Pop of Color – Vintage for Spring and Summer

vintage color

vintage colors


Vintage Dresses – Summer Formal and Cocktail

Wedding Collage Wedding Collage 2Vintage Dresses that are polished and feminine – great for weddings, reunions and other more formal events.  Find these and more here:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/soulrust

Storyteller Vintage

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a story being told in my head.  In my earliest years I laid out all my crayons and organized them by size and color, imagining them to be in line at school.  I drew endless pictures of people as I made up ongoing story lines about them.  My barbie collection was involved in these drawings and had very detailed, interwoven stories involving their days at an orphanage.  I can remember many of their names, nationalities and styles.  During my years in piano lessons I began a personal story, pretending to be a piano teacher who gave lessons on tv.   As a child I believed I would become an artist, or art teacher but after high school gave up my artistic pursuits completely.  Without the backing stories I tended to become bored with art.  Using a ruler to create lines, measuring the distance between eyes, negative space…it wasn’t what I was after.  Fast forward to my mid twenties when I stumbled into buying and selling vintage clothing.  Suddenly I had a story to tell again – each vintage dress became  a chance to create a character.  I teach piano lessons but not on television.  In what ways has your life mirrored your childhood fantasies?

Vintage Nurse

Why I sell vintage clothing

Vintage clothing is not easy to sell.  There is no quick and easy money in vintage items, unless you get super lucky, but you won’t always get lucky.  There is a definite learning curve and you have to invest your time to get to the knowledge which leads to the profit.  So why does anyone bother?  I’m sure there are many good reasons, here are mine:
1. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt.  It is exciting to pull a piece of vintage out of a place it is not appreciated and allow someone who will love it find it.
2. I wear and use vintage in my own life and want to share the experience with others.
3. I love learning the history of clothing and history of people.
4. Most of all I like the process of selling – from finding to cleaning to mending to photographing to measuring to describing to answering questions to finally packaging each item for its new home.  It is amazing how this is an outlet for my creativity, my love of organization and a bit of socializing.  I enjoy keeping records and preparing for taxes.


Vintage Delicate Sheer Dresses

How to wear Vintage Sheer Dresses
Feminine & Delicate – I think a retro heel and hat is magical with a sheer dress – you can evoke the 1930s while wearing a dress from the 70s and 80s.
Sheer means its time to find a full slip or half slip and camisole.  Jaunty & Carefree – It would also be cute to wear ankle boots or tall boots to toughen the look up a bit.
For my height I think it is better to do a dainty shoe, but those with height could pull off a boot. Sheer Vintage Dresses

Vintage Clothing – Spring isn’t so far away!

I feel I have some very exciting vintage on the way – even though it is most definitely winter and will be such for months to come, I am photographing spring items, even swimsuits and summer dresses.  I will preview and post as I list https://www.facebook.com/Soulrust  See what is already listed here https://www.etsy.com/shop/soulrust