About Condition Reports

Maybe you're accustomed to sellers whose standard statement for most of their stock is "Great Vintage Condition" or "great considering its age".

You receive your purchase from them and you notice a little stain here, and a few pinholes there, and you count your blessings that there's nothing major - you would have happily paid the same price if you had a chance to inspect it first. Or maybe you get it, and the seller didn't mention the 1" hole in the back of the skirt or the yellow stains under the arms and now you have to decide whether to question their interpretation of what constitutes great vintage condition.

Maybe you would have bought it anyway if flaws had been fully described, but maybe not. Or maybe not at the price you paid for the blithely described "Great Vintage Condition". Those sellers may defend themselves by saying "All vintage is flawed, you should expect it". I have a hard time trusting the sellers who never seem to have flaws to report.

Here's what I would say: Most vintage has at least some small flaws, even New Old Stock. Just because it hasn't been worn doesn't mean that there might not be some dust from long storage or some fading.

And most vintage clothing has been worn, washed, sometimes altered to fit its previous owner. It's not unusual to see small signs of wear if you inspect it closely - small stains or a bit of pilling or a few scuffs. That's not unique to vintage! If you look through your own closets & drawers, I bet you'll find similar small flaws on garments you would have guessed were in perfect condition.

I inspect everything I sell several times. I'm going to tell you about anything and everything I find, because I want you to make an informed decision before you buy. I try to take close-up photos whenever possible of flaws I am describing. I'm more forgiving of flaws in older garments in terms of offering it for sale, but I'll give you a detailed condition report.