Ebay & Vintage Lingerie

Over at BloggingStocks Sarah Gilbert mocks the fact that eBay has a Style Director. The article is amusing, pointing out that Constance White, said style director, hasn’t ‘blogged’ since Fall 2005. (“Oh so stylish!” cackles Gilbert.) Since the article was amusing, I decided to follow her link to the eBay blogs area and see what was happening there vintage lingerie wise…

While most of the bloggers seemed to fall into two clear categories, bashing/whining and self-promotion/whoring, I did find some posts to comment on.

One blogger/seller asks Should I list my vintage clothing and lingerie?. Honey, if you have to ask that, you are not the right seller for the job. Which brings us to…

One seller politely chastises other sellers for improper dating of lingerie. (S)he says, “Our customers depend and pay us to get it right.” The wording’s a bit off, but the sentiment is correct. No one posted a reply or comment. You know why? No one likes to be corrected, least of all those making inaccurate claims; and so the bad habits will continue. Hence, Buyer Be Ware.

But one blog did make me smile instead of wince. In Those secretive smiles and vintage slips this blogger describes the passion for vintage lingerie: “When was the last time you went into your department store and saw anything hanging on the slip rack other than white, beige or black? It’s been years. There are many vintage slips in yellow, pale blue, mint green and pink. And there there are the Pucci prints in abstract patterns of bright bold colors. Has our current world become so dull that we only want to wear white, black or beige? I don’t I want to wear color! No one else has to know about that riotous Pucci slip under my black dress but I’ll know it’s there and it makes me smile just to think about it.”

Yeah, she may be a seller whoring her goods; that’s fine by me. At least she has a passion, an understanding, of what’s she’s doing. Let’s hope she can accurately represent her inventory…

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