About The Clothing:
We professionally clean & repair all items as much as possible before we ship them. All major flaws (if any) are mentioned in the items description. Once in a while we may miss small flaws such as minor loose seams, tiny holes or very small or faint stains. We are human after all & sometimes flaws can hide in folds & such. Small flaws that are not visible or do not effect the wearing of the item are not mentioned. Please keep in mind that most of our items are about 60 or more years old and will have normal typical vintage general wear from cleaning, age, etc.. even if it’s listed as Mint Condition. We want you to be happy so remember, you can always return it. But if you are looking for perfection vintage clothing may not for you, there is some wonderful reproduction brand that we can help with.
Vintage Condition Rating Chart
A NOTE ABOUT CONDITION DEFINITIONS & STAINS:
Most of our items are labeled as EXCELLENT & our condition chart explains what each label means. But we would like to make a little clarification on stains. 98% of the time our clothing condition detail says “No holes or stains” and this is true. We don’t think it’s nice to wear something with a spot right on the chest or front where everyone can see it. We would not wear something like that & would never expect anyone else to either, and so we would not sell it, unless it’s in the discount rack &/or with big photos of it & describe it fully! But sometimes there are very tiny faint spots or specks on the back and bottom of a skirt hem, for example, or on the inside liner that’s covered by the outer layer, then we would still sell it & either mention it in the description or if it is truly not noticeable then we will not mention it at all (if it’s faint & small enough) and still state “No holes or stains” on the details page. Most all (99%) vintage clothing has a few small flaws here and there but we pride ourselves on going to great lengths to clean and repair. Please email us if you have any questions. Thank you.
HOW TO SIZE & MEASURE VINTAGE CLOTHING:
The best way to make sure a vintage item will fit is to find a similar item you already own that fits & compare the measurements in inches to the new item by laying it flat & measuring across.
We measure as accurately as possible. Measurements are taken from fabric when laying flat. Keep in mind you will need to account for wearable comfort in your measurements. So if a waist says 28″ you need to be a bit smaller than 28″ to fit comfortably. This depends how tight or loose of a fit is preferred.
Vintage size numbers are not the same as modern size numbers so please do not go by those. We will note the size if given, but remember this ia vintage size, not current size. There are no standard size numbers anymore so it is too confusing. Please go by the inches and refer to our sizing chart when listed as Small, Medium, or Large or Med/Large, etc…to make it easier.
We measure items in their un-stretched state & always mention if fabric stretches or not. We will provide a maximum stretch measurement, if possible.
We measure exactly not approximately so keep that in mind when measuring yourself.
Shirts, Coats, Blouses, Coats, Vets:
Arm length is measured from shoulder seam to wrist hem.
Bust/chest measured from underarm, across the chest to the other underarm seam, then measurement is doubled and if it has darts we add inches for those. If a dress is 17″ across our description will read: 34″ / 36″ with darts – the 17″ is doubled then 2 inches is added for darts.
Length is measured depending on the item. From top of shoulder seam, straight down the back. A complete length measurement length is given.
Waist is measured across where a normal waist would fall and then doubled. If it’s an empire waist we give measurement at empire waist, same with dropped waists.
Back is measured from shoulder seam across to other shoulder seam.
Skirts and Dresses:
Dress length is measured from shoulder to hem unless it has a waist seam then it is shoulder to waist seam & waist seam to bottom hem – 2 measurements.
Waist is measured across waist seam or waist band, then doubled. If it’s an empire waist we give waist seam.
Skirt length is measured from waistband to hem.
Hips are measured across where an average hip falls, usually at the widest part or about 10″ down from waist approx. , then doubled.
Inseam is measured from crotch down along inside of leg to hem.
Waist is measured across natural waist then doubled.
Sometimes we measure from the waist, down to the crotch if needed.
Shoes are measured lengthwise across the top of the shoe from the heel to the toe, and the width is measured across the sole at the ball of the foot. Whenever possible we measure with a soft tape inside the shoe.