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Vintage Snobs ‘R’ Us

June 23rd, 2010 · 92 comments

Mark from Liverpool spotted this sign in the window of a vintage clothing store in the center of Rome. Please, someone go take a dump in their fitting room.

No Aliens No Visitors No Stingies No Miserables ONLY BUYERS! ONLY VINTAGE LOVERS! NO TOURIST

Meanwhile, as Tyler and his pals discovered, this vintage store in Madison, Wisconsin is apparently only obnoxious to its actual customers. “The changing rooms were covered in notes,” Tyler says, “and the old woman behind the counter had a continuous look of disdain on her face. It took us a while to realize that was just the way she rested her face.”

Rather than, say, passing judgment on the sizes of their potentially TOO LARGE waists.

STOP. Check the tag. Is it too small? Then don't try it on and please us all!

related: Yo, sweaty beasts!

What does “fashion forward” mean to you?

FILED UNDER: "customer service" · attire · blitzkrieg approach · Italy · Madison · tourists

92 responses so far ↓

  • #1   farcical aquatic ceremony

    yay! I’m #two-four-six-oh-one!!
    (be sure to sing it)

    Jun 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   H for Toy bang

      A store full of clothes!
      And none are your size!
      So why don’t you just go away,
      And please us all?

      Jun 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #2   farcical aquatic ceremony

    so, thrift stores in Rome want no chest-bursters, no bees, no sad sacks~only wrinkled old folks mackin’ in the changing rooms…blech, I’ll pass!

    Jun 23, 2010 at 8:50 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   infanttyrone

      Well, maybe they’re trying to impress the site selection committee
      for that new reality show GILF Island ?

      Jun 24, 2010 at 12:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   infanttyrone

      Geez Roma,
      Bowie’s wardrobe manager drops in scouting for ace togs
      for the Ziggy Redux Tour, doesn’t buy a stitch,
      and you gotta take it out on us tourists ?

      Nice little store you got there, paisano…
      Be a shame if every Juggalo on Facebook
      found out how cool you are, huh ?

      Jun 24, 2010 at 12:40 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   Maas

      No Visigoths or spiders for that matter.

      Jun 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #3   Lil

    I buy a lot of vintage clothes, and it is true that the sizes run smaller. The signs are annoying, but some vintage clothing can get pricey, and with people trying them on it could ruin them. I see the shop owners point.

    Jun 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Cyffermoon

      And since there is usually only one size available, customers are even more likely than usual to try to squeeze into something too small.

      I bought my wedding dress at a vintage clothing store. I was so surprised and impressed that the owner handpicked dresses and brought them to me in the dressing room….and now it makes perfect sense.

      Jun 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   Z

      I have to agree with the store owners on this one. I love shopping vintage, but I have seen other people just ruin the merchandise!

      Jun 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   infanttyrone

      If we had audio, we’d probably hear Jump Down, Spin Around
      by Allan Sherman on an endless loop…

      Here’s a size 8 I could fix
      Gotta let it out to a 46…
      Gotta jump down, spin around,
      Pick a dress of cotton,
      Gotta jump down, spin around,
      Pick a dress of wool…

      Jun 24, 2010 at 12:47 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   oi bang

      It’s one thing to post a polite note (or notes if that note is not visible everywhere) outlining proper use but it’s quite another to embark on crazy and slap notes with screaming insults on every available surface. That change room is uglier than the white board used by a hyper seven years old with three different color markers.
      If I am in that store I would try every single item just for the heck of it.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 10:36 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   Stephanie

      I think one can politely remind people about vintage sizes, though, without coming off like a jerk. I love thrift shopping and while visiting New York I came across my first Vintage store (oh my God, look! It’s VINTAGE! That’s like thrift, but cool!) so of course I had to go take a look.

      Keep in mind I’d recently dropped 180 pounds, working my way down to 36-32-40, so feeling pretty proud of myself. I’ll tell you what makes me not want to shop at someone’s store, being told, “Oh, we carry mostly vintage European. Nothing here is going to fit someone like YOU.”

      You know, you guys carry bags, jewelry, shoes, hats… Just about a dozen things that I could have bought regardless of waist size. Not anymore.

      On the other hand, posting up a sign with a note that “Vintage Clothes Are Fragile, And Easily Stretched/Ripped. Since Vintage Sizes Differ From Modern Sizes, Don’t Trust The Tag! Please Make Sure The Clothes Are REALLY Your Size Before Trying On” as another store pointed out to us, that’s harmless and a good reminder for shoppers.

      Jun 28, 2010 at 8:10 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #4   rosie

    This doesn’t surprise me. Madison is a snooty place.

    Jun 23, 2010 at 9:03 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Akj

      Madison is snooty? Yeah, hippy liberals are typically snooty. Er not.

      Jun 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Suzi

      Of course it’s snooty; Madison isn’t for just anyone, Rosie…. LOL…

      Jun 23, 2010 at 10:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   Kate

      Having lived in Madison for 22 years, I’m going to go ahead and disagree with you there. We’re home to bratfest and the Mallards, for chrissakes.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   mamason bang

      And cheese curds, don’tcha know.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   big suze

      madison is literally the worst place I’ve ever lived, so this makes sense. And yes – (if you’re not one of them) hippie-vegan-liberals are the snootiest people ever!!!!

      Jun 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #5   JW

    After working in retail for the last eight months, I can agree with the second lot of passive-aggressive notes. If I had my own store, I would have these sorts of notes too, and I would also let my staff tell you what they really think.
    (Also, just FYI, if you have a size 10 foot, it is in no way going to *ever* fit into a size 6 display shoe, so don’t even try, because you’ll ruin it for the people who do actually have size 6 feet. Thanks).

    Jun 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

  • #6   marky not mark

    Looks like Bernard Black has found a new business to run!

    Jun 23, 2010 at 9:15 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

  • #7   seacurs

    The only reason I was going to go to the first store was to buy a tourist. That sign they posted about their lack thereof really saved me some time.

    Jun 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

  • #8   se

    keep your fat ass out of the skinny girl clothes!!!!

    Jun 23, 2010 at 9:54 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #9   H for Toy bang

    What if you’re a tourist who loves vintage clothing? Or a miserable buyer?

    Jun 23, 2010 at 10:15 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #10   Canthz_B bang

    I’m a vintage lover. Luckily, I can still go to their used old clothes shop since the sign doesn’t exclude the inebriated.

    Jun 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

  • #11   D

    With that “attitude” plastered all over the place and the unclean look of the dressing rooms, I wouldn’t even consider shopping there. If they want to drive away customers so fervently they should just close the business and be done with it.

    Jun 23, 2010 at 10:46 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   infanttyrone

      Close ? No can do… they get multiple vanloads of Columbia students making mad road trips to Madison to spruce up their slovenly wardrobes.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 12:51 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #12   Canthz_B bang

    That store in Madison makes me want to STOP!! and check with the building inspector.

    Jun 23, 2010 at 10:49 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Mo® bang

      Sign Sign everywhere a sign. Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 9:13 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   mamason bang

      And the sign said, big ass chunky people, need not apply. So I tucked my muffin top under my belt and I went in to ask them why. She said, you look like a fine, skinny assed young thang, I think you’ll do. So I flopped out my gut and said, imagine that! Me working for you!

      Jun 24, 2010 at 9:32 am   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   Mark bang

      Momama ftw! ♥

      Jun 24, 2010 at 9:46 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   mamason bang

      Aww, shux. ♥

      That crazy, finger pointing monkey was the true inspiration. I just grabbed blithely at his coattails for the ride of my life.

      Now, I shall fling poo as fitting tribute to him who without none of this would have been possible.

      8-O WTF? I have got to stop mixing xanax and gin with my morning joe.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 10:00 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #12.5   Mo® bang

      This needs more cowbell!!!

      ♥ Mama!

      ♫ Hey stop! what’s that size? better put that sequined jumpsuit down. ♬

      Jun 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #13   bowloftoast bang

    Serendipitous timing…a vintage clothing store set up a few weeks ago across the street from my place. I was, without a lie, looking out my window this morning and thinking that their customers are consistently the worst dressed people on the street
    (The high tattoo to skin ratio notwithstanding).

    Jun 23, 2010 at 11:22 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #14   not gen anything

    But look at the top of the second photo! I think Santa is a peeping Tom in that store.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 12:31 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #15   Lauralee

    oh wow. I just discovered your blog and it has been so hilarious and entertaining. come check out mine sometime. Just wanted to say totally love your site!!

    Jun 24, 2010 at 1:06 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #16   DC

    No problem with the message, but rather the repetition is what I find nearing SUPERCOMPULSION. “AllworkandnoplaymakesCHECKWITHTHESALESPERSONCHECKWITHTHESALESPERSONCHECKWITHTHESALESPERSON” A bit much.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 1:54 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #17   jinx

    Do you really need 10 million signs saying you’re too fat for the old clothes? :/ Instead of writing all that shit and wasting ink, she shoulda just wrote “No fatties!”.

    If you choose to run a thrift store, in any country, chances are most of your customers are going to be poor and/or crazy.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 2:11 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   clumber

      Except the fatties appear to be okay as long as they only try on clothes marked “bloated hippo”.

      That’s the grown-up Geranimals, right?

      Jun 24, 2010 at 8:53 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #18   1948goa

    I totally agree with JW. Human beings can be a nuisance when they decide to go shopping…. …we are a sort of Dr Jeckyll mutating into Mr Hyde, especially when we are in the wrong mood.
    All our frustrations are poured on the ware on show. I just experienced a noughty guy opening up a few varnish tins in a shop and than leaving the premises without buying at all. Is it Italians only who can be as nasty as that ?
    GPM – Italy

    Jun 24, 2010 at 5:10 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #19   thursdaynext

    I’m getting the feeling I should go and check with someone.

    I don’t know why, any ideas?

    Jun 24, 2010 at 5:55 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Wade bang


      Jun 24, 2010 at 6:33 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #20   Splint Chesthair

    I’m torn on retail notes. In a vaccuum they sure look passive aggressive and quite obnoxious, especially if you’ve never worked in retail. If you have worked in retail, then you can pretty much relate to all of them. People who use dressing rooms as toilets, grocery shoppers who open bags of chips, eat them as theyshop, then hand them to you at the checkout and say, “I don’t like these so I’m not going to buy them.”

    You know, someone craps in your dressing room 2-3 times and gosh-darn it, a passive aggressive note is inevitable.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 7:03 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Canthz_B bang

      Those “Restrooms are for Patrons Only” signs just make me need to move my bowels.

      Please forgive the mess.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 7:31 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #20.2   Splint Chesthair

      then feel free to steal the sign and hang it up in your home

      Jun 24, 2010 at 11:35 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #21   taosaur

    STOP! Don’t make that post. Please check with the site owner.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 7:05 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #22   The Elf

    What in hell is a “stingie”? Is that a stingy person or a person with a sting?

    But it’s clear that by “no miserables” she is referring to early 19th century street urchins and student revolutionaries who randomly burst into song. Frankly, I can’t blame the store owner for banning them.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 7:52 am   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Mo® bang

      I dreamed a dream where stores had vintage clothes that fit. ♬

      Jun 24, 2010 at 9:17 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   Splint Chesthair

      where clothes were fun and not small-waisted

      Jun 24, 2010 at 11:39 am   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #22.3   H for Toy bang

      I dreamed that I could zip them up

      Jun 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #22.4   farcical aquatic ceremony

      and not regret all that I’d tasted!

      Jun 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #22.5   wicked opinion

      you guys just made my day…sigh..thanks! :)

      Jun 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #23   Edwina the Defrocked Nun

    Here’s betting those stores are history (and not even a footnote, at that) in under five years… more likely, in under two. If the dollars were rolling in, shopkeeper would be too busy counting them to write angry notes. And with signs like these, they aren’t likely to start rolling in.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 8:11 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #24   Edwina the Defrocked Nun

    I can’t believe no one has commented yet on “No Aliens” … huh what?

    Jun 24, 2010 at 8:13 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   infanttyrone

      Edie, m’luv,
      Like is wasn’t Ziggy#1 who left the Stargate open for ihre Unheimlichheit?

      Sure, Diamanda Galas would have gotten here on her own, but the others?

      Jun 24, 2010 at 10:40 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #24.2   Edwina the Defrocked Nun

      This is Thomas Pynchon writing, isn’t it? The dialect, the free-floating imagination, the German, the name Tyrone… too much to be coincidence.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #24.3   infanttyrone

      The German was from an online translator.
      I’m a fan of Bowie and Nina (but I don’t refer to her as Das Hagen.)

      The Pynch, I wish.
      Maybe you do, too.
      I’d have a lot more money if I were.
      Not sure if I’d want his baggage (I have some unprovable hypotheses.)
      Maybe I should write a novel though, ya think ?
      You don’t happen to be a literary agent now ?

      Jun 24, 2010 at 9:04 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #25   FlaGlamazon

    I have seen countless women try on clothes that won’t zip and BEG me to zip them over their flab. And one enterprising lumpella who snausaged herself into a too small dress, zipped it all the way up, then danced around in it and broke the zipper. Of course lumpy didn’t BUY the ruined dress!

    Jun 24, 2010 at 8:52 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Kat

      Your kindness and sensitivity towards your fellow humans is an inspiration to us all.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 10:50 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #25.2   Splint Chesthair

      well, when your personal delusions ruin my property, my kindness and sensitivity leaves with it.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 11:40 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #25.3   wicked opinion

      Okay, I worked in a consignment clothing store and if you broke it, you bought it! Why should vintage be any different??

      Jun 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #26   aaa bang

    Vulcans can’t help it if they love old clothes and find it illogical to pay heinously inflated prices.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 9:02 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   Mo®

      Spock loved a nice Nehru jacket.

      Jun 25, 2010 at 9:17 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #27   Beanster bang

    why doesn’t the owner just lock the change rooms?

    “ask for key” sounds way less “OMG I HATE FATTIES AND YOU RUIN EVERYTHING AND I’M CRAZY” and, whilst providing siad fatty with key, store person could check clothes.

    TADA!!! this has been Beans for Clever Ideas.
    (Brand Power, helping you buy better)

    Jun 24, 2010 at 9:27 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   mamason bang

      Shopper: I’d like to try these on. :-)

      Sales person: I’m going to need to inspect your potential purchases. :-|

      Shopper: Um… ok. *hands over the duds* :-?

      Sales person holds each item up to the shopper, you know, just like your mother did when you were 5.

      Sales person: Nope. Nope. As if! Dream on. Okay, fatty fatty 2×4, step away from the changing room door. You need to get a grip and a mirror and come back when you have a better hold on reality. Make sure you place these back on their proper racks as you leave. Thanks for stopping by. :lol:

      Shopper: :oops:

      Jun 24, 2010 at 9:47 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #27.2   Beanster bang

      ya, it sounds way less discreet when you put it that way.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 9:55 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #27.3   mamason bang

      :lol: ;-)

      Jun 24, 2010 at 10:04 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #28   oi bang

    I don’t even understand vintage as in-thing. We moved to modern times for a reason you know! Vintage clothes and cars are ugly.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 10:21 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   1948goa

      I am vintage (1948) and I do believe that I am an “in” little creature, human to those who get on with me but an alien to those who are not on my same wawe lenght.
      Yes, please do lock up changing rooms.
      I am too often too lazy to get into them and I do love showing off in pants and bra, changing chlothes in front of everybody
      Brrrrrrrrrrr ! LES ITALIENS, they are always showing off, aren’t they ?
      GPM Italy

      Jun 24, 2010 at 11:25 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #28.2   Splint Chesthair

      but if you can get your hands on vintage plain chinos or Levis, oh man, you’ve got yourself a comfy pair of pants.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 11:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #28.3   oi

      yeah, you do sound vintage. :P

      Jun 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #28.4   1948goa

      Wow, if all this is meant for my perusal, I will go and get a good glass of vintage wine and toast…… I got what I deserve

      Jun 29, 2010 at 11:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #29   Elizabeth

    Does anyone know what store that is? It looks like it could be that tiny one next to Amy’s Cafe. I forget the name. I went in there one time and instantly felt terrible about myself, so that’s why it came to mind.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 11:30 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   squidburger

      Ragstock in Madison!!! That place will never go out of business; it gets a new crop of college kids every year and is the best place to find costumes. That said, it always is a dump and the sales staff are miserable.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #29.2   tj

      it’s called the 13th of april or some stupid shit like that on johnson st.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #30   tj

    I live in madison and have been to this store multiple times. I can verify that they really enforce this and once tried to stop me from trying on some hot pants for a costume party. Of course the pants were tight; they’re hot pants! This store is also ridiculously over-priced considering the other vintage stores in the area.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   farcical aquatic ceremony

      Hot pants, eh? My money says that was just your mom DRESSED as sales staff. Did she try to steer you towards some roomy culottes and a tent-like top? See? Told ya’

      ; )

      Jun 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #31   ?

    In all honesty, I can’t understand why someone overweight would try to fit into something too small anyway? Is it really worth looking bloated and uncomfortable just to have that knowledge that you are in a piece of clothing not your size? It’s not like anyone else knows what size your pants are, and wearing something that doesn’t fit draws more attention to it :/
    Also, I hate the way many clothing companies have changed the sizes so that they appear to be smaller. 5 years ago, I was a 4. Now all of a sudden, I’m a size zero? Is anyone really fooled by that? The actual size of the pants haven’t changed, just the number on the tag. What will happen, I wonder, if they do this again to keep up with the ever-expanding waistlines of the population? I’ll be a size -2? or will it go to fraction, .5? I think I’ll move to a country where obesity isn’t taken for the norm.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Lacy J

      Excellent submission to PA notes, ?.
      A little more aggressive than passive, but you earn bonus points for being both snarky and sanctimonious.

      Nicely done. 9.5/10

      (.5 deducted for inadvertently submitting it as a comment)

      Jun 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #31.2   wicked opinion

      Um… scuse me, Question Mark, is it? The Fat Haters Club is down the hall next to the bulletin board with the kitten poster. Thanks.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #31.3   Kate

      I know, right? Why do fat people try to wear clothes that don’t fit? Why don’t they just wear caftans? Or lose some weight? Or start a fat-people-only commune so I don’t get confused about what size to wear?

      I mean, it’s totally easy for me to find stuff that fits, and I’m a size 2! There’s, like, more fat people, so they shouldn’t have any problems finding fat people clothes, and fat people are less hot than me, so they should care more, right? DON’T THEY KNOW I HAVE TO LOOK AT THEM?!?!?!?!?!

      …Question Mark, if being a size zero and uncomfortable around overweight people are genuinely that much of a problem for you, you’re either really lucky or really easy to piss off.

      Jun 25, 2010 at 10:08 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #31.4   LordOfThePants

      I’m a 6ft., 150lb. adult. If I shop at a 2nd hand store, I often find myself drifting towards the boys’ section in order to find some clothes that I’m not totally swimming in.

      Jun 25, 2010 at 10:56 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #32   carramrod

    Dear clothing store (especially second hand) owners:

    Destroyed merchandise is a cost of doing business. Budget an accurate amount and get over yourselves. People are not mannequins… accidents happen.

    Jun 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   wicked opinion

      Yes, but if you DO break it, you have to buy it! Why is that so hard to get? Most true vintage is better made than your average Walmart purchase so if you have managed to destroy something, you are really not being careful, too effing bad, pay up. These are not dollar store vases you drop on the floor – they are one of a kind items that the owner has already bought. Team Retail!

      Jun 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #33   Andrea

    I once wreaked an item at a vintage shop, I was so embarrassed that I bought it.

    As a retail peon, I also believe in the you break, you buy policy.

    Jun 25, 2010 at 1:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #34   Anon

    Why don’t they just put a “No Fat Chicks” sign in that store?

    Jun 25, 2010 at 10:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #34.1   Team Retail

      Because the store’s beef is likely not with “fat chicks” at all, but with medium-sized modern ladies whose brains can’t compute being unable to squeeze into a 1960s size 14 (which is roughly a 6 in 2010 sizing). I shop vintage a lot and see this delusion in action all the time– ripped seams and busted zippers are the usual result. These aren’t $5 t-shirts from Old Navy– they’re one-of-a-kind items that the store can’t simply exchange or replace.

      I agree that store #2 could be more diplomatic in their signage, but too many people are seriously clueless about the fact that (a) we used to be built a lot smaller before they started spiking our milk full of HGH, and (b) vanity sizing was not in play in the early 20th century.

      Jun 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #35   Roundredhead

    Look, I’m a fat chick, in fact I am a very fat chick. I have never in my life torn or otherwise damaged a piece of clothing while trying it on. I know how big I am and I have never liked tight clothing. My guess is that most of the people who are ruining the clothes at this vintage store are anorexics whose self definition is completely tied up in the number on the label. People who think that because they are “thin” and thus morally superior to the rest of us that they don’t have to use care in the treatment of items they do not yet own.

    Jun 25, 2010 at 11:05 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #36   Catskillet

    I live in Madison…where is that store!? I’m so curious.

    Jun 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #37   TippingCows

    I can’t quite make out the picture on the “Shoplifters will be Prosecuted” sign, but it looks like your unborn fetus will be taken from you as punishment.
    (Am I the only one that sees an ultra-sound on that paper)?

    Jun 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #38   Jules

    I’ve been to a vintage clothing shop where they measure the clothing before it goes on sale and then put it on a rail marked with the MODERN measurement. This makes things a lot easier. So 1950′s size UK 16 will be hung up on the modern UK 10 for example as the measurements are similar.

    Jun 28, 2010 at 7:41 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   Samantha

      Oh my gosh, what a concept. I really wish the “trendy” thrift store near my house would get a clue and start doing something like this. Tired of trying on cute stuff in the “L” section only to find that one piece fits like a 90s belly shirt, while the next is a circus tent from torrid.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up


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