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Josie Garrett

Josie Garrett on May 5, 2016

1 out of 5 stars

Seller listed item that she didn't have and waited a long time before she told me and refunded. Not a pleasant experience at all.

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A vintage fairy story

I have always had that passion for vintage and my career in fashion art direction became a good reason to collect beautiful fashion accessories as props. However, my burgeoning collection of textiles and accessories started to become overwhelming! I have traded in Portobello Road, London's famous antiques market supplying original examples of vintage fashion and textiles to fashion designers and fashion students as a valuable source of inspiration and I have also collated a useful archive of period detail for TV and Film costume designers. Here at TinselandTatters ( once we are up and running) there will always be new listings regularly added and if there is something specific you are searching for, just ask. There is a good chance that I can help and if so I can add a special listing for you to view.

Occasionally I may list one of my own most treasured items
from the beloved personal collection that I never thought I would sell... until now! These vintage fashion pieces will be mainly handworked pieces with delightful attention to detail, in quality fabrics which drape or will photographically work well with the light. Some pieces are delicate and perhaps a little distressed but nevertheless stunningly beautiful, worn as they are, restored to their former glory or simply used for inspiration or decoration. I will be selecting pieces from this collection but a gentle word of warning .....these preloved pieces often have imperfections and if you expect perfection in condition then maybe this is not the shop for you.
In my opinion, pieces that have been around for 100 years are more beautiful when they show their true age -a little faded, distressed, patched or darned, preloved , their fragile beauty is to be admired, previously belonging to an age when things were well made by hand to last and not easily discarded like they are now. These beautiful pieces deserve to be recycled and cherished once again.

People often ask me where I find my stuff but I just smile. Its has taken years of collecting, travelling around with a little help from a few fairies! Earlier vintage items have become scarcer over the years since I started collecting and you will see many little treasures here that would be all but impossible to find elsewhere.

It will be great to know they are appreciated! My vintage collection has given me so much pleasure over the years, and it's my joy to be able to now share it with you.

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    My past history as an Art Director of fashion photography for magazines and catalogues, had a big influence on my own vintage collections, as I always selected items that were outstanding for their visual impact and design.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 1, 2014
Welcome to TinselandTatters, our new exciting shop will soon be brimming with inspiration and vintage treasures from a vast personal collection. We want you to be happy with your purchase and we hope that you will enjoy visiting our shop again and again!

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We will endeavour to ship promptly within 3 working days of your order on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Please understand shipping noted on listings is only roughly estimated and obviously we will refund our customers the difference if the actual cost has been over estimated.

Postage within UK: RECORDED SIGNED FOR with guaranteed signature on delivery, provides proof off posting certificate and electronic proof of delivery. Allows up to £46 compensation for lost or damaged items ( excluding jewellery)

If item is worth more than £46 we recommend using SPECIAL DELIVERY next day delivery service. Provides online tracking, can view signature online and compensation cover of up to £500.

International shipping: We will ship internationally to selected countries but please ask first and request a shipping quote before ordering if it is to be shipped anywhere other than the countries listed..
Shipping Method: All parcels will be shipped by the Post Office INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR Airmail service, the quickest and most secure overseas service which will provide a tracking number through to destination and a proof of postage receipt. Allows up to £50 compensation. No signature required but parcel can be tracked all the way.
Extra insurance up to £500 will automatically be added if item is worth more than £50. ( Some destinations are limited to £250)
Delivery time: add 3-7 working days.
Please note,there are some destinations that we can not ship to so if the shipping cost is not listed please convoy us first to inquire. In some cases it may be possible and if so we will get an accurate quote from the Post Office. If the cost is then agreed by the customer it will be added to the listing so that the purchase can go ahead.

Guaranteed shipping methods are expensive these days and if prior to purchase a customer requests that an item is sent by ordinary post instead, we will of course do so and adjust the cost on the listing so that the purchase can then go ahead.
However, please understand we will not hold any responsibility other than to provide a proof of postage receipt . No tracking will be possible or compensation claimed this is entirely at the customer's own risk.
Refunds and Exchanges
The nature of vintage shabby chic is that it is not shop perfect and this collection in particular has been selected for its original shabby chic or distressed charm. It is for this reason that we can not accept any returns.
Our pictures clearly show condition and any other issues are carefully noted in the description but if you have any doubts, we want you to be happy with your purchase so please do convo us BEFORE ordering.