Saturday, May 21, 2011

BELTANE to MEMORIAL DAY countdown: Trompe Le'oeil Tank

The only double showing on a countdown in Operation Sparkle's brief but storied history, my #6 TOP TANK TOP, that once rocked us all the way to Christmas 2010, is going to play tricks on our eyes in the summertime.

It is going to be tough not to repeat myself with this one, but it is surely worth it. Still, six months later, this remains one the most amazing prints I have ever seen. It truly produces a trompe le'oeil effect, appearing to be 3D, as much as any printed textile I've ever seen. I ask you, how many tromp le'oeil tops do YOU have, huh? And it's from the Limited! Can you ever imagine finding this at a Limited store? I can't even figure what era it's from. It seems pretty early 90's, but I shopped at the Limited in the early 90's, and they sure didn't have this kind of stuff there. They had oversized V-neck sweaters and broomstick skirts. Or maybe the Limited store in the Green Bay mall got all the boring stuff, because Green Bay is boring. This is very possible.

I fully owe this find to Cortney Heimerl, who first found this top while thrifting together, and handed off to me after seeing "the look on (my) face" when she held it up. It is always good to be giving while thrifting, and to hand off things to someone who it is more suitable for. If you do, you're more likely to be on the receiving end. And we all want to be on the receiving end, at least every now and then.

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