Ann Arbor, Michigan · 401 Sales



Ann Arbor, Michigan 401 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Threads Across Time

My grandmother used to drive up from Florida, her station wagon stuffed to the brim with treasures she'd picked up during her favorite weekend activity, garage saling. Both her treasure hunting spirit and aversion to the store-bought must have seeped into me, because by the time I was in college, I too began eschewing the mall in favor of the thrift store. Relics of the past came to live in my closet, and became part of my life story.

Eventually a friend introduced me to Etsy, and in addition to becoming a customer, I decided that opening a store would be the perfect way to extend my love for vintage beyond my own bursting closet.

The shop has travelled with me as I moved from Nashville to Southern California and finally to my current home in the Midwest. Becoming versed in vintage clothing (as well as the occasional home good) has taught me a lot about how much our world has changed - how vintage clothes feel different, how they were by and large made by unionized workers here in the US until about the late 1980s, or even at home by women who perhaps didn't enjoy the choices that my mothers' generation won for us. The degree to which people were willing to experiment with wild prints has also ebbed and flowed over the years, and this ever-present need for novelty - whether expressed brashly or bashfully - fascinates me. Prints and styles act as a cultural choice that often transcends other types of borders between people.

As I look back on what I've sold over the past 5 years, I often wish I'd kept this, can't believe I found that, and remember the circumstances that brought each into my possession. I view each item in my store as a mini exhibition piece, with its own provenance both before and after I purchased it. When I send it off to you, the story continues!

One last thing - the shop name - "La Collectionneuse" is a wonderful film by the overlooked French New Wave director Eric Rohmer. In the film the "collectionneuse" collects men, but I am a collector of past fashions!


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  • Courtney


    I'm art historian currently working towards my PhD. Along the way, I've dabbled in radio and wine. All my pursuits have been informed by a love of history, and therefore wearable history - vintage clothing - has always had a special place in my life.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 28, 2013
Hello! So glad you are interested in helping me manage my vintage buying habits. It pains me to see these things go, but c'est la vie, n'est pas? I hope you will enjoy the things that no longer fit in my personal closet!

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment is due within 3 days of your purchase date.

If payment is not received within 3 days, we will contact you as a friendly reminder. If payment is not received within 3 days of final contact, the sale will be cancelled and the item will be re-listed.
Items ship out on Saturdays.


We ship via USPS Mail to anywhere in the United States.


Shipping rates vary are listed with each individual item.

Shoes & leather goods cannot be shipped to Italy.


We are not responsible for any packages that are lost or damaged in the mail. We retain a postal service receipt for every package sent & will provide a copy if needed. Shipping insurance is strongly suggested. Insurance rates start at only $1.70 for packages sent within the United States. Please send a private message if you would like to insure your package.

For packages sent outside of the United States, insurance is available & included in the cost of shipping only for packages sent via Priority Mail International (flat rate envelopes not included). Please be aware that this option can be quite expensive (see to calculate the rate for your location).


If a package is unclaimed by the buyer or returned to us because of an incorrect address due to a mistake by the buyer, the buyer must repay the shipping & handling fees so that the items may be re-packaged & shipped again.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with your purchase or feel as though an item has been misrepresented, please contact us within 2 days of receiving your item.

Returns will be accepted on a case to case basis.

Please keep in mind:

All of our items are 100% authentic vintage & unique. This means that they are not new, unless stated otherwise. Most of our items are decades old & may show natural signs of wear & age. We do our very best to make note of any & all flaws in the item description, but may overlook small flaws to be expected with a vintage item.

We will not accept returns for minor imperfections or color differences.

Returned items must be received within 7 days via USPS Priority Mail with delivery confirmation.

We are not responsible for return shipping costs.

No refunds will be given or returns accepted for items that do not fit, so please double check the measurements. All approximate "fits like" sizes are a rough estimate only. Tag sizes of vintage & modern day sizes often differ from each other. We suggest comparing the measurements of this garment to a similar garment that you already own to see if the item will fit you.

Colors cannot be guaranteed 100% accurate due to different monitor settings. Please consider this before purchasing.