DownInTheBasement

Indulge! Come see what you've been missing... 15% OFF!

Wichita, Kansas · 939 Sales

DownInTheBasement

Indulge! Come see what you've been missing... 15% OFF!

Wichita, Kansas 939 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   ***15% OFF SALE NOW! USE COUPON CODE: SPRING15***
You must use ALL UPPER CASE when entering the coupon code.
NO MINIMUM PURCHASE IS NECESSARY.

Along with this time of year comes the urge to shop for some fun and funky items to add to your home decor, closet or jewelry box! I have many items from simple to eclectic to choose from in my shop! Welcome to my world... come on in!

Slip off your shoes, sit back and get comfortable and take a nice long look around... I have some great things to see in my shop, and many, many more items to be added, so be sure to come back by now and then.

If you are searching for something in particular, be sure to convo me while you are here, and let me know what it is you are wanting... It is quite possible that I might have it, only it isn't listed yet. It takes just a little time to bring it into the shop for you to see.

I truly hope you find something special for yourself or for others while shopping here. I just LOVE being able to have an avenue into my world, so that I might be able to connect with some of you through something you see in my shop.

I reuse, repurpose and recycle, which will usually be evident in the packaging I have used to ship your merchandise. If you do not wish for me to use recycled items for shipping your order, but if you would rather I not do this with your order, please relay this to me when making your purchase. You can do this in the area designated for writing me a note.

Please feel free to convo me about anything, whether it's something special you are looking for, an item in my shop, or just a general Etsy question. I am in and out most days, have an Etsy cell phone app, and I make every effort to reply within a 3-4 hour window.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you like what you see!

Sincerely,
Jacqueline

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Last updated on Feb 8, 2017

***15% OFF SALE NOW! USE COUPON CODE: SPRING15***
You must use ALL UPPER CASE when entering the coupon code.
NO MINIMUM PURCHASE IS NECESSARY.

Along with this time of year comes the urge to shop for some fun and funky items to add to your home decor, closet or jewelry box! I have many items from simple to eclectic to choose from in my shop! Welcome to my world... come on in!

Slip off your shoes, sit back and get comfortable and take a nice long look around... I have some great things to see in my shop, and many, many more items to be added, so be sure to come back by now and then.

If you are searching for something in particular, be sure to convo me while you are here, and let me know what it is you are wanting... It is quite possible that I might have it, only it isn't listed yet. It takes just a little time to bring it into the shop for you to see.

I truly hope you find something special for yourself or for others while shopping here. I just LOVE being able to have an avenue into my world, so that I might be able to connect with some of you through something you see in my shop.

I reuse, repurpose and recycle, which will usually be evident in the packaging I have used to ship your merchandise. If you do not wish for me to use recycled items for shipping your order, but if you would rather I not do this with your order, please relay this to me when making your purchase. You can do this in the area designated for writing me a note.

Please feel free to convo me about anything, whether it's something special you are looking for, an item in my shop, or just a general Etsy question. I am in and out most days, have an Etsy cell phone app, and I make every effort to reply within a 3-4 hour window.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you like what you see!

Sincerely,
Jacqueline

Jacqueline Hess

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Jacqueline Hess

Bucking Broncos Metal Western Wall Art
$46.00
Crocheted Short Sleeve Top Vintage Black
$26.00
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About

Down in the Basement... That's where its at!

I'm Jacqueline Adams, and my husband is Gary Hess. We live in Wichita, Kansas. I have a small shop in my home, and it is down in the basement. It is filled with items from all over the globe, some very large, some very small, and they are all very interesting. The photos above are of my model mannequin, Miss Stella and my beautiful mother, Jacqueline.

My mother, Jacqueline Balla, came to America in 1946 from Montmorency, France. She modeled for a short time in Chicago before becoming a full-time wife and mother, but she always loved her pretty clothes, nice jewelry and gorgeous shoes. She, her mother and her aunt traveled to many places, and purchased many things in their lifetime. I am now in possession of many wonderful things which they left behind.

My mother, my grandmother Marguerite, and my aunt Mauricette lived in a little town south of Paris, France called Enghien-les-Bains. They all 3 came to America together after the war to start new lives, and brought as much as they could with them. They were blessed with eccentric, colorful taste, and enjoyed dressing up and having a good time with friends either entertaining at home, or out on the town.

My grandmother always stayed nearest to my mother, and never lived anywhere but Kansas. She visited our home quite a bit as I was growing up, and I learned all about collecting things from her and my mother. Our home was always filled with decorative things that fascinated me as a small child, and while growing up I learned to appreciate them. My friends always enjoyed coming to our home because there was always fun and exciting things to see and do there that you didn't find in most american households.

I have inherited and held onto many of these items through the years, but feel that it is time to start letting go of some of them so that others can share in the delight of owning them, sharing them with the special people in their lives. You never know what will be uncovered next! I have also inherited my mother's knack of finding the remarkable, unique and unusual, so when I come across "special things", I will bring them home to share with my customers.

I will only carry items in very good condition, unless it is of such age that it is remarkable that it even exists! I try to be extremely thorough when inspecting items I am considering bringing into the shop, but sometimes things get overlooked. If you receive an order and find something that was not shown in the photos, or mentioned in the description, please contact me as soon as possible, so that we might come to an agreement on the next step. I pride myself on customer happiness, and loyalty, so I want you to be satisfied with your purchase, and ask that you please contact me if you are not content. I want the opportunity to make sure you are a satisfied customer.

Enjoy!

Jacqueline

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  • Jacqueline & Gary

    Owner, Treasure Hunter!

    My name is Jacqueline Hess and I have a supportive husband that takes me on wonderful treasure hunts, who also shares my love of listening to music & finding old records. We spend our spare time searching for & collecting all the things we enjoy.

  • Jacqueline Balla

    My Mother

    This is a photo of my dear mother, Jacqueline, back in the '40's when she did some local modeling. She taught me a lot about looking for treasures. Her spirit is with me always. I think she would approve.

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Last updated on May 14, 2016
Welcome to Down in the Basement! I have been in possession of many interesting things for quite some time, thanks to my wonderful, eccentric mother, who, through the years, not only collected the uncommon things in life, but also taught me to be very thorough in my treasure hunting. My mother, Jacqueline Balla, came to the USA in 1946, along with my aunt and grandmother. It was after the war, and there was nothing left of their home in France, and they all 3 hoped for better lives in America. Once in the states, my mother learned quickly to make the use of her best asset... her beauty. She quickly learned to love the best things in life, and worked hard to get them. She left behind many wonderful things, which I have decided to unpack and open a shop in my basement so that I might share many of these things with you, as well as other curiosities I have collected through the years... so refresh that beverage, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride... and come back by now and then, because you never know what I will uncover next!

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I am willing to reserve an item for you for up to 7 days while you try to make other arrangements for payment through the system. Convo me with the items you wish to reserve, and I will hold them for you.

If you are from another country, you will not be able to make your purchase until you contact me with the shipping address so I can give you a quote for shipping to your country, and add it to the listing to be recognized by the system when you check out.
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SHIPPING OF ORDERS

Furniture and certain larger pieces ship within 2 to 5 business days. All other items ship within 3 business days. I will make every effort to ship all orders within 2 business days. In special circumstances it will not be any longer than 3 business days. Business days are considered to be Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. If possible and absolutely needed, I have until 12 Noon on Saturdays to ship an item, although it is not recognized as a regular business day.

I am not responsible for mail theft. Please ensure you follow tracking so you are aware of when your package is due to arrive, and make arrangements for another party to make themselves available to accept the package when it arrives. If this is not possible, instruct me to request a signature or hold for pick-up when ordering. this will generate an additional charge, SO PLEASE CONTACT ME PRIOR TO MAKING YOR PURCHASE SO THAT I CAN ADJUST YOUR SHIPPING CHARGE IF NEEDED.

The Buyer is responsible for providing the correct shipping address, Please ensure your shipping address is accurate at time of order. If the address provided is not recognized by the United States Postal Service, I will NOT proceed with shipping your order until the address is once again confirmed. I will attempt to contact you via Etsy's "Convo" emailing system twice, at which time i will ask for help in contacting you through Etsy Support. If once you are reached you do not need this item any longer, I will not refund the purchase price or shipping costs. You may at this time supply the correct address for the item to be shipped to, or exchange this order for another item of lesser or equal value. Buyer will be responsible for any additional shipping costs if the newly selected item weighs more than the original item.

Shipping and handling charges listed represent costs to ship within the Continental United States. If you live outside of the Continental United States, PLEASE convo me regarding the item you have interest in, along with your address, and I will get you a S&H rate. We do ship internationally although many times it is cost prohibitive. Again, please convo me PRIOR to attempting to make the purchase, and I will get a shipping quote for you. We will fill out the appropriate customs forms and you will be responsible for any custom dues, if any, on your end.

All orders will be shipped Priority Mail, as that is the minimum requirement for packages to be picked up at my location. ONCE AN ITEM IS SHIPPED, IT BECOMES YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FILE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS SHOULD THERE BE ANY LOST OR DAMAGED SHIPMENTS.
If an item is fragile, it will be shipped Priority Mail to ensure it's being spared from being dropped off of a conveyor belt (about 10-15 ft.) while in transit.

USPS STANDARD PARCEL - Packages shipped using this method will not be picked up by the USPS at my location. Generally I will ship using Standard Parcel if it is a large, non-breakable item which is just too expensive to ship Priority method. Used for gifts and general merchandise, Standard Post shipments may also contain books and other printed matter weighing 70 pounds or less. The maximum size is 130 inches in combined length plus girth (distance around the thickest part). Tracking is available for Standard Post shipments.

Standard Post "Balloon Price"
Parcels that weigh less than 20 pounds and measure more than 84 inches but not more than 108 inches in combined length plus girth (distance around the thickest part) are charged the 20-pound Standard Post zoned price.

Standard Post Oversized Price
Parcels that measure more than 108 inches but not more than 130 inches in combined length plus girth (distance around the thickest part) are charged the oversized price regardless of weight.

USPS PRIORITY is used for documents, gifts, merchandise, and any mailable item weighing 70 pounds or less. The maximum size is 108 inches or less in combined length plus girth (distance around the thickest part). Mark each package "Priority Mail" in the postage area when you are not using USPS produced Priority Mail envelope or box.

USPS PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS 1 or 2 day service includes tracking, proof of delivery, and insurance up to $100 with a money-back guarantee. Additional merchandise insurance up to $5,000 may be purchased for a fee. Sunday and Holiday delivery is available to many destinations for an additional charge. All packages must use a Priority Mail Express label. The maximum weight is 70 pounds.

All books or related type items will be shipped using MEDIA MAIL. IF YOU NEED YOUR BOOK ORDER TO BE RECEIVED WITHIN 2-3 DAYS PLEASE TELL ME IN A CONVO SO THAT I CAN ACT ON IT IMMEDIATELY. Any other items will be shipped Priority Mail, as that is the minimum requirement for packages to be picked up at my location. ONCE AN ITEM IS SHIPPED, IT BECOMES YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FILE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS SHOULD THERE BE ANY LOST OR DAMAGED SHIPMENTS.

USPS MEDIA MAIL is used for certain types of books, films, manuscripts, printed music, printed test materials, sound recordings, play scripts, printed educational charts, loose-leaf pages and their binders consisting of medical information, video recordings, educational reference charts, and computer-readable media. Telephone number required, please include it at time of purchase*.

Media mail is not sealed against postal inspection. Regardless of physical closure, the mailing of articles at Media Mail prices constitutes consent by the mailer to postal inspection. I haven't had anything like this happen, but I am sure that they take care to re-close, re-tape, etc., after the inspection. The maximum size of an item in combined length plus girth (distance around the thickest part) is 108 inches.

USING YOUR PREFERRED CARRIER
If you have an account with a carrier which I have access to, and wish to have your shipping costs charged to your account, please provide me with the NAME OF THE CARRIER, PHONE NUMBER & THE ACCOUNT NUMBER TO BE USED. This action will need to be discussed PRIOR to your purchase.

DELIVERY DATES All carriers are subject to weather and holiday volume conditions. The expected dates provided by us are taken from their calculations. Sometimes they take longer, sometimes they are faster. Generally Fed Ex and USPS priority mail come closest to the expected date. If you want to insure the safety of your parcel and want to have to sign for it, please let me know in advance, for there is an extra charge for that service. You will most likely have to go to the Post Office to pick up your package, but it will be safe until you are able to pick it up. Once an item is paid for and shipped, it has become your property. If the item is damaged, you will be responsible for filing a claim with the shipper for reimbursement of the purchase price and shipping charges. This can all be done online.

We use the UNITED STATES POST OFFICE for most of the shipping. Most items will have tracking information but will not have insurance. If you require items to be insured, let us know PRIOR TO PURCHASE and we will add that amount to your purchase total. With over 500 packages shipped we have established how items need to be packaged to arrive in one piece.

* FED EX OR UPS SHIPPING: We want you to have your purchase as quickly as possible so, please be sure to include the telephone number where the carrier can reach you in order to prevent shipping delays.

There is a comment section on the purchase page where you can add it.

INSURANCE & SHIPPING UPGRADES If you would like to purchase a shipping upgrade and/or insurance, please convo PRIOR to purchase, and I can get you a new shipping cost which includes the action you've requested to be added..

REFUNDS & EXCHANGES
Electric items are sold as is, we don't update the wiring or install new wiring. We just test them to see if they work.

Shipping charges to and from are NOT REFUNDABLE, so please read all of the listing and look at and zoom in on all the pictures. Questions and additional photos are encouraged and welcomed through Etsy convos ONLY. Should we agree on an exchange of items, you are responsible for the shipping costs for both returning the item and for shipment of the new item.

IF YOU CONTACT ME THROUGH PERSONAL EMAIL AT ANY TIME, YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO RE-CONTACT ME USING ETSY CONVO. You will find this service located where the envelope is on the top left when signed into your Etsy account.

Regarding items returned to us because they were not picked up or received through no fault of our own or the carriers, will not be refunded any shipping charges.

HOLD ORDERS AND RESTOCKING FEES
Items purchased then requested to hold and ship at a later date: If a request is made by the purchaser to refund and cancel the transaction, we will charge a restocking fee of 10% of the item price for each week from the date of purchase.

REFUNDS & RETURNS
We do not issue refunds on items. If an item is broken in transit, it is your responsibility to file a claim with the Post Office. This can be done easily online at their website: https://www.usps.com. ONCE AN ITEM IS PAID FOR AND IN TRANSIT, IT IS YOUR PROPERTY. I have shipped over 500 packages without problems. I want your item to look the same as it does in the photos so we wrap carefully and thoroughly. Please view all photos as well as using the zoom feature to look at items.
before purchasing. Many of my items will have condition issues due to their age, which I am comfortable with, and have mentioned in the listing. That is the main premise of this shop - an item looking its age. If you are not comfortable with an item not being perfect, this shop may not be for you.

RESERVES AND HOLDS
If you need an item shipped faster than the usual parcel post method, please convo me PRIOR TO placing your order so that I can give you the increased rate for faster shipping, and so I can adjust the total shipping charges prior to you making the payment. I can "reserve" your item for you while I am getting the new charges looked up. Just ask me to reserve the items you are interested in, and I will hold them for up to 7 days. If not paid for at the end of the 7th day, I will release it from being reserved and return it to available stock.

Thank you for stopping by Down in the Basement!
Refunds and Exchanges
All sales are final, due to the fact that I will go to great effort to acknowledge any imperfections that my merchandise may have. As with most vintage items, please expect normal wear and aging. Should there be any noticeable flaws, I will state them in my description, or show them in my photos as long as I have noticed them. I will not, and do not, offer items which are loosely constructed and falling apart, ripped, snagged, cracked, shattered or otherwise broken. If there is an issue with an item, but worth repurposing, it will be presented as such, with the imperfections or issues clearly mentioned in the listing.

Should there be an instance where I have missed an imperfection or other issue with an item, I will offer a discount in the form of a refund, with the amount being based on the severity of the flaw, as long as it was not mentioned in my original description of said item. Under certain circumstances I will agree to an exchange. These decisions will be made on a case by case basis. No exceptions.
Additional policies and FAQs
For the sake of being an informed customer, please take the time to read the information above thoroughly prior to making your purchase. I take pride in the items I offer in my shop, and want to make sure that you are a happy customer. If after receiving your order you find yourself not content, I welcome you to contact me so that we can discuss the issue you have prior to contacting Etsy or PayPal to file a complaint. A happy customer will most likely refer others, and then we will all be happy!