Common Questions

What is the difference between vintage and retro?

When we use the term vintage, this means any item (clothing, vinyl, housewares, etc.) that is 25 years or older. So typically, this would be pieces from the mid 1990s or earlier. If something is 100 years or older, that would be termed an antique. Retro is generally a newer piece (less than 25 years old) that has a vintage feel or style to it. For example, a cute, pinup-style dress from the 1960s would be vintage. A dress made last year from the same pattern or in a similar style would be retro (also called vintage-inspired or simply contemporary).

Why all the measurements? Can’t I just shop by size?

One of the first rules of buying quality vintage is to throw out everything you know about clothing sizes. Over the years, body styles and sizes have changed, sometimes dramatically. What once was considered a size 8 to 10 may now fit a modern size 4 to 6 (sometimes even smaller). Contemporary men’s pants with a listed 36-inch waist may now be closer to a 38 or 40. Even simple terms like large and extra-large may not be as large (or small) as you are hoping. Be sure to check each piece for the true measurements in inches. Know, roughly, what measurement range you all in. Of course, if you find that perfect vintage treasure and it’s a bit bigger than you hoped, just remember that many vintage pieces (particularly pre-1970s) were designed to be tailored. Spend a few extra dollars and have the item taken it until it fits you like a glove.

What condition are these items in?

When choosing vintage, we try to make sure that each piece is in amazing, wearable condition. This means that we have gone over each item carefully to ensure that there is no damage that means you can’t wear it right out of the box. Given that many of our pieces are 30, 40 or more years old, there may be minor condition issues. Whenever possible, we list these in the item description. In addition, there may be small repairs (typical for vintage clothing that was kept, worn and loved for several years). Any repairs we complete are done by a professional seamstress to maximize wearability. Last, we strive to make sure our items are free from any harsh odors (for example, cigarette smoke). Some may have a slightly musty odor, but a day or two hanging in the open air will usually take that right out. If you have any questions about a particular piece, just ask!

How are my items shipped?

We typically ship twice a week, more during rush or holiday seasons. Each item comes carefully packaged to help ensure safe travels. If you have any questions about shipping rates, methods, etc, please visit our Shipping & Returns page.

Can you help me track my item?

When your item ships, you should receive an email from Vince Taj with complete tracking information. If your item hasn’t shown up on the intended date, give it an extra day or two. Sometimes the Post Office takes a little longer than hoped. If it’s still missing after a few more days, we can work with you to track it down. Just drop us a line.

What if my item doesn’t fit or if it’s not quite right?

We want to make sure that you love, love, love everything you find at Vince Taj. If you’re not happy with your purchase, please jump over to our Shipping & Returns page for more information.

Can I pick my item up in the Orlando area?

You certainly can. If you’d like to pick up item in person, just send us a message and let us know. We will work with you to find the right time and place for pick up. We will also be happy to refund your shipping costs. In some cases, we may be able to offer no-cost delivery within a few miles of our shop for specific items.

What if I have vintage stuff I want to sell?

We LOVE to buy vintage — anything from the 1990s back to the 1920s. Women’s wear, men’s wear, household items, jewelry and more — we would love to see what you have. Reach out to us today and we’ll be in touch ASAP.