Though it's not newly published, we hope you'll enjoy this book review from our old site design's free info section. Over the next few days, we're transferring these articles to our blog... consider it website housekeeping. :) Meantime I hope you'll see something intriguing amongst the posts!
The quirky title is an apt descriptor of the lively contents in this book by sisters Alison & Melissa Houtte. It chronicles Alison's journey from a newly discovered model in the 1980s, who flew alone to Paris in her teens, to a vintage clothing shopowner in Brooklyn sharing anecdotes about buying and selling in this interesting niche business.
Alison's stories will resonate with fellow vintage dealers, and they're a fun vicarious experience for shoppers. She recounts having a customer find a label in a dress before she did, learning who Claire McCardell was only after selling a few McCardell designs. She found the quandary of explaining the differences in size labels over the years too difficult - "very few people want to hear that today's size eight was once a fourteen" - and began snipping sizes out of garments. And she recounts the tension involved in haggling with customers, as well as having customers bid up other shoppers for choice pieces.