I have been going to estate sales since I was 3 days old. My mom birthed me into the world and then took me sale-ing as my first outing which is probably why every aspect of this pastime is so special to me: I love the hunt. I love the hidden treasure. I love the secret history whispering in the halls and rooms of someone else’s house. I love the items that were held by someone else’s hands, that lived in someone else’s life. It’s all very spiritual and enlivening, sad and haunting all at the same time.
A few weeks ago, my mom and I headed out on our usual sale-ing excursions. We made our way onto Malibu Drive in Edina to a one story generic Edina home. Wandering through the house, my mom and I determined it was a pretty good sale (limited junk, lots of vintage items, decent prices), but we had no idea what was in store when we stepped into the vast, windowless walk-in closet room tucked in the corner of the basement.
There hanging on the rack was a gossamer confection, a fairy’s wedding gown sewn from spider silk.
It was $13 for both the nightgown and matching robe.
Upon returning home, we searched for a tag and discovered that it was Claire Sandra by Lucie Ann.
Lucie Ann was a lingerie designer in the 50’s-60’s+ who had a shop in Beverley Hills. She dressed Elizabeth Taylor! She designed all the negligee’s for Eva Gabor on Green Gables! Her creations appeared on the TV show Bewitched and Darrin went to the actual store to purchase a negligee for Samantha in an actual episode!!!
At this point I was freaking out!!!! It’s collectible!! It’s famous!! The ultimate sex kittens of America’s golden age wore this stuff!!!!!!
Then I read a quote from Lucie Ann herself saying, “My prices begin where competitive prices end.” A quickening heart and a quick Ebay search later, I was finding out that these creations can go for up to $1000!!!!!!! SAY WHAT?!
All that being said, I do not plan to sell. This piece is a true gem, an exciting discovery, a treasure that I hope will one day be at my or my daughter’s estate sale when I’m long gone, and a 20-something starting out her life will pick it up and wonder what it saw, what it felt, what it lived.
xoxo chloe ella