You know I like to let you know about a good sale. Recently I got an e-mail telling me all about the “tag sale” of the century. Can you believe that a selected collection of fashions from the Ebony Fashion Fair Show archives is going to auction? Yes ladies an on-line tag sale. You have to log in to


I have already checked it out for you, just call me your advance woman. This is an auction house site and who knows, you may find other things you want to buy on this site. The Ebony Fashion Fair collection comes from the fashions assembled over the course of 50 years by Eunice Johnson for the world’s largest traveling fashion show. Those shows raised more than $55 million for Black charitable causes across the country.

I checked out the catalog and found it to be interesting. All items are a final sale, there are no measurements, cash or check only, no credit cards. I found a Carmen Marc Valvo gown for $150, a Cloe jumpsuit for $300, a Missoni swim wear ensemble for $150. The swimsuit did have a size of 40 (that is a European size by the way).

The press release says this tag sale, which began Sept. 30, leads up to the big auction that will take place in Chicago at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Oct. 22 at 10 am. You can preview the auction items at the auction house from Oct. 15-21. This sale will give you a chance to own a piece of this historic collection. I can just see a piece from this historic show displayed in my boudoir right now. The online version of the auction will last until Oct. 14.

Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Co., LLC, which is the publisher of Ebony and Jet Magazines, and owner of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, says “my mother changed the way in which people from vastly diverse walks of life experienced fashion, embraced their beauty and challenged the conventions of what was considered chic. I am so pleased to make available to the public items from this collection so that everyone who loves fashion can own a piece of history.”

I say look the item over well before you make your choice. Read everything very carefully. I noticed that the auction house does not do their own shipping, they use a third party shipper. There are a lot of items out there so purchase wisely.

If you prefer a tag sale a little closer to home where you can try on the garments and use your plastic, the Designer Days sale presented by the National Council of Jewish Women is set for Oct. 29-30 at the Monroeville Convention Center. The admission is free. You can shop Saturday for women, children and men from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a preview sale Oct. 28, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with a $20 admission at the door. On the last day of this sale the garments are marked to 50 percent off. This is the 41st year for Designer Days and this year they are planning a vintage-inspired boutique featuring fun, retro style clothing by top independent designers. Don’t forget to check out the new and gently worn furs by Carl Herrmann Furs.

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