Vintage Treasure Trove

December 12, 2013

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Last week, after realizing that my clothes were bursting out of my closet, armoire and not one but two dressers, I dedicated an afternoon to a good and thorough clothing clean out. You know, the kind where you roll up your sleeves and get all What Not to Wear Stacy and Clinton realness on those pieces that no longer work for you.

But no matter how hard I tried to stay focused, I somehow kept getting distracted by all the amazing pieces that I have thrifted over the years and it eventually turned into a FULL-ON dress-up session.

Hey there Christian Dior skirt. You’re looking good girl.

What’s up my beautiful Lanvin silk dress?


Part of the thrill in thrifting besides the hunt is the pleasure in knowing that these pieces exist in my wardrobe and that I can always access them to create different outfits.  Also, I absolutely love talking to people about any stellar deals that I find. I will proclaim to the rooftops that I paid $6.99 for my 1980’s Norwegian silver fox and leather bomber jacket.

Because that price is cray. 

Which is why I’m semi-obsessed with this real-life Miss Havisham, who lived in a three-story ancestral home in Northeast England, surrounded by thousands and thousands of dollars worth of vintage clothing and accessories from the 1940s -1970s.

How many thousands of thousands you may ask. Well, try £100,000. And no, don’t ask me to convert that because as I mentioned in this tweet, “I’m an English Major. You do the Math.” is my life motto. So, all I can tell you is that it’s a good chunk of money.

Vervia Todd was a woman who liked to travel and would return from her trips abroad with her suitcase filled to the brim with designer clothing. But here’s where Vervia and me differ. She kept them in the suitcase. Like, there are pieces that have not seen the light of day in decades.

Also, the next time she would go on a trip, a new suitcase would be purchased to fill with new designer clothes that would spend almost an eternity locked away within the walls of her house. As far as anyone knows, she never even wore them.


What!! Can you even imagine? Those clothes lay undiscovered for close to 70 years until Ms. Todd’s passing last year. This past Sat, a successful estate sale was held for vintage enthusiasts eager to get their hands on these treasures.

Honestly, if this sale had been geographically closer, I would have been there with my top hat on ready to spend some cash.

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