Monday, June 24, 2013

Rummage Sale Update: Discounts on Corset Floor Stock!

Rummage sale time approaches rapidly!  It's just three weeks away, on Sunday, July 14.

In one week we'll begin accepting your consignments corsets that you've outgrown or perhaps outshrunk and would like to send on to a new, loving home.  Email boutique@darkgarden.com with the subject, "Rummage sale consignment," to arrange corset check-in.


But the big news for today is the event discount for the rummage sale: We'll be offering a 10% discount on floor stock, making space for new lovelies coming down the line.  If you've been eyeing a particular piece for a while and no one's snatched it up yet, this is the perfect time to buy.  To put that in hard numbers, discounts are as follows (more or less):
-Cinchers and Corselettes are $27-$47 off
-Sweethearts and Victorians, $35-$60 off
-Valentines, $40-$65 off
-Dollymops, $35-$80 off
-Risqué styles, $43-$55 off


Photo © Kristin Argue
Model: Anthea
Here are some ideas of what you can use that money for, at our shop or around the neighborhood.  Warning: all my non-Dark Garden suggestions have to do with food, booze, or both.
-The discount on a poplin Cincher from our Basics Wall will buy you its matching back panel, or two delicious (and strong!) drinks from Absinthe, plus tip.  (Corset rummage sale + brunch cocktails = perfect day.)
-The discount on a Sweetheart could get you a Pop Antique fascinator, or a sushi dinner at Domo.
-The discount on a Valentine might go to a pair of Honey Cooler Handmade panties, or a round or two at Smuggler's Cove.
-The discount on a Dollymop can pick up the tab for a coordinating brooch or fascinator by Kalico Delafay Millinery, or an adorable, delectable cake from Miette.


The discount on floor stock will also apply to our "Cinderella" box, Tailored Cinchers, Alexandras, Ambroses, Madames, etc.: any of our corsets that you can walk in and take home immediately at present.  The discount does not apply to our consignment corsets, which are unique to the rummage sale and will be heavily discounted to begin with.



Put the annual Dark Garden Rummage Sale on your calendar and bring a friend, and we'll see you there!  We're at 321 Linden St., in beautiful Hayes Valley, San Francisco, and we'll be open from 11-6 for the event.

Photo: Thomas Landon
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Shop with Dark Garden for Pirate Fest this weekend!

Image © Summer Makovkin

Goodness, this one snuck up on us this year!  This weekend, June 15 and 16, is the Northern California Pirate Festival, in Vallejo, CA.  In short, Pirate Fest!

© Joel Aron
Model: Jason

© Kristin Argue
Model: Lauren
Not sure what to wear to a pirate festival?  We've got a treasure trove of corsets in all sizes for ladies and gents to outfit you for your adventure.  That includes plenty of stock in classic black, to match your wicked pirating heart or the background of your jolly roger.  To complete the ensemble, why not top off with striped bloomers and a handmade tricorn hat?  We've also got stockings and garters to help you wench it up if that's more your fancy.

Image © Summer Makovkin

Stop by the shop (at 321 Linden St., San Francisco) for great styling suggestions and wonderful wardrobe staples; today we are open until 5pm, tomorrow 11-5, Wednesday by appointment, Thursday 11-7, Friday and Saturday 11-8, and if you are truly the last minute sort (a schedule means nothing to a pirate!), Sunday 11-5.

© Max Johnson 
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Friday, June 7, 2013

Dark Garden Presents Our First Fashion Friday!

Anthea magically transformed her outfit into a Peter Pan/Robin Hood style getup with the addition of a feathered cap by Kalico Delafay Millinery, fringed capelet, and our bestselling black poplin Cincher.



Anthea shaking her tail feathers.
 This dress is probably the gothiest thing I own (yeah, I'm not goth) - it even has thumbholes in the extra-long sleeves!  My teal Waspie with fishnet overlay was clearly the perfect pairing, accentuating the figure flattering cut of my dress.  I topped it off with a gold-shot fascinator by Pop Antique (available here at the shop), playful printed tights, and a red leather cuff.



Come visit us at the shop for more outfit inspiration and style tips!

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

~Anthea
Shop Girl
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Autumn on the go! Miss Dark Garden visits Paris and London


This is Autumn's last day in town before she sets off for travels abroad.  Autumn, AKA "Miss Dark Garden," will be gone for three weeks, visiting England and France.


Catch her with Tricia Rousch of House of Nines at Ascot on June 20, or at the Bal de Versailles on June 14.  I know she's got at least one new outfit made for this prolonged excursion!


Looking for an international corset delivery or in-person fitting?  Autumn is willing to take on a few business appointments during her travels.  Email autumn@darkgarden.com to make arrangements.  If you're inquiring after special deliveries, check with the shop today at 415-431-7684, as she's flying out tomorrow.

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Rummage Sale Update: Discounts on Corset Floor Stock!

Rummage sale time approaches rapidly!  It's just three weeks away, on Sunday, July 14.

In one week we'll begin accepting your consignments corsets that you've outgrown or perhaps outshrunk and would like to send on to a new, loving home.  Email boutique@darkgarden.com with the subject, "Rummage sale consignment," to arrange corset check-in.


But the big news for today is the event discount for the rummage sale: We'll be offering a 10% discount on floor stock, making space for new lovelies coming down the line.  If you've been eyeing a particular piece for a while and no one's snatched it up yet, this is the perfect time to buy.  To put that in hard numbers, discounts are as follows (more or less):
-Cinchers and Corselettes are $27-$47 off
-Sweethearts and Victorians, $35-$60 off
-Valentines, $40-$65 off
-Dollymops, $35-$80 off
-Risqué styles, $43-$55 off


Photo © Kristin Argue
Model: Anthea
Here are some ideas of what you can use that money for, at our shop or around the neighborhood.  Warning: all my non-Dark Garden suggestions have to do with food, booze, or both.
-The discount on a poplin Cincher from our Basics Wall will buy you its matching back panel, or two delicious (and strong!) drinks from Absinthe, plus tip.  (Corset rummage sale + brunch cocktails = perfect day.)
-The discount on a Sweetheart could get you a Pop Antique fascinator, or a sushi dinner at Domo.
-The discount on a Valentine might go to a pair of Honey Cooler Handmade panties, or a round or two at Smuggler's Cove.
-The discount on a Dollymop can pick up the tab for a coordinating brooch or fascinator by Kalico Delafay Millinery, or an adorable, delectable cake from Miette.


The discount on floor stock will also apply to our "Cinderella" box, Tailored Cinchers, Alexandras, Ambroses, Madames, etc.: any of our corsets that you can walk in and take home immediately at present.  The discount does not apply to our consignment corsets, which are unique to the rummage sale and will be heavily discounted to begin with.



Put the annual Dark Garden Rummage Sale on your calendar and bring a friend, and we'll see you there!  We're at 321 Linden St., in beautiful Hayes Valley, San Francisco, and we'll be open from 11-6 for the event.

Photo: Thomas Landon
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Monday, June 10, 2013

Shop with Dark Garden for Pirate Fest this weekend!

Image © Summer Makovkin

Goodness, this one snuck up on us this year!  This weekend, June 15 and 16, is the Northern California Pirate Festival, in Vallejo, CA.  In short, Pirate Fest!

© Joel Aron
Model: Jason

© Kristin Argue
Model: Lauren
Not sure what to wear to a pirate festival?  We've got a treasure trove of corsets in all sizes for ladies and gents to outfit you for your adventure.  That includes plenty of stock in classic black, to match your wicked pirating heart or the background of your jolly roger.  To complete the ensemble, why not top off with striped bloomers and a handmade tricorn hat?  We've also got stockings and garters to help you wench it up if that's more your fancy.

Image © Summer Makovkin

Stop by the shop (at 321 Linden St., San Francisco) for great styling suggestions and wonderful wardrobe staples; today we are open until 5pm, tomorrow 11-5, Wednesday by appointment, Thursday 11-7, Friday and Saturday 11-8, and if you are truly the last minute sort (a schedule means nothing to a pirate!), Sunday 11-5.

© Max Johnson 
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, June 7, 2013

Dark Garden Presents Our First Fashion Friday!

Anthea magically transformed her outfit into a Peter Pan/Robin Hood style getup with the addition of a feathered cap by Kalico Delafay Millinery, fringed capelet, and our bestselling black poplin Cincher.



Anthea shaking her tail feathers.
 This dress is probably the gothiest thing I own (yeah, I'm not goth) - it even has thumbholes in the extra-long sleeves!  My teal Waspie with fishnet overlay was clearly the perfect pairing, accentuating the figure flattering cut of my dress.  I topped it off with a gold-shot fascinator by Pop Antique (available here at the shop), playful printed tights, and a red leather cuff.



Come visit us at the shop for more outfit inspiration and style tips!

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

~Anthea
Shop Girl

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Autumn on the go! Miss Dark Garden visits Paris and London


This is Autumn's last day in town before she sets off for travels abroad.  Autumn, AKA "Miss Dark Garden," will be gone for three weeks, visiting England and France.


Catch her with Tricia Rousch of House of Nines at Ascot on June 20, or at the Bal de Versailles on June 14.  I know she's got at least one new outfit made for this prolonged excursion!


Looking for an international corset delivery or in-person fitting?  Autumn is willing to take on a few business appointments during her travels.  Email autumn@darkgarden.com to make arrangements.  If you're inquiring after special deliveries, check with the shop today at 415-431-7684, as she's flying out tomorrow.

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere