What is authentic vintage?
Vintage, by the current terms of the trade, is defined as any item that is at least 25 years old. Every year that goes by adds a new year into that vintage specification. As of this year, 2017, anything made 1992 or earlier is technically considered vintage. Although there are many of a certain generation who will not want to admit to this designation, lol!
What is reproduction vintage?
Reproduction vintage is an item made or created in the spirit of, style of, or from actual time period pattern of a certain era. The recreated item can be made with new/modern raw materials or from vintage materials but it would still be considered a reproduction not made during the time period. A dress, for example, made today from modern fabrics but using the patterns and/or techniques of the 1950s.
How do I know if an item will fit me?
Measure, measure, measure. If you are going to be purchasing clothing online and you don't have a fabric tape measure, run out and get one. Measure yourself, measure clothes that fit you well, and compare them to the measurement of the garment you are looking at. Sizes are meaningless. Every brand has a different standard that they go by so one company's size 6 is another company's size 12. Get out your tape measure and learn how to use real numbers so you can compare real information. Do not me afraid to message me and ask for additional measurements if there is something I haven't listed or to ask me for help or advice regarding a specific measurement. I am always happy to help.
Modern Sizing vs. Vintage Sizing
I hear it every day in my shop, "This dress can't be a size 12, I always wear a size 12 but I can't even get this over my head!". As I said above, there is no such thing as a "standard" size. Never has been, probably never will be. Sizing and general labeling wasn't even a requirement in clothing until well into the 1960s/70s. and I'm not entirely sure all those 1950s ladies were as small as some of their clothes seem to imply. After all, if you look deep into the back of your closet, which clothing items are in the best and most well preserved condition? Yeah, that's right, all those tiny clothes we can't fit into any more but can't bear to part with. So please, ladies, don't beat yourself up about not being tiny enough to wear some of this authentic vintage.
How do I care for my vintage clothing?
This really depends on the item. If you have any questions at all regarding a specific item please message me and I will do my best to give you as much information as I am able. Some items I know are fine to machine wash because I have cleaned them this way myself. Other items, especially wool, are an automatic dry clean. As I mentioned above, labeling was not a strict requirement pre 1970s. Many, if not most of the vintage pieces I have do not have labels with fiber content so I am making my best guess as to what type of cleaning and care will preserve the garment. Always lean toward the least aggressive cleaning option available. These garments are decades old so delicate treatment is always wise.
What is your return policy?
I have a very strict no return policy for a couple of reasons. 1.) There are an unfortunate number of online shopping individuals who like to purchase and return vintage clothing as a form of costume rental. I worked in theater for years and I get tight or non existent costume budgets, but I am not a costume rental shop. 2.) My goal is to preserve and prolong the life of these amazing vintage pieces. Shipping an item out, only have it returned multiple times for reasons like it didn't fit, just didn't like it, or I changed my mind, are not going to prolong the item's life.
That being said, if the item you receive is drastically different than it was represented to be, please message me and I will do my best to work with you to resolve the issue.
Will I have to pay sales tax?
Sales tax of 5.5% is required of Wisconsin residents.
The calculated shipping option is set for USPS standard options. Message me if you have any questions or concerns or if you would like me to check prices through different providers like Fed Ex or UPS.