Treasure the Treasure | Handmade dummy for me to show my wearable art on

in #treasurefindslast year


When I recently started making scarfs from wool and silk it didn't take long before I started fantasizing about showing them off the right way: on a lovely mannequin/fitting dummy, maybe with a pretty dress on, and with that look & feel that would bring my handmade wearable art come to life.

Of course, a mannequin like that couldn't be made of plastic, and it also shouldn't be too expensive as I'd rather spend my money on wool and silk right this moment. I tried to find a good option on Amazon and Ebay and a local Ebay like site, but couldn't really find what I was looking for without breaking the bank.

There comes my mother

One day after my search and initial idea of buying a mannequin my mom came to my home, admiring my work, and I told her about my need for the mannequin. Now she very much likes to fix things for me, and told me she had one of these dummies at work and she would ask her boss if I could have it for a small fee - as they didn't use them anyway.

I smiled: I hadn't even definitively decided I was going to need one and she was already arranging for it to happen!
Next day she sent me pictures: they actually had two and which one did I like?

One was gorgeous and I said I'd like that one. I would borrow a car from someone and pick it up.

Even better options available?

A few hours later, I got a call. From her, my mother, who had arranged a dummy for me already that morning. If I were interested in one of these two she send me per Telegram Message? I looked at the pictures and they were even prettier than the one she showed me before.

"Well, I was walking through the city with a colleague and this shop is doing a clearance sale and I asked if I could buy the mannequin and she said they were handmade and I could have one for 25 Euros. It's better than the one I showed you from our own shop!" So she told me.

Apparently, these things are wanted, they are being sold as Vendome Faubourg st Honore Paris, Faubourg st Honore Paris is a famous shopping street in the 8th Arrondissement in Paris, and people pay at least 60 euros for them.

The shop owner advised me to keep the label/sticker attached and resell it if I ever decided not to use it anymore.



Left: Made in France sticker. | Right: Faubourg st Honore stamp.

I was already sold before I knew all these details, and my mom bought the dummy, asked a neighbouring shop for a huge box and next day the mail man delivered it to my home. Timeline: on Tuesday my mom visited, on Wednesday she arranged everything for me, and on Thursday I already owned this very special treasure.

I've already experimented with 'her' and she makes my scarfs look even prettier than I could have imagined. Together with @elgeko I have been looking for nice textural backgrounds to print so I have something else than this bright green wall to show my items on. It will all come together in another few weeks, I'm very sure of it. And my dummy needs a name - she's too special not to give a name. Any ideas anyone?

For now I'm very proud of this lovely mannequin - She's a real Treasure and I doubt I will ever sell her. She has a story to tell and things to share with the world. If I ever become a successful felt artist she'll have played a huge part in that success. And don't forget my mom, the other treasure in my life <3

#TreasureFinds is an initiative by @riverflows, where you can share your story about a treasure you found. If you love these kinds of stories I'd strongly urge you to follow @steemmatt as he makes a living from finding treasures on the streets and/or in thrift stores and posts about them regularly. If he lived closer he'd probably have been able to find me a dummy for free just somewhere in a garbage pile :-)


So cool how the universe works sometimes instantly! What an amazing find @soyrosa!
Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations displayed on 'her'.

extraordinary your post, what's the name on the statue of brother?

I'm still thinking of a name, if you have suggestions let me know :-)

Oh that is such a nice mannequin, good job mom. I like the green wall too!

Yes, she is a great treausre hunter! :D And I love my wall too - I searched for the type of green that has more yellow than blue in it, so it's often a very sunny look for the room :-)

Hi sweetie long time no blog or lunch for that matter hahah all my fault , i will tell all the sad news another time. But I love the Paspop I have two from my workdays and couldn’t do without them. I would say Maggie for her. And we have a fellow steemian who makes blog with textures I will try to find his name he is Dutch so that’s not hard. See you soon

Hey @brittandjosie - yes, I too have been busy! But we should do lunch soon and share our stories :-) Maggie is a great name, I'll put that one on the list :D
Let me know if you can find that Steemians you are talking about! Looking forward to it - Hugs!

That's awesome! Looking forward to seeing all your scarf creations. :)

Thanks!!! I’m getting closer and closer to sharing them, can’t wait either :D

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This is Scully!
A present from my grand-mother who was a seamstress!
I am sorry I don't have a better shot of her but I have left her in our house in Athens :)

Ohhh Scully is so cool! :D Love it. Thanks for sharing. What does the name mean? :D

I am sure you can't see the resemblance but it is an inside joke between my girlfriend and me :)

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AH!!! I love, love, love that you can just mention to someone what you are looking for and they just MIGHT be able to make it happen! And that woman being your Mum - aw, that's even sweeter. You know, seems to me that adage about 'ask and ye shall recieve' - is it an adage or something biblical, I don't know (such a heathen) is so true!! Plus 'seek and ye shall find!'. Abundance abounds!! Love it.

And such an amazing find too - it's got a history! Thanks for participating!! Off to find more treasures....!!! This was too perfect!! Looking forward to lots of scarfs showcased on your lovely find.

It should be the name of a famous Frenchwoman with a crunchy airy figure ... for example, Catherine Deneuve :)