vintage clothing, vintage shoes, & vintage home decor

New Albany, Indiana · 214 Sales


vintage clothing, vintage shoes, & vintage home decor

New Albany, Indiana 214 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Note from shop owner The shop will be closed until further notice due to moving. However, I am still available for conversation, so please give me a few days for response.

Thank you and have a great day! :)

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 30, 2016

The shop will be closed until further notice due to moving. However, I am still available for conversation, so please give me a few days for response.

Thank you and have a great day! :)

Katie Holt

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Katie Holt


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Sidony Ridge

Sidony Ridge on Feb 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful seller! Great shows exactly what I expected and wanted. Fast shipping and overall great customer service

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Hello. I'm Katie, and I'm addicted to thrifting.

I opened Modest Typewriter Vintage 5 years ago after helping my grandmother clean out her upstairs bedroom and finding a plethora of beautiful vintage clothing, mostly never worn and still with tags. She was my favorite person on the planet, and we shared a special bond, mostly over our love of reading and shopping (and, apparently, hoarding clothing that we loved so much we couldn't bring ourselves to actually wear it- an essay for a totally different day) . With my trunk stuffed full of really-awesome-vintage-clothing-that-I-had-no-idea-what-to-do-with, I headed home where my husband suggested I finally consider that little idea I had to open an Etsy shop, which is exactly what I did.

Fast forward to the present, when my husband's job relocation found me leaving my job as a high school English teacher, and floundering around a bit before I decided to re-open this tiny vintage boutique among thousands of other tiny vintage boutiques.

So what sets me apart? Well, there's the shop's name, for starters. Although the title Modest Typewriter Vintage sounds odd to most (and can be a mouthful), it takes me back to my college days, where during a creative writing course's brain storming session, one fellow classmate threw out the phrase "the modest typewriter sat lonely on the desk." We debated for awhile the ridiculousness of a typewriter being "modest," yet finally decided that the phrase would really just make a good band name. Or Etsy shop.

Regardless of the shop's slightly ironic name, clothing, specifically vintage clothing, has always been my number one passion. I relish the thrill of the hunt to find that perfect item that I love and know someone else will love just as much as I do. Loaded up with plenty of anti-bacterial soap and reusable bags, I frequent thrift stores, where I do the digging that most people won't attempt (sometimes I don't blame you). Everything listed in the shop is picked based on wearability and style. Many of the items you find in the shop will be something that has a slightly modern take, maybe even something similar to what you've seen in the pages of Lucky (RIP) or InStyle. I do that on purpose, because I'm the first person to love a high fashion item but hate the price tag. This brings me to pricing, something that I try to be very consistent and fair about. The pricing test is as follows: if I wouldn't pay for it at X price, my customers shouldn't have to either (this tells you exactly how cheap, er *ahem,* thrifty, I am). I pick everything based on whether it will fit into an already existing wardrobe, which is something I also do for my own closet. In my opinion, vintage clothing doesn't have to exist on it's own. Rather, it should go with everything you already own so that you can wear in a million different ways and really get a second life out of it. Old stuff doesn't have to look "old." It can look brand new, especially if it's paired with just the right amount of new stuff.

I hope you have fun browsing the shop, and ultimately, I hope that you find something that you love and just can't wait to get your paws on and wear a million different ways, a million different times! <3

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Shop policies

Last updated on March 16, 2016
Hello and welcome! Thank you so much for stopping by Modest Typewriter Vintage.
Please read my policies before making a purchase, and check back often, as I list things frequently. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, and enjoy browsing the shop!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment is due at the time of sale via PayPal and Direct Checkout (accepts various forms of credit, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and Apple Pay).

We also accept Etsy gift cards.
Item will be shipped within 1-2 days after receiving payment via USPS Priority. International items are shipped via USPS Priority International.

Tracking is included in with every package and can be found in the email sent to you as your receipt of shipment.

Cost of shipping reflects the direct cost of shipment.

While packages usually arrive MUCH sooner, I would allow the post office up to 2 weeks for domestic orders, and 4-6 weeks for international orders.

Insurance is not included with the purchase of any item. If you would like to include insurance with your item, please let me know prior to making your payment and I will adjust the shipping cost accordingly.

Modest Typewriter Vintage is not responsible for any lost or damaged items, as
well as customs or import fees, or taxes imposed by international countries.
Refunds and Exchanges
All items are final sale, meaning no refunds or exchanges.

With that being said, I want my customers to really love what they have purchased, and if you feel as though I have terribly misrepresented an item, please contact me with your issue and I would be more than happy to work out a reasonable solution together.
Additional policies and FAQs
Clothing is measured in inches while lying flat. Each item includes an estimated modern size, which you can use to get a better idea of how the item might fit you before making a purchase. Shoes also include an estimated "best fit" using modern sizes, both US and EURO.

However, BEFORE making a purchase, please compare the listing's measurements against a garment that you already own that fits you well.

Below is a handy dandy cheat sheet showing how I measure all items:

CLOTHING: Tops, Dresses
Bust- armpit to armpit and doubled
Shoulders- should seam to shoulder seam
Waist- from smallest point and doubled
Hips- from widest point and doubled
Sleeve- shoulder seam to hem
Total length- shoulder to hem

CLOTHING: Pants, Skirts
Waist- from smallest point and doubled
Hips- from widest point and doubled
Inseam- crotch to hem
Rise- top of waist to crotch
Total length- top of waist to hem

Length- inside sole from toe to heel
Width- outside sole at widest point
Heel- bottom of shoe to bottom of heel

Although I do my best to choose and list items that are high quality and in excellent condition, please keep in mind that all items in the shop have been worn and loved prior to being listed, so items may show a bit of wear and tear. I try to inspect every item as closely as possible before selling, and any item defects will be mentioned in the item listing and described to the best of my ability. If you have any questions about an item or would like more pictures of a certain item's defect, please feel free to contact me.

All items are hand-washed, dry cleaned, or machine washed before being sent to their new home.

Modest Typewriter Vintage clothing and wares come from a smoke-free home.