Cards on the table. I do all of this myself. The hunting, curating, buying (!), mending, cleaning. All the photos, all the photo editing and garment measuring. All of the researching on dates and labels and textiles and construction details. All of the website work (built it myself, maintain and run it myself). I manage customer inquiries, sales, complaints. I do all the packing and shipping (and buying shipping supplies).
The vintage dealer world has grown by leaps and bounds since I started in the early 2000's. When I started the 1970s were the most recent allowed as vintage! Now it's mid 90s! I've kept up with supplying up to the moment vintage on my site as well. I have on hand, between my shop and my storage, well over 4,000 pieces of vintage.
I screw up sometimes, I mix up shipping labels, ship something that I meant to add a button back to, forget to ship something someone bought via email rather than the site...I'm managing the website, Etsy, OpenSky, Chairish, Facebook selling pages, Instagram selling and my local shop. I am far from perfect, but I try to do my best and when I fail I try very hard to make it right for that customer. I love vintage. I wouldn't do this if I didn't, and I wouldn't still be doing it 15 years later if I didn't feel passion for it. I'm a Mom, a daughter and a spouse. I run a household (and the yard that goes with it), manage a local boutique and try to help my extended family as I do all of this.
Things have not gone well the last 6 months or so, and I've managed to tread water, but my house is in foreclosure, my shop rent is behind and bank accounts overdrawn. I've got a bill coming out of Paypal tomorrow on auto-pay that I can't cover, and if not, it will go to my bank, which is overdrawn...and then it spirals into fees and I'm struggling to get back into the black from the last time it happened.
So this is me, being honest and real with all of you and offering 50% off everything on the site. Thousands of items half off. Designer stuff, antique things. Jewelry, hats, dresses, coats, shoes, lingerie. AND I'm happy to do a volume discount and cheap ship! I've been at this a long time, and am trying to STAY able to do this. SO being 100% honest, personal and real with all of you. This is a real "hail mary" move for me because I'm desperate to get back on track.
Thank you all, if you've read this far, for loving vintage and loving my site!! And to anyone still waiting on an order that is late, know that as things are going out rapidly to get me caught back up and everyone squared away.
Code HAILMARY50 at checkout, and thank you all! ----> https://dorotheas-closet-vintage.myshopify.com