Rare and Unusual Antique and Vintage Clothing

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Last updated on Apr 30, 2017

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About GuermantesVintage

Sales 1,952
On Etsy since 2010


Guermantes Vintage was founded in February 2012. "Guermantes" is a nod to Proust's In Search of Lost Time. The philosophy of the shop is influenced by Proust's treatment and understanding of memory; each vintage piece is a symbol of essential memory, not only personal (for example in the ownership of a particular individual) but cultural memory as well. Its details - seams, hemline, buttons, silhouette - all reflect its era and the way the world was at the time it was made. Much like Proust's narrator biting into a Madeleine, I believe that experiencing vintage clothing is an immediate portal to memory, a window into a personal and a cultural past.

In Search of Lost Time was first published in English translation over several years, between 1922 and 1931. Though Guermantes Vintage spans the 1910 through the early 1960s, my clear focus is on my stock of exceptional 1920s and 1930s era vintage.

Shop members

  • Janine

    Owner, Curator, Creator

    Obsessive collector of all the weirdest old dresses

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
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Cancellations: not accepted

Please contact the seller if you have any problems with your order.


Guermantes Vintage ships all orders via USPS. Shipping insurance is not included in cost. If you would like insurance please contact me prior to purchase, and I will adjust shipping cost accordingly.

Guermantes Vintage is not responsible for items lost or damaged in transit.

USPS Shipment arrival times are approximate and may arrive later than expected. If you would like a guaranteed delivery time please contact me prior to purchase, and I will adjust shipping costs.

International buyers are responsible for paying any customs fees imposed.

Additional policies and FAQs

If you would like to reserve an item, please contact me. Keep in mind that by reserving an item you commit to buying that item. A non-refundable deposit may be required for holds.

I consider all pieces sold here to be artifacts of an earlier time. As such I work to preserve and document them for future generations as best I can. I personally take a conservator's approach to the preservation of these textiles and recommend that they be cleaned and laundered as infrequently as possible.

More information

Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions


Layaway is available for all items. Please contact me to set up a payment plan.

All layaway payments are nonrefundable, and if a payment is late layaway may be terminated, or a daily late fee applied.


For best fit I recommend comparing measurements given to those of a similarly cut garment you own that fits you well.

1920s items should fit loosely. In general I recommend at least 2" of wiggle room between your measurements and dress measurements.

I do not allow refunds or returns based on size so please check measurements carefully and ask all questions before purchasing. Items may be pinned to fit dress form.


All prices are firm. I do not offer discounts or coupons. However, I am happy to offer layaway on any item. Please message me for info.


Please contact me prior to purchase if you would like to insure your order during shipment. Insurance is not included in the listed postage cost.


All sales are final. Guermantes Vintage does not accept returns or exchanges.

Please keep in mind that all items are vintage, used, and sold AS IS. I describe items to the best of my ability. Some very minor flaws may not be noted. If you would like additional details or photos of any of my listed items please ask before purchasing. Please keep in mind that colors may vary based on computer monitor.

I cannot predict how a vintage item will wear and will not accept returns if an item becomes damaged after it has been received by the buyer. This applies especially to antique items, which can be especially delicate.