Hanna Mah-ri on Apr 23, 2017
Very very happy with my dress! It's in excellent condition. The seller was great to work with and very accommodating and shipped super fast (I had it in way less than a week). I would definitely purchase through her again!!
bondiholly on Jan 31, 2017
the dress is an absolute dream and arrived as expected. thank you so much, I cant wait to share photos in May!
Melodye Joy on Dec 18, 2016
What a precious find! The dress came promptly, and even earlier than I expected. The floral accents on the dress are just perfect. This dress is exactly what I expected and more. I cannot wait to wear it this Spring! Thank you so much. -Melodye
My path to vintage
Who am I? I am a vintage country goddess. Vintage is the key word here. Back in the 50's, riding in the back of our families' fire-engine red Ford station wagon, every August on the way to Yellowstone National Park, I would dream and create exciting fantastical adventures... With myself as the heroine, of course. In the caves along the rivers I imagined finding treasures and exotic lost worlds, becoming their beloved Goddess dressed in luminous slinky dresses and radiant jewels (you've seen the movies, right??) Over the years I did travel to exotic places and my love of the history embodied in wonderful works of ancient artifacts, such as Tibet, Ireland and India, was born.
Over the last 40 years a parallel love was evolving in my admiration of vintage collectibles and handicrafts, particularly those created and worshiped by women in this country. My sister Lyn had a hand in this being an avid antique-r and we continue to exalt in our 'hunt for treasures'. I found in these vintage items a much deeper understanding and sense of the incredible history of the USA. In exploring the art and artisans who created costume jewelry, I found out how the compassionate idea of giving shelter to the poor, the exploited, the destitute from other countries brought unlimited creative genius here or what it must have been like to be in a country at war with limited resources, or to be a woman without the vote. I still see each piece of costume jewelry from the 30's as a tiny hand wrought sculpture to bring a smile during the depression or in the 40's as mood-lifter during WW2 or a out-of-this-world conversation novelty at the cocktails parties of the 50's. I saw amazing creativity and a place for women to show independent artistry in the marvelous history of women's hats. The aprons women created in the 50's are like forerunners of the psychedelic posters of the 60's, where did that come from? Purses and compacts and boxes (why do women loooove boxes??), perhaps the Jungian expressions of our woman's jewel case? I also love fur, a sensual childhood experience of having a beaver muff and hat clinched that, and though I would never buy a new fur, I do offer some vintage fur hats, coats, collars, chokers and muffs. Silk satin lingerie... do I even have to go there? Love, love love...
So in my ETSY store: LUMINOUS LADY VINTAGE will offer you the fruits of this passionate search for the shining vintage garments and treasures of this world that have a unique romantic allure and a wedding wizard section. My other vintage shop in Etsy: BEE BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE show cases a delicious display of vintage suits, coats and dresses from the 20's thru the 80's and thematic vintage garments such as Boho Exotic, Mod, Western, Asian, WW2 and so forth. At my art store; SHANGRI-LA TREASURES and Thankas, you can find the meditation iconic treasures to nurture the more exotic, luminous spiritual world in your heart.
I have some more stories about my path to vintage on my blog: VintageTreasureQuest.com
In my younger years I already loved vintage -- cars. The story is here on my blog:
Now I am a 'vintage' country goddess myself, inspired to share my passion and bring you the finest vintage treasures. Learn more about me by reading "My Story" on this site and visit my Vintage Treasure Quest blog http://VintageTreasureQuest.com
I've retired from my day job as a professor of Asian Philosophy to be reborn as a fashion photographer for Luminous Lady Vintage. I love the challenges of photographing clothing and accessories and the playfulness of photographing models.
Picker And Model
My sister Lyn keeps her eyes open for vintage fashion treasures and picks for the shop. We both collect vintage costume jewelry and go annually to the Antique Expo and on other treasure travel quests. Sometimes she doubles as a model for the shop.
My model Cami is a total vintage lover, from her 1950s DeSoto car to her everyday wear. When she completed her university program here she was named "President's Scholar". Beauty, brains, fashion sense and mistress of vintage makeup and hair.
My model Justine was a natural -- so expressive, and even MY camera loved her. Then she graduated from the local university and left for law school. I seem to pick beautiful models who are also very smart (and sassy;-)
Assistant And Model
Jane is a dear friend and steps in to help me as a creative spirited assistant when and where ever I need it: wardrobe changer, model and adviser. She laughs a lot and keeps life radiant.
Jeri is a dear friend who stepped up to the plate and modeled for me when I needed to get my winter coats listed. She was camera shy but David lured her into relaxing and having a great time playing dress up, so I bet she'll be back for more!
Sarah is my newest model. A Myrna Loy look alike with an enigmatic smile and soulful expressions. The vintage clothes from every era adore her figure and even the smallest fit without a corset! We lunch and she advises this Luddite on social media.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
(Please remember to make sure your shipping address is the same as your PayPal address so we can avoid payment and shipping confusion.)
ABOUT RESERVING ITEMS:
See something you like, but need to wait till payday? Don't hesitate to ask us to hold it for you! We will gladly hold items for 7 DAYS. If you need longer than 1 week, please contact us to discuss possible further options or see layaway below..
Down payment on a reserved item is appreciated upon reservation.
PAYMENT PLANS & LAY-AWAY:
*To serve you better, Layaway is available on items over $100 ONLY, we can accept payments in installations with 14 day, 30 day and 60 day terms, depending on the cost of the item (s) you are ordering.
* Items between $100 & $200 are eligible for the 14 day layaway plan with 2 payments.
* Items over $200 are eligible for the 30 day layaway plan with up to 4 scheduled payments.
* High-value items of $500 or more are eligible for the 60 day extended layaway plan with up to 4 scheduled payments.
*We require a minimum $50 non-refundable down payment.
*Please contact us with a link to the item you are interested in and the amount you will be able to put down initially and we will create a series of special listings for the initial & remainder of the layaway payments.
*Making payments over a long extended period and/or paying in very small increments is something we prefer not to do. Thanks for understanding!
If you are new to Etsy, and need help with check-out, reserve etc. here’s a handy place to go for help http://help.etsy.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/33
*IMP NOTE CANADA; We are reaching out today to inform you of the possibility of delayed shipments to, from, and within Canada beginning on July 2 as a result of a service disruption caused by an ongoing labour dispute at Canada Post. The disruption will affect all shipments that are handled by Canada Post. This includes shipments into Canada from other national carriers like USPS and Royal Mail.
*I ship USPS Priority Mail Domestic at least 3 times a week, excluding weekends & holidays. I will send you a confirmation convo that I have received your order and the shipping date. I then always let you know when your item has been shipped and will include the Tracking Number & Expected Delivery Date.
*I take the utmost care in packing and shipping all my vintage treasures.
I usually add a small handling charge to cover the cost of packing materials ranging from 50 cents to $2.00 which may be added to the actual shipping charge. I use both new and clean recycled boxes, envelopes & packing materials.
*Shipping charges in the listing are determined by: the size, weight and destination of the package. Items can be shipped more quickly if the buyer wishes to cover the extra shipping costs. If you wish me to ship USPS Express Mail, let me know in advance of the purchase and I will accommodate you by changing the rate.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ;
* I happily ship to International customers using First Class (under 20 ounces) when possible or USPS Priority Mail International (6-10 working days) BUT If items are very large (box over 12" x 12" x 12" total) or heavy (over 4 lbs.), there are special USPS rules that allow things to be shipped ONLY; Priority Mail International rather than First Class and that adds greatly to the expense. (unfortunately).
*ALL SALES ARE FINAL; I do not accept returns (for more details see "Return Policy"), so for those of you in the EU who are used to their lenient return policies please note my policy and accept my apologies.
* Our local Post Mistress has told me that once the item leaves this country, there really are no tracking systems, even when using the more expensive Priority and Express Mail and every country is different as to how they handle this.
*No international package will be marked as a gift, all duties, taxes and customs charges, if any, and special rules (ex; Costume Jewelry to Spain requires Priority Mail and that means about $28.00 in shipping) are the buyers responsibility. International buyers need be aware of their own countries laws and regulations (ex; I know the customs are very high in the United Kingdom!!).
*Your Paypal address and Etsy address must match unless prior arrangements are made. Will send to a gift recipient, when notified in advance and enclose a message card.
Refunds and Exchanges
*(INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS ALERT; for those of you in the European Union Countries who are used to their lenient return policy laws, please note my non-EU policy and accept my apologies.) Please read my why & wherefores below ;-)
*Since vintage/antique items are 20 years to decades old, pre-owned, usually pre-worn or used I have chosen to consider all sales final unless an item has been grossly misrepresented in my 'description': The photographs of items and any measurements given for the item or garment in the listing are considered part of the description, so review them closely.I try my very best to examine, describe and measure items accurately and to disclose any noticeable condition issue or flaw, so that you will know as exactly as possible in words and images, what you are buying. I often have extra photographs and will convo them to you if asked.
VINTAGE CONDITION CODES BELOW!
*Due to the fact all of the items are vintage, they are sold AS-IS, described in detail in the listing, though I often have repaired a seam or mended a flaw to do my best to send them to you in great shape! Items are usually dry cleaned, air and sun freshened or washed, ironed or steamed. But sometimes if the item is fragile, antique, or requires special expert cleaning I will sell it AS IS; in' Found Condition' (we have no access here in the small isolated town of La Grande to specialized cleaners) I do not know what or if any possible allergens the 'as is' clothes, hats, purses, shoes have been exposed to, (including smoke, though I NEVER buy anything on which I smell smoke!!) please consider these potential issues before purchasing vintage.
*Those of you who know and adore vintage understand that some slight wear and tear in an item reveals that it was lovingly worn and cherished by the previous owner and do not expect "perfection". Even new old / new stock items may have minor issues.
***No refunds or exchanges for buyers remorse, wrong size/ doesn't fit, color variation due to computer monitor, allergies, etc. Please read item descriptions carefully, if you have any questions please ask BEFORE purchasing and I will be glad to research and answer to the best of my ability.
LIMITED RETURN POLICY
*Should you find that, AFTER reading the above qualifying criteria, I've made a gross misrepresentation of the item,and you need to return an item for a refund, please follow these guidelines so that your return is accepted:
* 2 WAY COMMUNICATION: You have contacted me to communicate your issue regarding the item and I have confirmed the return/ refund transaction.
*Return the item within 5 business days of receipt and make sure the item is in the same condition and packaging in which it was sent.
*All shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer.
I want you to have a wonderful shopping and receiving experience, lets hope the USPS guardian angels are with us!!
Additional policies and FAQs
NOS or New Old Stock: This means I had the best of luck to find old stock that's
been hidden away for years and the stock cannot be put
out in the store because that store no longer exists. The
item still has its original tags/item has never been worn.
If there is something amiss, I'll mention it.
MINT: And not Mint Julep. Mint is where the item is coming to
you in amazing condition. It might be new or never worn
but I cannot guarantee that. The most this item will need is
a dry cleaning before wearing since it was stored for years
NEAR NEW: Yes. It is almost new. Most likely it was worn once and
though looks brand new, it might have one thing amiss.
A button is loose, a seam is a little wonky, a rhinestone has
dulled, etc. You get the picture, right?
EXCELLENT: And it should be. This item was worn, once perhaps twice
maybe it was worn for 4 years but the lady took great care
of keeping it excellent condition. There might be a little dirt
possibly a missing belt, a few stitches, it was altered, a
rhinestone or two, heel taps will need to be replaced.
This item will need minimal attention to wear it again, it
will need a dry cleaning to perk her up again.
GOOD: She's seen better days but the party isn't out of her yet!
And that is how I see Good vintage. It will need some
attention and a little money spent on her to fix the old gal
back up, but trust me, she's gonna knock 'em dead! She'll
need some stitch work, dry cleaning, spot cleaning, repairs,
maybe some dye work on a few areas. The old gal is still
kicking so don't give up on her yet.
TLC: I have no talent or skill to help this poor thing out but I do
know others do so for a very low price, if you have the time
here is the old thing ready to be reworked, remade, used
for bits and pieces.
The LENGTH measurement for shoes is measured of INSIDE sole of the shoe from tip of toe to back of heel. WIDTH is widest INSIDE measurement.
Please note, measurements of clothing in listings are not body measurements, please allow room for ease of movement. You should measure a similar garment of yours that fits you well in this same manner to determine if a listed article will fit. If you need any further measurements please feel free to let us know.
Clothing items are measured for the listing while the item is laid flat.
BUST/CHEST, measured from armpit seam to armpit seam, then doubled.
WAIST is measured at the narrowest part seam to seam then doubled.
HIPS are measured across the widest point approx 7 to 8" down from the waist then doubled.
SHOULDER is taken across the back from seam to seam.
TOTAL LENGTH is taken from center of neck in back to bottom hem.
INSEAM LENGTH is measured from crotch/straddle to hem on inside of leg.
RISE of pants is measured from top of waistband to center of crotch.
SLEEVE length from shoulder to end of cuff
BODICE shoulder to waist when applicable
Measure around your head where the hat would sit on your head comfortably.
21" = XS
21.5" to 21 3/4" = S
22" to 22 1/2" = M
22 3/4" to 23" = L
23 1/2" to 24" = XL
I hope for you to be a satisfied happy customer, one who will come back and browse Luminous Lady Vintage again. Please don't hesitate to communicate with me about any questions or requests. I will work with you, the customer on any problems that may arise. OFFICIAL ETSY FEEDBACK is greatly appreciated and I know you as a buyer value yours also.