The Ones that Got Away (+ a time-sensitive tip on amazing fringe boots ending < 20 hrs at the end!)
Regulars know how much I adore Vintage-shopping on Ebay.
#1: it's one of a kind. any similar ones may be at the bottom of a dumpster or stuffed in some old nanny's closet.
#2: if it can hold up that long, it must be pretty decent quality.
#3: it is ideally good for the environment. [rather than production production production -- carbon footprint, etc etc-- the idea is that you're buying things that have already been around for a decade or more so less energy is spent in making new things]
#4: if you buy vintage leather goods, it's a great great alternative to fueling the problematic and needlessly cruel leather industry (please welcome knowledge! see this here)
BUT...just as #1 can be a fantastic thing, it can also be a terrible thing! If you miss out on a one-of-a-kind item, it's OVER! Girls like to mourn over boys. I think boys are complicated and not worth mourning over and I would rather mourn over The Ones That Got Away...and by that I mean fabulous fabulous one-of-a-kind vintage items.
It's just, sometimes a piece really resonates with you, you know? Like you feel like it kind of represents you in a way. Kind of like part of your identity. Like if someone were to think of you, you'd want them to think of you in that outfit. A certain style of shoes or pants can really just vibe with you and represent your personality or your taste to an ace.
Wow, now I'm sounding like a hybrid of new-agey materialism. It's just that I have thought and discussed about this before with other people and I think it's really important when we think what is probably one of the core reasons of why people shop.
It's just like if you have a favorite book or band and you think it represents you really well- it kind of holds a special place and makes up your individualism and so ends up being part of what makes up or at least supports your identity. Like I love "The Little Prince" and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou... Your taste is a big part of who you are. I'm sure many can attest to that.
But it's also not like "typecasting"--like if you deem yourself "punk" then you like all "punk" things or if your style is "boho" you don't like all "hippie" things. . . or at least I hope you throw some variety in there or you might just be one of those rare stereotypic stereotypes.
Example: I used to think Sixpence None the Richer was brilliant, but at the same time I thought Ani DiFranco is amazing, and I think Common (Common the hip-hop artist) puts out incredible material. One of the best movies I thought was Bowling for Columbine but at the same time I didn't like Million Dollar Baby or Crash (both Academy Award winners). One of my all-time favorites is Pygmalion, a true classic, I thought its remake My Fair Lady paled in comparison..but then again I really liked District B-13. [look it up-- very different. slightly violent dark french action movie]
In a way most of us are all kind of "eclectic" and that's what makes us feel so individualistic.
Anyway - to get back to where I started - there are some vintage pieces that you see and stick with you for a long time...especially if you failed in procuring them! Which is where this post comes in. I'm introducing you to my past vintage Heartbreakers.
Sometimes I can't afford to procure certain items that really do resonate with me but that's okay since I know there's many copies of them...but Vintage is totally a different story...especially when it's not impossible for me to afford it but I fail in getting it! Of course, part of being a creative and individual dresser is making do with what you have and wearing it in ways that do represent you, but that's a different story.
All these pieces I'm showing I think help define "my style", and would be integral parts in something called "Gloria's Wardrobe"...but alas none of them are actually mine! This list of past vintage heartbreaks will give a window into what I think the perfect examples of my taste and style are. Sometimes I can't really show what are totally "me" and what I would really really would put together if I had the ability to get certain pieces. These are those pieces! Those are the ones you keep thinking about again and again and think, "Why Didn't I get those?!" and keep doing frantic ebay searches every once in a while cause they haunt you so.
Heartbreak #1: One of the Original Covets of Mine... Vintage FrontFlap I. Magnins
...a classic case of missing the end of auction time. And they ended up selling for $10! [groan] I actually posted this beautiful alternative a while back in The Beef W/ Leather Post. Simple yet unique.
Heartbreak #2: Next Came- The Perfect Vintage School Blazer...
...ended up being too $$$ for me...~$170...of course it was being sold by Nasty Gal Vintage which had a lot of fans so I did expect the bid to go that high... (sigh). I have yet to find one as perfect as this. Do you see the fit? It's fantastic.
Heartbreak #3: ...and Then I missed the auction on The Best Vintage Floral Minidress in the World...which ended up selling for $35.
...And Of Course I got Outbid because I did not think I could afford it due to it's rising bid price and extravagant shipping cost. [silent screaming] I mourn for this dress often. This is one of the Most Perfect Florals I've ever seen...
Heartbreak #3 1/2: The Best Vintage Tutu In the World...
...which in the end I didn't bid on since I need to save money and I convinced myself it was an impractical whimsy. [proof I am My Own Worst Enemy]
Heartbreak #4: The Most Yummy Banana Colored Boots...
Actually it was not really my fault that I couldn't have these.. I was so IN LOVE with these- but they were not my size! They were 2 sizes too large! But I still think they're gorgeous to look at...and wish I could have it in size 8.5...too bad the seller didn't list a brand name...but then again it probably wouldn't matter since it's VINTAGE, aka won't find it ever again. (Vintage is a curse and a blessing. If you get it, it's a blessing. If you don't-- it's a curse.)
Heartbreak #5: I think this is what is causing Global Warming...
...actually, I did bid on this...but OF COURSE, the reserve price was actually like $220...(I only know because I asked later on). Did I mention it's vintage Thierry Mugler? It's so bright and covetable-looking...
Now...My Latest and Greatest MAJOR Heartbreak:
The Most Marvelous One-of-a-Kind Vintage Rosy-Mauve-Taupe Boots with Tiny Gold Buttons...
...This happened just YESTERDAY. [Hence, fueling this intense post] I was fuming inside when I realized I missed the auction time. Like when I went to check the webpage and I found out I missed it, my face was expressionless. Like real, inner fury. No emotion.
What happened was I reluctantly agreed to go to grab a bite to grab a bite at McDonalds (of all things!) with someone in my lab after work but I did it anyway, and when I came back, I realized I missed the end of the auction by 15 MINUTES. McDonalds! Never Again! McDonalds!!
It also did not help that it was ending 3 hours earlier than I originally thought it would. [It's hard to do math & calculate time differences at 2 in the morning the night before when you have a physics exam the next day]
on to each other this summer and after I missed out on these I sent them all my
I ache over all of them, but this was the latest heartache. It's really really hard to find good vintage boots. Especially banana and perfect rosy-mauve-taupe colored ones. (wikipedia shows examples of rose-taupe & mauve-taupe color)
screenshot via Wikipedia:
The Goodie Part
You didn't think I would leave this on a sad note after I've shown you all of those past heartbreakers, would you? There's a light at the end of the tunnel...although unfortunately not for me.
I have found the latest and greatest potential heartbreaker. bad for me, maybe not for you! I know it will be a heartbreaker for me because it is not in my size. alas! I think this vintage catch is one of the cutest boots I've seen in a while. And I don't think I'd be long and leggy enough to pull it off in any case.
Anyway, maybe one of you size 5-6 girls feel like this boot needs to be a part of your life? Better hurry then...it ends in 20 hours! Link is Here. Seller is funkinjunkievintage.
(I did ask the seller who said it's an approximate 5-6 US Womans...the measurements make it look more like a 7-7.5...but *shrug*)
Estimated Size: Length: 9"Width: 3"Heel: 2.5"Height: 8.5"Calf/Ankle Width: 8"