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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.

Wristlet Wallet Purse / Tartan Plaid / Multiple Compartments
Wristlet Wallet Purse / Tartan Plaid / Multiple Compartments
TheVintageMistress
$21.00 USD
Green Evening Purse Bag / 1940s Formal Handbag / Chain Handle / Small Pouch Purse
Green Evening Purse Bag / 1940s Formal Handbag / Chain Handle / Small Pouch Purse
TheVintageMistress
$46.00 USD
Tapestry Needlepoint Purse / 1960s Purse / Top Handle Purse / Frame Handbag / Black and Red
Tapestry Needlepoint Purse / 1960s Purse / Top Handle Purse / Frame Handbag / Black and Red
TheVintageMistress
$32.00 USD
Latin Ballroom Dancing Costume Dress / Salsa Dress / Robe Latine / Fringe and Sequins / Black Pink Green
Latin Ballroom Dancing Costume Dress / Salsa Dress / Robe Latine / Fringe and Sequins / Black Pink Green
TheVintageMistress
$189.00 USD
1950s Wedding Gown / A-Line Wedding Gown / Embroidered / Short Sleeves / Priscilla of Boston
1950s Wedding Gown / A-Line Wedding Gown / Embroidered / Short Sleeves / Priscilla of Boston
TheVintageMistress
$424.00 USD
Cotton Bucket Hat / Vintage 1960s Novelty Bucket Hat / Sun Hat / Floppy Hat / Beach Hat
Cotton Bucket Hat / Vintage 1960s Novelty Bucket Hat / Sun Hat / Floppy Hat / Beach Hat
TheVintageMistress
$24.00 USD
Vintage Black Beaded Formal Dress / Black Evening Dress / 1960s Dress / Banff
Vintage Black Beaded Formal Dress / Black Evening Dress / 1960s Dress / Banff
TheVintageMistress
$89.00 USD
Gold Lame 1960s Wiggle Dress / Sheath Dress / Belted / Galaxies
Gold Lame 1960s Wiggle Dress / Sheath Dress / Belted / Galaxies
TheVintageMistress
$89.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Wedding Veil / 50s Wedding Veil / Tiara /  Crown Headpiece / Finger Tip Veil
Vintage 1950s Wedding Veil / 50s Wedding Veil / Tiara / Crown Headpiece / Finger Tip Veil
TheVintageMistress
$64.00 USD
1950s Hat / White Fur Hat /  50s Novelty Hat / Bird Hat / Downy
1950s Hat / White Fur Hat / 50s Novelty Hat / Bird Hat / Downy
TheVintageMistress
$48.00 USD
1960s Wedding Dress / Sheath Wedding Dress / Sleeveless / A -Line / The Moon and Stars
1960s Wedding Dress / Sheath Wedding Dress / Sleeveless / A -Line / The Moon and Stars
TheVintageMistress
$158.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Hat / 50s Hat / Hat with Veil / Fascinator Hat / Cocoa
Vintage 1950s Hat / 50s Hat / Hat with Veil / Fascinator Hat / Cocoa
TheVintageMistress
$42.00 USD
Vintage 1980s Black Sequined Sweater / Slouchy Angora  Knit Sweater / Disco / Purple Blue Green Silver Sequins
Vintage 1980s Black Sequined Sweater / Slouchy Angora Knit Sweater / Disco / Purple Blue Green Silver Sequins
TheVintageMistress
$34.00 USD
Vintage 1980s Black Rhinestone Studded Dolman Sweater / Slouchy Angora  Knit Sweater / Disco / Stars
Vintage 1980s Black Rhinestone Studded Dolman Sweater / Slouchy Angora Knit Sweater / Disco / Stars
TheVintageMistress
$36.00 USD
1950s Wedding Dress / Lace Cream Short Sleeves / Modest Wedding Dress / Penelope
1950s Wedding Dress / Lace Cream Short Sleeves / Modest Wedding Dress / Penelope
TheVintageMistress
$368.00 USD
Vintage 1980s Black Sequined Sweater / Slouchy Angora  Knit Sweater / Disco / Gold Silver Copper Sequins
Vintage 1980s Black Sequined Sweater / Slouchy Angora Knit Sweater / Disco / Gold Silver Copper Sequins
TheVintageMistress
$34.00 USD
1950 Wedding Dress, 1950 Wedding Gown, Vintage Wedding Dress, Vintage Wedding Gown, Lace Wedding Dress, Short Sleeve, Collar, Serendipity
1950 Wedding Dress, 1950 Wedding Gown, Vintage Wedding Dress, Vintage Wedding Gown, Lace Wedding Dress, Short Sleeve, Collar, Serendipity
TheVintageMistress
$424.00 USD
1970s Wedding Dresses / Vintage 70s Wedding Gown / A-Line Wedding Dress / Lace / William Cahill
1970s Wedding Dresses / Vintage 70s Wedding Gown / A-Line Wedding Dress / Lace / William Cahill
TheVintageMistress
$424.00 USD
1950s Sweater / Cashmere Sweater / Pullover Sweater / Cream and Pink Argyle
1950s Sweater / Cashmere Sweater / Pullover Sweater / Cream and Pink Argyle
TheVintageMistress
$38.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Tea Length Wedding Dress / 1950s Lace Wedding Gown / Short Sleeve
Vintage 1950s Tea Length Wedding Dress / 1950s Lace Wedding Gown / Short Sleeve
TheVintageMistress
$389.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Black Formal Cocktail Dress / Little Black Dress / Don Loper Originals
Vintage 1960s Black Formal Cocktail Dress / Little Black Dress / Don Loper Originals
TheVintageMistress
$89.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Samuel Winston Black Formal Cocktail Dress / Little Black Dress / Beaded
Vintage 1960s Samuel Winston Black Formal Cocktail Dress / Little Black Dress / Beaded
TheVintageMistress
$148.00 USD
Vintage Lace Wedding Dress / 1960s Wedding Dress / Short Sleeves / Full  Ballgown Skirt / Modest Wedding Dress / Alexa
Vintage Lace Wedding Dress / 1960s Wedding Dress / Short Sleeves / Full Ballgown Skirt / Modest Wedding Dress / Alexa
TheVintageMistress
$368.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Colored Pearl Necklace / 1950s Necklace / Dangle Necklace / Autumn
Vintage 1950s Colored Pearl Necklace / 1950s Necklace / Dangle Necklace / Autumn
TheVintageMistress
$24.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Black Party Formal Dress / 50s Cocktail Dress / Satin Rossete Details
Vintage 1950s Black Party Formal Dress / 50s Cocktail Dress / Satin Rossete Details
TheVintageMistress
$224.00 USD
Vintage White Leather Clutch / Small Purse / 1970s Handbag / Tortoise Frame
Vintage White Leather Clutch / Small Purse / 1970s Handbag / Tortoise Frame
TheVintageMistress
$24.00 USD
Vintage Cream Beaded Raffia Woven Handbag Purse / 1960s Handbag / Beaded Purse / Raffia Purse
Vintage Cream Beaded Raffia Woven Handbag Purse / 1960s Handbag / Beaded Purse / Raffia Purse
TheVintageMistress
$32.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Lace Sheath Dress / Off White Lace Dress / 1960s Dress / Size Small
Vintage 1960s Lace Sheath Dress / Off White Lace Dress / 1960s Dress / Size Small
TheVintageMistress
$38.00 USD
Vintage Ecru Cream Cotton Crochet Coverlet  Bedspread / Vintage Bedding / Twin Size Bedding
Vintage Ecru Cream Cotton Crochet Coverlet Bedspread / Vintage Bedding / Twin Size Bedding
TheVintageMistress
$89.00 USD
1950s Wedding Dress / 1950s Lace Wedding Gown / Eyelet Dress / Chiffon / Hazel
1950s Wedding Dress / 1950s Lace Wedding Gown / Eyelet Dress / Chiffon / Hazel
TheVintageMistress
$348.00 USD
Lace Wedding Dress / Long Sleeve Wedding Dress / Full Skirt / Train / Net Lace Bodice
Lace Wedding Dress / Long Sleeve Wedding Dress / Full Skirt / Train / Net Lace Bodice
TheVintageMistress
$489.00 USD
Vintage LL Bean Safari Utility Hunting Shooting Jacket /  Khaki Shirt Jacket / Rolled Tab Sleeves / Womens Hunting Shooting Coat Jacket
Vintage LL Bean Safari Utility Hunting Shooting Jacket / Khaki Shirt Jacket / Rolled Tab Sleeves / Womens Hunting Shooting Coat Jacket
TheVintageMistress
$42.00 USD
Vintage Crochet Top / 1970s Knit Crochet Sweater Top / Crochet Sweater Blouse / Nude Shell
Vintage Crochet Top / 1970s Knit Crochet Sweater Top / Crochet Sweater Blouse / Nude Shell
TheVintageMistress
$38.00 USD
Vintage 1970s Bohemian Knit Pullover Sweater Top /  V Neckline / Red
Vintage 1970s Bohemian Knit Pullover Sweater Top / V Neckline / Red
TheVintageMistress
$34.00 USD
Vintage 1970s White Lace Daisy  Wedding Veil Headpiece / Mantilla Veil / 1970s Wedding Veil
Vintage 1970s White Lace Daisy Wedding Veil Headpiece / Mantilla Veil / 1970s Wedding Veil
TheVintageMistress
$76.00 USD
Cape / Cape Coat / Fringe Cape /  Ashwood
Cape / Cape Coat / Fringe Cape / Ashwood
TheVintageMistress
$89.00 USD
Lace Wedding Dress / Net Illusion Bodice / Full Skirt / Chapel Length Train / Bianchi
Lace Wedding Dress / Net Illusion Bodice / Full Skirt / Chapel Length Train / Bianchi
TheVintageMistress
$424.00 USD
1950s Wedding Dress / Strapless Wedding Dress / Tea Length / Full Skirt / Luminary
1950s Wedding Dress / Strapless Wedding Dress / Tea Length / Full Skirt / Luminary
TheVintageMistress
$348.00 USD
Vintage Extra Large Bohemian Hand Woven Fiber Wall Art Textile / Brown Woven Wall Hanging Textile / 1960's Wall Fiber Art Textile
Vintage Extra Large Bohemian Hand Woven Fiber Wall Art Textile / Brown Woven Wall Hanging Textile / 1960's Wall Fiber Art Textile
TheVintageMistress
$64.00 USD
Cashmere Coat / Grey Winter Coat / Dress Coat / 1970s Coat /  Double Breasted / Flint Gray
Cashmere Coat / Grey Winter Coat / Dress Coat / 1970s Coat / Double Breasted / Flint Gray
TheVintageMistress
$68.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Chiffon Party Formal Dress / 50s Dress / Floral Watercolor Print / Size Medium
Vintage 1950s Chiffon Party Formal Dress / 50s Dress / Floral Watercolor Print / Size Medium
TheVintageMistress
$89.00 USD
Large Vintage Copper Colander with Brass Handles / Vintage Copper Colander / Copper Strainer / Pair of Two
Large Vintage Copper Colander with Brass Handles / Vintage Copper Colander / Copper Strainer / Pair of Two
TheVintageMistress
$54.00 USD
Red Grandpa Cardigan Sweater /  1970s Sweater / Grandpa Sweater / Cinnamon
Red Grandpa Cardigan Sweater / 1970s Sweater / Grandpa Sweater / Cinnamon
TheVintageMistress
$32.00 USD
Vintage White Lace Fingerless Gloves / 50s Gauntlet  Wedding Gloves / Bridal Gloves
Vintage White Lace Fingerless Gloves / 50s Gauntlet Wedding Gloves / Bridal Gloves
TheVintageMistress
$38.00 USD
Vintage 1980s Caramel Leather Slouch Calf High Boots / Slip On Boots / Size 6 US
Vintage 1980s Caramel Leather Slouch Calf High Boots / Slip On Boots / Size 6 US
TheVintageMistress
$58.00 USD
Vintage 1980s Caramel Leather Slouch Calf High Boots / Slip On Boots / Size 6 US / Evan Picone
Vintage 1980s Caramel Leather Slouch Calf High Boots / Slip On Boots / Size 6 US / Evan Picone
TheVintageMistress
$58.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Brown Mink Coat / Double Breasted / Half Belt /  Embroidered Lining
Vintage 1960s Brown Mink Coat / Double Breasted / Half Belt / Embroidered Lining
TheVintageMistress
$189.00 USD
Vintage Black 1950s Expansion Spiral Bracelet / Glass Black Jet Beads / 50s Expansion Bracelet / Midnight
Vintage Black 1950s Expansion Spiral Bracelet / Glass Black Jet Beads / 50s Expansion Bracelet / Midnight
TheVintageMistress
$28.00 USD
Vintage 1970s Bohemian Knit Pullover Sweater Top /  V Neckline / Cream
Vintage 1970s Bohemian Knit Pullover Sweater Top / V Neckline / Cream
TheVintageMistress
$32.00 USD
Vintage Purple 1950s Expansion Spiral Bracelet / Purple Bracelet / 50s Expansion Bracelet / Grape
Vintage Purple 1950s Expansion Spiral Bracelet / Purple Bracelet / 50s Expansion Bracelet / Grape
TheVintageMistress
$21.00 USD
Vintage 1970s Boho Cozy Throw On Sweater / Open Front /  Brown and White Striped Zig Zag Ethnic Print
Vintage 1970s Boho Cozy Throw On Sweater / Open Front / Brown and White Striped Zig Zag Ethnic Print
TheVintageMistress
$34.00 USD
Vintage 1970s Striped Boho Cozy Throw On Sweater / Open Front /  Bell Sleeves
Vintage 1970s Striped Boho Cozy Throw On Sweater / Open Front / Bell Sleeves
TheVintageMistress
$38.00 USD
Vintage Pink Shabby Chic Wastepaper Basket / Max Klein Pink Lace Rose Trash Can
Vintage Pink Shabby Chic Wastepaper Basket / Max Klein Pink Lace Rose Trash Can
TheVintageMistress
$18.00 USD
Vintage Pink Shoe Tree Stretchers / Shoe Forms / Advertising  Display Forms / Shabby Chic  Pink Decor
Vintage Pink Shoe Tree Stretchers / Shoe Forms / Advertising Display Forms / Shabby Chic Pink Decor
TheVintageMistress
$12.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Gray Embossed Vinyl Purse / Top Handle Handbag
Vintage 1960s Gray Embossed Vinyl Purse / Top Handle Handbag
TheVintageMistress
$24.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress / 50s Dress / Blue / Cotton Dress / Small / Floral
Vintage 1950s Dress / 50s Dress / Blue / Cotton Dress / Small / Floral
TheVintageMistress
$68.00 USD
White Cream Beaded Sequin Evening Formal Handbag / Beaded Clutch / Evening Purse / Sequins
White Cream Beaded Sequin Evening Formal Handbag / Beaded Clutch / Evening Purse / Sequins
TheVintageMistress
$38.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress / 50s Dress / Blue / Cotton Dress / Small / Floral
Vintage 1950s Dress / 50s Dress / Blue / Cotton Dress / Small / Floral
TheVintageMistress
$89.00 USD
Vintage 1940s 1950s Butcher's Apron / Barbecue Grilling Apron / White Cotton Full Size Apron / Retro Advertising Collectible Apron
Vintage 1940s 1950s Butcher's Apron / Barbecue Grilling Apron / White Cotton Full Size Apron / Retro Advertising Collectible Apron
TheVintageMistress
$68.00 USD
Vintage 1940s 1950s Butcher's Apron / Barbecue Grilling Apron / White Cotton Full Size Apron / Retro Advertising Collectible Apron
Vintage 1940s 1950s Butcher's Apron / Barbecue Grilling Apron / White Cotton Full Size Apron / Retro Advertising Collectible Apron
TheVintageMistress
$68.00 USD

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