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Etsomnia™ 348: Disco!


Etsom·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. The surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.) 3. An excuse for me to be an obnoxious, snarky New Yorker once per week.

Awesome/ridiculous shoes above by FlickerAndSway.

About a decade ago, my friends and I entered the Coney Island Mermaid Parade with a Studio 54 float. The float’s design was bare bones, but it did include a live DJ, a bartender, a bouncer, and lots and lots of fabulous disco-era costumes. There were 40 people associated with our the float, and we had an absolute blast. That parade popped into my feed recently, and it got me thinking about disco – the style, the fashion, the design, all of it. So today is dedicated to the disco era and that one summer when I spent all my time looking for seventies dancing costumes.

For more Etsy fun, check out all my Etsomnia™ posts!

I still wear these things, but I try to keep my boredom to myself… By AtomicRocketVintage
Vintage disco ball punchbowl by MidsummerNightcap. Yes, please!
I had one of these goofy butterfly tops. I was so proud of it! By TheTradingPostStore
You’d think a print this loud would make him easier to spot in a crowd, but no. Everyone was wearing terrible, noisy prints. By SmallEarthVintage
I’m sorely tempted to get this 1970s disco book bundle just for the illustrations… By ThePeppySquid
This looks good on exactly 0% of the population.
I wore something alarmingly like this little number to one of my proms. By Zwzzy
Just no.
I would have been all over these beauties! By ParisGoesPop
Yes, kiddies, we really did wear these things. By YouLookAmazing
This is a “Light-n-up roller disco arm band.” I decided the actual item is unimportant in comparison to the hilarious packaging. By GamGlamVintage
This would have been adorable on our parade float! By HoneyChildLoves
If I had her figure, I’d wear this now! By VintageHookers (which I presume refers to crochet, not crotch)

Author: Donna from MyOBT

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18 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ 348: Disco!

  1. Love IT!!!! Yes, lets Dance!!! That ERA was peaceful. Yes, there have been some really outstanding things decovered in the year after this but also there have been REALLY STUPID things also. Just for the record, I fully approve “Gay” marriage but I don’t approve the marches and in your face junk that goes with it. Can’t we alll just hold hands and be friends???? Hal

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  2. What could be better than in-you-face DISCO PRIDE? I have or have sold a number of 70s disco dresses–I even have an amazing 70s palazzo jumpsuit listed here:

    It’s disco AND nautical, what more could we ask? Well, I’d like more parades, drag story telling, open PDAs, and general over the top fabulousness….in polyester and beyond!

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    • That jumpsuit is FANTASTIC!!! I want to wear it on a sailboat. (I also want to be that size). I’m with you (obviously) about the parades and the drag and the just living our lives in the open. Mmmwah!


      • It is *almost* my size, so it may be disappearing from the offerings soon—alas no boat–at least not yet. Everyone should be able to Live Out Loud and without fear of reprisal (getting harder and harder these days, sadly). But I’ll always be there to wear something dramatic and cheer you on.

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      • I try not to let it get me too down when things swing back the other way. I think of the politics of sexuality and gender as a pendulum. It’s going to go right, but eventually, it will come back to the left. Then, of course, it will head back the other way. As long as they don’t come for my marriage, I can wait for the next swing.


  3. Lol, my high school years just flashed before my eyes, does anybody remember “Angel Flight” pants ???


  4. I still enjoy listening to some disco music – even when it conjures up memories of how terrible I was at disco dancing class – but I do not possess nostalgia for the era’s fashions. They are so big and bold that they definitely make for wonderful fun costumes when celebrating other things about that era but otherwise I am not a fan.

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  5. I LOVE that someone on your float is on quad skates! I’ve recently become re-obsessed with roller-skating after not donning a pair of skates in over 30 years. I think the last time I was actually IN a roller-disco was in the early 90s when The Roxy was still doing Roller Disco Night on Tuesdays in the city. 😀 ❤ ❤

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