You are looking at the one that got away. I collect vintage clothing advertising, mainly print because of storage issues, but the Hollywood Vasserete girl caught my eye. Nothing in the booth was priced (What’s with that, anyway!?) and I knew she wasn’t going to be cheap. But I braced myself, and asked the dreaded question: “How much?”
The moment the vendor opened his mouth I knew I was in trouble. He talked about how much he loved her and I realized there was a bit of a personal attachment. He finally got to “$175,” and I countered with a sincere, “What’s your best price?” At that he just stopped and pondered and said, “You know I just can’t sell her for any less.”
To make thing worse he went into a long story about how he usually pays good money for the things he buys, but that he had spotted her on a dealer’s $1 table at the Charlotte Metrolina Flea. He reached out for her but another guy beat him to her. So he waited until the other guy paid his $1 and left the booth, and then he followed him to try and buy it. The other guy said sure, he’d sell it, but he had to at least double his money!! That’s right, he sold it for $2.
Maybe she is worth $175, I don’t know, but if you look closely, there are cracks where her feet meet the base, and the base is very slightly warped. So she stayed behind with a guy who loves her more than I do.
Another dealer had these great 1940s men’s Jantzen swimsuits. Note the tags still attached!
And even more vintage goodies!
I really enjoy going to Hillsville every year, but it is an exhausting show. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and about half of it is new junk. Still, I always leave with some incredible treasures.