3.25-inch heels, they mix three different leathers in slightly different shades of brown: Reptile and suede trim the butter-soft smooth leather that slouches gracefully for a bit of "pirate" swagger.

Representing the height of style in the "Dallas" and "Dynasty" era, these beauties will be perfect with the 1980s revival fashions so trendy today (not to mention with your skinny jeans). They've been so lightly worn that this is how they look without even getting a polish and brush-up! Linings are fully intact.

The boots reached us, fittingly enough, from a Dallas collection and were quite expensive when new. Outer soles (leather, of course) are marked 5B and inner soles (likewise leather) are tagged Wild Pair. Early examples of this fashion-forward brand have become highly collectible. I've seen 1980s Wild Pair boots selling for close to $300 elsewhere online.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1990 item #663485
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Looking like it's never been worn even once, this exotic vintage purple tunic would be a fabulous beach coverup -- or a top to wear with jeans and shorts, if you're a bit daring. It's lavished with fish in golden glitter, finished with gold and green beads tied into points at the knees and patterned with loads of sexy peek-a-boo slashes.

The "deconstructed" look makes me date this treasure to the late 1980s or early 1990s. Along with the two huge fish, a graceful undersea plant and the word "Bahamas" also appear in glitter. The tag (so crisp it's like new) reads: ARAWAK T Neely's of Nassau in the Bahamas 100% Cotton XLong. Total length is about 31 inches. Sleeves are raglan-style, finished in points with knots. The cotton knit is good and thick, with a rich, high-quality feel. This must have been expensive originally. Provenance is a New Mexico estate.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Entertainment : Pre 2000 item #627236
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Sometimes we can all use a little inspiration and this set of three audio cassettes supplies six hours' worth! (Each tape runs 120 minutes.) Produced by Nightingale-Conant Corporation, the masters of motivation, the series titles are "Career Success: Managing Your Way to the Top", "Raising Your Self-Esteem: Feeling Good About You" and "Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress". Copyright date is 1991. Evidently these are fairly rare, since my searches online turned up reference only to a few library copies. The cases show their age a bit, but are still serviceable, and the tapes are in great playable condition. Provenance is a New Mexico estate.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1950 item #623550
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Want some gloves that will do lots more than keep your hands warm? These terrific designs from the 1940s or early 1950s are loaded with Retro style! Both are sized for a petite woman and came from the same Texas estate.

The brown ones with the huge buttons and lavish seam detail look like suede, but are of suede-finished fabric. And their condition is absolutely amazing, as if they've never been worn.

The second pair are of buttery soft black kidskin with cutwork wrist-bands of fawn kid, each secured with a black leather button. Just a few little scuffs are present and one wrist has a teensy red dot on it. With a cleaning and polish, they'd probably be like new.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Pre 1990 item #619597
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This dazzling strapless evening top lavished with large gold sequins is by designer Gina Bacconi, under her "Creazioni Originali" label. She now creates elegant party, evening and special occasion fashions for Shubette of London and her collection is sold in upscale shops throughout Europe.

Underneath the glitz, there's smocked gold fabic with a powerful stretch and beautiful lace loops are provided for hanging. The tag calls this a U.S. 8 (U.K. 10), but it's really more for a U.S. size 2 to 6. It's about 12 inches long and, unstretched, measures 22 inches at the bust and 20 inches at the waist. Stretched to the max, it will fit about a 34-35 inch bust and 29-30 inch waist. The prior owner acquired it in London during the 1980s and wore it only once, so it's like new.

With metallics being so trendy today -- as well as 1980s-inspired fashions -- you couldn't own anything more stylish. It would be a fabulous way to dress up a suit.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1950 item #616827
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Crisp as new, this colorful vintage apron features a delightful pattern of tall windows filled with potted daisies, plus a wide red band at the bottom and a vine motif above. Length is a little more than 20 inches, plus a waistband nearly two inches wide.

It can't have been worn much, if at all, because the condition is immaculate. Probable dating would be 1940s and provenance is a Texas estate.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1950 item #616818
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This darling vintage handkerchief is extremely unusual, in that it has a coin purse built right in! The hanky, itself, is of emerald green linen so finely woven that it's semi-sheer -- and, set into the center, there's a bright yellow, green and white tartan plaid pouch that zips open on one side with a green loop pull.

It's plenty big enough to hold keys and other small necessities, whenever you don't want to carry a bag -- making this perfect to tuck in your pocket when you're jogging, walking the dog, going to the beach or running quick errands.

The hanky measures about 11 inches square and its zip pouch is 4 inches by 4 inches. Provenance is a Texas estate and most likely dating would be 1930s or 1940s. Condition is fantastic. It can't have been used much, if at all.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1950 item #616816
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This fancy vintage apron has to be at least 50 or 60 years old, but looks never worn. It's obviously been stored away carefully, because the fabric hasn't even thought about fading. And look at those elaborate ultra-feminine details: panels of yellow eyelet lace, plus appliqued flowers! It's 15 inches long, plus a 1 3/4-inch waistband, and provenance is a Texas estate.

If you're looking for a really charming vintage apron, either for kitchen use or to complete a 'perfect housewife' costume, you've found it now. Donna Reed, eat your heart out!

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1990 item #585641
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These pretty Chorus Line character shoes by Leo's were purchased for a play in 1985 and worn for only a few weeks of rehearsal and performance. How do I know so much about them? They've been languishing in my own closet for more than 20 years!

Leo's dance shoes are of excellent quality, so lots of life is left in these beauties. The screw-on Capezio "Tele Tone" taps are in great shape, too. With graceful 2 1/8-inch heels and Mary Jane straps, these shoes are a nice bargain for anyone who wears this size -- a rather generous 4.5 that should fit up to a 5. They retail for more than $65 now ($52.50 for the shoes plus at least $15 to add taps) and they're still in their original box, mildly scuffed from world travels but intact.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Accessories : Pre 1990 item #559598
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Having recently acquired loads of wonderful vintage and antique clothing from a collector who's downsizing, I got inspired to do a bit of the same. These two scarves have languished in my dresser since around 1980, when in a moment of insanity I paid at least $75 for each (on sale) at one of the best shops in town. Despite good intentions, I never got the knack of wearing squares, so it's unlikely I will.

The larger scarf here, measuring 26 inches in each direction with finely machined edges, is of an unusual and very complexion-flattering canteloupe hue, between coral and pink, and it has an all-over upraised pattern (impossible to photograph properly) of nubby same-color dots that feel luxurious. The fabric is a cotton so finely woven that you can see through it. This of course means it knots and drapes like a dream, with no ungraceful bulk.

The paisley scarf, 16.5 inches square, is of the same marvelous cotton. Even with its dark colors, it's transparent when you hold it to light. Colors are navy, red and ecru; the pattern is intricately detailed; and the edges are rolled and hand-hemmed.

Both these scarves are in like-new condition and would make marvelous gifts. I don't recall what their tags said; they were separate, not sewn-in, which is so nice. (That way, you don't have to risk ripping an edge, when you cut off the nuisances.)

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