Need costuming advice? Can’t find a clothing item? Have a burning question about fashion history?
Frustrated that I couldn’t find vintage inspired clothing for the many vintage themed events my husband and I attend, I set out to link to as many clothes as I could find online. My mission is to connect you to the best vintage inspired clothing and costumes for sale online and teach you about vintage fashion history as worn by everyday people like you.
We are here to help, however due to the overwhelming number of requests, we simply can’t respond to everyone. The following Questions and Answers should help most people find what they need. If not, we are just an email away…
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Debbie, The Vintage Dancer (and sidekick hubby Oscar)
Please read the F.A.Q first before contacting me:
How do I order an item on your website?
VintageDancer.com does not sell any clothing directly. By clicking on the picture or title you will be redirected to the online retailer selling the item. You can then place your order with them.
1. Questions about Size? Shipping? Returns?
By clicking on one of the clothing pictures you will be re-directed to the online merchant’s website. On the website, you should be able to find information about sizing, buying, shipping, and returns. Each website/store is different, so be sure to read about them before you buy.
2. Will you give me clothing to review, use in a photoshoot, or give away as a donation?
See #1. Since I don’t sell any clothing directly, I can not send you clothing.
3. Where can I buy more clothing?
If you don’t find what you are looking for on VintageDancer.com you can probably find it on one of these two lists:
Have a look through Etsy.com and eBay.com as well. Be very aware of deals on cheap websites, even with amazing reviews. Many really are too good to be true.
If none of these have what you want, you may want to have it custom made for you. This will cost more and take more time, but it may be the only way to get the item exactly as you want. Most costume designers on Etsy.com will take custom orders. Search for something similar and send them a message to see if they do custom.
4. Where can I shop locally? Or Rent costumes?
Start with a google search for “Your city + costumes” or “Your city + vintage clothing” or “your city + thrift store.” Almost every city has a place to buy or rent costumes or resell vintage and thrift clothing. If that search doesn’t help you try the phone book, ask friends, or ask the organization hosting the event you are attending. I probably can’t help you more than that unless you live in the Northern Nevada area.
5. I am located in the UK / Australia/ Non- US Country, can you help me shop?
For Australia/ NZ shoppers I have this page for all decades (mostly women’s). Many of these items are included in all other shopping pages and many stores ship internationally. Look at the price to see the currency in your country. Outside of the USA, Canada and UK my resources and knowledge are limited.
Due to limited time, I cannot help with identification or value of your vintage items. Please use the below resources:
Dating images/clothing items: This Facebook group can help you date items up to the 1970s. For men’s clothing, the Fedora Lounge is the best resource. Search Facebook groups for the decade or style of item (i.e. vintage shoes, jewelry, necktie, Victorian, Edwardian, etc) and join them for even more help. This list of Facebook groups is what I use.
5. Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Debbie Sessions and I am from Reno, Nevada USA. Together with my husband, Oscar, we are the VintageDancer.com team. You can learn more about us, this website, and why the name Vintage Dancer here.
6. How can my business be included? Do you have an Advertising program?
Yes, look at the options here: https://vintagedancer.com/advertise/
7. Do you accept guest blog posts?
I do not accept guest blog posts or backlink requests. If you have some skills in researching Fashion history, however, I may have some paid writing assignments for you.
8. Can I use an image from your website?
Copyright law is complicated. While I feel comfortable with the copyright status of all vintage images on the website I can not officially grant you permission to use those images. If it is one of my personal photographs you may request permission. If you need images for a publication I suggest you buy one on Etsy or eBay, or purchase a stock image with a clear copyright status.
9. I can’t find an item I saw on Pinterest or Google/Bing images!
Tthat happens when an item sells out. In rare cases, I can still find the item you want on another website. Here is a tip: Right click the image of the item and select “Search Google for this Image.” Usually, this brings up other websites that have or still have the item for sale. On Pinterest, look at the similar images under the pin for other possible sources. If all else fails, just email me what you are looking for and I’ll see what else I can find it for you (a link to a picture helps a lot).
11. Do you have a catalog?
Sorry, I do not have a print catalog. We are an online website only linking to clothing for sale on multiple retail websites.
12. Can you help me research fashion history?
Try searching our website. There are hundreds of articles that may have the answer you need.
Students, you may ask me specific questions AFTER you have attempted to do your own research (off the internet is best). Your teacher does not want me to answer your essay question for you so don’t ask, okay? : )
Need to cite this website? Publisher: Vintage Dancer LLC Founded: November 2012 Author: Debbie Sessions, unless otherwise noted. Using MLM this is an example:
Sessions, Debbie. “How to Dress for a Sock Hop” Vintage Dancer LLC, 11 September 2018, vintagedancer.com/1950s/how-to-dress-for-a-50s-sock-hop/
13. Do you buy vintage clothing? How can I sell mine?
Sorry, I do not buy vintage clothing. Read this article on how to sell your vintage clothing quickly for more ideas.
14. Can you help me with my outfit?
Yes!!!! I LOVE helping people find the perfect outfit. Feel free to email or use the contact form below with some details about the outfit you need, your budget (VERY important), gender, decade, size, event date, and location – especially if you are outside the USA. If you have a photo to send please email me at [email protected]
For all other questions, fill out this form or email help @ vintagedancer.com