Vintage Kitsch from the Right Coast

Connecticut, United States · 425 Sales


Vintage Kitsch from the Right Coast

Connecticut, United States 425 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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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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  • 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...

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Last updated on May 1, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Can I reserve an item and purchase later?

Yes! Send me a private message and I will reserve an item under your name for 48 hours (I'll even throw in a discount code for full-priced items!).

Can I contact you to haggle prices and offer you a lower price?

Absolutely! All reasonable offers accepted!

Do you barter your clothes for other Etsy items?

Why, yes I do.

What if an item is lost in the mail?

Orders must be at least 4 weeks late before being deemed lost and cost refunded.

When will my order ship?

Most orders ship within 3-5 days of purchase unless otherwise noted.

I need my item in a hurry! Do you do express shipping?

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.

What will the condition of my vintage piece be?

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. Furthermore, to keep retail prices down, GN does not steam or launder vintage items before sale. Moreover, small repairs to buttons or tears will be made UPON REQUEST ONLY for no additional charge (this will delay shipping time, however).