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Sue McDonald is the proprietress of Madame's Mercantile; a web-based business that arose from the difficulty in finding all those important accessories needed to complete a period-correct Victorian outfit. Sue is an accomplished seamstress, with over 30 years of experience, and she is an avid fan of historical costuming. Sue and husband Dale first started dressing in Victorian attire in the early 80's, when they owned a Victorian house in southern California, especially when they would open their Victorian home for the city's annual historic home tour. They moved to Arizona a few years ago, and discovered an active community of people who love to dress in period attire. Sue is a founding member of The Boots and Bustles Old West Social Club, and also has memberships in The Elks Opera House Guild, The Reenactment Guild of America (RGA), and the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS).

Sue makes her own period-correct clothing, but discovered that finding accessories to complete each outfit involved much searching in many different places, and was very expensive. She finally decided to start a business that specialized in period-correct hats, purses, carpet bags, chatelaines, puff ties, and other accessories for ladies and gents. Thus was born Madame's Mercantile. Most of the items offered are hand-made, one-of-a-kind items produced by Sue. She also makes custom items for her clients and hand-dyes many of her own feathers and embellishments.

Sue is a writer, who has been published in the Wild West Gazette, Working Woman, and Somerset Studio, among others. She also writes articles of interest to the Victorian re-enactment community for Bustledress (www.Bustledress.com), Recollections (www.recollections.biz) and her own site, Madame's Mercantile (www.madamesmercantile.com.)

Contact Sue Mc Donald at: sueloves2write@yahoo.com

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The Price of Value by Madames Mercantile 03-19-2011
  Putting together an 1800s outfit for a Victorian Costume Contest Part 1 by Madames Mercantile 02-26-2010
  Victorian Accessories to Dye For by Madames Mercantile 10-01-2009
  Constructing a Reproduction Victorian Purse by Madames Mercantile 06-11-2009
  Madame's Mercantile is featured Business of the Week by Madames Mercantile 06-09-2009

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