Shopping Vintage Clothing

Shopping vintage clothing online can sometimes be daunting. There is often confusion between what is considered vintage and what is considered used. While wearing both are good for the environment and your checkbook, there is a big difference between the two.  If you are new to this market, here are a few terms-of-the-trade to help you have a positive shopping experience.

Antique is typically 100 years old and older (1915 and below).

Vintage is anything 20 - 100 years old (1995 to 1915). 

Retro is considered to be garments that reflect an earlier time.  For example, a dress manufactured in the 80s in the 30s style is both vintage & retro.

Vintage Inspired are new garments manufactured to look like period pieces.  

NOS (New Old Stock) are garments that have never been worn.  Many times they will have their original tags attached.  

Deadstock is similar to NOS, often referring to a collection of items that were purchased from a now defunct shop/store. Many deadstock items are also NOS.

Used clothing is is a bit tricky to define, since most vintage is also used. We considered used clothing to be anything that has been worn and manufactured in the last 20 years (1995 - 2015).

Contemporary clothing are new and used items manufactured within the last year or two.

Curated Vintage is a popular buzz word in the industry. We feel it is a term that should be reserved for historians and museum professionals. However, vintage sellers who describe their businesses as "curated" or "hand-selected" are indeed doing just that, hand selecting their merchandise and making sure each piece is dated accurately and is in good condition. In essence they are curating their own shop. Beware of any vintage seller that does not provide you with dates, condition, material content, and evidence of manufacturer if available.

The majority of items sold at DLT are vintage/estate/used/antique and sold AS IS, meaning you should expect some wear and/or aging. We attempt to note all flaws but begin with the basic assumption that a garment more than 20 years old cannot be in perfect condition. All clothing is sold in their current state and some garments may have been altered, shortened or changed from their original form. We avoid selling items in poor condition unless it is a real antique, highly collectible, or being sold as "distressed" for fashion or reuse. 

Our items will ship in good clean condition and all items that can be machine or hand washed have been. Dry cleaning is handled on a case by case basis. Some garments require it, others come to us in clean condition with the dry cleaning tags attached. Since dry cleaning can be harsh on vintage clothing we only dry clean those garments that we feel really need to be cleaned. We do not own a retail shop, so once an item has been cleaned, photographed, and listed it is set aside for sale. Please be aware that when you buy vintage clothing extra care may be required when it comes to cleaning. We attempt to avoid selling items that smell musty or of smoke. However, if we decide to put up for sale an item in such condition we will note the odor in our listing. We do not polish handbags, shoes, and jewelry.

Some wool garments are stored with lavender and may require airing prior to wear.

All items are checked again prior to being shipped.  Sometimes we find a flaw that was not noted in the listing.  If that happens we will contact you with details and give you the option of canceling the sale.

For those of you who might suffer from severe allergies, DLT is a pet friendly business (dogs & cat). You can meet Duke, Fiona, & Dexter on Instagram @DuncanLovesTessVintageandRetro

Our Condition Definitions:

Excellent Condition:  Item is perfect.

Very Good: Item is near perfect, no stains, rips, tears or flaws.

Good: Item may have one or two imperfections which are noted, or has obvious wear.

Poor: Item is ripped, has holes, or is distressed but still wearable/usable.

 Duncan Loves Tess Vintage & Retro, clothing for the vintage obsessed.