My Aunt Sue has always shared my passion for antiques and collectibles. Her home is full of her family's heirlooms- crystal and china, books and photographs. She has some of her grandmother's clothes and jewelry, and she graciously allowed me to try on a few pieces during a visit. She even took a few photographs.
I felt so grown up and lovely in those clothes! And so nervous- they were irreplaceable, and I remember being afraid of tearing a seam or losing a button. I don't know if my aunt still has those clothes, but my guess would be yes.
When I moved to California after finishing high school , I got my first job at the Goodwill store in Monterey. That is when I started adding countless vintage dresses, shoes and accessories to my wardrobe. Because the store was located so close to Carmel and Pacific Grove, we received an abundance of high end, gorgeous goods that any fashion lover would go crazy over. I had the freedom to dress up for work in all of my fancy frocks, and I'll never forget the day one of our regular customers commented that I always dressed like a model from the pages of Vogue magazine.
Throughout countless moves from place to place, I hauled my collection of eclectic fashions, and my pile of old records, with me. I still have the MLK pendant, and the rhinestone costume necklace and earrings that I wore to my high school prom ( that I also wore when I got married). I still have the records, too.