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loosestockings

About

Greetings!

My passion for all things vintage started in the early 70's when I would head to a huge Goodwill store in St, Paul, MN, with my Mom to see my Grandma, "Nanny". Nanny volunteered for the Goodwill auxiliary. Her job was to sift through, price and display donated jewelry. She loved showing us the new treasures that came in and we loved admiring it. Wandering around a store, bigger than any store where I was from, where I could buy something with my allowance, was pure enjoyment. Hooked......

Years of thrifting go by........B.S. degree in clothing and textiles,....more thrifting ....... years working retail .... even more trifting......costume designing = thrifting on a mission....teach art classes at daughters school ..... .thrifting continues ..... open Etsy shop!

I hope you enjoy the items you find here! I've got so much to list - please check back now and then. If there is something you are looking for, just ask. I may have it in stock!

Thank you to the wonderful Violet Waters of https://www.Hitchcocksblondes.com for listing LooseStockings as one of her favorite vintage shops on Etsy! You'll enjoy and be inspired by her love of vintage!

Shop members

  • Carole

    Owner

Shop policies

Last updated on January 21, 2016

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
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  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
All sales are considered final.

Please realize you are buying vintage clothing, most of the time previously enjoyed. I'm very careful to list flaws. I want you to enjoy your purchase with no "surprises". I purchase plenty, probably to much, vintage clothing for myself and try to describe items as if I was going to buy them.

Refunds will be issued for lost or damaged items. Damaged items need to be confirmed damaged by post office for refund. If the wrong item is sent or a mistake is made in the listing please let let me know and I will find an agreeable solution. Notification of issue must be made within 5 days of shipping delivery date. I'm sorry there is no exception to this.

No refund will be given if the item has been altered in any way. Return shipping is buyers responsibility, and no refund will be given if not received.
Payment
Payment for goods can be done through Paypal and Visa/Mastercard through Etsy. Payment is expected upon purchase.

Layaway option for item(s) over $100: If you would like to put an item(s) on layaway please let me know by contacting me. A %25 non-refundable down payment is required to initiate layaway. 3 additional 25% payments will be billed every 2 weeks. If item(s) are not paid in full by the date agreed upon it will go back up for sale and all payments (including deposit) will be non-refundable. If you have further questions about layaway policies, please feel free to contact me.
Shipping
DOMESTIC: Most items ship through USPS using priority mail. The exception is heavy or large items like winter/fur coats. During checkout priority mail can be activated for an additional cost. I use recycled boxes, poly mailing bags or Priority Mail boxes. Please let me know if you need a different shipping method. I will do my best to accommodate.

INTERNATIONAL: Orders under 4 lbs will ship using USPS First Class International. USPS First Class is the least expensive option, but can often take awhile. If your item is over 4 lbs it will have to be sent using USPS Priority Mail. This option takes 6 to10 business day.

If you have a shipping preference and/or would like a quote please tell me your city and country and what type of shipping you would like. Sometimes an item is over 4 lbs boxed and under 4 lbs in a poly bag. For heavier items I usually use a box. If you don't have a preference, it may be less expensive to use a poly mailer. Only actual shipping cost will be charged. If you plan on purchasing more than one item please let me know. My items vary so widely that it's hard to guess what shipping for an additional item will be. All customs charges and local taxes are buyers responsibility.
Additional policies and FAQs
MEASURING CLOTHING

1. All measurements are taken when garment is lying flat.

2. Bust, waist and hip measurements are measured on the back of the item and doubled

3. Raglan and drop shoulder styles are measured from neckline, overs the shoulder to bottom of sleeve.

4. When considering your measurements compared to garment measurements, please allow for ease and movement. It's helpful to measure a garment of similar styling and compare measurements.

MEASURING SHOES AND BOOTS

Length - tape measure running perpendicular to wall and shoe place on tape, heel against the wall - where toe ends is the measurement

Width - measurement is taken across the bottom of the shoe at widest point at ball of foot area.

Heel Height - measurement is taken on back of heel, not side.

Shaft Height - measured from arch to top of boot

Shaft Circumference - Measurement take across top of boot and doubled.


VINTAGE CLOTHING CONDITION GUIDELINES

Excellent - Almost like new condition.

Great - Slight wear with noted condition issues but still very wearable.

Good - Item is wearable, but with some wear and/or flaws. Item may need dry cleaning and/or mending and will be noted in listing.

20 Foot Rule - Item is good for costuming, pattern study or just amusing......(just an FYI - 20 foot rule is an old saying that refers to theater costuming that the item is fine as long as it looks good from 20 feet away)

GENERAL MENDING AND CLEANING INFO
I assume that you will want to wear your wonderful vintage item when received, so this is what I strive for. I machine or hand wash clothing that is washable, and mend when needed. The exception is if original tags are attached, indicating the item hasn't been worn. I don't dry clean most items to keep costs down - unless they need it. I ask myself if I would wear the item as is and if the answer is no, it gets dry cleaned. If an item has been dry cleaned it is noted in listing.

GREY DRESS FORM MEASUREMENTS:
Shoulder: 15.25" (38.5 cm)
Bust: 36" (91.5 cm)
Waist: 28.25" (71.5 cm)
Hip: 39" (99 cm)

WHITE DRESS FORM MEASUREMENTS
Shoulder: 15.5" (39.5 cm)
Bust': 36.5" (92.5 cm)
Waist: 26" (66 cm)
Hip: 37.5" (95 cm)

FEMALE MANNEQUIN MEASUREMENTS:
Shoulder: 16" (40.5 cm)
Bust: 33.5" (85 cm)
Waist: 24.5" (62 cm)
Hip: 34.5 (87.5 cm)

MALE MANNEQUIN MEASUREMENTS:
Shoulder: 19" (48 cm)
Chest: 39" (99 cm)
Waist: 31.25" (79.5 cm)
Hip: 39" (99 cm)

GUIDE TO DETERMINE SIZE ESTIMATE - measurements taken on clothing

xsmall - Bust 31-33", Waist 23-25", Hips 33 to 35"

small - Bust 33-35", Waist 25-27", Hips 35-37"

medium - Bust 35-37", Waist 27-29", Hips 37-39"

large - Bust 38-40", Waist, 30-32", Hips 40-42"

xlarge - Bust 41-43", Waist 33-35", Hips 43-45"

1X - Bust 40-44", Waist 41-46", Hips 41-45"

2X - Bust 45-48", Waist 46-49", Hips 45-49"

3X - Bust 48-52", Waist 49-53", Hips 49-53"

- Smallest measurement of garment will determine size. For example, if a dress has these measurements: Bust 35, Waist 27, Hips 40, the size would be small.