Hem & (Hee) Haw: Vintage Lingerie Sellers Making An Ass Of Themselves (And Me)

While I was away for the Easter holiday, an anonymous person left an insightful comment at my post about a long white half-slip with loads of lace being sold by eBay’s secretbetweenus which suggests that the name may not mean those secrets shared between you, the buyer, and the seller, but rather those secrets kept from you. Here’s the comment:

I too was charmed by this slip, until close inspection and a quick email to the seller to find out the lace was ‘added’ from curtain lace! And thats not the only one. :(

As a serious collector, i personally think its disgraceful that ebay and any sellers dye and add laces to original and authentic collectable vintage slips and try to pass them off as authentic. :(

Whether or not the information the anonymous commenter collected and left here for us is true about the specific seller mentioned, this sort of thing does, unfortunately, exist. And so  this brings up several issues.

I’ve already shared my thoughts on changing vintage lingerie pieces via dying, upcycling, recycling, etc., and so I have no problems with a person adding a sexy lace hem to an otherwise rather plain slip — however, any changes made must be disclosed to buyers.

Offering such a disclosure about additions, repairs, and other changes to the garments themselves (contemporary and vintage) is just common decency and simply makes good business sense.

If you are a vintage lingerie collector, a lingerie purist, or a sensualist who doesn’t wish to be irritated to discover you have just hung curtains from your own form, then you won’t bother with such a purchase. Those who are mislead by such omissions are going to be unhappy and demand refunds, leave bad feedback and otherwise complain to whomever they can. Who wants that?

Not to mention the ignorance and myths perpetuated about vintage lingerie brands by such actions! Accurate information on designers, styles, etc. is difficult enough to find (and why I myself would not necessarily be able to spot a fake hem in a photo), without some unscrupulous seller pretending an item is authentic vintage. Why muddle things up more?

Overall, such actions create more uncertainty and mistrust between buyers and sellers. Who needs that?

Whatever money is made on a few items is a fraction of the large amounts lost as such actions only detract from the interest and faith in buying vintage overall. It’s penny wise and pound foolish.

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