Monday, December 21, 2009

Top 10 Vintage sellers on Etsy, Part 2

Time for part 2 of my favorite vintage sellers on Etsy; this time, day wear! This was a harder list for me to compile than part 1. Personally most of the vintage I collect is evening wear... part of that is personal preference and part of that is because evening wear tends to be in better shape than day wear. People wore their day wear until it was in tatters, which means that, despite quality fabrics and careful construction, there is not all that much day wear around pre 1960's when clothing started being mass produced, more synthetic fabrics used, and cost of clothing became cheaper. That said, there are still some great pieces out there (many of my favorite vintage day wear is from the 80's) that you can integrate into your wardrobe. Here are some always reliable sources:

Fab Gabs Vintage

This shop, based out of Oregon City (where?), has a great selection of well-priced pieces, many of which feel totally modern. I am especially loving their outerwear.

Allentown Company Inc

A lot of bloggers have written about their love for Allentown Company's shop, which is also very fairly priced and is known for a great selection of shoes. I don't know much about the shop owner but she keeps a nice flickr blog and a twitter with shop updates. Check out that vintage Lanvin shirt dress!

Catbooks 1940s

An oddly named shop (especially since they don't carry much from the 40's), Catbooks 1940s is on the higher end of vintage carrying many designer labels from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. She's also one of the founding members of the Vintage Fashion Guild who originally sold on ebay and has since made the move to Etsy. Many really extraordinary and unique items here, in the higher price range.

Light Years Vintage

Originally a brick and morter shop based out of Memphis (one of my favorite cities in America), Light Years Vintage has some out of control vintage jewelry and items from the 60's and 70's. Tons of this stuff has been copied by modern designers, naturally.


You probably know Solanah from her excellent blog, Vixen Vintage, where she models an obscene number of hats, but she also runs a small, well-curated shop on Etsy. You can get a preview of what she's selling that week by following her blog, and if something strikes your fancy, put in a request to reserve. Ah, to live near Portland's seemingly endless vintage resources...

So go get shopping!

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