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FLASH SALE! 50% off---- Code SPRINGTIME50 March 21 2018, 0 Comments

Flash sale- 50% off EVERYTHING!!!!

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A Separate Issue- a New Tops and Bottoms Collection! March 04 2018, 0 Comments

Work a little vintage into your wardrobe, whether you go all vintage or mostly modern! Lots of skirts and blouses and sweaters recently added and SO many more to come. Click below to see! 





So Much Newness! In Vintage... February 28 2018, 0 Comments

A whole new estate being added to the site (as time allows)- some highlights within the Private Life boudoir collection. Gorgeous nightgowns and sweet babydoll pajama sets! 


Working On....Jewelry! December 31 2017, 0 Comments

So much jewelry! Very vintage and very pretty!

Holiday Dresses! December 18 2017, 0 Comments

It's not too late to shop for holiday party wear! Shop the collection below.


Real Vintage For a Real Life December 12 2017, 0 Comments

In a world dominated by social media, it seems nearly every aspect of our lives has become dominated by things, brands and people who are "fake". Accusations of news being fake, fake accounts leaving fake feedback and opinions, fake faces representing brands, fake lifestyles on display on our phones and computers daily. The results have been devastating. It has become very difficult to trust what your own eyes tell you.

In that vein, I have changed my tag-line to "real vintage for a real life". I refuse to be one of the vintage dealers who pretends to live a carefree, 100% vintage lifestyle. I refuse to be friends with those who pretend to be my friend while working to undermine my business and financial stability with lies and cattiness. I refuse to be told that being real and honest with people is a turn-off to customers.

I've been thinking about this for a very long time.

I've tried, over the years, to play the game- to pretend my very vintage life is very perfect and very pretty and very trouble free.

It isn't.

It isn't even very vintage. Sure, I am surrounded by vintage fashion and vintage decor in a 100 year old house. So in that regard- pretty vintage, yep. But it's also real. Real stuff happens every day. I work a full time retail job to supplement my income and provide a steady paycheck and health insurance for my family. There is no vintage involved there at all. The necessity of doing that, spending 40 hours a week away from my home, places stress on every other aspect of my life. I'm not home to cook dinner, or able to pick my daughter up from school. I have to do website work either in the early morning hours before work or later at night after. I get 2 days off a week to do everything that isn't done during the other 5 days, plus help my disabled mother, plus spend time with my child, plus laundry and house cleaning, house maintenance, yard work, etc. I spend a solid 70+ hours a week working between the FT job and the website just to keep bills (mostly) caught up, and try desperately to have a happy fulfilled life with my family.

My life is messy and full. I can be organized one day and then 3 days later be completely behind again. Sometimes I'm there for my daughter when she has troubles- sometimes I'm not, and feel like a total failure. Some weeks I'm on top of planning meals for the week- some weeks we eat whatever we throw together at 7 PM. I'm not done up in victory rolls and cat eye liner every day, attending pin-up events. Some days I don't even brush my teeth (days off, at home of course!). I struggle to sleep, battle anxiety, worry all day every day about keeping my house out of foreclosure. I'm juggling a lot every single day and I'm not going to pretend to be anyone I'm not just to fit into the expectations some have of what a vintage dealer's life should be. Those who do live that life- more power to them, sounds fun. Those who pretend to live that life to feel like they fit in- more power to them, sounds difficult. But it isn't my life and I'm going to be real about that.

I have thousands of pieces of vintage in my storage that are very real. Much of that is on the site, a lot of it isn't and that's something that weighs on me as well and something I'm working on. Closing my shop, while necessary financially, created a mess of merchandise that I've yet to totally organize! With little time to do it, it happens in bits and pieces. But it is indeed all very real, and very well stored and cared for.

My passion for vintage is real, too. From day one the reason I started doing this was because I wholly believe that these pieces of clothing (or accessories) were loved enough to be held onto by someone for decades, and that they deserve a chance at being worn and loved and cherished again. The joy it brings people to know that that those things will have a new life is one of my favorite parts of what I do. It pains me every day to go work a job that isn't doing this because, after nearly 10 years of doing it full time, I miss it horribly. But know that I'm trying as hard as I can to stay on top of it despite the hours away.

I won't always get it right. But I will always try. And I will always be real with you.

Thank you for still being here. 



1970s. Designer. Fashion. November 13 2017, 0 Comments

Several new 1970s designer pieces added to the website last night- including Victor Costa and Diane Von Furstenburg. And a shocking piece gown w/ rhinestones that would kill at holiday parties! Click below to shop. 

Can You Have Too Much Vintage? November 03 2017, 0 Comments

Can you have too much vintage? For 15 years I've thought I certainly couldn't, but I've come to the conclusion that as far as what I offer online- maybe I can. And maybe I DO. The website has over 1,600 pieces currently for sale. I used to think more was better, that the more eras I covered, the more sizes, the more styles, the more looks- the more there was for people hunting. 

But for all of the hours and love invested in hunting, washing, mending, steaming, photographing, editing and listing each item it has occurred to me that with 1,600 pieces the site may feel overwhelming to look through...and really great things may not even be being seen (and quite honestly, it may also be why I ocassionally can't find something once it sells!)

So what does that mean? To start with, it means in the hours I have after and before work at my day job, I'm going to be doing some major clean-out. Deleting sold items. Creating a rock-bottom clearance collection to move some things out quick to be able to delete them. Perhaps some more lots for re-sellers. Re-arranging my storage to be better organized. 

Lastly, and the reason for tonight's quick newsletter. Because it is going to take some time to filter things out and streamline the site, for now I wanted to plant the seed for those of you who shop the site that if you have been thinking about anything, or anyTHINGS- please feel free to contact me to make an offer. Email is admin@dorotheasclosetvintage.com.

I have some wonderful things coming in the meantime, as soon as I can get them photographed! Big changes and more vintage to come!

Dreams of Darkness October 01 2017, 0 Comments

Halloween ready vampy vintage! A new collection of bewitching beauties for the upcoming holiday!


SALE! September 10 2017, 0 Comments

Markdowns galore! Shop from link on main page or from here. 

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!