Store Policies

Payment Information: All prices are in US dollars.  We accept money orders and credit cards through PayPal  (note: money orders must clear before item is shipped). International customers must pay via PayPal or International Money Order in US funds.

Shipping and Handling: You pay actual shipping cost; no additional “handling” fee. We try to use the most economical,  efficient and reliable method available: generally USPS First Class or Priority Mail, depending on the size & weight. Alternative arrangements may be made for furniture or artwork. Shipping costs will include Delivery Confirmation. Insurance, while not required, is highly recommended to protect all parties (we are not responsible for items that are lost or damaged during shipment).  We typically ship within 24 hours of payment clearing into our account, barring holidays, illness, or other unavoidable unforeseen circumstances. Larger items requiring custom crating may take longer. Since postage rates depend on weight and destination, we will need your zip code to quote shipping costs.  We will be happy to combine multiple items in one package, to reduce shipping costs, but may require extra time for packing to ensure safety of your merchandise during transport.

Return Policy: We strive to provide honest and accurate information so you can purchase with confidence. Since your satisfaction is of utmost importance to us however, we will consider returns and/or refunds if you are not pleased with your purchase.  Buyer must contact us within 7 days of receipt and will be expected to pay all return shipping costs, except in some rare circumstances, which can be discussed prior to return.  All items must arrive in the same condition they were sent out.   There will be no refunds on shipping costs, custom artwork or items classified as “mint”.

Disclaimer:  All merchandise we sell is intended for collection and/or use by adults only.  Please be aware that antique and vintage items, works of fine art, crafts and jewelry may contain materials and/or parts that could present a health and/or safety hazard for young children (eg. lead-based paint and/or small parts etc.)  Therefore we do not market to minors and do not recommend that our products be purchased for use by children).

 

Antiques & Vintage Classification

Antique and Vintage items often show some wear (except if classified as “mint” and even these items can sometimes have some minor factory flaws).  Since describing “condition” can be quite subjective, the following guide is provided to clarify our personal standards:

Mint in Box/Package: Item is as produced by the factory and in its original packaging.  Some minor “factory flaws” may be present but no signs of wear or damage.

Mint: Item is as produced by the factory but without its original packaging.

Near Mint: Item appears in new or nearly new condition but may have some very minor flaws that deter us from classifying it as “Mint”.  We will sometimes list items as “near mint” simply to “err on the side of caution” just in case there might be some minor flaw that we may have missed.

Excellent: Item may have a few minor signs of wear that are not very noticeable and don’t affect its general appearance but no significant wear or damage.

Good: Item has some flaws or signs of wear but is still an attractive piece.

Fair: Noticeable signs of wear or some damage, as described in the listing.

Poor: While we try not to offer items in poor condition, sometimes a piece is so rare, collectible, interesting or quaint that we have decided to include it in our inventory and priced accordingly.

Special CategoriesCertain items such as “primitive”, “rustic” or “country” collectibles typically exhibit considerable wear or even some obvious damage.  However, because such wear is characteristic of these pieces, and is even considered to contribute to their “charm”, such pieces would probably not be rated as “poor” but rather “good” or “average” for their age.  The condition of such pieces will be described as accurately as possible and should be visible in the photos.

Classification by Age:  While, officially, an item must be 100 years old to be considered a true “Antique”, this definition has broadened somewhat in today’s market.  I tend to think of items produced up through the 1920’s as “Antique” (eg. Edwardian, “Flapper” and Art Nouveau clothing and accessories, as well as “Arts & Crafts” style furniture etc.).  Those from the 1930s through the 1980’s I would classify as “Vintage” and items produced more recently I typically classify as “Collectibles”.