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Toddler’s Knit Halter Top, Vintage 1975.

Item description: Pink popcorn wool knit, tiny red floral appliqués here and there; lace trim. Modeled on vintage teddy bear. Halter is made in Taiwan. No size specified, but will fit most girls aged 1-2. Item worn maybe four times, appropriated for teddy bear seven years later. Snaps at neck. Small grass stain at lace hem.

Price: $20.


Girls’ Velveteen dress, Vintage 1980.

Item description: Midnight blue velveteen dress with white Peter-Pan collar, short pouf sleeves, embroidered panel on chest with pastoral scene. Mrs. Piccone, a kindergarten teacher in Springfield, PA, proclaimed this dress “the prettiest I’ve ever seen,” and its young wearer “best-dressed in my class,” but only in private, at a parent-teacher conference. (Mrs. Piccone herself was blowsy and soft and had very good taste.) Dress reaches to knee. No label or specified size, but dress will fit girls aged 4-6. Item is rumored to have made aunt of wearer lament her own lack of girl children to “dress up and play with.”

Price: $10

Girls’ Skirt, Cardigan, Blouse, Vintage 1982.

Item description: Plaid skirt, red cardigan, white blouse with appliquéd flowers at collar. Crisp. Many pleats. Recommend not making recipient wear all at once. No returns.

Price: $5

Jessica McClintock for Gunne Sax long dress set. Vintage 1987.

Item description: Two pieces: Long skirt with all-over tiny flower print and matching long-sleeve button-down top with bloused shoulders and narrow arms. Corset-like fit. Peaked collar with lace edging. All cotton. Suitable for costume or semi-formal dance; items can be worn separately for two different looks. Get in on the prairie-chic trend now, while it lasts! Size: Juniors 5; women’s 2 or 4. No returns.

Price: $5

Nordstrom Brass Plum Graphic Sweatshirt. Vintage 1989.

Item description: Ginormous white spots on black background. “Spots the size of my head,” the wearer is rumored to have lamented once, and “It’s playful, like girls in high school should look,” her mother is rumored to have returned. Item has only been worn three or four times, and only to and from school each time. Slight creasing through some spots, from being stuffed in bottom of backpack. No returns.

Price: $1

Ruffled Top, Vintage 1991.

Long-sleeved peasant-shapeish thingish. Ruffly bits everywhere. Itches like crazy. Good for when someone tells you you need to look more like a girl. Abstract black-and-white print everywhere; Picasso-meets-the-Rosettis-meets-the-Edwardians. Polyester material. Elastic cuffs and many buttons down front. Ridiculous.

Price: $1

The Gap Men’s pants + Banana Republic Men’s printed T-shirt, ca Vintage 1992.

Item description: Pants size men’s small; hand-stitched hem at cuffs. Banana Republic men’s printed T-shirt, size L. Both well worn. Tee is very comfortable with vintage screen print on front. Will throw in men’s vest, knit fabric, button-down, for free (vest has been taken in at sides, but not cut).

Price: $20

The Gap Linen Dress, ca. 1993

Item description: Women’s size 8 back then; size 4 today. Sweetheart neckline, very short flared skirt, camisole straps. Lots of fabric. Good for picnics on the Boston Common; walks through Copley Square; interning at a high-falutin’ magazine. Moss green. This item is very big-busted and not to be worn without a bra or some other undergarment. Ignore “dry clean only” tag.

Price: $20

Unlined lace-up boots, ca. 1995.

Item description: Brown suede boots with chunky 1.5-inch heel. Round toe, reach to mid-calf, purchased from street vendor in Paris. Makes any leg look lean, any ankle look well-turned, even ones fed and fatted on crepe-avec-beurre-et-sucre-et-compote-de-limon. Rubber tread is practically new (boots have been re-soled), but suede is well broken-in. Good with skirts, dresses of any length, and jeans, bien sur. Waterproofed aftermarket. Euro size 39 (US size 8.5).

Price: $30

RLJeans denim mini-skirt, ca. 1998.

Item description: Skirt is 12 inches from waist to hem. Best worn sitting low on hips (women’s size 6). Great with everything from your standard white tee to a nice button-down shirt, or even a sweater. Being given up because denim mini-skirts past age 30 are kinda gauche. Perfect for girls and the eternally youthful and those who can still be bothered to shave above their knees.

Price: $15

Thomas Pink White Herringbone Button-Down, ca. 2000.

Item description: Practically new, “tailored fit” (Pink’s slimmest fit), UK size 8 (US size 6). French cuffs. Shirt has been well loved but almost never worn. (Seller is often noticed staring at it, putting it on, then taking it off again, muttering, “I can’t. I can’t. I’ll spill on it.”) Retails for $175. Made in London, Jermyn Street.

Price: $100

Sisley Pencil Skirt, ca. 2002.

Item description: Navy-blue cotton pencil skirt. In place of kickpleat, please find seaming and fabric meant to accentuate but not elaborate. Fully lined in silky polyester with careful and generous ruffle detailing along bottom edge, meant to be revealed below hem of skirt. Girly? Yes, and worn, with effectiveness, to board-of-director meetings, sales meetings, nights at the bar, and nights at the theatre. Truly a favored skirt that no longer sees the light of day; career changes often also mean wardrobe changes. Someone else deserves to feel the way this skirt made its wearer feel. Retailed for $150. A steal!

Price: $75.

Lucky Brand Dark Denim Jeans, ca. 2005.

This item has been withdrawn.

Thomas Pink Purple Herringbone Button-Down, ca. 2000.

This item has been withdrawn.


Yi Shun Lai is a freelance writer and editor. She is the fiction editor for the Los Angeles Review and a marginal clotheshorse. She's just completed her first novel.

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