Hard Working Threads

Chicago, Illinois · 520 Sales


Hard Working Threads

Chicago, Illinois 520 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   SUMMER is here! Stock up on vintage denim & flirty dresses you'll wear all season long!


Last updated on Jun 14, 2017

SUMMER is here! Stock up on vintage denim & flirty dresses you'll wear all season long!

C.R. McCarthy

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C.R. McCarthy

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Oh, 3748 North Elston Avenue, Let Me Sing Thy Praises

Back in my high school days, I used to frequent a lil' event called "Half-Price Mondays" at Unique Thrift Store on Elston Avenue. The result of which, every time, was two rather large bags of 60s maxis, circle skirts, and 50s shirt dresses. When my closet began to resemble a paisley mudslide, I realized the time had come to shove my lace minis out of the nest, where they would hopefully fly into the outstretched, bangled arms of boho babes from Tulsa.


So -get this- it is now my job to be a full-blooded vintage hound. Every week I go bin-diving, rack-combing, and closet-spelunking to bring you the lovely, the hip, and the kitsch.

Now, despite being a generally ridiculous sort of person, I care deeply about Ma Earth- just ask anyone in my household who has ever thrown away tin foil. As such, my shop strives to be eco-lovey: I use recycled tissue paper and shipping envelopes, and reuse packaging whenever possible. Aww, she's got a heart, after all.

While I'm waiting for my Lifetime Movie offer, I shall continue to heroically replace your tired-prints, your poor-ly fitting pants, your muddled dresses yearning to be freed from your wardrobe...

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    Honest-to-goodness average outfit in high school: June Cleaver dress, All-Stars, 60s bowling ball bag, Smirk. Folks, I ask you, did I have any choice but to sell vintage threads?!

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Last updated on March 15, 2017
Why, hello there!

The Second Shift is a vintage shop which promotes a happy earth by selling secondhand threads & accessories, and using environmentally responsible packaging, like recycled tissue paper & shipping envelopes.

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All items are shipped via the good 'ol USPS. I am partial to Priority Mail, but will occasionally use First Class Mail or Standard Post if it saves you money. I always include tracking. Give me a shout if you want express shipping, and I'll happily send you a shipping quote.

Items are listed as shipping within 3-5 days due to my travel for work- I don't want to give false hope to those waiting for their 1950s rainbow petticoats! Most of the time, items ship out much faster.

If I do not offer shipping to your country, please send me a message & I'll see what I can do!
Refunds and Exchanges
I take the time to list my merchandise honestly and accurately, so please check photos and read descriptions thoroughly. Feel free to ask about items and/or request additional pictures if necessary.

Generally, returns are only accepted if an item is not as described, but please contact me if you are unsatisfied for any reason, and we can work it out (just like that song). If you would like to return an item that was accurately described, I ask that you pay all shipping charges.

If I was temporarily blind while I listed your item, and it manages not to be as I described it, you can get a partial refund and keep the item, or return the item and get a full refund, including shipping costs.

If an item is damaged upon arrival, and you'd still like to keep it, I can issue a partial refund that we both agree upon. If you'd like to send it back, you will receive a full refund, including shipping costs.

If an item never arrives, you will receive a full refund, including shipping costs.

Many thanks!