RuinsCa

Antique & Vintage Fabric, Trim & Curious Frippery

La Quinta, California · 2834 Sales

RuinsCa

Antique & Vintage Fabric, Trim & Curious Frippery

La Quinta, California 2834 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(1204)

Announcement   Welcome to RuinsCa! Please enjoy our 20% Off Sale! We offer flexible Lay-Away plans!! Mother's Day is right around the corner! We sell gift cards too.

For over 25 years, Ruins has been supplying authentic, antique and vintage fabric, trim and textiles to artists and designers. 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 and also read our bio, Our Lives in Ruins in the About section which is down below too!
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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 Feb 17, 2017

Welcome to RuinsCa! Please enjoy our 20% Off Sale! We offer flexible Lay-Away plans!! Mother's Day is right around the corner! We sell gift cards too.

For over 25 years, Ruins has been supplying authentic, antique and vintage fabric, trim and textiles to artists and designers. 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 and also read our bio, Our Lives in Ruins in the About section which is down below too!
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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

Lisa Genesta

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Lisa Genesta

Antique Applique Silk Metallic Art DecoTrim
$28.00
Antique Painting Roses Oil Canvas Daisies
$380.00
Antique Dog Boudoir French Pajama Case 19thc
$476.00
Antique Beaded Applique Art Deco French Sequins
$127.20
Vintage Flapper Applique Sequins French
$44.00
Antique Fabric Roses Cotton Quilt Pillow
$55.20
Antique French Fabric Silk Damask Pillow
$31.20
Antique Birds Painting Oil Victorian
$316.00
Vintage Flapper Applique Sequins French
$44.00
Vintage Flapper Applique Sequins French
$44.00
Antique Beaded Tulle Edwardian Trim
$60.00
Antique Oil Painting Bird Folk Art Victorian
$260.00
Vintage Barkcloth Fabric Roses Cotton
$84.00
Antique Flapper Beaded Applique Art Deco
$55.20
Antique Painting Birds Oil Victorian Folk Art
$340.00
Antique Tulle Metallic Edwardian Net Embroidered
$71.20
Antique French Yoke Applique Edwardian Crepe
$60.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1204)
Richard W. Pollard

Richard W. Pollard on Feb 21, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The mirror arrived in good order. Love it! Many thanks.

icongirl

icongirl on Feb 19, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love this antique ribbonwork applique. It is even more gorgeous in person. There were so many unique, precious items offered by this shop that I could not find anywhere else. Thank you!

VALERIE STEVENS

VALERIE STEVENS on Feb 15, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous! IN perfect condition ,it will adorn one of my creations soon! Thank You!

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About

Our Lives in RUINS

I am a 3rd generation shmatte dealer. My father was a well-respected manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of women's clothing with headquarters in NYC and South Carolina; following in the footsteps of my grandfather, The King of Slacks, best known for putting the slacks on Rosie the Riveter. My father's designers collected antique and vintage buttons, 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 sounds from the numerous sewing machines working away in Dad's sample room on Broadway.

In 1989, after attending graduate school back east, I moved to Laguna Beach, Ca. Soon after, I met my husband Johnny at a very cool Halloween party. He was dressed as the Pope. At the time, I loved everything Spanish Colonial. Johnny shared my decorating passion and love for antique architectural salvage, so it was a match made in heaven. John and I were actually business partners before we got hitched. We were married after 3 years of living in sin in our adorable cottage in Laguna Canyon.

Johnny and I owned a number of retail stores in Laguna Beach and West LA from 1992 - 2003, under the names of Architectural Elements, Calliope Court and finally, RUINS. We specialized in utilizing antique architectural salvage as indoor design elements. Ruins was well known for its unique inventory and huge, decorated store windows. We loved travelling to antique shows across the USA such as Roundtop, Brimfield and Scott's in Atlanta. We journeyed to France, discovering beautiful old things for our stores and also purchased our goods from seasoned pickers who scoured the French and USA countrysides looking for the rare and unusual.

I had a freak accident in 2001 and broke my neck, preventing me from ever again lifting and carrying heavy objects. As my neck healed, I started to sell antique French tapestries 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. After a few years, I turned to the internet and started a website from where I continued to sell the textiles, adding antique French fabrics and trimmings to the mix, thus returning to my shmatte roots.

Johnny and I eventually closed our retail stores during the mid 2000's and opened a wholesale warehouse. Johnny became a popular picker and seller of architectural salvage and antiques, selling our wares at the Rosebowl, Santa Monica and Long Beach vintage flea markets as well as at the Bustamante and Pickwick antique shows in LA.

I continued selling antique and vintage textiles, fabrics and trimmings on my own Ruins website, eBay and Rubylane, before discovering Etsy in 2008, when it was a fledgling business and new to the web. I saw instant potential in Etsy. It was a creative and exciting marketplace. Now I sell exclusively on Etsy as RuinsCa.

In our spare time both Johnny and I are multi-media artists. I have been casting silver since the age of thirteen and Johnny works in ceramics, paints and is a photographer. His website is Johngenestaphotography.com.

Most importantly, we both work with the developmentally disabled in Coachella Valley, our home since 2012, volunteering to help teach a weekly art class at Desert Arc and volunteering for the Special Olympics. It has been quite a life-altering experience for both of us and very rewarding! We can honestly say that helping the developmentally disabled live creative and fulfilling lives has become the most important work that we have ever done.

So now you know a bit more about Johnny and me and our company RuinsCa. Thanks for taking the time to read our bio and have fun searching for things to love on Etsy!

Happy Designing and Decorating!! - Lisa Genesta

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Shop members

  • Lisa Genesta

    Owner, Partner

    Please refer to Our Lives in Ruins, above, for my bio.

  • John Genesta

    Owner, Partner

    Hi there, I am a photographer, painter and mixed-media artist. Please visit johngenestaphotography.com 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 13 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 December 28, 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

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • 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-Away 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 by USPS Priority/International Mail or First Class Mail/Airmail for smaller packages and bubble packets. Larger items are sometimes shipped by FedEx ground or freight. We will choose the most economical way to ship your parcel. 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: Domestic and International shipping prices for larger items 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 spots or wear due to past use. Please understand that what you are purchasing is NOT NEW.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

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.

We happily consider quality items for consignment so please send photos and inquire if you have an antique or vintage textile, trimming or painting that you want us to sell for you.

LAY-AWAY: We offer 2 Lay-away options for items over $100: 1) 50% deposit and 50% plus shipping due in 2 weeks; 2) 30% deposit and the remaining amount due in 30 days, split up into weekly payments over the month (with shipping amount added to the final payment). If any payment is not received on the date as promised and agreed to, unless additional time to pay is extended by us, buyer forfeits his deposit and all payments made thus far 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.