February 16, 2014

Twenty great online non-etsy or eBay vintage shops

Like, I'd venture to guess, a good many of us, when I buy genuine vintage clothing and accessories online, more often than not, my purchases hail from either etsy or eBay. I have certainly bought from elsewhere across the vast interwebs of course, but such occasions have been the minority, not the majority throughout my life so far.

The many perks of both etsy and eBay are well known to most who have spent time there before (as are both of these sites’ assorted shortcomings and pitfalls - such last second snippers on eBay). The sheer volume of items, potential to snag a great bargain, fact that there's always scores of new listings from a oodles of sellers added to the site every day, the ability to use PayPal to purchase your items from (almost all sellers) on both, and the fact that etsy and eBay have been around for many years now all lend credence to their appeal and widespread popularity.

Some people prefer etsy over eBay or vice versa, others see them as variations of the same concept (especially if you tend to opt for BIN listings on eBay, instead of taking part in many, or any, live auctions). I know lots of folks who adore both, or just one of the two with a powerful passion, and who shop from these sites on a regular basis. I'm also well acquainted with some people who want little to nothing to do with either (in such cases, they've usually had negative experiences as either a buyer or seller). Most of us though, at this point in the 21st century, have purchased from and gotten to know both of these immensely popular websites at least a few times.

Regardless of if you've shopped from either one before, an even greater likelihood exists that you have purchased genuine vintage, vintage reproduction, or vintage appropriate clothing and/or accessories online in your lifetime and that you'll do so again in the future (heck, you might even be doing so right now as we speak!). If you haven't yet, then I'd venture to guess that you're blessed to live in a part of the world that still has a fantastic selection of vintage offerings at local shops, yard sales, flea markets and/or estate sales, or that you're very new to the wearing vintage clothing.

Though a small percentage of vintage fashion enthusiasts have zero desire to shop online from any source, with each passing year, as genuine old school offerings become harder and harder to source locally in many areas, more and more people are turning to the web for at least some of their vintage shopping. For those, like myself, who live in a town devoid of any vintage clothing stores and where the thrift shops very, very rarely offer up mid-century pieces any more, the web quickly becomes my lifeline to the vintage shopping world and as a result, the vast majority of my genuine vintage (as well as plenty of vintage reproduction and vintage appropriate pieces) wardrobe has been purchased online over the years.

In that time, as mentioned above, while I have turned to etsy and eBay most often, I have also come across, and in some cases bought from, quite a number of vintage shops online as well which operate either primarily or entirely outside of the realm of either of the "big two" (or "big three", if we add Ruby Lane to the mix).

I really believe in having an abundance of options when possible. No matter how much you love eBay and/or etsy, there may be times when the item you're looking for, simply isn't to be had on either of them and you want to shop elsewhere online, or when you're just in the mood for some additional variety. It's also important to support those who choose to go it alone outside of the realm of community marketplace based sites.

It's harder to succeed when you do, and those that are able to not only hang in there, but to flourish deserve to continue to be able to do so, and the only way that's going to happen is if folks like you and I buy from them. With that thought in mind, I'd like to take the opportunity this morning to share a selection of twenty non-etsy or eBay online vintage shops, arranged in alphabetical order, that typically stock an array of mid-century offerings that I think you’ll enjoy every bit as much as I do.




{Boasting a wide selection of Victorian, early and mid-twentieth century women's, men's, and children's clothing, plus lots of accessories, jewelry, and shoes, in addition to millinery and sewing supplies (such as buttons and vintage sewing patterns), Another Time is one of those etsy and eBay alternatives that is sure to find favour with countless vintage fans of all ages.}





{Undoubtedly one of the best known and most popular independent vintage sellers online today, Adored Vintage's site and merchandise (which includes oodles of early and mid-century clothing, bridal wear, shoes and accessories) is elegant, hip, fashionable, and as lovely as the day is long - as well as always being beautifully photographed and well described. Though Adored Vintage does also sell on etsy, their standalone website is a feast for the vintage loving eyes and well worth visiting time and time again.}





{Online since 1997, Ballyhoo Vintage is a great resource for a vast selection of men's and women's (including plus size) fashions, as well as offerings for the younger set to boot, with pieces spanning the 1930s right on up to the 1980s (including a really good assortment of 40s and 50s offerings).}





{As the tagline of Better Dresses Vintage’s site aptly states, this online vintage seller specializes in women's mid-century clothing and jewelry, which includes such categories as swimwear, lingerie, suits, dresses, separates, outerwear, evening wear, jewelry and accessories.}





{A powerhouse on the genuine vintage, vintage reproduction, and vintage inspired fashion front, Blue Velvet Vintage (whom you may remember from this sponsor spotlight post last summer), is chock-a-block with wonderful yesteryear fashions, all kinds of accessories, and a lovely selection of beguiling bridal attire.}




{Specializing in antique and vintage fashions and linens, Carolyn Forbes is a go-to source if you're in the market for high end and highly collectible pieces that any museum would be proud to call their own (just as any vintage wearer would, too!).}





{From the UK comes Catwalk Creative Vintage, a great source for reasonably priced 1920s-1990s fashions, accessories, costume jewelry, books and magazines, and housewares, with new stock added on weekly basis.}





{Specializing in vintage evening gowns and cocktail dresses, Couture Allure also houses as well currated collection of stylish collection of other kinds of mid-century fashions, in addition to vintage lingerie and accessories.}




{One of the first vintage fashion sites I can remember encountering online (long before I even had my own home computer), Dandelion Vintage hit the ground running in 1997 and has been going strong ever since, thanks in no small part to their wonderful section of Victorian, Edwardian, 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s fashions for men and women, as well as vintage children's clothing and of yesteryear household, sewing, collectibles items. Though they do also sell on etsy and eBay, Dandelion Vintage's stand alone shop and selection of reasonably priced items is not to be missed and garner them a spot on this list.}





{The online face of a popular Des Moines, IA vintage clothing store that stocks pieces from the Victorian era right on up to the 1980s, Dorothea's Vintage has a vast and very appealing inventory (including no shortage of fabulous 30s, 40s, and 50s pieces) that invites one to flip through every last page of listings, no doubt spotting many item you’d love to purchase in the process.}





{Sporting both a charming name and website, Hat Feathers Vintage features a lovely, handpicked selection of a beautiful Victorian through 1980s fashions and accessories, as well as vintage menswear and children's clothing, household items, linens, fabrics and sewing items, and aprons. And yes, as their name would imply, Hatfeathers Vintage does indeed have plenty of yesteryear hats in stock as well.}





{In their ninth year of business now, Martha's Closet Vintage Clothing is a popular independent UK shop that stocks an array of well priced (especially if you're shopping from Britain) 1930s - 1990s fashions and accessories, plus a selection of vintage sewing and knitting magazines.}





{In business for twenty-two years now Past Perfect Vintage is a well renowned, excellent source of vintage fashions spanning the Victorian era right on up to the 1970s. Their items are well priced, extensively described and clearly photographed, three things that always help adhere me to any vintage seller.}




{Having the distinction of being the only shop from mainland Europe on today's list, Pitti Vintage is based out of Florence, Italy and ships internationally, so that we can all avail of their charming old school Mediterranean sourced offerings.}





{Living up their name, Posh Girl Vintage, one of the web's best known independent vintage sellers, offers a highly covetable array of gorgeous mid-century ladies (including bridal fashions) and menswear that is sure to have you swooning and wanting to save up your pennies as you pursue their listings.}




{Though many of their offerings focus on the 1960s and 70s, one can still find a selection of lovely 1940s and 1950s pieces from UK seller Rag and Magpie, including such items as tops, dresses, skirts, knitwear, suits, coats, shorts and pants, sleepwear, hosiery, and accessories.}




{Helmed by Melody Fortier, author of the 2009 book The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping, Tangerine Boutique is a delightful site that includes both plenty of vintage fashions for sale as well as articles on various topics pertaining to old school style - as one might naturally expect from a store run by a vintage loving writer.}





{You may remember The Best Vintage Clothing from this giveaway post last fall, but if you didn't happen to read about them back then, then let me introduce you to this mega vintage seller today. With a site that consistently has thousands of items yesteryear items in stock, The Best Vintage Clothing is definitely one of those spots you'll want to check anytime you're on the prowl for a particular item or just feel like doing so really enjoyable online window shopping.}





{Featuring a well currated selection of high end, immensely chic vintage designer and top quality pieces, Timeless Vixen is one of those places I'd turn to if I ever needed to shop for a serious investment piece that would be sure to turn heads in any room I entered.}




{Viva Vintage Clothing started life as a bricks and mortar shop in 1997, later hoping onto the web in 2007, where their site is teaming with swoon worthy early and mid-twentieth century fashions for ladies and gents alike.}



{All images above come by way of their respective shops. Please click on an image to learn more about that particular listing.} 

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This is not, by any stretch of the imagination a complete list of all the non-etsy or eBay online vintage sellers out there. The Vintage Fashion Guild is a great spot to check periodically if you're eager to connect with even more such shops like this (be sure to check out their Members with Individual Webshops page for a list of, at the time of writing, more than 45 such online vintage sellers), as is the links page on the fantastic eBay and online antique and vintage clothing seller 1860 - 1960's site.

Also be sure to keep an eye out for local vintage and antique sellers in your area who might have an online shop, instead of (or as well as) selling on one or more of the big community marketplace sites.

In addition, keep in mind that some online sellers focus heavily or solely on on particular type of clothing (for example the online shop Glamoursurf is all about yesteryear swimwear, whereas Blue Rose Vintage, Rue de la Paix and Vintage Hattery are each passionately devoted to vintage hats; Cherished Online is chalked full of vintage bridal wear, and Tweedmans Vintage is devoted squarely to vintage menswear), as well as that a good many sites around the world that specialize in antiques, frequently list at least a small selection of vintage and/or antique jewelry (and sometimes other accessories and perhaps even fashions) as well. All of these types of shops can be great alternatives, or additions, to the biggest players out there when it comes to where you opt to source your vintage from.

Over the years, as mentioned above, I've bought from some of, but certainly not all of these sellers (as well as having the great pleasure of working with some of them as blog sponsors) and have had only entirely pleasant experiences in each case. I hope that as the years continue to roll by, I'll get a chance to purchase from all of them, as well as to return again to those that I've already bought from. It's always lovely to check out pages like these and see items that may differ from, or add to the selection of, those on etsy and eBay.

Have you bought from any of these shops before? Do you have a favourite independent online vintage seller who wasn't mentioned here? Be sure to let me know in the comment selection below, so that I can bookmark their site and, who knows, perhaps include them in another post in the future that delves heavily into this exciting area of the online vintage marketplace.

55 comments:

  1. Wow! What a fabulous resource. I'm bookmarking this page. Brilliant post.

    Now I'm off to check out some of those links.

    Thanks for all the hard work Jessica!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  2. Bookmarked! Fantastic post. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this. I'm always looking for other places to shop online; it's nice to just find something different! That's one of the thing I love about shopping vintage is that the kind of stock changes so dramatically from place to place. Every shop has its preferred aesthetic or era or specialty, and it's so much fun to go through them all.

    Thanks again!

    Jenny

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  3. Thank you so much for this list! I'll be sticking to the UK sellers due to the postage and customs charges but it's great to have some new shops to explore.

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  4. What a terrific resource this post is. Great shopping places. I'm off right now...

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  5. i have to check out some the shops i don't know yet right away. see you soon ;)
    thanks for sharing.

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  6. Well I've got my afternoon planned out! Nothing better to do during a cold snowy day than explore new online vintage shops. Thanks Jessica!

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    1. You're very welcome, my sweet dear! I hope, whether this week or in the future (or both) that you find scores of great vintage items among these sources that you adore.

      Many thanks for your lovely comment,
      ♥ Jessica

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  7. Amazing!!! Thanks for sharing <3

    XoXo ♥

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  8. I have been searching a vintage bag during the last week, and I visited many American shops...so your post arrives just in the right moment ! I will have a look...( very useful to have a blogger friend who loves vintage!!)

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  9. Thank you for compiling this list, definitely bookmarking for future use! And thank you for including stores outside of North America for us international readers ♥

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    1. You're very welcome, my dear. From the beginning of my blog's life onward, a substantial chunk of my readers have hailed from countries outside of North America, so whenever possible, I do like to include international options (and/or shops that ship outside of the States and Canada) whenever possible. I've also lived abroad myself and know how frustrating it can be to not be able to avail of North American sources and want to try and help others avoid being in that same spot, if I can.

      Big hugs & many thanks for your lovely comment,
      ♥ Jessica

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  10. Eu ainda não comprei nada nos sites etsy ou eBay, compro sempre em brechó ou mando fazer em modista. adorei a postagem. beijos Vivi Cherry (casacherry)

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  11. Thank you for including my website on your list! As a fan of your blog, it's an honor to be included.
    Thank you also for promoting websites, it's getting harder and harder to be noticed out there.


    Bye for now, Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, you're sincerely welcome. Your shop is a gem and thoroughly worthy of having the spotlight shone on it here, and across the blogosphere.

      ♥ Jessica

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  12. This is a great resource and fabulous post, you should have it as sidebar material:) I've bought from a number of these sources so it's nice to see you referencing them:) It's so nice to see them all in one central location. A fabulous post!

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  13. There went my morning! Thank you for the great links. I had a wonderful time browsing through them, finding inspiration, and coveting things to my heart's content.

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  14. Seriously couldn't have asked for a better post about vintage shopping online! I've looked at a lot of these shops before but I definitely tend to gravitate towards eBay and Etsy as well. So informative, always the most vintage savvy lady!

    Amanda
    http://junebugsandgeorgiapeaches.blogspot.com/

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  15. Thanks for the great post! I bookmarked several of these as I am always looking for new vintage curators. Couture Allure and Timeless Vixen are two of my favorites. I love how they display the clothes and have the most amazing selections. Some of my favorite online sellers include Xtabay Vintage, Dear Golden, Mill Street Vintage, The Vintage Studio and Rococo Vintage (to name a few). I visit each site for different eras of clothing as I feel they each have their own niche era.

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    1. Hi Anastasia, thank you very much for your lovely comment, I really appreciate that you shared some of your favourite online vintage seller with us here (I adore some of them as well - Dear Golden and Xtrabay on etsy very much included) and that you raised the point about how some sellers specialize in various decades more than others. That's very true and all the more reason why knowing about a slew of different sellers is such a great thing if you veer towards fashions from particular decades.

      Many thanks again,
      ♥ Jessica

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  16. Gorgeous pieces! I would not know what to pick!
    http://balearaitzart.blogspot.com.au/

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  17. Thank you for posting this - what a useful reference! There are a few specific vintage items I would like to add to my wardrobe and I will certainly have fun searching in these amazing shops. You highlighted some gorgeous pieces, too x

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    1. You're very welcome, sweet Philippa, it was/is my absolute pleasure. The idea for this post sprung to my mind a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't begin work on it soon enough once it had. I love shinning the spotlight on a wide range of shops, products and sellers across the world via my blog and this post does just that with 20 (more than twenty, if we count the ones mentioned throughout it, but not specifically discussed at length, too) who are so very deserving of it.

      I hope you're able to track down all the pieces you're hunting for - please let me know anytime if I can help you search for any specific items.

      Oodles of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  18. Thanks for that list! I too usually just hop onto etsy or ebay :)

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  19. Thank you so much for including Couture Allure in your list! We're among fine company here.

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    1. You're sincerely welcome. Thank you very much for enriching the online vintage shopping world with your terrific shop (and blog) and the engaging, beautiful array of yesteryear items you stock year after year.

      ♥ Jessica

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  20. absolutely amazing, i have to thank you for giving me so many new beautiful sites to not only browse through endless fabulous dresses but also to get inspirations ;)
    wish you a wonderful week!!!
    kises and hugs, mary

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  21. What a fabulous list. I have to bookmark it so I can go back and check it out, and there even is UK sellers, thank you. And btw you forgot tias.com, but I often do too. :)

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    1. Hi sweet Sanne, thank you very much for mentioning tias.com. You know something, though I can't say as much with 100% certainty, part of me feels like I actually haven't been to that site before. Neither it's name nor what it looks like (I just visited it right now) strike me as being familiar. I love that you introduced me to it. Many thanks!!!

      ♥ Jessica

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  22. What an amazingly helpful post Jessica. You have done us all a big favour by gathering together your favourite shops in one place. I am so looking forward to visiting them all and finding out what treats may be in store. Thanks!

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    1. You're very welcome, sweet Kate! I'm delighted to know that you find it useful (I know that I'll be referring back to it myself sometimes, too) and hope that it leads you unearth many wonderful new (old!) treasures.

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  23. Oh wow, I just bookmarked this post :3 I recently discovered a very lovely vintage shop in my area, which I'm quite pleased about ^^

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  24. Definitely bookmarking this page myself. Several of these I am familiar with, but some I'd never heard of! Thanks for putting this together.

    Also—there are quite a few great vintage sellers on ArtFire too. It's another community-type site, but there are some fine goodies to be found!

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    1. You're very welcome, lovely lady, it was/is my pleasure. Definitely!!! I was aiming for none-community based site based sellers here, but those on Artfire are well worth mentioning, too, especially since they don't tend to get as much press as sellers who opt for etsy, eBay, or Ruby Lane instead. I really appreciate that you bought Artfire up, thank you!

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  25. Great post as I haven't visited many of these sites, but I am sensing that I will curse you when I get my credit card bill as already I am seeing some pretties that are going to have to be mine!

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    1. :) Ooooh, I hear you loud and clear there! It took a substantial amount of willpower to refrain from doing a little shopping while putting together this post, let me tell you. With tax season all but here though, I was a responsible lass and held off. That doesn't mean I won't revisit them all do just later at a later point in time though! :)

      Thank you very much for your comment, dear Brooke,
      ♥ Jessica

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  26. there goes all my money! lol! so many vendors I have never heard of and some I have. Off to bookmark and shop..or at least window shop :) Great post.

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  27. I absolutely love this post and it is packed full of all these wonderful shops. If I could afford it, I'd probably buy them out. Especially ballyhoo or the best vintage clothing. Unfortunately they are so far out of my price range. I realize they have to have higher costs because of the history and quality of the garment but $200+ for a dress is leagues out of what I can afford. So unless I hit the millions in the hoosier lotto, I'll just fantasize these items in my closet.

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    1. Yay! I'm delighted to know that you love this post, dear Sean. It was such a joy to put together and to be able to shine the spotlight on so many amazing and very deserving vintage sellers.

      I completely understand where you're coming from (and have never paid that much for a dress myself either), which is why I tried to include shops with a fairly wide range of prices in this post. eBay, and less commonly etsy, may still be your best online bet for a truly stellar deal, but someone of these shops are quite reasonably priced and all have the potential of holding sales, which would bring their prices down a bit.

      On the budget vintage front, I'm actually planning to launch a new reoccurring post series next month (or April at the latest) all about fabulous online vintage deals and well priced items that I've come across and want to share with all of lovely readers. Any item will be fair game for inclusion in this series, so long as it comes in at, or under $100.00. I'm really looking forward to introducing this series, as I know it will be of interest and service to so many (like ourselves) who shop for vintage items with their budget in mind at all times.

      Scores of hugs & happy Tuesday wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  28. What I love about these sites (Etsy, Ebay etc) is that in a way they are democratizing fashion. No longer are we limited to the narrow view of what society at large tells us is "fashionable". Now the options are limitless. People have access to a wide range of merchants and designers often the prices are great and because so many people sell used clothing it is also helping us leave a smaller carbon footprint. I just opened an online vintage/vintage inspired clothing shop on Monday. I used a platform called storenvy. Would love your feedback. http://karmicvintage.storenvy.com/

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  29. I read this post long time ago now, but I wasn't so well on my health basis to comment at the time. But I wanted to come back here to thank you for this fantastic post. I didn't know about each resource posted here and I went through each them quite happily. It is very exciting to discover more resources online where to treasure hunt! Since in Portugal is almost impossible...well it's totally impossible in my town.

    So thank you, thank you, thank you! :-)

    Miss Beta xx

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    1. You are sincerely welcome, my dear friend! I'm thrilled to know that I've helped introduce you to a bounty of online shops from around the world that you weren't familiar with before. We have zero vintage clothing shops in my town, too, so like yourself, I need all the online help in that regard that I can get!

      Tons of hugs & many thanks for each of your wonderfully nice blog comments today,
      ♥ Jessica

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  30. Thank you so much for sharing these great links!
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  31. My dear Jessica, you truly know your vintage and did some extensive research.
    I have purchased from etsy and ebay of course but a part of me sometimes thinks that the item would be worth more if I found it in a market and just found my hidden treasure, i think its part of the charm that comes along with vintage shopping. I will look into some of these. Hugs.

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    1. Hello sweet Lorena, thank you very much for this and each of your lovely comments yesterday. I certainly understand that perspective on things and do tend to have very powerful memories of many of the vintage items I've unearthed in person. For those who don't live in areas where such shops, markets and so are available though (which includes me at the moment), the web becomes a bit like a giant online bazaar unto itself and as a result (at least for me), one can still sometimes experience that same marvelous feeling of hitting upon a hidden treasure.

      Tons of hugs right back at you!
      ♥ Jessica

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  32. Have just found your blog! We love vintage clothes for ourselves and for children, all the beautiful clothes from 1950s, 60s and 70s that get thrown away! Such a waste. My daughters are so mad about it that they have a little vintage kids clothes shop www.edithandrose.co.uk - that aims to sell genuine vintage children's clothes at reasonable prices. We are now going to visit all 20 on-line shops you have mentioned and you have also introduced us to the Vintage Fashion Guild - Thanks so much.

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    1. Hi Heather, I'm very happy to have introduced you the Vintage Fashion Guild. It's a stellar site and such an important cornerstone and support system for the online vintage fashion community. I appreciate that you shared your daughter's site with me and my readers here. It's awesome that your girls are so passionate about not only vintage, but vintage children's clothing. I don't have any wee ones of my own yet, but if I ever do one day, I'd love to become a customer.

      ♥ Jessica

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  33. I just saw this post! Late to the party, but thank you so much for including our shop. It's a treat to be in such fine company.
    Hollis
    pastperfectvintage.com

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    1. It's my sincere pleasure, Hollis, thank you very much for your comment. This post has been one of the most popular of this year and is one I find myself sharing with folks who email me about various vintage fashion topics on a frequent basis, so hopefully it has helped send more fans and customers your way.

      ♥ Jessica

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  34. Many thanks for including Better Dresses Vintage in this illustrious group, Jessica. I'm so glad you like my shop. It's wonderful to see so many of my Vintage Fashion Guild colleagues here, as well!

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    1. It is my sincere pleasure, Liza. This post has been one of my most popular of the year (page view wise and certainly brought in a good number of comments, too) and one that I frequently find myself recommending to folks who email or FB PM with vintage sourcing related questions, so hopefully both it and me continuing to share it with others will help bring even more fans and customers your way.

      Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment,
      ♥ Jessica

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  35. I've been selling/wearing vintage for over 20 years, on Ebay, Etsy & by supplying vintage stores. I have to give credit to these Web stores for being patient sellers (I like to sell f-a-s-t). They must have a very large space in their home or a warehouse for storage. I wish them success!

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    1. How wonderful that you've been involved with the industry for over twenty years now and also adore wearing yesteryear fashions yourself as well. The world needs plenty of sellers like you, too, and I sincerely thank you for your dedicated years in the business (and wish you many more to come!).

      ♥ Jessica

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  36. Normally eBay providing great service. Online shopping by eBay was easier.

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  37. Normally ebay services are great and should have customer satisfaction.

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    1. No argument there, Firefly Vintage, and I certainly wasn't implying as much with this post. I wrote it to shine the well deserved spotlight on a number of folks in our industry who have opted to go the solo, not community marketplace, selling route, not to detract from those who do so as well eBay (or Etsy) in the slightest. I've been a devoted eBay and Etsy shopper for over a decade and though I have had a few negative experiences with unprofessional sellers on those sites, by and large, I have very positive things to say about these awesome sites and continue to use them frequently (even becoming an Etsy shop owner myself this year).

      ♥ Jessica

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