RuinsCa

Antique & Vintage Fabric, Trim & Curious Decor

California, United States · 2698 Sales

RuinsCa

Antique & Vintage Fabric, Trim & Curious Decor

California, United States 2698 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(1158)

Announcement   Love something in our shop but need time to pay for it? *Why not put it on Lay-Away?* Ask about our convenient Lay-Away plans & enjoy our 20% off Fall 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 and also read our bio, Our Lives in Ruins in the About section which is down below too!
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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 Sep 15, 2016

Love something in our shop but need time to pay for it? *Why not put it on Lay-Away?* Ask about our convenient Lay-Away plans & enjoy our 20% off Fall 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 and also read our bio, Our Lives in Ruins in the About section which is down below too!
__________________________________________________________________
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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Lisa Genesta

Antique Ribbon Work Valance Silk Lace Roses
US$276.00
Antique Winged Lion Wood Carved Panel
US$260.00
Antique Painting Roses Oil Canvas Daisies
US$364.00
Antique Fabric Brocade French Ethnic Tapestry
US$39.20
Vintage Flapper Bracelet Beaded Rhinestones
US$44.00
Vintage Fabric Barkcloth Cotton Roses
US$52.00
Antique Flapper Applique Sequins 1920s Pansy
US$60.00
Antique Fabric French Roses Brocade
US$39.20
Antique Fabric Brocade French Woven Textile
US$39.20
Antique Metallic Trim Lace Doll Shade
US$14.40
Lovely Antique Velvet Fabric Mustard Gold
US$55.20
Vintage Chintz Fabric Roses Boudoir Chic
US$68.00
Antique Architectural Wood Panel India 19thc
US$303.20
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1158)
Linda

Linda on Sep 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is a wonderful old trim with gentle colors. It looks exceptional on an old black pleated silk shade. It looks like it has always been there , just around the edge. Seller has beautifully aged items with great quality to them.

slcbellalinen

slcbellalinen on Sep 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Lisa - Thank you for a great transaction . The pincushion is exquisite . Great communication and lightening speed shipping. I look forward to next time.

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About

Our Lives in RUINS

I was born into the shmatte business as my father was a well-respected manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of women's clothing 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. In essence, that makes me a 3rd generation American rag dealer. My father 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 of the numerous sewing machines working away in Dad's sample room on Broadway. It was Dad's dream to have me work with him in the fashion world. I had other things in mind. I knew I would be a retailer and have my own store selling antique home furnishings and decorative arts. I just needed to find the right place to do it.

After attending graduate school back East, I moved to Laguna Beach, Ca in 1990 and soon after met my husband Johnny at a very cool Halloween party. He was dressed as the Pope. At the time, I loved everything Spanish Colonial and iron. His ancestors were from the Catalonia region of Spain and Mexico, he shared my decorating passion and love for architectural salvage and it was a match made in heaven. We were married after 1 1/2 years of living in sin in our adorable cottage in Laguna Canyon.

Johnny and I had a number of retail stores in Laguna Beach and West LA from 1992 - 2003 under the names of Architectural Elements, Calliope Court and RUINS. Ours was one of the first retail businesses in the country that specialized in using antique architectural salvage as indoor design elements. We then added decorative furniture and soft goods, including antique and vintage curtains, barkcloth 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 old things for our stores. We also purchased our goods from seasoned pickers who scoured the countryside 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 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. Next, 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.

We evenutally closed our retail stores 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. I decided that I was going to be the first antique and vintage fabric and trim dealer to sell my wares on Etsy. I have fortunately developed a loyal following since and now 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 13 and Johnny works in ceramics, paints and is a photographer. We also work with the developmentally disabled in Coachella Valley, volunteering for a weekly art class at Desert Arc and volunteering at weekly bowling for the Special Olympics. It has been quite a life-altering experience for both of us and so very rewarding! We have made many new friends and 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 be sure to visit Johnny's other shop on Etsy, http://www.etsy.com/shop/johngenestaantiques where you will find some antiques and mid-century, architectural salvage and bargains for sale.

Happy Designing and Decorating!! - Lisa Genesta

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  • Lisa Genesta

    Owner, Partner

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

  • 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 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 September 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

  • 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 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 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, buyer forfeits his deposit and all payments made thus far and the item is relisted for sale to the public. No exceptions. Thanks for your understanding.

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.