vintage shop

California, United States · 181 Sales


vintage shop

California, United States 181 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   family, genus, species ✣ home, wardrobe, lifestyle


family, genus, species ✣ home, wardrobe, lifestyle


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general taxonomy: ˈje-nə-rəl tak-ˈsä-nə-mē : orderly classification of vintage goods according to their presumed natural relationships

General Taxonomy offers a curated collection of vintage items for your wardrobe as well as your home, primarily from the 20th century.

I started General Taxonomy because I love discovering old lovely pieces from the past. Speaking of the past, I also love landlines, letters, & listening to the radio. I'm from Wisconsin, studied textile design in New England, & love my current home in Northern California.

I'd like to thank my friend Elka Karl for taking this smart little photo of me - Thanks Elka!

Shop members
  • Karen


Shop policies

Last updated on January 4, 2015
✣ Hello & thank you for visiting General Taxonomy!

✣ When you place an order with General Taxonomy you automatically agree to my store policies, so please take a moment before purchasing and review the information below.

✣ all content © 2015 General Taxonomy

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
✣ General Taxonomy accepts PayPal, credit/debit cards & etsy gift cards.

✣ if you have questions about checkout:

✣ 7.5% sales tax will be added for California residents
✣ Domestic: Items ship within five business days via USPS, FedEx, or UPS. Books and other media may be shipped via USPS Media Mail. Please contact me right away (before ordering if possible) if you need rush delivery.

✣ International: Items ship within five business days via USPS First Class International. First Class International does not include insurance. Please allow 3-6 weeks for delivery. if you would like me to add Registered Mail service or use Priority or Express International, please contact me before making your payment. International customers, please note that you are responsible for your country's respective customs, taxes, duties and/or VAT fees. All customs and declaration forms will be filled out accurately and honestly. Please also note that shipping costs "to everywhere else" are estimated, contact me if you'd like a more precise shipping quote. Per US federal law I cannot ship to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Burma (Myanmar), Sudan or Syria. All orders that originate from or request shipping to these countries will be cancelled and refunded.

✣ Insurance: Insurance is not included in the shipping costs. If you would like to purchase insurance please contact me before making your payment. I will add the cost of insurance to your shipping cost so that you will be covered in case of loss or damage.

✣ All domestic packages are shipped with tracking and international packages are mailed first class international mail (unless size prohibits).

✣ Please feel free to contact me for precise shipping quotes on multiple items.

✣ If an order significantly exceeds the estimated shipping cost, I will contact the buyer first to see how they would like to proceed.

✣ Pick-up in Oakland, CA offered for local residents.

✣ Shipping costs are set to cover shipping and packaging costs.
Refunds and Exchanges
✣ Vintage items are at least 20 years old and often have some wear: a lovely patina and/or minor defects. To the best of my knowledge, perceivable flaws & imperfections are included in the item descriptions & photographs.

✣ Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about an item before your purchase. I'd be happy to send you additional measurements, details & photos.

✣ Please be sure to double check measurements, descriptions and photos before your purchase. Note that vintage sizing may differ greatly from contemporary sizing. It's important to me that you are pleased with your purchase.

✣ Sales are considered final, however an exchange or refund will be considered (on a case by case basis) if an item has been grossly misrepresented. If that is the case, please contact me within 3 days of your receipt of the item. Store credit may be issued (in the form of a coupon code) & a restocking fee may apply. Items offered with free shipping or other discounts are final sale.

✣ If you are at all unhappy or feel I misrepresented an item in any way, please don't hesitate to contact me. General Taxonomy is a small business & depends on your satisfaction, positive feedback, and the hope for your word of mouth marketing.
Additional policies and FAQs
✣ Sizing & measurements: Item descriptions provide measurements in inches. Please note that there are various systems for sizing garments as well footwear and that some brands run big, other brands run small. Please compare the listed measurements to a garment (or pair of shoes, as the case may be) that fits you well & keep in mind some fabrics stretch, some do not. Garment measurements are taken flat, don't forget to double the measurements.

✣ Reserves: Items can be reserved for up to 3 days. Please do not purchase items that say “reserved” in the title. This means that they are reserved for another person. If you'd like an item that is reserved, let me know & I'll be in touch if the item becomes available.

✣ Eco & green: Vintage shopping is inherently eco friendly. I strive to make my shop as green as possible by reusing clean packing materials whenever possible.

✣ Keep in mind that colors can vary from one computer monitor to the next.