Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dressin Gaudy


As I have mentioned before I’m from Texas. One of the great past times in Texas is shopping. Not just any shopping but shopping for the wildest, brightest, blingingest, gaudiest items that can be had. I admit even though I am a long time Californica resident that big haired, lots of rhinestones, too much jewelry Texican trait has never left me. I love to bling, shine and pop.
There is a store in Branson, Missouri called Dressin Gaudy. Okay people in Tyler, Texas and Longview, Texas calm down you have them too but more people are drawn to Branson. I mean after all they have The Dolly Parton Stampede (that creates a visual) and Yakov Smirnoff and that fiddle guy. So this store carries some of the greatest gaudiest clothes ever. They are not ashamed of it they put it right there on their sign and on their very own label. They shout it to the world. They scream it from the rooftops. They print it on their shirts. The other thing about this store is that it is visited most often by, how do I put this delicately, women of a certain age. They are what I would call an “old lady” store, of which I am one… “old lady” that is.
On a recent trip back east I went to afore-mentioned store. I salivated over blinged out tops and rhinestoned belts. I fondled big gaudy necklaces and tried on beaded up cowgirl boots. I paraded around in sequined pumpkin embossed sweaters and tied my waist with beaded sashes. Then I saw it. The holy grail of gaudiness. The icon of blingedness. The mecca of metalics, a pair of sunglasses that was screaming my name. They had everything a girl could ask for bling, animal print and big Jackie O frames. It was the only thing I purchased that day. I snatched them up and bought them on the spot. I really didn’t need another pair of sunglasses; but I really wanted them.
The reason I’m telling you about this is that I have misplaced them. I put them down somewhere and I can’t remember where. I remember wearing them to the bank. I remember having them last week. I remember what they looked like and how they felt; but for the life of me I don’t know what I did with them.
So if you see a banker wearing a pair of zebra print blinged out with a fleur de lis design on the temple sunglasses, please knock him upside the head and send my sunglasses back to me. Otherwise I will have to make a trek back to Branson, Missouri and listen to Up Up With People again.

16 comments:

Caution Flag said...

I am raising a bling daughter. How she came from me is a mystery.

You know what I noticed most in your pix is how blue the sky is in the reflection in the last pix. (Twenty-two words in the previous sentence, btw.) Blue sky. A foreign concept to Michiganders.

♥ Braja said...

Dressin Gaudy looks like a normal store in India...
:))

Gladys said...

Braja then I MUST come to India.

Gladys said...

Caution Flag - Well it's a recessive gene in some cases.

The blue sky well it's just one of the perks of Southern California. Not L.A. so much but where I live.

VE said...

I used to always wear neon bright T-Shirts into work (back when I bothered to work) and disgust my co-workers. I'd wear a mirror shirt on a sunny day...just to mess with them...

Coffee Bean said...

LOVE those sunglasses!!! Man... too bad you lost them. That is a real drag!

And you can come hang out with me anytime and complain about anything you want.

Gladys said...

VE- See I would have guessed you were a mirror on the shoe type of guy.

Gladys said...

CB- Thanks I found them or should I say the dog did. ;)

Girly Stuff said...

I'm not sure why you think those are gaudy. They look perfectly normal to me. I have pink ones.

Suzy said...

Now that is heartbreaking news. One day you and I will go shopping in Santee Alley and fight over the gawdy. Having lost my Christian Louboutin leopard spot yellow sunglasses, I can tell you one thing. YOU NEVER GET OVER IT.

Gladys said...

Girly - Oh I love them. Not near as Gawdy as some of my others :)

Gladys said...

Suzy - I'm ready. When are we goin?

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bcumming said...

TExas takes the cake on BLING. Especially First Monday Trade Days in CAnton. However I will be more than happy to comparison shop in Branson!! Gladys, have you ever been to First Monday, get on down here for bling out of this world!!!

"am I too blingy for ya?"
xoxo Brandy Lea Cumming

Anonymous said...

Currently, I live in Chattanooga, TN and just returned from Longview. I had to visit Dressin Gaudy 2 or 3 times, taking girlfriends who had reunited in Longview for the weekend. We had so much fun and now back in TN, I am getting all kind of compliments on my bangles and beads I retrieved from the Mother Country, of TX. I love that place.

Anonymous said...

I made the trek from Fort Worth to Tyler yesterday. They had so much stock they couldn't display, they had to open a second store, right around the corner from the original. It was only the second day open for the new store, and everything looked fabulous! Lots of GREAT stuff. You gotta love it!!!