I’ve essentially been collecting for 25 years- some of those years not as much and others… well… yeah. At one point I’m pretty sure I had close to 2,500 dresses in my collection. I used to sell on Etsy but it was difficult to maintain while in school and working. Last year when I moved out to Arizona, I was forced to really go through my collection and sell pieces off. I did end up selling a ton, but not for a lot of money. I was selling pieces for pennies, and resellers were demanding lower prices and then turning around and selling them for hundreds of dollars in profit. Several of them even assured me that they were not going to resell the items, either. Just.. really left a bad taste in my mouth.
The other issue I’ve noticed with selling is that I have found I really do love each piece I have. There’s a little bit of emotional attachment with these pieces and some are just really hard to let go of. It gets worse when you don’t know if the buyer is going to or prepared to respect the integrity of the garment by properly caring for it. It’s like each of them are my babies (yeah I know.. ).
Right now I am trying to pare down- my current house is quite small. I adore it, but I just have too much for the space. Combined with vet bills, college payments and general not-working-ness due to COVID-19, I’ve been slowly going through the ‘Vintage Vault’ and photographing pieces. If you are interested- many of them are on eBay currently and are also listed on my IG.
I’ve also put a lot of thought into paring down to only items I REALLY LOVE.. so there’s more space for the ISO (in search of’s) that I’ve been waiting for. I’d ideally like to have a wardrobe consisting of pieces I only truly love- there is no reason for me to ever look at my closet in the morning and thing ‘gee, I have nothing to wear today’! So.. I’ll continue going through the vault between homework and classes. Til then, I’ll be drowning in dresses!