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Featured Shop: The Vintage Mistress

Apr 6, 2015

by The Vintage Mistress

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello! My name is Elizabeth, and I live in Melbourne, Florida with my husband and our four children. I purchase and restore women’s vintage clothing and wedding dresses for my shop, The Vintage Mistress.

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I’ve been an avid collector of vintage clothing for over 25 years. This passion comes from my grandmother, who taught me about the history and fashions she grew up with – from the Edwardian period on through the Roaring Twenties. As a little girl, I absorbed myself in her mesh handbags, sparkly jewelry, and fancy dresses. About seven years ago, my vintage collection outgrew my closet and began to take over my husband’s closet. It was time to downsize. Thankfully, I discovered Etsy and founded The Vintage Mistress in 2009. Although my personal collection is now neatly confined behind one closet door, I still need a storage unit for the shop’s stock!

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“Timeless style” best summarizes my process and approach to making selections for the shop. I gravitate toward mixing the old with the new, and when I spot a potential item, I get a vision of the piece paired with modern clothing to create a fabulous outfit. When choosing wedding dresses, I look for classic silhouettes with bespoke tailoring and high-quality fabrics. The dress must have just the right balance between form, fabric, and embellishment.

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Buying vintage online can be tricky because you can’t try a piece on over the Internet – there’s no virtual dressing room to pop into. My goal is to turn the online shopping experience into one that feels more personal, worry-free and simply delightful.

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Running a small business and raising a family is a challenge. Etsy offers me the ability to do both under one roof, and for that, I am profoundly thankful. I am available for the children and have turned a hobby into a rewarding career. And even though my grandmother has passed away, holding a piece of vintage clothing is like having her alongside me once again.

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All photographs by The Vintage Mistress.

SALE Vintage White Crochet Cape Poncho / Fringe / Button Cape / Buttercream / Size Small to Medium
SALE Vintage White Crochet Cape Poncho / Fringe / Button Cape / Buttercream / Size Small to Medium
TheVintageMistress
$23.80 USD
SALE Vintage 1940s Black Short Swing Evening Jacket Coat / Swing Jacket Coat
SALE Vintage 1940s Black Short Swing Evening Jacket Coat / Swing Jacket Coat
TheVintageMistress
$47.60 USD
Vintage 1960s White Sheath Shift Dress with a Turquoise Beaded Collar / Sleeveless Dress / Daisy Flower Embroidery
Vintage 1960s White Sheath Shift Dress with a Turquoise Beaded Collar / Sleeveless Dress / Daisy Flower Embroidery
TheVintageMistress
$89.00 USD
Vintage 1970s Pink Negligee / Bridal Lingerie / Nightgown / Blissfully Pink
Vintage 1970s Pink Negligee / Bridal Lingerie / Nightgown / Blissfully Pink
TheVintageMistress
$21.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Golden Yellow Sheath Dress with a Matching Cashmere Sweater / Shift Dress / Dynasty Collection
Vintage 1960s Golden Yellow Sheath Dress with a Matching Cashmere Sweater / Shift Dress / Dynasty Collection
TheVintageMistress
$124.00 USD
SALE Vintage 1970s Brown Givenchy Sport Cardigan Sweater / Cinch Tie Bottom
SALE Vintage 1970s Brown Givenchy Sport Cardigan Sweater / Cinch Tie Bottom
TheVintageMistress
$23.80 USD
SALE Vintage 1980s Brown Wool Swing Jacket Car Coat / Fall and Winter Jacket / Fawn
SALE Vintage 1980s Brown Wool Swing Jacket Car Coat / Fall and Winter Jacket / Fawn
TheVintageMistress
$29.40 USD
Vintage 1970s Navy Blue A Line Skirt / Grosgrain Ribbon Trim / Pockets
Vintage 1970s Navy Blue A Line Skirt / Grosgrain Ribbon Trim / Pockets
TheVintageMistress
$34.00 USD
1950s Circle Skirt / 50s Full Skirt / Swing Skirt /  Gray and White Sketch Print
1950s Circle Skirt / 50s Full Skirt / Swing Skirt / Gray and White Sketch Print
TheVintageMistress
$34.00 USD
Floral Print Pencil Skirt /  1980s Skirt / Wiggle Skirt / Cotton / Red  Rose Flower Print
Floral Print Pencil Skirt / 1980s Skirt / Wiggle Skirt / Cotton / Red Rose Flower Print
TheVintageMistress
$34.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Sleeveless Halter Full Length Formal Evening Dress / Ruffled Neckline /  Empire Waist
Vintage 1960s Sleeveless Halter Full Length Formal Evening Dress / Ruffled Neckline / Empire Waist
TheVintageMistress
$68.00 USD
SALE Vintage 1960s Brown Wool Coat with Mink Trim / Houndstooth /  Half Belt Back
SALE Vintage 1960s Brown Wool Coat with Mink Trim / Houndstooth / Half Belt Back
TheVintageMistress
$62.30 USD
SALE Vintage Black Velvet Evening Opera Jacket Coat / Open Front / Swing Jacket Coat
SALE Vintage Black Velvet Evening Opera Jacket Coat / Open Front / Swing Jacket Coat
TheVintageMistress
$47.60 USD
SALE Vintage 1970s Bohemian Green Striped Knit Sweater Top /  1970s Sweater / Bell Sleeves / Size Small
SALE Vintage 1970s Bohemian Green Striped Knit Sweater Top / 1970s Sweater / Bell Sleeves / Size Small
TheVintageMistress
$25.20 USD
Vintage 1980s Floral Print Midi Skirt /  Cotton /  Pockets
Vintage 1980s Floral Print Midi Skirt / Cotton / Pockets
TheVintageMistress
$34.00 USD
Vintage White Long Sleeved Ruffled Blouse Top / Button Down Blouse / 1970s Prairie Blouse / Gunne Sax Blouse
Vintage White Long Sleeved Ruffled Blouse Top / Button Down Blouse / 1970s Prairie Blouse / Gunne Sax Blouse
TheVintageMistress
$32.00 USD
Vintage 1980s Floral Print Midi Skirt /  Cotton /  Pockets
Vintage 1980s Floral Print Midi Skirt / Cotton / Pockets
TheVintageMistress
$34.00 USD
Vintage 1980s Ruffled Lace Skirt / Cream / Elastic Waist
Vintage 1980s Ruffled Lace Skirt / Cream / Elastic Waist
TheVintageMistress
$34.00 USD
Vintage White Long Sleeved Ruffled Blouse Top / Button Down Blouse / 1970s Prairie Blouse / Gunne Sax Blouse
Vintage White Long Sleeved Ruffled Blouse Top / Button Down Blouse / 1970s Prairie Blouse / Gunne Sax Blouse
TheVintageMistress
$32.00 USD
Vintage 1940s Brocade Wedding Dress Suit /  Wartime Bride / Princess Suit / Frank Starr Ruth Goude Original
Vintage 1940s Brocade Wedding Dress Suit / Wartime Bride / Princess Suit / Frank Starr Ruth Goude Original
TheVintageMistress
$324.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Lace Knee Length Wedding Dress /  Long Sleeves / Short Wedding Dress / Meet Me at Noon
Vintage 1960s Lace Knee Length Wedding Dress / Long Sleeves / Short Wedding Dress / Meet Me at Noon
TheVintageMistress
$189.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Wedding Dress / Lace Wedding Dress / Short Sleeves / Ballgown / Modest Wedding Dress / Emma
Vintage 1950s Wedding Dress / Lace Wedding Dress / Short Sleeves / Ballgown / Modest Wedding Dress / Emma
TheVintageMistress
$368.00 USD
Art Glass Necklace / Statement Necklace / Costume Jewelry / Multistrand Necklace / Carnival Glass
Art Glass Necklace / Statement Necklace / Costume Jewelry / Multistrand Necklace / Carnival Glass
TheVintageMistress
$18.00 USD
Vintage 1940s Plaid Cotton Dress / 40s Dress / Pleated Skirt / Pockets
Vintage 1940s Plaid Cotton Dress / 40s Dress / Pleated Skirt / Pockets
TheVintageMistress
$89.00 USD
Vintage 1980s Floral Cotton Dress / Bohemian Dress / Prairie Dress / Split Sleeves
Vintage 1980s Floral Cotton Dress / Bohemian Dress / Prairie Dress / Split Sleeves
TheVintageMistress
$38.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Silk Chiffon Party Formal Dress / 50s Dress / Coral Pink / Size Medium
Vintage 1950s Silk Chiffon Party Formal Dress / 50s Dress / Coral Pink / Size Medium
TheVintageMistress
$124.00 USD
SALE Yellow Cardigan Sweater / Button Down Sweater / Cable Knit Sweater / Sweater Bee
SALE Yellow Cardigan Sweater / Button Down Sweater / Cable Knit Sweater / Sweater Bee
TheVintageMistress
$11.20 USD
SALE Vintage 1960s Black Beaded Sequin Cardigan Sweater / Beaded Sweater / Black Sequin Sweater  / Polished
SALE Vintage 1960s Black Beaded Sequin Cardigan Sweater / Beaded Sweater / Black Sequin Sweater / Polished
TheVintageMistress
$26.60 USD
Vintage 1970s Knit Crochet Top/ Knit Sweater Top / Crochet Sweater Blouse / Peach Shell
Vintage 1970s Knit Crochet Top/ Knit Sweater Top / Crochet Sweater Blouse / Peach Shell
TheVintageMistress
$38.00 USD
Vintage Long Sleeve All Lace Nude Dress / 1960s Nude Lace Dress / Formal Dress / Cocktail Dress / Size Small
Vintage Long Sleeve All Lace Nude Dress / 1960s Nude Lace Dress / Formal Dress / Cocktail Dress / Size Small
TheVintageMistress
$148.00 USD
SALE Vintage 1960s Novelty Cardigan Sweater / Button Down Sweater / Tiny Turtle Appliqués
SALE Vintage 1960s Novelty Cardigan Sweater / Button Down Sweater / Tiny Turtle Appliqués
TheVintageMistress
$33.60 USD
Vintage 1960s White Clutch / White Purse / Clutch / Vinyl / Morris Moskowitz
Vintage 1960s White Clutch / White Purse / Clutch / Vinyl / Morris Moskowitz
TheVintageMistress
$36.00 USD
SALE Yellow Wool Cardigan Sweater / Button Down Sweater / Cable Knit Sweater / Buttercup
SALE Yellow Wool Cardigan Sweater / Button Down Sweater / Cable Knit Sweater / Buttercup
TheVintageMistress
$23.80 USD
Vintage 1940s Corde Clutch / Black Corde Bag / Corde Clutch  / Noir
Vintage 1940s Corde Clutch / Black Corde Bag / Corde Clutch / Noir
TheVintageMistress
$54.00 USD
1960s Wedding Dress / Empire Waist / Sheath / Detachable  Train / Lauren
1960s Wedding Dress / Empire Waist / Sheath / Detachable Train / Lauren
TheVintageMistress
$324.00 USD
Woven Straw Purse / Clutch  / Straw Handbag / Beachy
Woven Straw Purse / Clutch / Straw Handbag / Beachy
TheVintageMistress
$18.00 USD
Short Mantilla Veil / Lace Wedding Veil /  1970s Wedding Veil
Short Mantilla Veil / Lace Wedding Veil / 1970s Wedding Veil
TheVintageMistress
$78.00 USD
Vintage Wedding Veil / 1960s Bridal Veil with Blusher / Elbow Waist Length Veil / White Lace
Vintage Wedding Veil / 1960s Bridal Veil with Blusher / Elbow Waist Length Veil / White Lace
TheVintageMistress
$78.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Tiara Crystal and Pearl Wedding Veil / 50s Wedding Veil / Crown Headpiece / Finger Tip Veil
Vintage 1950s Tiara Crystal and Pearl Wedding Veil / 50s Wedding Veil / Crown Headpiece / Finger Tip Veil
TheVintageMistress
$64.00 USD
SALE Vintage 1940s Shoes /  40s Brown Leather Peep Toe High Heels Platform Pumps /  Size 7.5
SALE Vintage 1940s Shoes / 40s Brown Leather Peep Toe High Heels Platform Pumps / Size 7.5
TheVintageMistress
$62.30 USD
1960s Wedding Dress / Empire Waist / Sheath / Chapel Train / Elizabeth
1960s Wedding Dress / Empire Waist / Sheath / Chapel Train / Elizabeth
TheVintageMistress
$324.00 USD
Vintage Turquoise Link Bracelet / Taxco / Green and Brown Matrix
Vintage Turquoise Link Bracelet / Taxco / Green and Brown Matrix
TheVintageMistress
$72.00 USD
Vintage  Wedding Veil / 1960s Bridal Veil / Elbow Waist Length Veil / White Lace
Vintage Wedding Veil / 1960s Bridal Veil / Elbow Waist Length Veil / White Lace
TheVintageMistress
$78.00 USD
Vintage  Wedding Veil / 1960s Bridal Veil / White Lace Veil with Pearls
Vintage Wedding Veil / 1960s Bridal Veil / White Lace Veil with Pearls
TheVintageMistress
$78.00 USD
Vintage White Baby Blanket / Christening Blanket / Receiving Blanket / Unisex
Vintage White Baby Blanket / Christening Blanket / Receiving Blanket / Unisex
TheVintageMistress
$42.00 USD
Vintage White Baby Blanket / Christening Blanket / Receiving Blanket / Unisex
Vintage White Baby Blanket / Christening Blanket / Receiving Blanket / Unisex
TheVintageMistress
$38.00 USD
Mantilla Veil / Lace Wedding Veil / Cathedral Length Wedding Veil / 1970s Wedding Veil
Mantilla Veil / Lace Wedding Veil / Cathedral Length Wedding Veil / 1970s Wedding Veil
TheVintageMistress
$164.00 USD
Vintage  Wedding Veil / 1960s Bridal Veil / Waist Length Veil / White Lace
Vintage Wedding Veil / 1960s Bridal Veil / Waist Length Veil / White Lace
TheVintageMistress
$78.00 USD
Nikon AF Fisheye NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens AND 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D Auto Focus Lens for Digital and 35mm Cameras
Nikon AF Fisheye NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens AND 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D Auto Focus Lens for Digital and 35mm Cameras
TheVintageMistress
$424.00 USD
Vintage 1970s Lace Wedding Dress / Vintage 70s Wedding Gown / Sleeveless / All Lace / Emma
Vintage 1970s Lace Wedding Dress / Vintage 70s Wedding Gown / Sleeveless / All Lace / Emma
TheVintageMistress
$489.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Wedding Dress / 1950s Lace Wedding Gown / Eyelet Dress / Organdy  / Gracieux
Vintage 1950s Wedding Dress / 1950s Lace Wedding Gown / Eyelet Dress / Organdy / Gracieux
TheVintageMistress
$524.00 USD
Vintage Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress / Chiffon / Collar / Crystals and Pearls
Vintage Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress / Chiffon / Collar / Crystals and Pearls
TheVintageMistress
$389.00 USD
Vintage Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress / Sweetheart Neckline / Chapel Length Train / Neiman Marcus
Vintage Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress / Sweetheart Neckline / Chapel Length Train / Neiman Marcus
TheVintageMistress
$389.00 USD
Vintage Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress / Chiffon / Collar / Off White / Enchantment
Vintage Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress / Chiffon / Collar / Off White / Enchantment
TheVintageMistress
$389.00 USD
SALE Vintage Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket / Leather Express Jacket / Cropped Slouchy Jacket
SALE Vintage Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket / Leather Express Jacket / Cropped Slouchy Jacket
TheVintageMistress
$51.80 USD
Vintage Light Yellow Half Slip / Crinoline Petticoat / Half Slip
Vintage Light Yellow Half Slip / Crinoline Petticoat / Half Slip
TheVintageMistress
$18.00 USD
Vintage Purple Lilac Crinoline / Petticoat / 1950 Crinoline / Lavender Crinoline
Vintage Purple Lilac Crinoline / Petticoat / 1950 Crinoline / Lavender Crinoline
TheVintageMistress
$48.00 USD
Vintage Light Purple  Half Slip / Crinoline Petticoat / Half Slip
Vintage Light Purple Half Slip / Crinoline Petticoat / Half Slip
TheVintageMistress
$18.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Light Pink Lace Slip Dress / Adjustable Straps
Vintage 1950s Light Pink Lace Slip Dress / Adjustable Straps
TheVintageMistress
$32.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Sequin Top / 1960s Silk Sequin Blouse / Long Sleeve / Turquoise
Vintage 1960s Sequin Top / 1960s Silk Sequin Blouse / Long Sleeve / Turquoise
TheVintageMistress
$46.00 USD

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