Retail Therapy

by Samantha ~ May 29th, 2014. Filed under: adventures, retail therapy, thread bared.


My last post seemed a bit doom and gloom, didn’t it? That wasn’t my intention, although I have definitely been more than a little stuck-in-a-rut than I care to be over the past few months. I’m not going to delve into boring (and personal) details, but it means that I need to try to take on something new, and something I can throw myself into.

Recently, I read a book that I’ve seen posted all over the place since its release earlier this month. #GIRLBOSS is a  motivational memoir written by the founder & CEO of the online shop Nasty Gal, and despite it being geared towards girls in their early twenties, it hit home. I needed a change, or at least the start of a change, to pull myself out of the slump I’ve been in. And the only person that can make that change happen is me.

I’m starting a new experiment. For the past five plus years, I’ve been posting about clothing I like onto Haute Macabre, and it seems like there are a lot of you out there that agree with me. It’s half Shop My Closet, and it’s half Vintage finds. I’m still trying to come up with a clever name for it, but until that comes to me, you can find my new shop on eBay.

Click here to be taken to my sales! 


Here’s where you guys come in :: not just as potential customers, but as my tried and true loyal followers and friends, giving me your honest opinions. Tell me your thoughts on the items I’ve selected – should I stick to the goth guns, or does the mix up of retro and spookshow work? What do you look for in vintage shops? What type of photography is most appealing to you as a customer? Tell me all of your thoughts, as you’ve all always been my favorite focus group.

This batch of sales ends Tuesday of next week (that’s the third of June), and I would love to keep at this. If you can’t bid, please share with your friends, give me your feedback, or just check it all out!










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3 Responses to Retail Therapy

  1. Megan

    I think that sounds like an awesome idea (I’ve just bought from your eBay shop, so you’re clearly already doing something right!) When I shop for clothes online, I do like photos that show the outfit styled in some way, similar to what you’ve done with your pieces, so that I can imagine what it would look like with shoes/ jewellery/ etc. A thorough description of fibre content and care instructions help because I’ve passed on lots of clothes before because the fabric wasn’t right or it was dry clean only. The filters and location you’ve chosen work really well too, they really work with the goth-fashionista mood.

    In terms of selection, I think a mix of retro-y and goth clothes would work really well and you seem to have such a killer eye for picking out sellable pieces. I also like that you have a variety of stuff – tops/ dresses/ accessories so that people are free to buy an entire outfit or just splurge on a new bag. Perhaps importantly, the pricing looks very fair and seems to work to a range of budgets.

    If you are looking to do this as an ongoing thing, I will lose my damn mind with excitement and I can definitely see where my future paychecks are going… :)

  2. Samantha

    Megan, thank you so much, both for your feedback and for your purchase! I’m hoping this becomes an ongoing venture, and I can update at least once a month!

  3. Isobel Parker

    I’ve always enjoyed this blog and haute macabre- and I think having some retro/vintage in your store would be nice- I prefer it when it leans towards the darker side, vintage with goth undertones is just lovely.
    I’d also like quite a wide range of sizes if possible- a lot of online stores stick to one body type which can be frustrating.
    Very excited to see where this goes!

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