RuinsCa

Antique & Vintage Fabric, Trim & Curious Frippery

California, United States · 2634 Sales

RuinsCa

Antique & Vintage Fabric, Trim & Curious Frippery

California, United States 2634 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(1133)

Announcement   Love something in the shop but need time to pay for it? **Ask about our convenient Lay-Away Plans!**Enjoy our 25% Off Surprise Sale!!

For nearly 25 years Ruins has been supplying authentic, antique and vintage fabric, trim and textiles to artists and designers, who in turn, create doll/bebe clothing, bridal gowns, quilts, pillows, lampshades, curtains, Victorian, Steampunk, Renaissance and Cosplay costumes...etc. We also sell to American and Canadian costume designers for Hollywood movies, Broadway and for the stage. Plus we specialize in sourcing, authentic 1920's flapper, boudoir and vanity frippery as well as offering interesting and unique vintage and antique curios, paintings, architectural salvage and folk art to the collector. Basically, we sell what we love. We list new items daily and always run SALES.

Be sure to read customer's testimonials down below!
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Please be assured that what you purchase are AUTHENTIC items, identified and dated properly based on our collective education, travel and research.
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Be sure to check out John's antique architectural and mid-century decorative arts store on Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/johngenestaantiques
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Just for fun, **Visit our newest Etsy venture - TheBlushingBrides, for bridal and festival couture hair wreaths and accessories** www.etsy.com/shop/theblushingbrides
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Have fun browsing. Let us know if we can answer any of your questions. We look forward to adding you to our list of happy clients and new friends!

Lisa and John Genesta
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Testimonials

"I have been a client of Lisa Genesta's for some years.
Though I have been an actor since the early 80's, I have been a collector since the age of eleven, which is close to four decades ago now. Lisa's wares are as dependable, charming, and reasonable as the lady herself. She is a wonderful source for period textiles and a good source of fun. Warmest recommendation and a pinch on the cheeks is what she elicits from me." - Bronson Pinchot

"Ruins-ca is a must for all textile lovers! If you are looking for that charm of yesteryear you have certainly found the right place. Lisa has quite an eye for exceptional and hard to find vintage and antique textiles. She only carries textiles of the highest quality - fabrics to be cherished for years to come." - Kayte Vaughan

"I have had a number of transactions and am delighted with my purchases. In my experience Ruins-ca has demonstrated exquisite taste, great communication and honesty. The feedback for Ruins-ca is extremely positive." Susan Brown

"I love your fabric and I've been collecting antique fabrics for years now."...."The quality is wonderful, shipping is fast and you are great to do business with." - Sue Penn

"One of my most favourite collections, is that of my antique fabric and trim. I buy antique and vintage French fabrics mainly from Ruins-ca. She has a wonderful eye and I have never been disappointed. I then have these cushions made up, by a fabulous sewer .." Tracey Schreier

"Textiles can be such a difficult field as the items do not come with labels and the indentification therefore becomes challenging. Discerning and aware buyers recognize this and I feel that Lisa addresses these issues in a knowledgeable manner...earning respect from buyers and other sellers alike." Diane Cucci

"I have been a customer of Ruins-ca for several years and have only obtained the highest quality of trims, laces and fabrics for use in producing quilts. In fact, I have purchased some items two and three items again because I was so satisfied with their uniqueness. Mrs. Genesta has provided items for her customers found no where else consistently and has gone out of her way to find items she knows her customers like and can use. It has always been a pleasure to peruse her site, knowing some wonderful item eventually will show up to tantalize me. I have found her descriptions of the items I have purchased to be true." Jeanette Isaac

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 29, 2016

Love something in the shop but need time to pay for it? **Ask about our convenient Lay-Away Plans!**Enjoy our 25% Off Surprise Sale!!

For nearly 25 years Ruins has been supplying authentic, antique and vintage fabric, trim and textiles to artists and designers, who in turn, create doll/bebe clothing, bridal gowns, quilts, pillows, lampshades, curtains, Victorian, Steampunk, Renaissance and Cosplay costumes...etc. We also sell to American and Canadian costume designers for Hollywood movies, Broadway and for the stage. Plus we specialize in sourcing, authentic 1920's flapper, boudoir and vanity frippery as well as offering interesting and unique vintage and antique curios, paintings, architectural salvage and folk art to the collector. Basically, we sell what we love. We list new items daily and always run SALES.

Be sure to read customer's testimonials down below!
__________________________________________________________________
Please be assured that what you purchase are AUTHENTIC items, identified and dated properly based on our collective education, travel and research.
____________________________________________________________________
Be sure to check out John's antique architectural and mid-century decorative arts store on Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/johngenestaantiques
___________________________________________________________________
Just for fun, **Visit our newest Etsy venture - TheBlushingBrides, for bridal and festival couture hair wreaths and accessories** www.etsy.com/shop/theblushingbrides
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Have fun browsing. Let us know if we can answer any of your questions. We look forward to adding you to our list of happy clients and new friends!

Lisa and John Genesta
____________________________________________________________________
Testimonials

"I have been a client of Lisa Genesta's for some years.
Though I have been an actor since the early 80's, I have been a collector since the age of eleven, which is close to four decades ago now. Lisa's wares are as dependable, charming, and reasonable as the lady herself. She is a wonderful source for period textiles and a good source of fun. Warmest recommendation and a pinch on the cheeks is what she elicits from me." - Bronson Pinchot

"Ruins-ca is a must for all textile lovers! If you are looking for that charm of yesteryear you have certainly found the right place. Lisa has quite an eye for exceptional and hard to find vintage and antique textiles. She only carries textiles of the highest quality - fabrics to be cherished for years to come." - Kayte Vaughan

"I have had a number of transactions and am delighted with my purchases. In my experience Ruins-ca has demonstrated exquisite taste, great communication and honesty. The feedback for Ruins-ca is extremely positive." Susan Brown

"I love your fabric and I've been collecting antique fabrics for years now."...."The quality is wonderful, shipping is fast and you are great to do business with." - Sue Penn

"One of my most favourite collections, is that of my antique fabric and trim. I buy antique and vintage French fabrics mainly from Ruins-ca. She has a wonderful eye and I have never been disappointed. I then have these cushions made up, by a fabulous sewer .." Tracey Schreier

"Textiles can be such a difficult field as the items do not come with labels and the indentification therefore becomes challenging. Discerning and aware buyers recognize this and I feel that Lisa addresses these issues in a knowledgeable manner...earning respect from buyers and other sellers alike." Diane Cucci

"I have been a customer of Ruins-ca for several years and have only obtained the highest quality of trims, laces and fabrics for use in producing quilts. In fact, I have purchased some items two and three items again because I was so satisfied with their uniqueness. Mrs. Genesta has provided items for her customers found no where else consistently and has gone out of her way to find items she knows her customers like and can use. It has always been a pleasure to peruse her site, knowing some wonderful item eventually will show up to tantalize me. I have found her descriptions of the items I have purchased to be true." Jeanette Isaac

Lisa Genesta

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1133)
C D

C D on Jul 30, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Great Seller, Fast shipping, professional and easy to deal with. A+ Seller

Kate Penk

Kate Penk on Jul 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

GORGEOUS fabric!!! Even better than expected. Love it!

Lynne Rabbitt

Lynne Rabbitt on Jul 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very fast service. I love these curtains, thank you.

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About

Our Lives in RUINS

I was born into the shmatte business as my father was a well-respected manufacturer of women's clothing in NYC, following in the footsteps of my grandfather, The King of Slacks, best known for putting the slacks on Rosie the Riveter. In essence that makes me a 3rd generation American rag dealer of sorts. My father collected antique and vintage buttons and trimmings and vintage European fabric swatches and salesmen sample books. As a child, I made fashion dolls from the trim and fabric swatches with a bit of construction paper to the pitter patter and clicking of the numerous sewing machines working away in Dad's sample room on Broadway.

In 1989, I moved to Laguna Beach, Ca and met my husband Johnny. We owned and operated a number of antique and decorative arts retail stores in Laguna Beach and West LA from 1992 - 2003 under the names of Calliope Court and RUINS. Ours was one of the first retail businesses in Southern California that specialized in bringing antique architectural salvage indoor as design elements. We then added decorative furniture and soft goods, including antique and vintage curtains and other drapery and pillows made from antique and vintage textiles and trims. We were well known for our unique inventory and huge decorated store windows. We loved travelling to antique shows such as Roundtop and Brimfield, Scott's in Atlanta and to France, discovering beautiful things for our stores. We also met some wonderful people who have become life-long friends along the way.

I had a freak accident in 2001 and broke my neck, suffering a partial spinal cord injury which prevented me from ever again lifting and carrying heavy objects. We eventually closed our retail stores and then opened a wholesale antique furniture and architectural salvage warehouse in 2003 in Orange County for decorators that Johnny operated. We sold not only antiques, but wholesaled our signature furniture line that we had manufactured in Transylvania and our reproduction architectural salvage that we had manufactured in Mexico from our warehouse.

As my neck healed, I started to sell consigned French and English antique tapestries and needlepoint to Los Angeles and Orange County decorators, retail stores and antique dealers as it was easier for me to handle textiles than 100 lb stone urns or iron architectural salvage. Next, I turned to the internet and started a website from where I continued to sell the textiles, adding antique French fabrics and trimmings. We eventually closed the warehouse and began to sell at antique and vintage shows such as Bustamante in Pasedena and at popular vintage and antique textile shows such as Pickwick in Burbank. John became a regular seller of architectural salvage at the Rosebowl, Santa Monica and Long Beach Vintage flea markets in Southern California whereas I continued selling textiles and trimmings on my website, eBay and Rubylane before discovering Etsy. I have developed a loyal following of customers and no longer have a website, now happily selling exclusively on Etsy as RuinsCa since 2008.

In our spare time, both Johnny and I are multi-media artists, working in clay and metals as well as drawing and painting. We also work with the developmentally disabled in Coachella Valley, volunteering in a weekly art class for Desert Arc and volunteering at weekly bowling for the Special Olympics. It has been a life-altering experience for both of us and quite rewarding! We have made many new friends and both John and I can say that we finally found our "true calling" which is to help the developmentally disabled live normal and fulfilling lives.

Be sure to visit Johnny's shop on Etsy, http://www.etsy.com/shop/johngenestaantiques where you will find other antiques and vintage items plus architectural salvage and bargains for sale.

Happy Creating and Decorating!! - xo Lisa Genesta

PS: Just for fun we have opened another Etsy store called The Blushing Brides. John creates all the wreaths and combs for the Bride and festival goers. Please see his creations at www.etsy.com/shop/theblushingbrides .

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Shop members
  • Lisa Genesta

    Owner, Partner

    Please refer to the History of Ruins for my bio. I am a partner with my husband John.

  • John Genesta

    Owner, Partner

    Hi there, I am a mixed-media artist aside from helping Lisa with RuinsCa on Etsy. Please visit my Etsy store johngenestaantiques, and visit www.johngenestaphotography to see some of my artwork!

  • Earl

    Curator, Nudge #1

    Hi, my name is Earl and I am a silent partner, well aside from my barking to go outside or to dance to the music with my Mom. I have been with RuinsCa for 12 years. I love that Mom and Dad work from home!

  • Little Jasper

    Curator, Nudge #2

    Hi, I am Jasper and I am the smallest member of the RuinsCa family. I act like I am in charge. I help by licking my Mom's feet while she works. I also enjoy talking to my folks. I am currently teaching Earl, my pal, to talk too!

  • Adam Genesta

    Shipper

    Hey! I grew up selling antiques since I was a baby. Mom carried me on her hip at our stores in Laguna Beach and West LA. I am working on my BA in Theater and eventually want to teach Drama. Etsy ROCKS!

Shop policies

Last updated on July 25, 2016
We welcome you to RuinsCa. Please peruse our site and ask as many questions about a particular item that you may have. We return all inquiries within a few hours. We offer a few lay-away options, reserve items for 24 hours and entertain all reasonable offers (even during sales.)

Quality items for consignment are welcomed so please inquire.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Paypay is preferred...we also accept credit cards through Direct Payment on Etsy. CA sales tax will apply and be charged to your purchase. Ruins now accepts Etsy GIFT CARDS! Reserved items must be paid for within 24 hours unless other arrangements are made with Lisa or John. Lay-a-Way is available, please read Additional Policies down below.

Please print out and refer to your Etsy receipt for information regarding your purchase, payment and shipping. If you have any questions about your receipt, please convo us!
Shipping
We ship only by USPS Priority/International Mail or First Class Mail/Airmail for smaller bubble packets (we decide what will be the cheapest way to ship your package to you). Buyer agrees to pay minimal fees for packing materials when necessary (ie: large bubble pack is $2.50). If you want insurance, ask us to add the cost to your bill.

NOTE: International shipping prices are only estimates..we will humbly request more money from buyer if we don't charge enough and buyer agrees to pay the difference. We are not responsible for lost or stolen packages inside or outside of the USA. Buyer assumes all risk for shipping and/or loss.
Refunds and Exchanges
The items we sell are Antique and Vintage and therefore are rarely perfect. Although we try to describe everything regarding the condition of our items, we are not liable for missing small specks or vintage wear due to past use. Please understand that what you are purchasing is NOT NEW.

We only accept returns if I misrepresent an item on the rare occasion. Other than that, ALL SALES ARE FINAL. ABSOLUTELY NO CASH REFUNDS - store exchanges only if an item is to be returned as agreed upon between RuinsCa and buyer; the item must be returned and exchanged within 10 days of initial sale date. Buyer is to pay all applicable shipping fees for the exchange. There is a 10% restocking fee on all returned items.

Please be certain that all your questions are answered BEFORE buying any item.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please, if you are looking for anything special, let us know, we might just have it or can steer you to the most likely place that you will be able to find what you are looking for. Please note that we do NOT offer appraisals on any items other than what we sell in our Etsy shop.

We happily take quality items for consignment so please send photos and inquire.

LAY-AWAY: We offer 2 Lay-away options. 1) 50% deposit and 50% due in 30 days; 2) 30% deposit and the remaining amount due in 30 days, split up into weekly payments over the month. If payment is not received on the date as promised and agreed to, buyer forfeits their deposit and the item is relisted for sale to the public.

More information

Last updated on Apr 15, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

We do not launder any of the textiles, fabrics or trimmings before they arrive to you. Buyer receives the items exactly as they are when purchased. We are not held responsible if buyer chooses a cleaning method that damages the item(s) that were purchased. Please consult with a dry cleaner or seamstress if you have any questions regarding the cleaning of a vintage or antique textile, fabric or trim.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Ruins will gladly gift wrap and package an item and ship it to a third party. Buyer will reimburse us the cost of the wrapping paper, packaging and shipping.