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Best vintage shops on Etsy

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Best Vintage Shops On Etsy

I don’t mean to sound platitudinous but shopping for vintage clothes is not an easy affair. Looking for that perfect Lilli Ann suit, a 1930s velvet gown that will be just the right size and colour or, a Victorian funeral cape in mint condition. All can be quite a challenge, especially now that I don’t have easy access to my beloved vintage fairs in London which were my main source of vintage treasure hunting (you can read about the best vintage places to shop for in London). Since the big move however, my relocation from London to Warsaw, it was Etsy that came to the rescue!

I was a devoted observer, browsing though Etsy’s vintage shops for about a year before I signed up as a buyer. It became almost an obsession to find and save my dream dresses, suits, coats and hats to a shopping wish list. That’s the beauty of Etsy, you can easily save favourite shops and items to folders you create for yourself. So for example, I have one that’s only for Victorian capes, another for 1940s suits and the list goes on. I’m basically creating my dream wardrobe but not being a particularly practical person, I tend to go for pieces that are of a museum quality, a real work of art if you like, clothes that I would make very little use of and that’s why the folders on Etsy help me to compare and decide what is it I really need at a particular time in my life, what is it I almost can’t live without and what’s more of a fantasy that will spend 99% of its lifetime hanging on a mannequin.

If you are as passionate about vintage clothes from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s with Victorian items thrown into the mix, you will love my list of best vintage shops on Etsy! The reason behind my choice of the 36 vintage shops you will find here on my list is very simple, every single time I look for specific garments from my favourite periods in time, I always end-up finding the most ravishing, original, vintage clothes in those shops. I’ve also discovered what an incredible community it really is, we are all so passionate about wearing history, supporting the slow fashion and be it by accident or with full consciousness, we also become eco-friendly, reusing existing clothes, mending them, turning into a new designs, rather than buying cheap mass produced clothes, that will probably end-up in the bin within a month of it’s purchase. As I always say, quality before quantity! Focusing on finding your style rather than getting completely lost in the new trends that become old trends before you even get to wear your new dress. That’s where vintage fashion can help you creating a very original and unique look. I know, that there are many people in the vintage community who drawn upon mixing the old with the new or not being historically accurate with how clothes form one era are being paired with accessories from another, but there are also people like yours truly, who’s style is of mixing vintage clothes with current luxury brands, who are influenced by the past. I will never give-up on buying Wheels & Dollbaby or Vivienne Westwood because they compliment the true vintage in a unique way. Whatever category you fit with, the vintage shops on my list will help you complete your wardrobe or even build it from a scratch! 

Thank you very much to everyone on the list for allowing me to use your beautiful pictures and I hope that this article will be a lot of help to all of you vintage shoppers!

If there are wonderful vintage shops on Etsy that I haven’t put on the list please do add the name of the shop to the comments so that my readers and I may discover them.

The Mood- board

If I was to describe my look and style it would be a mix of  my Holly(wood) Trinity: Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth and Marlene Dietrich with a dash of Morticia Addams.

I present you with a visual/mood-board of what I’m looking for when I browse through vintage shops on Etsy!

Old Hollywood Movie stars

My mood- board, style inspiration. Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, lots of glamour, drama and of course Lilli Ann!

 

Best vintage shops on Etsy

1) Archetype Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Rhode Island, United States

Over 1700 sales

Hand-picked selection of vintage clothes and accessories such as gloves, bags and hats. Lots of beautiful 1950s dresses not just for the “Stepford Wives.”

1950s fashion. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Vintage 1950s Alex Coleman cashmere sweater and skirt set. Very Glenn Close in The Stepford Wives!

1940s suit. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1940s red wool suit with black glass beaded stars and very dramatic structured shoulders, that I can imagine being a part of Joan Crawford’s wardrobe and mine of course. 1950s black patent Koret bag and a stunning 1940s black woven cellophane hat.

 

2.  Big City Small Town Vintage 

Shipping Worldwide!

Ohio, United States

363 sales

Great selection of fabulous vintage suits and dresses!

1940s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

A simply divine 1940s vintage purple taffeta dress with matching belt and blazer.

1950s suit

Beautiful 1950s grey wool suit with decorative buttons by Don Loper.

3. Bride Of The Fox

Shipping Worldwide!

Virginia, United States

Over 190 sales

Breathtaking collection of rare, vintage garments, some of such historical value that they should be displayed in a museum or better still, my wardrobe!

 

Charles James Coat. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Jaw-dropping, rare 1950s coat by Charles James. One of those museum pieces that I’ve mentioned.

Norman Norell 1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Early 1950s Norman Norell dress in shocking pink.

4. Butch Wax Vintage 

Please note that Amanda sells mainly via her Instagram page which you can find here!

Shipping Worldwide

California, United States

Over 2400 sales

The always glamorous Amanda  Suter has years of experience in selling vintage clothes, most are from her personal collection. I’m stalking her Instagram page on a daily basis and putting a lot of the 1950s suits and coats onto my wishlist. She has a real talent for finding the most incredible Lilli Ann suits but you have to be really fast in making a purchase as they’re gone in 60 seconds. Below a selection of my favourite vintage suits and dresses from Butch Wax Vintage.

1950s suit and 1940s dresses.Best vintage shops on Etsy.

 

5) Canary Club Vintage 

Shipping Worldwide!

Minnesota, United States

Over 1200 sales

Magnificent selection of vintage dresses, suits and coats!

1950s navy dress

Gorgeous 1950s navy day dress with decorative buttons, made of textured rayon. If only I looked good in blue!

1950s plaid dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Another example of a beautiful 1950s day dress, a real masterpiece!

6) Cult Of Chiffon

Shipping Worldwide

Texas, United States

Over 870 sales

Dreamy vintage clothes and accessories from 1920s-1970s. Some of the most beautiful pieces of vintage lingerie I’ve seen in years!

Vintage lingerie

Just a small selection of my favourite lingerie pieces from Cult Of Chiffon.

pink 1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Lovely 1950s shirtwaist dress made of rose silk jacquard, paired with a cream 1940s metal mesh purse.

 

7) Crush Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

California, United States

Over 3500 sales

Lots of vintage treasures in the form of 1940s dresses, 1930s and 1940s lingerie, hats and a big selection of vintage wedding dresses that could easily be worn as evening gowns.

1930s velvet coat

Stunning velvet 1930s coat with a white collar.

Edwardian dress

I have a weakness for Victorian or Edwardian dresses as well as funeral capes and simply couldn’t resist showing you all this particular example of the treasures that Crush Vintage has in her store! Don’t you think that the dress paired with this  lovely 1940s bag is a match made in heaven!

8) Dandelion Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Over 1100 sales

Huge selection of clothes and accessories ranging from Victorian to 1980s. Lovely vintage scarfs and lingerie!

1960s suit

This 1960s dark pink suit with fur trim is an example of class and sophistication. I paired it with a Victorian silk lace shawl because I believe that everything goes with a Victorian Shawl. 🙂

1950s suit

1950s navy blue suit with a polka dot lining and matching bow, paired with a wide brim hat from the same period of time and 1960s wooden basket.

9) Dear Golden Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Michigan, United States

Over 14600 sales

Official Website: www.deargolden.com

Address: Dear Golden

211.S Fourth Ave.

Ann Arbor, MI

Breathtaking hand-selected vintage clothes and accessories from 1910s-1980s. Huge  selection of vintage dresses and coats, that are all on my wish-list!

*Due to technical problems,  unexpected loss of internet (for 5hours!) while I was in the middle of writing the article,  I “lost” one of the shops from my best vintage shops on Etsy list and unfortunately it was the Dear Golden Vintage. The order has been restored and the shop is right where it belongs!!!

best vintage shops on vintage

My dream 1950s princess coat (sadly a little bit too small), paired with a gorgeous 1930s dress, 1920s silk chemise and 1950s orange heels with open toes!

best vintage shops on Etsy

Another example of a stunning vintage coat, this time from 1930s! I paired it with a pair of 1940s black satin platforms with peep-toe!

10) Denisbrain Vintage 

Shipping Worldwide!

Washington, United States

Over 2400 sales

The owner’s mantra ” Wear vintage and make the world brighter.”

Fabulous selection of beautiful dresses, coats, 1950s skirts and accessories, especially hats!

1930s gown

1930s-1940s black gown with a fitted jacket, that I’m utterly obsessed with, paired with 1940s tilt hat with a veil. I can resist almost everything but a hat with a veil. It’s Beyond My Control.

1940s suit. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1940s brown, check suit by Kolmer. Love the tailored jacket with shoulder pads and the matching skirt with a back kick pleat!

11) Fab Gabs 

Shipping Worldwide!

Oregon, United States

Over 8000 sales

Beautiful selection of dresses and separates from 1920s, 1930, 1940s and 1950s.

1940s dress

Incredible 1940s dress with sheer mesh and balloon sleeves paired with a 1940s tilt hat shaped like a teardrop!

1930s pink dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1930s dress in a rosy pink rayon crepe and puffed sleeves perfect for Summer days.

 

12) Fairy Floss Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Texas, United States

55 sales on Etsy since 2016

Dreamy selection of antique and vintage clothes.  Every time I go back to Ruby’s Etsy shop for inspiration I have a sudden urge to listen to Stevie Nicks. 🙂 Really looking forward to seeing how the shop expands over time.

1930s gown

Late 1930s early 1940s cream and chiffon gown with faux pearl buttons. *Fur collar and necklace not included*

Edwardian dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Very romantic Edwardian two piece dress made of gauzy cotton lawn fabric.

 

I know, that my readers are very refined, people of class and good taste so there is no need for introducing Stevie Nicks but at least  I can tell you a funny and sad  at the same time anecdote. Last year I witnessed a conversation between two teenage girls and it went like this:

 

Girl a) ” Have you ever heard of  Stevie Nicks?

Girl b) No, Oh hold on! Isn’t she an actress on American Horror Story?

Girl a) Yeah but you know she’s like this new musician too.”

 

And people wonder why sometimes I go all Joan Crawford on them! 🙂

Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce

In the picture on the left: Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce. In the picture on the right; Stevie Nicks on her album cover for Bella Donna (new out in 1981)

13) Garb -Oh Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Oregon, United States

Over 1600 sales

Rhiannon, the owner of Garb-Oh Vintage is a real vintage hunter selling clothes and accessories from the 1920s-1960s.

Old Hollywood Glamour dress

1930s blue rayon dress with purple weave that has a dash of satin sheen to it. The wide belt and sleeves ending in a cuff of gold lame make the dress very dramatic. I wish I looked good in blue! I think it goes really well with the 1930s purse. So many of my favourite vintage pieces come in blue and it’s a colour I don’t think I can pull off.

 

1940s princess coat. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Perfect marriage! Stunning 1940s princess coat with cape and you know my weakness for capes! Paired with a 1940s black sequin skull cap with a veil. Sadly my dream coat is a little bit to small for me, unless I decided to wear it over bare skin (hmmm, thinking, thinking) but it will be one lucky lady who gets to buy it!

 

 

14) Guermantes Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Maryland, United States

Over 1000 sales

Rare antique and vintage clothing, a real treasure box of dream pieces! You will find a big selection of couture 1920s coats that are worth maxing your credit card for!

 

1920s coat. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Breathtaking 1920s coat, that has been on my wishlist for a long time but has now been reserved for someone, which proves how fast you need to act if you see something you really love.

Rare 1930s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Stunning and very rare 1930s evening gown encrusted in sequins!

 

15) Hedonist Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Maine, United States

Over 190 sales

Another treasure hunter with big selection of vintage clothes and accessories from the 1950s -1980s.

1960s wiggle dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of the 1960s fashion but there is always an exception and this beautiful 60s, wiggle dress is just that! Utter perfection.

1930s dressing gown

This stunning 1930s blue satin dressing gown had me fooled for a second and I thought it was an evening gown!

16) Machindance Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Virginia, United States

Over 200 sales

Heaven for those like yours truly in love with 1950s dresses and suits!

1950s Bette Davis dress

This stunning 1950s black taffeta Ceil Chapman dress reminds me so much of the dress designed by Edith Head for Bette Davis in All About Eve!

1950s wiggle dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1950s blue embroidered taffeta dress perfect for Summer parties.

17) Mill Street Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Over 2300 sales

Vintage shop with beautiful dresses from 1940s-1970s, a real treat for the eye.

blue 1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1950s blue floral cotton dress with detachable belt.

green 1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Crying a river over this simple, green with leopard trim 1950s dress, that would be perfect for me. Sadly it’s the wrong size.

18) No Carnations

Shipping Worldwide

Texas, United States

Over 2800 sales

Sheena, the shop’s owner believes that everyone deserves to wear good clothes and that’s exactly what you will find in No Carnations, simply a beautiful selection of vintage clothes and accessories.

1940s dress

1940s black rayon crepe dress with sleeves and collar trimmed in a peach velvet with rhinestones. I paired it with 1940s pink, silk shoes. I find that pink and orange/peach go hand in hand!

best vintage shops on Etsy

Breathtaking 1950s navy linen dress with matching cropped jacket paired with a 1940s hat.

19) Nouveau 2 You

Shipping Worldwide

Over 460 sales

Carefully selected vintage clothes from the 1920s-1950s. If I were to describe Valentine’s clients, based on the treasures she sells, it would be classy Femme Fatales with a love for glamour.

1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Beautiful 1950s New Look dress made of silk chiffon fabric and lace, with a wasp waist and very dramatic circle skirt.

polka dots 1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Dazzling 1950s cocktail dress with fitted waist, made of blue silk with polka dots.

20) Off Broadway Vintage 

Shipping Worldwide

New Mexico, United States

Over 600 sales

Official website: http://www.offbroadwayvintage.com/

High-end vintage clothes from the turn of the last century through to the 1980s. Big selection of vintage dresses and coats, that look like they’ve jumped of a movie screen!

1930s coat. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Jaw-dropping purple, wool tweed 1930s coat that Joan Crawford would have approved of!

1950s sequins dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Ladies and Gentleman! Guys and Dolls! Behold this glamorous, 1950s Gene Shelly sequins dress with white ostrich feathers.

21) Pale Pink Vintage 

Shipping Worldwide

Washington, United States

Over 600 sales

Vintage dresses, gowns, lingerie and much more from 1920s -1970s

1930s dress, Best vintage shops on Etsy.

In love with this elegant 1930s dress by Grosscraft.

1940s suit

Lovely 1940s grey suit by Marian Ross perfect for a business meeting or a lunch with the ladies.

22) Paper Luna Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Arizona, United States

Over 130 sales

Annie has a lovely selection of dresses, coats and accessories from the 1950s and 1960s.

red 50s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1950s red and black cotton dress with a cummerbund style waist. Paired with 1950s cage hat with large bow and netting and beautiful 1930s cameo earrings.

1950s sapphire dress

Gorgeous 1950s sapphire blue taffeta dress. The black ribbon sash belt accentuates the waist on a very full circle skirt.

23) Poppycock Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

North Carolina, United States

Over 3300 sales

Beautiful vintage treasures from 1800s-1900. Huge selection of  hats from 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

1930s nightgown. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1930s pink satin nightgown is what every lady needs in her boudoir!

vintage hats

Some of my favourite 1930s and 1940s hats from Poppycock Vintage.

24) Pursuing Andie Vintage

Idaho, United States

Over 2290 sales

Huge selection of clothes and accessories from 1940 to 1980s

1950s polka dot dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Lovely 1950s blue and white polka dot, drop waist dress paired with 1960s woven wicker purse.

1950s navy dress

1950s navy blue and silver patio dress, paired with wicker purse with fruit detail.

25) Ruby Fayes Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Colorado, United States

Over 1260 sales

Gorgeous range of clothes from 1910s to 1950s!

Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Simply magnificent 1940s black and silver sweater, decorated with rhinestones which I paired with a gorgeous velvet bolero.

1950s wool sweater and skirt set.

Lovely 1940s set consisting of wool knit sweater with gold metallic threading and a pencil skirt.

26) Savvy Spinster Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Over 830 sales

Melissa’s shop has only a few garments for sale at any given time but there’s always something amazing. I recently purchased from her a gorgeous 1940s suit, which I will be wearing during my upcoming photoshoot so stay tuned! (You can see pictures of me wearing the suit here!)

1940s suit

New addition to my vintage collection, a beautiful, grey suit from the 1940s.

Betty Barcley vintage dress

A radiant purple, late 1940s early1950s dress, that was snapped up by a shopper before I got a chance to click ‘add to cart’!

27) Selkie Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Over 115 sales

Selkie Vintage sells mainly via her Instagram page, which you can find here.

Graceful vintage clothes and accessories!

velvet suit from 1940s

Very dramatic, velvet ( I would never say no to velvet) suit, that any self-respecting Femme Fatale needs in her wardrobe! Selection of few of my favourite bags from 1940s and 1960s.

Lilli Ann grey suit. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Beautiful dove grey Lilli Ann suit with a dyed fox fur peplum.

28) Simply Vintage Co.

Shipping Worldwide

Oregon, United States

Over 3480 sales

Real heaven for those searching for 1940s and 1950s clothes, especially dresses and suits.

Address: Simply Vintage Co.

1100 SE Division St Ste 102

Portland, OR 97202

 

https://simplyvintageco.com/

Lilli Ann. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Gorgeous late 1940s Lilli Ann suit with velvet collar!

1950s dress

Very sweet early 1950s dress made of a rayon blend with wide waistband and shelf bust.

 

29) Simplicity Is Bliss

Shipping Worldwide

California, United States

Over 4890 sales

The shop has a huge selection of vintage clothing from 1920s to 1960s, focusing on dresses for every occasion.

Lilli Ann coat. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Breathtaking 1950s Lilli Ann coat with a nipped waist and a huge full skirt. I paired it with an antique Edwardian blouse that would look perfect underneath the coat, after all at some point you have to take of that coat.

1950s R&K dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Beautiful 1950s R&K navy blue dress with a very flattering fitted bodice.

 

30) Swan Song Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Oregon, United States

Over 1000 sales

Lovely dresses, suits, accessories and more mainly from 1950s to 1970s.

1940s crepe dress

Delicious 1940s wool crepe dress with black sequins on the front bodice paired with a 1920s opera cape.

1950s New Look dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Spectacular 1950s wedding gown, that reminds me so much of a Dior couture gown. I would have no problem wearing it as an evening gown!

31) The Get Up Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Vermont, United States

Over 400 sales

Dazzling selection of vintage clothes from 1920s to 1970s spiced up with Edwardian gems.

1950s flower dress

A rare 1950s Grenelle Estevez blue rose dress that I paired with an Edwardian bodice, purse and gorgeous 1950s Herbert Levine black sandals.

1950s flower dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Very romantic top and skirt set with a floral motif.

32) The Vintage Net

Shipping Worldwide

Rare and very unusual vintage treasures in the form of dresses, shawls, lingerie and much more.

1940s Mexico skirt. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Extremely rare Mexican embroidered skirt from the late 1940s or early 1950s. Magnificent colours that remind me of Frida Kahlo! I paired the skirt with Victorian gloves to show you all that there are no rules in fashion and mixing clothes from one era with accessories from another can create a very interesting look.

1920s large shawl. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

This magnificent 1920s oversized shawl with floral embroidery is a real work of art and should be displayed  in a museum or on my shoulders!

33) TheVintageStudio

Shipping Worldwide

North Carolina, United States

Over 5300 sales

Jaw-dropping vintage cocktail and evening dresses mainly from 1940s and 1950s is the main reason I stop by their page at least once a day. Oh dear, I think that’s called stalking.

1950s secretary dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Stunning navy 1950s secretary dress with a bow accent.

1950s Bette Davis dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Beautiful 1950s dress made of black taffeta a must have for anyone like yours truly, inspired by Bette Davis in All About Eve.

34) Trailer Park Flamingo

Shipping Worldwide

Missouri, United States

Over 390 sales

Beautiful selection of very unique vintage clothes and accessories from the 1940s to 1970s.

40s wiggle dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

My dream wiggle 1940s dress with gorgeous puffed sleeves! I think it would look great paired with the cranberry fur coat and 1950s kitten heels.

1940s black suit

Very Femme Fatale/ Rachel from Blade Runner 1940s suit with Bishop sleeves. I paired it with 1940s purple coat and black peep-toes.

35) Trunk of Dresses

Shipping Worldwide

Vancouver, Canada

Over 2300 sales

Breathtaking vintage clothes ranging from 1920s to 1970s.

1930s gown. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1930s dream of a gown in a beautiful green colour, perfect for a red head, with original slip! I paired it with a 1950s cashmere-like shawl.

1950s velvet dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

This 1950s velvet evening dress by Murray Fmaburger is simply divine! I paired it with a black princess coat from the same era and I think it’s a match made in heaven.

 

36) Two Old Beans

Shipping Worldwide

Tennessee, United States

Over 580 sales

Official website: http://www.twooldbeansvintage.com/

Darling selection of vintage clothes and accessories from 1940s to 1970s.

1940s evening gown. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Breathtaking 1940s evening gown by DuBarry in a deep purple rayon.

1940s suit. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Can’t stop staring at this 1940s suit in chocolate brown wool which I’ve paired here with 1940s brown pumps.

37) Via’s Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Minnesota, United States

Over 350 sales

Delicious vintage clothes and accessories from as early as 1800s to the 1970s.

1940s gown- Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Gorgeous 1940s black crepe dress with sequin flowers.

Beautiful 1950s Ceil Chapman dress made of silk. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Beautiful 1950s Ceil Chapman dress made of silk, paired with 1950s pink and red diamante set consisting of  brooch and clip-on earrings.

 

What’s your favourite vintage shop on Etsy?

 

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Moving house is never a simple task especially if it involves relocating not so much from one borough to another but to an entirely new country. I’ve done this a few times now in my life, lived in many cities around the world but I have to say that I find the whole experience quite cleansing, as it fills my heart with optimism and adventure for new quests. There is however, one inevitable and utterly annoying aspect of moving house, one has no choice but to live out of boxes for as long as it takes for the custom made furniture to be made and delivered… Eight to twelve weeks! I have bedrooms brimming with boxes, a kitchen choked by cartons and I find myself constantly quoting Elizabeth Taylor, who in describing her abode in the film ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf’, exclaimed “What a dump!”