Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Pharomachrus Mocinno Walks Into A Bar...

No but seriously folks, today's blog is inspired by a bird we saw the other day. Yes, we're cool like that. Also, where have we been? Right. So very sorry about that. You know that thing when you clean out your closet and you feel kind of great because things have finally been sorted, sold, donated, recycled, trashed, incinerated ...er... I mean responsibly disposed of... and then you realize you still have to put whatever you still own back in the closet. 

If my closet was an Armani store, I suppose it might look something like this.
 Anyway, we had to re-sort and stow our leftover spring sale merchandise and I can't really tell you what happened aside from the fact that it somehow all got put away and when I regained consiousness I was in the middle of my sixth Michael Bay movie.* How was your week?
But now we are back with more blog. Huzzah! As the sale is over, ye olde blog will now consist of costume-related fun facts. Because, that's right, knowledge is power. So, back to that bird we saw...feathers in costume. Hey, Fun Facts...Engage and Roll Out.**

If the quetzal (Pharamachrus moccino) had been any kind of store, Aztec royalty would have had frequent shopper cards.
It's brightly colored plumage was highly prized and used in elaborate headdresses.
And I can't get novelty bobby pins to stay in my hair.

Also, yeah, if this blog needs more of anything, clearly it's more Latin. So let's take a look at some insanely rad Hawaiian feather cloaks. These items are brought to you by the 'i'iwi (Vestiaria coccinea) and the 'o'o (Moho nobilis)

Here's a link to a cool and really in-depth paper on the conservation of three such feather cloaks.

And now for some feather fans (jump in any time South Carolina Football Spirit Squad). But really here's two Edwardian ostrich plume fans, as photographed and posted by www.1860-1960.com.

And in case your just a fan fan: here's some fun links.
http://www.handfanmuseum.org/  In addition to bunches of information they also have a fan with a screaming cat on it. Who doesn't need more screaming cats?
http://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/  This site gives us many wonderful things, including an exhibition on Sylvain le Guen- a contemporary fan maker. Seriously check it out. The work is amazing.

See you in a few days. Now that it's not just captions to yard sale photos, some actual research may be required for posts. Also, if anyone has a question or topic of costume interest/inquiry we can totally look into it. For now though, have a very splendid evening.

*Starscream, you have failed me for the last time. ...Again.
**No, I will not stop with the 80s cartoon references.

Also, extra credit is available to anyone who can a) finish the joke I started in the blog title and/or b) make a fan incorporating Starscream and feathers. Send in pictures. I'll post them. I promise.

Monday, May 21, 2012

And Then What Happened???

Hello Readers!
 So, the Sale happened. And it was exciting and crazy and at the end of the day just a downright fascinating experiment in sociology or perhaps cultural anthropology. Yeah, I love me some soft-ish sciences. Here in the post-sale world, we are left with the question of whether or not to continue the blog. Well, truthfully, it was a question for about six seconds. I like writing it. Y'all good folks seem to like reading it. So, for the time being, we're planning to continue posting. As to our after-Sale content, we'll get to that more tomorrow because- have we mentioned the Sale happened?- and I'm just not sure that I've actually regained consciousness. For this evening, I'm planning to follow the assuredly sage-like advice on page 8 of my new Crate and Barrel catalog and "Chill Out"...and yes, it's a page about snow-cones.

P.S. This weekend at the civic center: COSTUME vs VINTAGE. Two concepts enter the octagon. Only ONE survives.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Visitors Guide to Spring Sale

Whether this is your first trip to the Spring Sale or you are a veritable Spring Sale world traveler, here are some tips you may find helpful for your voyage tomorrow. Let's read, shall we?

Climate: The usual late springtime climate in North Hollywood can be quite toasty. Dress lightly.

One should keep in mind, though, that the mornings can be a little chilly due to an occasionally persistent marine layer. A light jacket is recommended.

Then again, layers are always a good plan.

Transportation: Most visitors to the sale travel via automobile. The address for Western Costume is indeed 11041 Vanowen St. North Hollywood, CA 91605. However, the main entrance to the Sale parking lot is located off of Vineland Ave north of Vanowen but just before the railroad tracks. You can park in the front of the building on Vanowen but someone may point you in a more sale-ward direction
For those traveling by boat:


Or horse:

We seriously commend you. Also, zeppelin parking is available at the Target.

Culture: Be prepared for an uber-bustling market place. (Complete with actual bustles)
Some shopping carts and racks will be provided for your shopping convenience. Treat your fellow shoppers and SpringSale staff with courtesy. We don't want things to get out of hand.

Don't worry though:
There's plenty of stuff to go around. Please note this important change to the SpringSale set up. The racks displaying the costumes are zip-tied together. Do not attempt to separate families of racks. No one wants to see a rolling rack on a wild rampage because it has been separated from its babies. We imagine it might look something like this:
Only much more aggressive. Do not taunt the zip-tied rolling racks.

All items at the Sale are priced via color coded tags. These tags correspond to prices and a look at any of the many price signs will show you how much your items cost. Here is an artist's rendition of what those signs might look like. Also, the "artist" is my cell phone. Also, this is what the signs look like.
Once you have finished shopping and are waiting to make your purchases it is quite helpful to organize your items by color tag. All reds together all greens together, etc. This will expedite your check out and get you out into the world wearing your new fabulous purchases as soon as possible. Because we know how excited you are to wear your upcoming acquisitions.
Also, they make great holiday gifts for your friends and family, just saying.
Ah, yes, right, lost our train of thought there for a moment-actually I had to run to the airport. True story. I had to pick up this trunk.

Alright, the trunk part isn't true though the bit about the airport totally happened. The trunk is, however, for sale and like all our other items can be purchased with cash or credit. 

Um... okay so we don't really do food here but if you buy this under-the-sea-tulle-sequin-chiffon-wonder-number we'll throw in the ChexMix box for free. Yeah, we're super cool like that. Also, we've heard a rumor that there will be water available but for the sake of superior hydration possibilities you may want to bring your own as well.

So then, our intrepid SpringSale Shoppers, we'll see you tomorrow from 8am-2pm. Thanks for shopping and thank you SO MUCH for reading. Much love and stuff TeamYardSale2012

For real and serious, we love you!!
Peace out, homestars!!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Strange Things Are Afoot At The Circle K...

Four score and seven minutes ago we embarked on a most excellent adventure. We took pictures, we quoted movies, we met historical figures. They are going to help us with our history report so that we don't have to go to Col. Oates' Military Academy. Let's meet them, shall we?

A short, dead, dude.

Ziggy Piggy! Ziggy Piggy! Ziggy Piggy!

Sew Crates

All we are is dust in the wind, dude.

How's it going, Mr. The Kid?

You all seem to be handling the oddities of time travel with the greatest of ease.

Dave Beeth-Oven.

Jimmy totally wails on our E-Crate-turned-piano. Next week, he's got an audition for Wyld Stallyns!!!

Why do you insist that I am not Sigmund Freud?

Maxine of Arc

Um... Noah's wife?

That's L-I-N-C-O-L-N

I know how to spell Lincoln

Say "Hi" to the princesses! *Also this is the most princess-y that Jessica and I have ever looked. Ever.
Additonally, I am not being married off to horrible old men. I married an awesome man. He's so awesome he played "Stefon" in our soon-to-be-viral video. It was so amazing the LATimes wrote about it. Check it out here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2012/05/western-costume-co-to-hold-annual-costume-sale-on-saturday.html

Want a Twinkie, Genghis Khan?

Despite what you may have heard, Jimmy did not totally ravage Oshman's Sporting Goods. We're just positive that was some one else.
We're history.
Be Excellent To Each Other.
San Dimas High School Football RULES!!!