RuinsCa's Shop Announcement

Selling out of the ordinary, 19thc-vintage fabric and trimmings to costume designers, quilters, doll makers, collectors and pillow designers on Etsy for over 7 years!

WELCOME to RuinsCa! Purveyors of Unique Antique & Vintage Textiles & Trims

We are all into selling quality, unique antique and vintage supplies and decorative arts for the past 21 years..

We supply antique and vintage fabric, trim and textiles, including lace and passementerie to artists and designers, who in turn create doll/bebe clothing, bridal gowns, quilts, pillows and cushions, lampshades, curtains, Victorian, Steampunk, Renaissance and Cosplay costumes...etc. We also sell to American and Canadian costume designers for Hollywood movies 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.

Basically, we sell what we love. We locate most of our antique fabrics and trims at antique and vintage textile shows in the states and marches in Europe. Estate Sales and auctions are always good sources. Sometimes we are lucky to find things to resell on the internet or in the neighborhood antique shop. We also have pickers abroad who regularly sell to us. Currently we are going through bins in storage, pulling textiles, fabrics and trims that haven't seen the light of day for over 2 decades! We list new items daily.
Please be assured that what you purchase are AUTHENTIC items, identified and dated properly based on our collective education, travel and research.
You can also read more about our personal experiences and the history of RuinsCa in our "About" section. It is a magical journey that our family has shared together. Simply follow the link on the bottom of this page!
Oh, be sure to check out John's NEW antique architectural and mid-century decorative arts store on Etsy (it is called Johngenestaantiques). He will be listing lots of goodies for sale. There, you can also learn more about John's life experiences before Ruins. Let's all help get his fledgling business off the ground! Here is his store's link:
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! Happy Hunting!!!

Lisa and John Genesta

"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 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

"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

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.

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