Retro Ruth

Brighton, England | 104 Sales


Retro Ruth

Brighton, England 104 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (32)

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For the love of vintage

Based in Brighton, UK and selling all over the world. We source special vintage fashion, jewellery and homewares, and then enjoy finding loving new homes for it all. We are a Member of the Vintage Fashion Guild, so you can be confident of accurate descriptions and excellent service.

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    for the love of vintage

Shop policies

Last updated on 06 February, 2019
Retro Ruth grew from my personal passion for wonderful vintage things. I pride myself on complete descriptions, accurate dating and honest condition reports, so you can buy with confidence. Retro Ruth is a member of the Vintage Fashion Guild. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Apple Pay Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
We have a 14 day return policy, from the day you receive your goods, with the following conditions:

1) Items must be returned in their original condition, unworn/unused, with all tags and labels still attached. Clothing will have hang tags attached, removal of these tags or any sign of usage (including smoke or perfume smells) will terminate this refund policy.

2) UK buyers must pay for the return postage costs. Your original outward postage will be refunded.

3) For international buyers, neither outward nor return postage costs will be refunded.

4) We are not responsible for items damaged or lost when being returned, please use tracked and insured postage.

5) Please contact us before returning items.

Returns are time-consuming and costly for both parties, so please read the listing carefully and ask any questions before buying. We want you to be happy with your purchase.
Your payment is due within 24 hours.

For large or heavy items, cash on collection from Brighton can be arranged, please contact us BEFORE BUYING.
We send items within 3 days of payment, often sooner.

UK items are sent by Royal Mail 2nd class or MyHermes courier.

International items go by Royal Mail International Standard or Tracked.

We can only send to the address shown by Paypal. If you want your purchase sent to another address, please log into Paypal and add the other address before paying.

If you need your item by a particular date, or have special requirements, contact us before buying, to make sure we can meet your needs.

Any customs charges or import duties are paid by you the buyer, and are not covered in the shipping charge. Make sure you are familiar with your country's import charges before buying. If you are outside the EU we attach A customs form stating the price you paid. Do not ask us to falsify this form or mark your purchase as a gift.
Additional policies and FAQs

PRISTINE: As new, with absolutely no flaws or wear
EXCELLENT: Previously worn with no notable flaws
VERY GOOD: Previously worn with minimal noted flaws
GOOD: Visible wear, noted flaws, may need light repair
FAIR: Numerous noted flaws, may need repair, may not take repeated wear
POOR/CUTTER: Damaged beyond repair or wear, study piece only


The measurements given are the garment's size, not your body size. A garment needs to be bigger than you are, so allow at least an inch or two for ease of movement in addition your body measurements, more for coats or loose fitting garments. To be sure of a good fit, measure a similar garment that fits you well and compare. Feel free to ask us for advice.

Measurements are taken with the garment laid flat, and kept 'relaxed' not stretched, doubling where appropriate.

Bust or Chest: underarm to underarm, doubled
Waist: across natural waist/narrowest point, doubled
Hips: measured side to side 8" below waist, doubled
Shoulders: from shoulder seam to opposite shoulder seam, at the top
Sleeve length: from shoulder seam to cuff,
Raglan sleeve length: from back of neck to cuff.
Sleeve inseam: from underarm to cuff
Bodice length: from highest point of garment (eg back of neck, top of shoulder, top of strapless bodice), excluding any collar, to waist.
Overall length: from highest point of garment (eg back of neck, top of shoulder, top of strapless bodice, top of waist), excluding any collar, to lowest point of hem. Men's jackets are always measured from back of neck, below collar, to hem.


Clothes: Larger sizes may be pinned back on the mannequin to show the shape. Full skirts may be shown over a full petticoat. Unless otherwise stated jewellery, belts and other accessories are not included.

Unless otherwise stated garments will not be dry-cleaned, but will be either hand-laundered or steam-cleaned to freshen if necessary.

We aim for accurate colours, but be aware that colours show differently on different monitors.

We operate from a smoke-free home. We do have a cat so can't guarantee cat hair free, though we don't allow him near the stock! Some items may have traces of scent or pet hair from their previous owners, though anything significant will be pointed out.

Please ask if you have any questions.