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Breaking news: Details on the 4,000 vintage — including mostly new old stock — dresses, blouses, skirts, sweaters, jackets going up for sale in Rochester, New York

vintage dresses new old stock for saleHot for Monday!: A lifetime collection of vintage clothing — the majority never worn, still with tags — from the 1950s through the 1970s — uncovered in Rochester, New York. The sale starts Sept. 23. I talked to the seller for more info — read on for planned pricing, sizes, and a bit more information about this fashionable lady who collected all these treasures. Read on for additional, important DETAILS!

I spoke at length a few minutes ago to the professional organizer of this magnificent sale this morning. What a joyful story. The collector was a local professional woman whose career required more conservative attire. But, she loved colorful clothing and avidly collected it from the 1950s well into the 1970s. She shopped local department stores in Rochester including Sibleys, McCurdys, B. Foreman. She was not looking for haute couture — but every day pretty clothing items.

Note: She did wear some pieces to parties and the like, but even these are in pristine condition and most still have the tags with them.

She has now passed, and the organizer told me that her husband didn’t quite know what to do with it. At one point he talked to a company who was going to haul it all away and throw it out and charge him several thousand dollars to do it!

Then the loving husband discovered this professional estate handler, who pretty quickly recognized the value and began working to organize the collection for this sale. Note: On pricing, the seller did some testing of the waters on ebay earlier this year to determine values. The prices set for this sale are great deals for individual collectors, but also would allow a dealer to make some money.

Also, the seller says there will be more photos posted later this week — of some of the even more spectacular pieces.

What a labor of love this all has been!

Key details on the vintage clothing for sale:

  • The majority of all the pieces were unworn and still contain original tags. As stated on the website: “Most are New Old Stock (NOS) New With Tags (NWT) some with saved tags on the hangers and some with no tags but in Excellent Condition!”
  • Sizes for the dresses are vintage 8 through 14 … maybe some 16s.
  • There is no dressing room.
  • Prices for dresses on first day will be $30.
  • Sweaters: $10
  • Blouses: $10
  • Two-piece separate sets: $30
  • Shoes — sized 9 narrow and 9.5 narrow — $10 a pair
  • Some prices may be negotiable on day two

Location, date and times:

  • Friday & Saturday 9/23 & 9/24 9am-4pm. Cash or Credit Card. All items sold AS IS! All Sales Final. Not responsible for accidents. Permanent numbers given out at 8am Friday. Must stay on premises with temporary numbers until permanent numbers are handed out.
  • The address for this sale in Rochester, NY 14616 will be available after 9:00 AM on Friday, September 16th, 2016.

Info from the estatesales.net page:

WOW! HOLY COW! UNBELIEVABLE! KIND OF HARD TO TRULY FATHOM! A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND WORDS OR 4000! Literally this sale will consist of approx. 3000-4000 Articles of Vintage Clothing. Approx. 1000+ True Vintage Dresses, 1000+ Separates Top & Bottom Dress Outfits, 1500+ Blouses, Shirts, 100 Skirts, 500+ Sweaters, Jackets, etc mainly ranging from the 1950s to the 1970s. NONE ARE CONTEMPORARY REPRODUCTIONS! Most are New Old Stock (NOS) New With Tags (NWT) some with saved tags on the hangers and some with no tags but in Excellent Condition! This Archive if you will was purchased by one Woman (Yes One Woman) over a span of decades who due to her conservative career could not actually wear them to work but only enjoy them twirling around in front of her 3 way mirror in her home holding them in front of her then hanging them back up. She lived here in Rochester and shopped at Sibleys, McCurdys, B. Foreman many of which have the Original Tags and Price Tags still attached or Present on the Hanger. There is no Haute Couture like YSL Dior Pucci etc. but is still all Great Quality and name brands of the day. We are affectionately dubbing this collection ….The Dress Horde! True Vintage Clothing is a SMOKING HOT Market these days both for collectors and people who appreciate wearing true vintage. The quality is unlike todays modern clothing. The high percentage of Vintage Clothing found in the general marketplace of Vintage Clothing Stores, Etsy, Ebay and the like have been heavily worn, hemmed, faded and just downright USED! THIS COLLECTION HAS NOT BEEN! Again she pretty much bought them and never actually wore them. They were all pretty much properly stored in all of her closets and the home had rooms full of them on racks. To find True Vintage Clothing in this NOS, NWT Excellent Condition and lightly Worn Excellent Condition is practically unheard of and increases its value and desirability. It is now time for them to belong to someone else to cherish and love them for who knows maybe decades more to come. Included in this sale will also be her Vintage Purses and Unworn Shoes. Payment will be Cash or Credit Card.
View full details at EstateSales.NET: https://www.EstateSales.NET/NY/Rochester/14616/1304703

I obtained permission to archive the photos and just grabbed these few quickly — there are LOTS more on the page!

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YOWZA! Who’s going? I plan to!

  1. denise says:

    You are so right, Pam. The time it takes to list an article of clothing, and then it sells for little money or no money, times 4,000, someone would be at the computer forever. It’s daunting…I know. Then dealing with customers that aren’t happy and the fees involved. This is really the wisest choice, then hubby can move on. Thankfully I do not live near there, or stand in line for such things, I have about 150 pieces to sell already (although I do love to wear vintage) and am exhausted just thinking about it. LOL Those colors and patterns, though!! makes my heart skip a beat. For those that can make it there, I’m excited for them and I would love to hear their stories.

  2. Diane says:

    Oh my— this is so going to resemble my mothers clothing hoard that in the future will have to be dealt with also— unfortunately not a lot other than suits from the early yrs but 4 bedrooms and 8 closest full of upscale clothing—- glad this gentlemen had help—- and terrific pricing— can always repurpose into tops or hand bags—–

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