faithandmercy

Vintage plenty for your wedding day and everyday.

Oakland, California · 17 Sales

faithandmercy

Vintage plenty for your wedding day and everyday.

Oakland, California 17 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(7)

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Mimi

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Announcement   Our lovely vintage bridal gowns have yearned for a space of their own, so we have opened up a brand new Etsy shop just for them. Come visit some of them at "A State of the Union." Celebrate the love with 10% off any of our vintage bridal gowns there until Valentine's Day!

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 23, 2017

Our lovely vintage bridal gowns have yearned for a space of their own, so we have opened up a brand new Etsy shop just for them. Come visit some of them at "A State of the Union." Celebrate the love with 10% off any of our vintage bridal gowns there until Valentine's Day!

Mimi

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1950's Satin Beaded Pearl Collar
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Timothy fairchild

Timothy fairchild on Jan 10, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

A big Thanks to mimi for helping make our Christmas Tree shine brighter this year with the little treasures she sells . We are happy to say we will be permanent customers for sure 🙂 Thank you from The fairchild Family

Jenna Evans

Jenna Evans on Jan 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I got this in record time in great condition!!!

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About

***It's all because I didn't want to be a marshmallow puff***

It all started when I got engaged. As I tried on bridal dresses, I noticed that none of them had the simple, elegant design that I was seeking. And most of them made me feel like an overgrown marshmallow puff. They just weren't 'me.' Then, one day, as I was wandering around the Salvation Army Thrift Store in downtown San Diego, I happened upon a rack of gorgeous vintage bridal gowns from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. I couldn't believe my eyes! These were the unique designs that I had longed to get married in ~ each one a more amazing work of art than the next. I grabbed a gorgeous white velvet gown from the 1960's and happily traipsed down the middle aisle.

It was this experience that prompted me to open a vintage bridal salon, as I heard from other women that they desired a more unique look on their wedding day, too.

Now, living in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, my passion for vintage has gone into overdrive, and although I dipped my toe into Etsy in 2010, it was not until the end of 2016 that I finally decided to take the plunge and officially open up a store to offer vintage items for your wedding day and everyday.

There is so much to explore here in the Bay Area, especially the amazing thrift stores and flea markets! I even started a thrift store project to set my sights on visiting every, single thrift store in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and decided to blog about my adventures. Thus the website Thrift Store Junkies http://www.thriftstorejunkies.com was born. You can read my interview by the New York Times affiliate The Bay Citizen on my website (see link below).

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Mimi

P.S. That's my Mom, Claire, in my wedding photo logo. Wasn't she gorgeous? She's wearing her sister's hand-me-down wedding dress. It was just after the war and people were very resourceful back then.

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  • Mimi Novak

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    Hi, it's Mimi. Bringing you vintage plenty for your wedding day and everyday. Its true: they just don't make things like they used to! I hope you find a beloved treasure in my shop and get to own a piece of history.

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Last updated on Jan 28, 2017
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Sizing details

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It's really not that complicated, my sweet. To make you more comfortable buying your vintage bridal gown, take your measurements, as follows:

The ABC’s of Measuring

A - Bust - Measure the bust at the fullest part. Measure all around the body (total circumference).

B - Waist - Measure the waist where the body bends. It helps to bend side to side to identify exactly where to measure.

C - Hip - Measure the hips at the fullest part, usually around the seat.

Note: The measurements above are the most important ones for measuring for your wedding dress, but I often add others for information.

You can also try on something similar to compare sizing.

What is my buy-back program?

If you desire to sell back your bridal gown, I will buy it back from you (see listings for details). To qualify, you'd simply send me photos of the front and back of the gown after you've worn it on your wedding day. I will inspect it for any damage. If I agree to buy back your gown, I will Paypal you the agreed upon amount. It's that easy!

Why do I use USPS Priority Shipping?

I tend to ship items USPS Priority Shipping because it allows us both to track your item to make sure it has reached you. It also provides insurance in case it gets lost (which fortunately has never happened).

If you prefer to use an alternate shipping method, please convo me and we'll figure something out. I'm also happy to combine items to reduce your shipping costs.

Where do I find all my vintage bridal gowns?

I'm a treasure hunter from way back, so you never know where I'll find a lovely vintage gown. I have been known to find them at estate sales, flea markets, thrift stores and they've even turned up in the closet of friends and family. I've also been approached to purchase them directly. Somehow, they know how to find me...

What if you purchase a vintage bridal gown and it doesn't fit?

I'm a big believer in having a flexible return policy. If you're not happy, I'm not happy. As long as you strictly abide by my return deadlines (return within 7 days of receipt), I will refund you your purchase amount, less shipping costs. If the item has been damaged or altered in any way, we'll have to chat.

Why are vintage wedding dresses so much more elegant than new ones?

Well, I've actually given this some thought. Once upon a time, there was a thriving clothing manufacturing sector in the U.S. It still exists, but much of our modern, ready-to-wear clothing is manufactured in China or otherwise overseas. And, by the way, many new wedding dresses today are made in China or overseas. So, newer wedding dresses tend to be made from fabrics that are on the less expensive side. This isn't always the case, but if you wonder why some stores sell their gowns for so little - this is the reason.

Vintage bridal gowns - on the other hand - are made from sumptuous, elegant fabrics like satin, silk, crepe de chine, silk organza, and other time-tested fabrics that you may not see on modern-day bridal gowns.

How can you find the best wedding dress style for your body type?

Check out this guide to different dress styles at The Bridal Guide http://bridalguide.com/fashion/wedding-dress-shopping-guide/best-wedding-dress-for-body-type