Adeline's Attic Vintage

Edmonton, Canada
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About adelinesattic

Sales 1,854
On Etsy since 2009

A Labour of Love

This shop is a sort of dedication to the memory of my beloved grandmother, Adeline (or Adele as she was called by close friends). Adeline was a Depression-era survivor who balanced being a wife, mother, foster mother, and grandmother, with work as a seamstress and as a top children's shoe fitter and seller for Eaton's department store.

This shop is an extension of Adeline's belief that good vintage items exhibit a higher level of quality, craftsmanship, and uniqueness than many modern mass-produced garments. I strive to find vintage items that reflect this belief so that you too may enjoy owning a precious piece of quality wearable history.

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  • Jill


    I'm a Canadian vintage-loving gal with a particular passion for 1920s vintage fashion.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Welcome to Adeline's Attic, a little Etsy shop devoted to offering unique and lovely vintage items, most of which are from the 20s to the 70s.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

Returns & exchanges

See item details for return and exchange eligibility.


Cancellations: not accepted

Please contact the seller if you have any problems with your order.


PayPal is the main method of payment accepted. However, I recently am pleased to announce I am now able to accept credit card payments!

Unless you wish to arrange a RESERVE (in which case you can certainly convo us), immediate payment is expected.

If you are new to Etsy and need help figuring out checkout:

Please note that I normally only reserve items for 24-48 hours MAX. If you wish to reserve for longer duration, please contact me to discuss layaway options (which requires commitment towards the item in the form of a deposit to hold the item).

LAYAWAY for 1-2 months is available for some of the higher priced items in the shop or for larger orders. Send a convo for more on how to proceed with either a fixed or pay-as-you-go style layaway option. Please be advised that a layaway is a binding contractual agreement between buyer and seller, which means that if a buyer defaults on a layaway by failing to pay their balance in full by the end of the agreed upon layaway period, I reserve the right to relist layaway items for sale in the shop. ALSO, any & ALL funds previously paid by the buyer towards this layaway (including deposit used to initiate layaway) will be kept by Adeline's Attic Vintage as penalty for layaway default and to cover restocking fees & lost business income caused by the default.


All items are normally shipped within 2 business days of order placement. Shipping is normally handled via Canada Post's small packet air mail, which comes with NO tracking numbers or insurance. If you wish to purchase a method of shipping which provides insurance and tracking, contact me before or just after checkout so I can arrange to invoice you for higher shipping rates.

In Canada, parcels are normally delivered within 5 business days, and U.S.A./international deliveries take 6-14 business days, though delays can occur due to postal or border service procedures. I recommend expecting your shipment to arrive in 2-3 weeks, especially if you are an international buyer. For faster shipping methods, please contact me BEFORE purchase, so I can adjust shipping costs accordingly.

Contact me for a quote on combined shipping discounts which may be available, but depends on location, shipping method, etc.

Outside of the postal insurance info listed above, or if a buyer opts for an uninsured mode of shipping, Adeline's Attic is not responsible for items/packages lost or damaged during or after shipment, or delays in shipping time due to customs, etc. Buyers are reminded that they are responsible for paying any customs-related duties or taxes related to their parcels.

Additional policies and FAQs

Although I do my best to only sell vintage pieces that have been found in excellent/great/good condition, all of the items sold by Adeline's Attic are vintage, which means that even items in excellent condition are likely to show minor signs of wear, as they have been loved before. As well, in some cases, every time an item is touched, tried on, or handled, new "beauty marks" can emerge. Wherever possible I do my best to ensure imperfections are minor and described to the best of my knowledge. However, once in a while I may miss small flaws such as minor loose seams, tiny holes or very small or faint stains. I am human after all & sometimes flaws can hide in folds & such. Due to the nature of vintage items, ALL items in the shop are sold AS IS, and are therefore a final sale, so please ask all questions and request any extra photos of items prior to purchase.

Condition Rating Guidelines
Please keep in mind that most of my vintage items are 60 or so years old and will have normal typical vintage general wear from cleaning, age, etc.. The older an item, the more one needs to moderate one's expectations regarding the flawlessness of the item (Example: a 1920s dress made of silk that is structurally sound but has some age-related foxing may be considered EXCELLENT by vintage standards, while a 1940s rayon dress with underarm discoloration may only get a very good to good rating...this is because I try to factor in things like age of item relative to fabric content and scarcity when using the chart below to determine price and condition rating).

Vintage Condition Rating Chart

Mint/Perfect: Self explanatory. Rare!

Excellent: Item is structurally very sound and presents beautifully for an item of its age, but on closer inspection, may be held back from being mint by only one or two noted minor age or wear flaws; these "flaws" do not ultimately compromise the beauty or wearability of the item, but do deter it from being called MINT

Very Very Good to Very Good: Item may have one or two more minor flaws/condition issues than an Excellent item, but it is still structurally sound, still presents very well aesthetically speaking, and thus is in generally wearable and attractive condition for a vintage item of its age.

Good: garment sold with a few noted flaws (some more visible than others) (i.e., colour fading and a couple of mend points), but still in wearable condition, though more care may be needed while wearing, cleaning, or storing than better condition items. "Good" items may have life left in them, but are less structurally sound and the wearer will have to be okay with the more visible aesthetic issues that normally show up on "good" vintage items vs. the visual presentation of mint or excellent or very good items.

Fair: Numerous noted flaws, some significant, possibly repairable/wearable, but item may be one or two wears away from becoming best used for costumes or patterns OR even with repairs, will never be able to be brought to mint or even excellent condition.

Poor: An honest piece damaged beyond repair or wearability with value ONLY for study, salvage, pattern, etc.

If you are unsure and/or have a question about the size or appearance or condition of an item, do contact me PRIOR to purchase and I will gladly send you more pictures or take additional measurements. It is important that you ensure your item is well suited for you prior to purchase. Please double-check and compare the listing size and your own size to get the best fit (the measurements of the garment should generally be larger than your own, depending on desired fit, etc).

Shoe sizing:
Remember that vintage shoes can tend to be narrower than modern shoes, so look at measurements carefully. Remember your foot length and width should be slightly smaller than those of the shoe.

See this chart for conversions:

If you have any other questions or concerns, please message me before buying.