Vintage to save the human race. Instagram @aortaapparel

Lincoln, Nebraska · 3979 Sales


Vintage to save the human race. Instagram @aortaapparel

Lincoln, Nebraska 3979 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Wear what makes you smile.

I grew up in a poor neighborhood, across the alley from a Salvation Army thrift shop. It was in that thrift shop I fell madly in love with vintage. I found the most amazing dashikis, sheer nylon blouses, a Campus giraffe print coat- and I wore them all. It is hard for me to pick a favorite decade or era. I've stopped trying. Just wear what you like.

My applique work:
I don't particularly care about fashion. I think a person should dress as outlandish or silly as they please. Be yourself and own it. If that requires an octopus on your dress, lungs on your sweater or a narwhal on your skirt- I'm here to help.

I want to always enjoy what I do and spread that joy to the people who wear my clothes. If I can do my part to slow down fast fashion one applique at a time, that's nice, too.


Shop members

  • Jessica

    Owner, Maker, Curator, I Do Everything!

Shop policies

Last updated on March 23, 2017
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me any time. You can send me a conversation via Etsy or send an email to the address your PayPal payment goes to.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
I accept Paypal payments and credit cards through Paypal. To pay with a credit card, click "proceed to checkout" then "check out as guest" on the PayPal page.
Orders ship within 1-5 business days of purchase, unless otherwise specified.

Items ship USPS priority mail and first class which include a tracking number. When I print your shipping label, PayPal sends you an email with the tracking number enclosed. You are welcome to contact me at any time if you have trouble finding the tracking number.

International orders are shipped 1st class without tracking information. International orders can take about week to a little over a month to arrive. I have no control over how long international orders may sit in customs.
International buyers are responsible for paying any and all customs fees they may incur on their orders. I will not mark purchases as "gift" as it is illegal to do so.
Refunds and Exchanges
I allow exchanges and refunds on most items*. Refunds are for the purchase price only- shipping not included, unless an error has been made on my part (example: sending the wrong item). Notify me within 7 days of receipt of your order with such requests. All returns require my pre-approval and must be sent back to me within 10 business days.

*I do not accept returns on custom orders. There is the occasional vintage item I will not accept a return on, in which case it will be noted in the item description
Additional policies and FAQs
I buy clothes for myself online- I know it can be tricky. If you have any questions about how a garment will hang, how to measure yourself, etc, please feel free to ask. No question is too silly and I'm happy to help.

I have a basic "how to" for determining your measurements on my About page: