A Peek Inside

Picasso!!! From the Archives August 15 2016, 0 Comments

Years ago I had a fantastic bright yellow 1950s Catalina swimsuit with an all over print of birds...doing what the birds and the bees do. It sold and has been long gone. The other day I posted the close up of the print on Instagram to show a friend who loves novelty prints and today someone mentioned that the print is a 1940s work by Picasso. I had no idea!! Behold....


Red Ruffles, From the Archives April 29 2016, 0 Comments

From the estate of a woman who had a whole slew of gorgeous house dresses! A 1930s cotton zip front day/house dress with red floral print and ruffled shoulders. Sold in 2010.



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Purple Ceil Chapman! From the Archives April 21 2016, 0 Comments

One of the best Ceil Chapman dresses I've ever had, in a smashing shade of purple! Ceil was one of Marilyn Monroe's favorite designers, and one can easily see why.


Very Chic, Very Lilli Ann....Archived April 20 2016, 0 Comments

An unusual look in a Lilli Ann but SO GOOD! Matching sleeveless dress and coat with scarf collar, Italian knit wool. Sold in 2008. 


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Hulitar, Archived April 18 2016, 0 Comments

From the archives, and happily reunited with the family of Philip Hulitar (a wedding gift from Philip's daughter to her daughter/his granddaughter!). A stunning 1950s gown loaded with beads and crystals. 



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Swallows and Stars! Archived Swimwear April 17 2016, 0 Comments

2 of the BEST 1930s swimsuits (bathing suits?) I've ever had, let alone seen at all. The blue with embroidered swallows, the brown with embroidered stars! And trimmed in silk satin with almost completely open backs, satin ribbon straps criss-crossing in back with bow at low back. Sold in 2008. 


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Fur You, Archived April 15 2016, 0 Comments

Best 1940s coat ever? May have been! Sold years ago but worth mentioning again! 



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Tropical Things Past April 13 2016, 0 Comments

From the archives, an *amazing* black and yellow tropical floral print 1950s dress by Kamehameha of Hawaii....sold in 2006. Mondo exotica! 



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Loopedy-Do! 1920s, Archived Dress April 12 2016, 0 Comments

Hands down one of the most impressive real flapper chic dresses I've ever had the pleasure to own and gawk at. Rhinestones, beads, cutwork detail and staggered glass bead LOOPED fringe! Shimmy!! 



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Helen 1, Archives April 11 2016, 0 Comments

Helen Bond Carruthers pretty much speaks for itself, no? Sold in 2006. One of two I had at the time, the other in yellow. Absolutely exquisitely made!


Helen Bond Carruthers (1894-1970) was a maker of high quality decorated cashmere sweaters. According to family history, the sweater business most likely was born after Carruthers bought a warehouse full of old shawls, and the sweaters were conceived as a way to use them. At first, Ms. Carruthers decorated the sweaters herself, using purchased sweaters and carefully cut-out pieces of embroidery from the shawls. The success of her venture led her to hire more employees, but the business remained located in Carruthers’s large home.

Eventually Carruthers turned over the making of the sweaters to her employees, but she remained as the creative force behind the designs. She also designed dresses for family members, which were made up for them in her home workshop.

The decorated cashmere sweaters from Helen Bond Carruthers are among the most highly sought after cashmere collectibles. Most are highly decorated with embroidery, applique, and beads, and often the entire sweater is covered with decoration. The decorations were taken from old textiles, such as embroidered Chinese shawls and Belgian laces, and were then appliqued to the sweaters. She was active in the 1950s and through the 1960s in Versailles, Kentucky. Look for a large label sewn onto the inside waistband.  (info from the Vintage Fashion Guild).




Lucie in the Sky April 10 2016, 0 Comments

With glamour! Boudoir glam from the archives (sold in 2006, to be exact!). And my first Lucie Ann set. SO GOOD. 


Putting on the Dog April 09 2016, 0 Comments

Pretty things past! A visit to the archives. This late 1930s scotty dog print rayon dress and matching jacket (with scotty dog BAKELITE buttons!) sold back in 2010  but will always be one of my favorites! It was actually a woman's wedding dress!




Mean Green April 08 2016, 0 Comments

Not bad mean...good mean! Another from the archives, a killer 1940s chartreuse green silk suit with fantastic sculpted peplum. Sold in 2013. 

Pretty Things Past April 01 2016, 0 Comments

I recently had cause to go back through some old images of things I've had and sold in the past (stored on Photobucket), and decided many of them are worth sharing and looking at again! Because so pretty. 


Sold in 2008, this luscious 1960s pink heavily beaded gown was one of my faves! 



Happy Birthday to Bob Mackie! March 24 2016, 0 Comments

Its Bob's Birthday! Celebrate by taking a gander at the glam he has created over the years....





The Hail Mary 50% Off Sale! February 29 2016, 3 Comments

Cards on the table. I do all of this myself. The hunting, curating, buying (!), mending, cleaning. All the photos, all the photo editing and garment measuring. All of the researching on dates and labels and textiles and construction details. All of the website work (built it myself, maintain and run it myself). I manage customer inquiries, sales, complaints. I do all the packing and shipping (and buying shipping supplies).

Myself, alone.

The vintage dealer world has grown by leaps and bounds since I started in the early 2000's. When I started the 1970s were the most recent allowed as vintage! Now it's mid 90s! I've kept up with supplying up to the moment vintage on my site as well. I have on hand, between my shop and my storage, well over 4,000 pieces of vintage.

I screw up sometimes, I mix up shipping labels, ship something that I meant to add a button back to, forget to ship something someone bought via email rather than the site...I'm managing the website, Etsy, OpenSky, Chairish, Facebook selling pages, Instagram selling and my local shop. I am far from perfect, but I try to do my best and when I fail I try very hard to make it right for that customer. I love vintage. I wouldn't do this if I didn't, and I wouldn't still be doing it 15 years later if I didn't feel passion for it. I'm a Mom, a daughter and a spouse. I run a household (and the yard that goes with it), manage a local boutique and try to help my extended family as I do all of this.

Things have not gone well the last 6 months or so, and I've managed to tread water, but my house is in foreclosure, my shop rent is behind and bank accounts overdrawn. I've got a bill coming out of Paypal tomorrow on auto-pay that I can't cover, and if not, it will go to my bank, which is overdrawn...and then it spirals into fees and I'm struggling to get back into the black from the last time it happened.

So this is me, being honest and real with all of you and offering 50% off everything on the site. Thousands of items half off. Designer stuff, antique things. Jewelry, hats, dresses, coats, shoes, lingerie. AND I'm happy to do a volume discount and cheap ship! I've been at this a long time, and am trying to STAY able to do this. SO being 100% honest, personal and real with all of you. This is a real "hail mary" move for me because I'm desperate to get back on track.

Thank you all, if you've read this far, for loving vintage and loving my site!! And to anyone still waiting on an order that is late, know that as things are going out rapidly to get me caught back up and everyone squared away. 

Code HAILMARY50 at checkout, and thank you all! ----> https://dorotheas-closet-vintage.myshopify.com

Farewell, Beautiful Bowie January 12 2016, 0 Comments

We've lost a true fashion innovator with the passing of David Bowie. Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, Major Tom. Bowie easily morphed from Mod to Glam, from New Romantic to Electronic. Bowie showed the world that androgyny was cool, men in high heels are fabulous and all the many outcasts and freaks among us can be anyone we want. He created the soundtrack to countless lives, and influenced thousands of artists and muscians to pursue their dreams. The world would be a lesser place had Bowie never graced our planet. The stars do look very different today.













The Glamour of Winter Whites! January 10 2016, 0 Comments

A new color collection at Dorothea's....Winter Whites! A range of season fresh shades of white to kick off the new year. See the collection here


Slip Into Something....Vintage. And Fashionable! December 13 2015, 0 Comments

A fab selection of vintage full slips just added to the website! Take a cue from beautiful women from past and present....there is nothing more devastating the slip! See the collection here   .

French Vogue shows how the slip (and slip dress) inspires and shines as a fashion staple (and it wasn't just in the 90s!). See the article here. 



Modernize the slip with flannel, leather or layered over a tee! Add glamour with fur or just bare, shimmering skin.

Max Out! The Latest Collection from Dorothea's December 08 2015, 0 Comments

The long and the long of it! The new collection at Dorothea's Closet is maxi dresses from the 60s and 70s...several new ones added, more to come! See it here.


Too Many Hats! A $20 Hat Blow-out! November 23 2015, 0 Comments

In sorting and cataloguing all the vintage hats in my stock, I've come to terms with the fact that there are far too many! Over 700, to be precise! So I'm having a $20 hat sale....over 200 listed so far and more to come! Stock up, gift your friends! See it here.


Go Glam! A Vintage Fur Hat Collection November 12 2015, 0 Comments

The latest collection from Dorothea's, just in time for chilly weather...the vintage fur hat collection! See it here. 


the Spice of Life....Color for Fall November 02 2015, 0 Comments

Shop the new color collection at Dorothea's! The Spice of Life features hues of cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg and more. See it here.


Dress to Kill...The Walking Dead collection at Dorothea's October 07 2015, 0 Comments

Suede. Leather. Denim. Carl's hat. Boots and blouses. Get the look, shop the collection.