Ruby Faye’s Vintage based in Denver, Co is an online vintage shop, where it’s not difficult to find a real treasure amongst a vast selection of garments dating from the 1900s-1960s. However, be warned, it’s easy to miss out on the actual purchase of your dream vintage piece, as first dibs are always offered on Amanda’s Instagram account, before being listed on her Etsy shop. Based on my observations, it’s on IG where the truly savvy shoppers with excellent taste, snap the real treasures and it all happens within few minutes from being posted. So a lot of the times they won’t even make it to Etsy. My advice is to follow Amanda’s Instagram account and check daily for new items being listed!
Here are just few examples of some extraordinary pieces from Ruby Faye’s Vintage I sadly missed out on and a proof that great vintage clothes wait for no one!
Without any further ado, I present you the vintage shop of the week!
Dominique de Merteuil: How did you start your adventure in selling vintage clothes?
Ruby Faye’s Vintage: I had been collecting vintage pieces for my personal wardrobe for several years and at one point I was a little short on money so I decided to sell a few pieces from my collection in order to raise the funds I needed. Around the same time, one of my best friends from college, came to visit me from Los Angeles. She had recently started selling clothing from the 1980’s and 1990’s on Etsy so when she was in town we ended up going to a few estate sales and it kind of just clicked. I realized it was a great way to fund my own vintage clothing buying habit and grew from there.
Dominique de Merteuil: What can we find in your vintage shop? For example, do you specialise in a particular era or type of garment, accessory, etc?
Ruby Faye’s Vintage: In my vintage shop you will find a collection of vintage clothing pieces from the 1900’s to the early 1960’s. On rare occasion I might stray a little later than that if I find an exceptional late 1960’s, or 1970’s but later than the 1960’s is really not my expertise. All the pieces I sell must be wearable and I am pretty particular when vintage hunting to try to only choose fashion forward garments, but I am also a huge sucker for the drama of old Hollywood glamour.
Dominique de Merteuil: Is there a process you go through when selecting garments for your shop? Perhaps you have a list or a criteria, that you use when deciding which garments will be perfect for your shop and your clients?
Ruby Faye’s Vintage: There are many factors that play a role when I am selecting garments for the shop. Era, and condition are the main ones but after that it comes down to style, fabric, wear-ability, as well as looking at it from the buyers perspective. I always ask myself, would I buy this for myself and if so how much would I want to spend on it. There are also many times when I come across something that I know certain customer will like.
Dominique de Merteuil: Where do you find all those beautiful vintage clothes and accessories for your shop? (if it’s not a secret!)
Ruby Faye’s Vintage: I wish there was an easy answer to this. The reality is that it just takes a lot of time and effort to find beautiful vintage pieces. So many hours are just spent waiting in line at an estate sale. There are a lot of early weekend mornings driving from garage sales, flea markets, antique shops, thrift stores etc. just hoping to come across something. There are some really great days where I come across some amazing finds, but in between that, the majority of time it is chasing leads that don’t pan out.
Dominique de Merteuil: What is your favourite period in time and why?
Ruby Faye’s Vintage: My favorite period of time fashion wise would have to be the 1930’s. The clothing and accessories were just so glamorous and swoon worthy.
Dominique de Merteuil: What message/advise do you have for women who have never bought vintage clothes before? For example: what are the key pieces to start building a vintage look? What to keep in mind when making a purchase?
Ruby Faye’s Vintage: The first thing I would say is the key is to make sure you know your correct measurements. This can make the world of difference in finding a vintage piece that you will love. Besides just knowing your bust, waist, and hips, it is important to know if you are more long waisted or short waisted because it can really change the way a garment fits. Other than that I would say make sure to check the condition of the vintage piece you are thinking about buying or ask the seller questions about condition if it is not stated. Most sellers will welcome questions because they want you to be happy with your purchase.
Dominique de Merteuil: What are your 3 favourite items that you have ever sold and why have you chosen to name those particular ones?
Ruby Faye’s Vintage: This is probably to the toughest question on the whole questionnaire to answer. I fall in love with all of the vintage pieces in my shop. I originally picked about 15 favorite ones and then tried to narrow it down from there. I was stuck at around six… and now I can’t narrow it down to less than four, however two of them are a pair that came from the same estate.
The first one that popped in my mind was a purple 1930’s bias cut floor length gown with rhinestone button clasps in the front and a matching rhinestone belt. The back is almost caged. It’s just a show stopper. I have never been able to get the dress out of my head.
The second one is a 1940’s pink wool dress with music notes throughout it. It is just a really unique and fun dress and it sold within about 30 seconds when I listed it which is a good thing because any longer would have made me keep it for myself despite the fact that it wasn’t my size.
The last one, or pair is two 1950’s silk Hawaiian dresses with gold metallic designs. I held on to these dresses for about 4 years before I sold them even though I knew I would never fit into a 24″ waist. I just kept hoping. There were just really breathtaking, even more so in person.
Dominique de Merteuil: What are your favourite vintage brands and are they very difficult to find?
Ruby Faye’s Vintage: I have several on my list of wish list designer finds but I will list my favorites that I have actually had the honor of finding:
Ceil Chapman – I have never come across a Ceil Chapman dress that wasn’t impeccably made and completely flattering.
Alfred Shaheen – I love cotton dresses so much and Alfred Shaheen was the king of constructing comfortable and stunning Hawaiian dresses
Lilli Ann – Every Lilli Ann coat or suit I have ever come across is just drool worthy.
These brands are harder to find but they aren’t impossible.
Dominique de Merteuil: What’s in your wardrobe? Do you personally wear vintage clothes on a daily basis?
Ruby Faye’s Vintage: My style is eclectic. I wear vintage clothing regularly but tend to mix and match vintage with new pieces daily and save my good vintage for going out. This is mainly due to the fact that I work from home the majority of the time as well as the fact that when I am out vintage hunting I usually get up really early and I don’t want to ruin my vintage while I am digging through boxes or in dusty basements. However, I am almost always wearing vintage jewelry.