New London, New Hampshire · 220 Sales


New London, New Hampshire 220 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

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Last updated on Nov 15, 2016

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Susan Barrett

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Susan Barrett


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Tanya Bocanegra

Tanya Bocanegra on Nov 27, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Fit me perfect and was very flattering on me. I received lots of compliments.


bloodypuppets on Oct 27, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived just as described! Quick shipping! Made the perfect hat for my Halloween costume!

Anonymous on Jul 25, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

What a gorgeous dress!! Perfect as described and shipped fast! Thank you!!

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Shop policies

Last updated on October 14, 2016
Welcome to Cafe Society Boston. Please read the item descriptions carefully, asking questions and measuring thoroughly. I provide lots of photos and take the time to accurately describe each item, including any flaws present. Garments may be clipped to fit model or dress form in the photo in order to show the look of the garment when it fits and is worn properly.



To avoid disappointment , please follow the instructions below about how to measure yourself to ensure the item you want will fit you. Vintage clothing fits differently than modern clothing, which is cut loosely to fit a wide variety of body shapes. Vintage clothing is cut much closer to the body than you may be used to. Underarms are cut higher and shoulders and sleeves are more snug. For this reason, it is important that you allow enough wearing ease to move comfortably while wearing your vintage garment. Vintage garments should always be worn with care and consideration of their age. A garment that is too small for you may become damaged with wearing. It is very important to measure your body accurately and be honest with yourself to avoid this.

Vintage garments were often tailored to fit an individual woman and evidence of seams and darts being taken in or out is not uncommon. For this reason, it is often possible to have a vintage garment altered to fit you if your measurements are off by just a bit. We are happy to answer any questions about available seam allowances, darts, and hem allowances before you purchase.

Proper fitting foundation/slimming undergarments can make all the difference in how your vintage garment fits and looks while worn!


Wearing ease refers to the difference between your body measurement and the measurement of a garment. A close fitting garment needs at least 1”- 2" of wearing ease so you can move and breathe. In other words, if the fullest part of your bust measures 36", a close fitting dress should measure about 37” – 38" in the bust so you can wear it comfortably. Many people prefer their garments to be a bit looser, and so would require more ease. Items such as jackets and coats need even more ease, as you normally wear another garment under them. A garment with sleeves requires more ease than one without.


Measure yourself with a dressmaker’s tape measure, which you can get at your local fabric store. If you don’t have one available, you can use a piece of firm string that doesn’t stretch, mark your measurement, and then compare it to a ruler or yardstick. Remember to not pull the measuring tape too tightly. Be honest with yourself!

Measure yourself over the undergarments you plan to wear. Do not measure over other clothing. Measure your bust, underbust if an empire waist dress, your waist and hips. For some garments it is a good idea to measure shoulder to waist. Length: if you are worried something is too long or short, measure a comparable garment you wear that falls in the right spot.


Measurements given are of the garment itself, not the body that will wear it. The best way to determine if a garment will fit you is to compare the measurements we give to a similar garment from your own closet that fits you well. We measure all garments flat on a hard surface.


To determine a woman's hat size measure the head all around (front to back) at the center of the forehead. The measurement 22" has traditionally been considered the "average" size. I will call that medium. Hat sizes are done in 1/4" increments. If a hat is under 22" I will call it small. If it is over 22 1/2" I will use large as the size. If by chance a hat is over 23" it will be extra large.


Vintage garments are one of a kind pieces of history. Each item has been previously worn and well loved, and then stored away in an attic or closet for many years. Vintage garments should always be worn with care and consideration of their age. Any flaws or issues will be clearly described in the listing. Most often, these minor flaws are not noticeable and do not affect the wearability of the garment you are purchasing, but it is my policy to inform you completely before you make your purchase.

I occasionally offer garments with great merit for sale in "As Is" condition. Those garments will be clearly listed as such. These garments need significant restoration or can be used for patterns or display only.


Mint – Perfect and pristine with no signs of wear. Usually has the original tags still attached.

Excellent – Has been worn, but has no obvious or notable flaws. These items have no holes, stains, fading, or odors.

Very Good – Has been worn and has noted minor flaws.

Good – Has noted flaws, but is still considered wearable.

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment is due in full upon placing an order unless I specifically agree otherwise.
I ship via USPS exclusively, either first class or priority. Please be sure to provide a shipping address that is served by U.S. Mail. If you need your package quickly, I am happy to ship Express Mail at your request. The shipping cost for this service will be higher than stated on the item listing. Please email me before purchasing, so we can adjust the shipping cost for you.

Shipping cost is based upon the weight of the item being shipped.

Your item will be shipped within 3 business days of receipt of payment unless otherwise noted on the shopping cart page.

If paying via PayPal, shipment must go to your confirmed shipping address. Sorry, no exceptions!

Please be aware that all orders with a value over $250.00 will require a signature upon delivery. If you need to ship to a different address so that someone is available to sign, please specify that address when placing your order.

If an order is not deliverable to the address provided or if it is refused or returned to me, the purchaser is responsible for original shipping costs plus any additional shipping costs to reship the order.


IMPORTANT: International customers should expect that all purchases will incur custom duties or taxes that must be paid when receiving your item. Please note that I am not responsible for taxes, VAT fees or other duties charged at the country of delivery. All fees and taxes charged at the country of delivery are not included in your total.

I adhere to all US laws, and cannot falsify customs documents. Please do not ask me to do so. Your item will be listed as Merchandise, “Used Clothing”, and the full purchase price paid (not including shipping) will be declared.
Any taxes, VAT fees or other duties charged by customs in your country will not be reimbursed or refunded by me for any reason.

I ship via USPS First Class International, in most instances, which can take 10 – 45 business days depending upon how quickly customs is processing packages in your country.

All items or combined shipments over 4 pounds must ship Global Priority.
If you need your package quickly or if you prefer that your package have tracking, I am happy to ship Global Priority or Global Express at your request. The shipping cost for these services will be higher than stated on the item listing. Please email me before purchasing, so I can adjust the shipping cost for you.

Customers in Italy and Spain please note: For your safety and ours, we highly recommend shipping to your country via Global Express Mail which includes insurance and tracking.

If your package is returned as unclaimed, shipping charges will have to be paid again in order for me to reship your item. I will contact you by email to make arrangements for payment. If I do not hear from you within 30 days, I will consider your order abandoned and will return your item to stock. No refunds will be processed for abandoned items.

Currency conversion is handled by your credit card company, please contact them for current rates.

International customers who pay via PayPal, please note: If the value of your merchandise is over $250, I am required to ship your package via Global Express Mail to meet PayPal’s requirements for online tracking. This may result in higher VAT fees or customs charges for you. In this instance, we recommend you use our secure server and pay via credit card.


I often ship in clean used boxes to cut down on the amount of cardboard sent to our landfill. I encourage you to reuse the boxes I have sent your garments in, as well.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want happy customers! If you purchase an item and it doesn't fit or isn't right, please contact me and I will try to work something out wit you. If I make a mistake, I will gladly take your return and refund you your original shipping fees and any return shipping fees. Customer service is my top priority.