vintagestew

vintage banquet, a little bit of everything

Sarasota, Florida · 2421 Sales

vintagestew

vintage banquet, a little bit of everything

Sarasota, Florida 2421 Sales On Etsy since 2008

4.5 out of 5 stars
(1149)

Announcement   Vintage Stew sells vintage clothing and accessories.

Combined Orders: please contact seller prior to purchase so items can be weighed for most affordable U.S. 1st class shipping rate.

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 23, 2017

Vintage Stew sells vintage clothing and accessories.

Combined Orders: please contact seller prior to purchase so items can be weighed for most affordable U.S. 1st class shipping rate.

Adrien Lucas

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Adrien Lucas

Reviews

Average item review
4.5 out of 5 stars
(1149)
KRISTEN INGRAM

KRISTEN INGRAM on Jun 1, 2017

1 out of 5 stars

This was the most unpleasant transaction that I have ever experienced with Etsy. I was misinformed on the shipping details because her listing stated 2 day shipping, and I waited a week. When I reached out to her, she told me to "Get over myself" was extremely rude, hurtful, and unprofessional. When I received this item it was missing alot more beading then stated or depicted in the listing. I reached out to her, and she accused me of ruining the top. This was a gift for someone. I have contacted etsy about this transaction and I am completely mortified on her work ethic, customer service, and professionalism. I also have my own online boutique, and I would never speak to anyone in that way she has spoken to me. BUYER BEWARE!!!

Adrien

Adrien responded on Jun 5, 2017

This buyer has anger issues and potentially vision issues as well. The beaded top was in mint condition. There was no pleasing her from the get go. Sellers beware, this woman really needs to "get over herself" I have and trust me, Ms. Ingram probably speaks to everyone like they are the "help."

Amanda Serie

Amanda Serie on Feb 7, 2017

4 out of 5 stars

Shipped really fast and the colors are way more vibrant in person. This is a true 26 waist, size small, so it was described accurately. The reason I took a star off is that there was no mention that a hole had been patched on the bum. It is expertly done, I just would have wanted full honesty about the state of the product.

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About

My vintage story in all its vintage glory.

Wearing vintage clothing began as a young girl for me. My father's best friend's wife, (I know that was a mouthful) Phoebe Alexander, was an actress who would bring me bags of clothing from her childhood. It was the mid 70s and I'd have a bag of girl's dresses from the 30s and 40s. I think my love of vintage began then.

High school in the 80s was mainly spent skipped. I lived near Youngstown, Ohio and was conveniently an hour drive from Pittsburgh or Cleveland; since I had "older" friends I would skip school on Fridays and hit estate sales in either city collecting vintage dresses. Buying the good stuff which seemed to be abundantly available back then. Black taffeta dresses, costume paste, shoes, coats, hats, oh yes the good stuff! We had terrific thrift stores in Youngstown too, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul, Penny Thrift and more. I managed to graduate at the bottom'ish of my large class which is nothing to be proud of but at least I did it in vintage style.

The day of h.s. commencement I was in a car driving to Los Angeles, California with a car filled with vintage clothing and not much more. L.A. was fun, there was Aardvarks in Venice Beach where one of my first scores was a 30s dress owned by the actress Betty Furness. She had penned her name on the clothing label. It was a full length silk floral dress that had a million tiny fabric covered buttons up the back. That dress was a beauty. During the late 80s and early 90s I'd visit my family in Ohio and shop for vintage, buying a vintage suitcase and filling it with clothes to sell to Wasteland on Melrose Avenue in L.A. or to a few private clients who were looking for very specific vintage pieces.

I moved back to Ohio for a few years after the L.A. riots and the '94 Northridge earthquake. There I found the Village Thrift Store and hit pay dirt. That store when it opened was filled with treasures. Also Phoebe Alexander passed away and I was given access to her home to pull all the vintage. Going into her home was one of those "vintage pickers" dreams, hell Phoebe could have been on an episode of Hoarders. She collected things in triplicates. I began in the basement which was an archaeological dig. Mounds of black garbage bags were piled from the floor to the ceiling. As I waded through the layers, I went through many decades and by the time I reached the bags at the floor level, I was well into the 50s. Somehow beautiful beaded sweaters and gowns managed to survive. There were some amazing costumes as Phoebe apparently helped herself to any stage production clothing she may have been in or had access to. This went on all the way up to the third floor in which I had to crawl over a ton of stuff on the steps to reach the top and this took about ten days of major work. I managed to cram all of this vintage into my father's former art studio and eventually the clothes made their way to L.A. when I moved back around '98. I again began selling off pieces to Wasteland.

I now live in Sarasota, FL and while the quest for vintage is still good, it's not the same. Everyone is selling vintage or thinks they are and let's face it, the quality and beauty of the really old stuff is either rotting or has been bought up, not to say that there aren't still things to be found. With disposable clothing becoming so common, and the 90s introduction of grunge, the fabrics are pretty shabby and I find it laughable to touch something synthetic that makes me cringe and was most likely made in China but hey, I was wearing grunge crap although my friend and I called it "Drugstore Cowboy Grunge" because we preferred mixing the 70s into our grunge'esque flannel and faded Levi's.

There are a million vintage stories, I still go to estate sales, mostly in Ohio during the summer and continue to shop here in Florida. I fix what I can and lately I've really been into novelty prints in nylon from the early to mid 70s. Let's face it, if you don't have serious dough, the good stuff just isn't as attainable as it was when I was a teenager. Life goes on and the thrill of the vintage hunt continues!

Phoebe Alexander - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0018675/
Betty Furness - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0299026/
www.atomicholidaybazaar.com

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  • Adrien Lucas

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I eat, breathe, buy, repair, wear, & sell vintage. I also run an indie-craft festival in Sarasota, FL each December called Atomic Holiday Bazaar that features many Etsy sellers featuring indie-craft, vintage, upcycle furniture & art.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 4, 2015
You are purchasing vintage or possibly an antique, treat your item like an old lady, she's been around a long time and needs to be handled with care.

Each garment has been examined, if any wear, stain, rip, flaw exists, it will be described under Full Disclosure. I am a master beader, embroider, seamstress so any flawed vintage will be fixed unless I determine that nothing can be done, then item is sold as is. If there is any hint of wear on any item for sale, it will be indicated in the product description.

SIZING: Sizing for vintage is not an exact science, so check your measurements carefully to the ones listed. Garments are measured in U.S. inches
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Vintage Stew is a smoke free home. Vintage garments are sold clean but are NOT dry cleaned. Dry Cleaning is always recommended when receiving vintage, sometimes odors that were undetectable revive upon being shuttled in a small plastic bag during shipment. Vintage Stew tries to NOT buy garments that openly exhibit smoke stench, however, as stated above, fabrics can be tricky and odors can lie dormant until boxed up. Refunds will not be given if this occurs, so please consider this potential prior to purchasing vintage from Vintage Stew or from anyone, anywhere.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
Payment is expected within one (1) week of hitting the "BUY" button. If payment is not received, contact with the buyer will be initiated but item will be re-listed if buyer does not respond.

CREDIT CARDS, PAYPAL, CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE ACCEPTED.
Shipping
Vintage Stew ships anywhere in the U.S. & Outside of the U.S. via U.S. POST FLAT RATE, 1st Class or Express if requested.

Items are shipped out one week of purchase but usually within a few days of purchase.

If item is lost in mail, buyer must wait 45 days until refund is given. If item is stuck in customs, buyer must wait until item is shipped back to Vintage Stew, this can take up to six months.
Refunds and Exchanges
No returns or refunds, please read the item description prior to hitting the Buy Button. Refunds are only issued 45 days after item has not be received.
Additional policies and FAQs
Vintage Stew sometimes blogs about vintage tasty bits and can be read here:

http://www.vintagestew.blogspot.com/

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