Vintage Kitsch from the Right Coast

Connecticut, United States · 422 Sales


Vintage Kitsch from the Right Coast

Connecticut, United States 422 Sales On Etsy since 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars
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Vintage Red Knit Hat Child Boy Girl Winter Cap
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Average item review
4.5 out of 5 stars

shellstephens on Apr 10, 2016

2 out of 5 stars

My fault for not reading the return policy, didn't fit and I can't return it, which would have prevented me from buying it had I known. It's hard to know if an item will fit even after I measured myself and a similar dress, so it would be nice to be able to return it. I never received a message back from the seller either. Not even to tell me of the return policy. But, it was thoughtfully sent with a hand written card and is in good condition.

linda hughes

linda hughes on Apr 9, 2016

4 out of 5 stars

This was too small. Please advise who to send it back to and how. Thank you

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It's all about the hunt.

Q. What type of person spends their free time with two small children in a thrift shop?
A. Probably a crazy one! I do it because I LOVE history and all things historic. Before having children, I studied curation and worked as a museum educator in historic house museums in my home state of Connecticut. My day job now is teaching early American history to 7th graders in an urban school district. I surround my self with history. I live in a 103 year old house in my town's historic district. I appreciate the value of preserving history and am attracted to the aesthetics of yesteryear.

Q. So, how did this shop happen?
A. In the space between working at the museum and public school teaching, I was home full time with my babies. This gap gave me the invaluable opportunity not only to be with my babes but also to find creative outlets of all kinds! I crocheted and sewed and crafted to my heart's content. I began learning to make clothing for my daughter (I am not a fan of girl's clothes off the rack). Before dropping some serious cash on fabrics, I started buying skater tshirts from the thrift shop and cutting them up for fabric. The resulting dresses got a lot of attention. People stopped us constantly to ask where I purchased her dresses from. The lightbulb lit and "Gnarly Nutmeggers" was born.

Q. Where do the vintage clothes come in?
A. The upcycled dresses were a hit and I started spending more time in thrift shops looking for tshirts and on Etsy browsing other shops, including vintage shops. I already had a sizable collection of vintage children's clothes that my kiddos had already outgrown and decided to list a few items from my collection. They sold. While tshirt shopping, I began to buy a few vintage adult pieces each trip and listing them on Etsy. They sold. The thrill of discovering pristine vintage clothing with modern appeal soon took over and I've never looked back.

Q. Where are all the up cycled dresses now?
A. That ship has sailed for the time being. I made almost 80 dresses and sold them online and at fairs. It was fun but with full time work it is just not feasible.

Q. What on Earth is a Nutmegger?
A. A person from the Nutmeg State, Connecticut.

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Shop members
  • Ms. Nutmegger

    Owner, Curator, Photographer

    I'm Lana. I hunt and gather vintage clothing in the Nutmeg state. I love quirky patterns! Thanks for browsing my carefully curated collection for Etsy : )

  • Wee Nutmeggers

    Co-Captains Of The Thrift Team

    The gnarliest of Nutmeggers, seriously. After years of being dragged to thrift shops, these two have developed an uncanny ability to spot vintage threads. They have also picked up a love of 80s neon fanny packs and 70s glam sequins.

  • My Fair Nutmegger


    This is Sarah! She is Ms. Nutmegger's "little" cousin and the Wee Nutmeggers' Nanny. Bonus: she looks good in every decade. Some girls have all the luck...

Shop policies

Last updated on July 31, 2014
Thanks for visiting the Gnarly Nutmeggers! We want you to be happy with your purchase and will do anything we can within reason to make that happen. Please do not hesitate to message me with any questions or concerns.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
We accept PayPal and Credit Cards. We also love to barter : )

Any unpaid purchases will be canceled and relisted.

Please be sure your paypal address matches your mailing address.
Most orders ship within 36 hours of purchase unless otherwise noted. Items ship via USPS with a delivery confirmation code. Domestic orders usually arrive within 3-5 business days from shipment. International orders usually arrive within 6-10 business days from shipment. A delivery confirmation email will be sent upon shipment. Orders must be at least 4 weeks late before being deemed lost and cost refunded.

Express domestic and international shipping are available upon request. Please contact GN before ordering for cost estimates. Extra costs for faster delivery are the sole responsibility of the buyer. Any duties, tariffs, or fees associated with international shipping are the responsibility of the buyer.
Refunds and Exchanges

Vintage items are expected to have some wear and blemishes. I always try my best to accurately desribe an item and any conditions it may have. Please contact me prior to purchase if you have any questions about condition or sizing, or for additional photos. I am happy to do it : )


Small imperfections add a unique quality to our work- frayed or curling edges, a wonky stitch, and any pre-existing imperfections in the original garment are part of the handmade aesthetic we love!

If handmade item is not of the quality you hoped for, you may return the item WITHIN 30 days for a full refund of purchase cost. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer.
Additional policies and FAQs
To keep retail prices down, GN does not steam or launder vintage items before sale. Furthermore, small repairs to buttons or tears will be made UPON REQUEST ONLY for no additional charge (this will delay shipping time, however).

RESERVATIONS: Gnarly Nutmeggers Vintage will gladly place times on reserve for 48 hours. Please contact shop owner for details.