This is one of the largest collections of increasingly rare Australian vintage fashion. It is coming out after decades in storage for sale as a lot.

It could be divided into eras, men’s, summer, winter, women’s, day-wear, evening-wear, bridal, children’s, formal or accessories for example.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a huge, fabulous and significant collection.

The collection is gradually selling but a full range is still kept aside for someone to keep for reference or display or to run the best vintage retail, wholesale, costume hire or rental business in Australia and supply the growing film industry.

The update page shows what is accessible so far.

over a hundred thousand vintage clothes and accessories

From Victorian top hats and tails, bustles and parasols to the loose drop-waisted dress of the 20's to the simpler and more figure hugging dresses of the 30's, and then the staggering diversity of cuts, colours, hats, bags and gloves of the 50's and 60's through to the unthinkable riot of colour of the 70's. 

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Imagine what is here and what each has seen in its day - there are vintage and antique sunglasses, parasols, belts, braces, corsets, purses, hats, handbags, gloves, patterns, lace, embroidery, nighties, vintage dresses, antique dresses, little black dresses, 50's dresses, bathers, kimonos, kilts, fashion books, fashion magazines and so on - more detail is on the inventory page on the side menu.

Clothes from beginning of the horseless carriage and the peak of Victoria's Empire through two world wars, women in the workforce, the 1920's boom, the depression, the 70's transformation, American Empire and a global economy.

In Victorian times there were names for hundreds of colours and who could wear them and where and when. In the 20's and 30's fabric print designers still designed their colour palette. Now colours are planned years in advance by chemical companies.

Dressmakers and tailors were respected and knew their community and culture. Clothes were personally fitted to the shape and taste of each customer. A suit might take 40 to 60 hours to craft. A dress three days or a week. Few garments are made like this now - some are made in three or four minutes by people on production lines living and working more or less in slavery.

The colours, the fabrics, the workmanship, the technology are almost gone now and close to impossible to replicate.

This is an opportunity to stock up on dwindling supplies of vintage clothes and accessories.

latest news is on the update page

The clothes are sorted into eras but it is not always clear where to best place them because they were made and worn outside of their eras. Some were made from old patterns and old fabrics. Dresses were shortened and bodices remade. Hooks and eyes were replaced with press studs and press studs were replaced with zips..

A man's 1960's double breasted suit or collarless shirt might have been made in the latest style or else cut from the same pattern and stock of fabric used for the past 40 years.

More recent and cheaper things have sold and the best of the collection remains. The. preference is to to sell everything together as one lot. Otherwise lots can be in eras or grades - selected or unselected. Tops, suits, coats, jackets, pants, dresses, men's or women's or a mixture depending on what you want. 

The sample photographs on the 1970's to 1800's top menus give an idea of what's here rather than being for sale individually – finding one of them here would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Most days there are requests for particular single items but Mabs closed years ago and there are no staff to send photos, search, measure and fit or space to do it. There are no mirrors or change rooms.

We are also not set up to wholesale so we are not much use to anyone starting a small shop or online shop. There is no-one here to select or pick out a range of individual items in small quantities or send individual photos.

Don’t hesitate to contact John for more details or suggestions or to arrange to visit or view on video Skype – phone and Email are on the contact page.

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