In making my Dixie Cousins costume, I came to the realization that the undergarment I was planning on wearing was just not working out, and I felt that a true underbust corset would be better suited towards my needs, as well, as, heck, I just wanted one. So I returned to The Foundation: From Billie to Bettie, where I purchased my first steel boned corset last year.
I really can’t express how much I not only love this store, but how thankful I am that Portland has such a store. Tami, the owner, is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and as sweet as could be. She’s also a kick! Did you get a load of her fab 1964 Chrysler New Yorker parked out front? Her shop is stocked with bullet bras, modern bras, a-lines, girdles, all-in-ones, garter belts, panties, corsets, flouncy crinolines, and of course, stockings. Her corsets range from the practical to the fantastic, including some stellar steampunk inspired ones.
The Foundation also has a photo studio! You can work with their photographer, who is exceptional! Her work is scattered throughout the shop. I greatly admired the work she did of Tami especially. They have a host of goodies for one to play dress up, and find their inner pin-up. You can also rent the studio space too! Bring in your own camera equipment and rent for as little as three hours or for the whole day! How fabulous is that?
Sadly, Tami didn’t have my size in the style of corset I wanted, but she was able to order it for me! And it will be here shortly! I can’t wait! But I did find a few treasures to tide me over. I purchased a fabulous Rago six-point girdle, and a pair of Birkshire stockings, a brand I haven’t tried before, and I’m really excited to take them for a test drive. To top things off, both Rago (who has been in the foundation business since for over 65 years) and Berkshire items are made in the US!
I also heard from a little birdie that The Foundation will be having an amazing Small Business Saturday deal! Spend $50 and get 10% off your order, spend $100 and get 20% off, or $150 and get 25% off! So it’s time to either splurge for yourself, or get something special for your significant other, or even for that best friend of yours! For more info, please visit The Foundation’s Facebook page.