Sunday, May 18, 2008

Swanky Panky

I am a bit ticked off with Ebay these days. While I still enjoy trawling around for whatever takes my fancy at the oddest of hours, Ebay are changing their set up here in Australia. Where we used to be able to list and pay for items with direct bank deposit, Ebay are about to make all listings PayPal only! Quite the monopoly.

While their argument is that it makes it safer for buyers and sellers alike, it will certainly eat into many sellers profits with PayPal fees on top of their listing fees. Sadly, this means that many wonderful sellers are planning to close their shops. And while I debated boycotting Ebay, it doesn't appear that it will make much difference. Petitions have been signed and appeals made, but Ebay have chosen to go ahead with their plan. So this has changed the way I shop.

While my preference was always to buy from Australian sellers rather than messing around transferring funds to my PayPal account, now that I have no choice, I am opening up to looking at more international items. (Fair enough, the postage can sting, but there are much better vintage options in the US than here.)

Anyway, the whole point of this is that in all my shopping around I have found a fabulous Ebay vintage store that I just had to share for today's Swanky Panky. Violetville Vintage has a wonderful, quality collection of vintage clothing that dates mainly from the 1930's - 1960's. They take amazing photographs of the outfits and are excellent at describing their items. I love it when people know how to properly list vintage clothes! Each of their pieces are vetted for quality and gorgeousness; so you are sure to find something you will adore.

I am in love with this Navy Crepe dress, but with three days still to go on the auction, it looks like it may get to a price that doesn't justify how much I would actually wear this, (but you never know just how tempted I may get).

This little Bluebelle 1950's number, is one sweet Spring dress. I love the pin tuck detailing on the bodice and the pleated nipped in waist.

This 1940's school girl / sailor dress is kawaii indeed! A little neckerchief, big buttons at the waist... I can see some VERY approving comments from the boyfriend of the girl who wears this dress!

And lastly, a flouncy and fabulous Starlet dress, this one is for you Strawberry Kitten.

In all honesty, there are a few others I simply can't live without that are hiding in my watch list. And while I probably should share with you all, you may just have to take a look at their wares and guess which ones they are!


WendyB said...

That navy dress is divine. I hope you snipe when bidding!

Natalie said...

this store is fabulous! i love the navy crepe dress, especially.

katie said...

Living for the pink!!

K.Line said...

Listen to WendyB who, in her sniping ruthlessness, is the best dressed woman in Manhattan. Get that navy crepe dress because it's sooooo you and so exotic. Good luck and let us know... K

enc said...

I wish PayPal didn't have such a stranglehold on everyone. It's too bad, but I guess it's the way things are going now.

Those dresses are really beautiful; I see why you're tempted. The shapes are superb.