Vintage Costume Jewelry, Women's & Men's Vintage Clothing, Hats, Handbags, Vanity Goods & Ephemera
About Falls Avenue Vintage Fashion
Our Service Pledge To You:
All items come with a guarantee and are photographed and described exactly as they are. Purchase orders and e-mails will be answered promptly. I aim to impress!
Women's vintage dresses, coats, hats, handbags, costume jewelry, vintage bridal wear, 1920s to 1980s lingerie, beauty products, vanity items and a menswear department featuring dressing robes, scarves and other classic retro accessories.
Most people look to the future but my eyes are fixed on the past. My home is a 1909 arts & crafts bungalow where the television is usually tuned into either Turner Classics, the History Channel or Mad Men. I love old stuff, especially lingerie. How can any woman possibly go without a feather laden chiffon peignoir or silk pajamas?
I hope you'll be pleased with my selection. Vintage costume jewelry and clothing can always be had as can the odd little treasures like photography, ad wares, greeting cards and other ephemera. My choices are based on condition, rarity and overall look so if it's not something I'd consider buying for myself, it's not something I'd consider selling to you.
Like clear photos, research is an equal contributor to successful selling. I use many resources to determine dating and materials and will not sell items of doubtful authenticity. Integrity is of uppermost concern to me. While I'm far from perfect, my promise to you is that I'd never knowingly misrepresent an item. You can expect to see clear photos of labels and read detailed condition reports. What you'll never see is newer "vintage style" stock and garments with dubious/tampered labels.
Shop inventory comes primarily from homes and markets within the Niagara Region. You can be assured my items are fresh to the online marketplace with many having had a single owner from whom I purchased directly.
Falls Avenue is located in beautiful Niagara Falls, Canada. Being a border city enables me to ship with USPS. My customer base is over 95% American (God Bless!) and I've successfully shipped over 1500 packages there and abroad which have arrived safely.
All transactions come with a full guarantee and there's never a restocking fee. All reasonable offers considered for combined purchases and layaway is available. Please feel free to contact me. I'm easy to work with!
*Member of the esteemed Vintage Fashion Guild and the Vintage Village.
From my customers...
My order arrived today & I have checked everything for fit, etc. Everything is wonderful, perfect, beautiful & just as we discussed it! The packing was amazing (again!) and everything was very secure. I expect vintage pieces to be worn but not to be wearing each out or damaging each other as they make their way to me. I had a package like that recently (from another seller) & it made me a bit gun-shy!!! All the best, Julie in Calgary
Rita I absolutely love the jacket that I purchased from your site! It looks brand new and in excellent condition. I am more than happy with my purchase and look forward to purchasing from you again! Thanks so much. Renee, IL
Dear Rita. I have received your jewelry! Everything arrived safely. I am very happy! Thank you! Special thanks for caterpillar!! It is so cute!! Maria, Russia
It was beautifully protected & arrived in pristine condition & I love it - extremely happy with purchase & your service. Glenda, Australia
Just wanted to let you know the little Whiting & Davis bag arrived today and it is more beautiful than I imagined. I'm absolutely thrilled with it, and your gift packaging is a nice personal touch. Thank you so much! April, WI
I am delighted with my bracelet, simply delighted!...Also, it is as you described. You packed it well and shipped it quickly. Your communication skills are excellent. The price was reasonable, as were the fees for shipping and handling. From a customer service perspective, you set an exemplary standard. It's been a pleasure doing business with you. Ginni, VA
Hello! I received them today and they're Lovely! Thanks for your prompt attention, and for generously including (2) RINGS! I'll certainly keep shopping with you on Ruby Lane. Nancy, TX
The perfume bottle has just arrived. What a sweet little bottle, and in such good condition! You have been a pleasure to work with! Good communication, quick responses, quick delivery, and lovely packaging - thank you for all! Joanne, NY
Just a quick note to let you know that the Max Factor Sophisto Cat perfume arrived today and I am so pleased with it! I appreciate the care taken in packaging this darling vintage item and the quick arrival of it as well. Thanks again! Patricia, LA
Just letting you know that I did receive my new bag and I love it! It's even better in person than the pictures online! I'm so excited to use it and show it off! Thanks again, Kathleen, TN
I received the Bowler Hat last week and it's AMAZING!!! I was really excited and pleased with the condition. Thank you again for your great find. Jacob, MO
I looooooooove the locket, thank you so much--it is gorgeous and very high-quality! I have no doubt that I will be shopping with you again and thanks for great customer service... Jessica, NY
Received my dress Saturday and it is just as described...Fits like a glove, beautiful, couldn't ask for a better fit... Lily, WY
Am I satisfied! I am in awe of them but mostly of you and your FAAAAABULOUS taste. They are so beautiful, I'd go shopping with them. Thank you so much...I'll be shuffling down your aisles again. Davide, NY
The robe is ABSOLUTELY 100 PERCENT PERFECTION!!!!...He loves it -- it is his favorite gift, and he never, ever thought he would own one...The robe looks as if it were tailored specifically for him!...The robe is exquisitely made, and we love the lapels, cuffs and tie belt; all very substantial. Happy New Year! Cynthia, NJ
I received the scarf exactly when you said I would! Thanks for your follow up on my order. I am extremely pleased with the scarf! It exceeded my expectations. I will gladly recommend your site to others and I will plan on doing future transactions as well. Bernie, PA
The bed jacket arrived today. It is beautiful. I am sure my mother will love it. She loves pink and the condition is fabulous. Also I did receive notice of the shipping cost refund. I am very happy with the service you have provided and I will be honored to pass your web site information on to anyone else who might be looking for vintage clothes. Thank you again, Pat, NC
Hi Rita, I did receive the coat today and it is just as lovely as you said it would be...I tried it on and it fits well...I'm so glad I found your store! You were completely honest in describing every detail of the coat, your customer service is first rate and you are by far one of the friendliest people I've "met" through online transactions. I would not hesitate to order from you again and would definitely recommend you to others. Janice, AL
I received the robe yesterday and I absolutely love it! It's in wonderful condition and the colors are even more beautiful than I had imagined. I'm wearing it right now! Thanks so much for the quick delivery and follow-ups. Great customer service. Thanks again, Karen, TX
I love the clutch. Your description was excellent and the item is beautiful. Can't wait to have something no one else has unlike the coach purses I see every where. Thanks again hope to purchase another item soon. Thank you, Katharine, ON
I wanted to drop a line to let you know that I received the telephone cord bag today!! It is wonderful and always a pleasure to buy from you!!! Kindest regards and thanks! Jamie, France
Hi Rita, we purchased the hat from you and weren't expecting it for a couple of weeks since I thought you were in Canada. Obviously I was pleasantly surprised when the hat arrived today... just two days later. The hat is wonderful and I am looking forward to our cooler weather so I can actually wear it!...PERFECT... Exactly what I was looking for. Thank You!!! P.S. I appreciate you packing the hat with much care. Crystal, FL
I received it in the mail a few days ago and its a lovely vintage bag with a elegant shape! It looks like its hardly ever been used. You did a great job packing it well for shipping which I appreciate a lot. Considering the purses they sell in the stores for ten times the price, that tend to look like small pieces of luggage and usually very gaudy, it's much better to buy vintage. I'm so glad I found your shop on Ruby Lane! Thanks, and I'm sure I'll be a repeat customer of yours! Patricia, VA
Rita, the coat and dress are both exquisite! I love them and they fit perfectly..They are beautiful and the color is exactly "Tiffany" blue. Thank you for such a wonderful website, store and responsiveness to my emails and questions. they arrived exactly when you said they would. I couldn't be happier! Nancy, KY
THANK YOU so much! I LOVE the caftan!...This caftan is not only gorgeous but it must be the best smelling vintage garment I have ever bought!...Thanks again for the flawless transaction and your SUPERB CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!! Nicole, DE
My purse arrived and it's even more beautiful than it's photos! I love it. Thank you also for taking such care in packing it - it arrived in perfect condition. I really love your Ruby Lane store and your customer service has been wonderful. I'll be shopping with you again soon. Thanks again and take care! Joanne, ON
Well another gorgeous piece of jewelry from you. The carved rose brooch and earrings are just exquisite and the brass perfume holder is cute as a bug. Thanks so much, Debby, WI
OH Rita! I just got the hat! It is SOOOOOO beautiful! I will wear it to the Lavender Festival as Mrs. Lavender! So happy! Thank you! Jennifer, WA
The cha cha bracelet arrived yesterday. My wife loved it! Just wanted to let you know it arrived safely and was well received. Thank you for wrapping it so nicely. Regards, Tony, RI
Dear Ms. Zappitelli: So nice of you to check in with your customers! Both pieces are lovely and just as expected, and I appreciate how charmingly you wrapped them as well! Receiving them reminded me of my time living in Paris and Tokyo, where such purchases are always wrapped beautifully and carefully like a gift, no matter the value of the purchase. Merci Beaucoup, Norma, LA
Oh My Goodness Rita!!!! Just got the bracelet today...I am wearing it now...it is just gorgeous indeed...did you polish it? The silver is beautiful and the charms could not be more charming. Thank you soo very very much. It was very sweet and generous of you...I just love it! Lourdes, MD
Thank you very much for your great service in sending the coat to me. It arrived in perfect condition and I am so happy. I love the coat, Rita! It was so beautifully cared for. I am so happy with it. Thanks again, Barbara, MA
Just a note to let you know the perfume bottle arrived safe and sound today. I love it. It is lovely and unusual. It will have pride of place on my dressing table. Your beautiful packaging of my purchase was much appreciated and made my purchase very special indeed. Regards, Rosemary, NY
Hi Rita, I wanted to let you know I am totally loving this ring I bought from you! I feel so glamorous wearing it...especially to the grocery store. hehe Thanks! Ann, WA
Hello, Oh yes, I did receive them and they are beyond wonderful! Thank you sooooo very much. My granddaughter has just graduated from NYU...PhD in Arts...and is coming back to California. She is doing her new condo in shabby chic ... and these are surprises for her! I know she will be over the moon. Thank you again so very much. Kind regards, Alexandra, CA
Your package arrived this afternoon safe and sound! Everything was packed so nicely and smelled so fresh! Thank you for all the care you took! I love the 2 pillows and the purse and they are in my parlor as we speak. Many thanks for a lovely purchase!...I will continue to shop in your beautiful gallery! All the best, Jeannine, NY
Yes, I did receive the delightful "Hope Diamond" and it's great! Thanks for the prompt service and the pristine condition of the merchandise!! Thanks! Jan, TX
Dear Rita, I LOVE THIS PIN. I LOVE THIS PIN. I LOVE THIS PIN. It is opulent, elegant and I LOVE THIS PIN. Thank you for having such great taste. Me too!!! Dell, FL
The dress is beautiful and it fits perfectly. It arrived safely and very well packaged. Thank you so much. Susan, WA
Rita, you are the best! Thank you for including the Dreamer of Dreams as a bonus, it is indeed beautiful! Both will be perfect framed in our little girl's bedroom! And the postcards & bracelet are even nicer than as described -- thank you so much. It is a rare treat to find a seller so kind, thank you! I will be back soon! Warm wishes -- Maia, MD
IT ARRIVED AND ITS JUST SO BEAUTIFUL AND I CAN'T SEE ONE FLAW AT ALL. WHY IT LOOKS BRAND NEW TO ME. I JUST LOVE IT AND IT CAME SO NICELY WRAPPED , WHY I THOUGHT IT WAS CHRISTMAS ALL OVER AGAIN! I WILL MOST CERTAINLY BE BACK TO SEE YOU, YOUR PRICES ARE GREAT AND THIS PIECE IS SO SUBLIME. HOPE TO DO BUSINESS AGAIN. HILA, USVI
Dear Rita, I wanted you to know how surprised I was to find the extra print!! You are so sweet to include it. They'll be great hanging together. They take me back to my childhood. Last week when the package arrived I opened it and saw the ad through the tissue paper, but was in such a hurry for work I didn't open it all the way up. I had no idea I was in for a surprise until I read your email tonight. It was kind of like getting the package twice. I love both the prints. Coca Cola Santa has always been a favorite of mine. Thank you so much for collecting these wonderful finds for the rest of us. Julie, TX
Hi Rita, Good Morning! Holy Cow... my packaged arrived yesterday afternoon, and it was like Christmas in September!! You packaged everything with such care and made my experience shopping with you so special. The jewelry, well where do I begin? I don't know which piece I like the most; they are all so lovely. You were so right, these are quality pieces and I am delighted to be sporting them now and hopefully feeling some of the previous owner's creative energy. I can only hope that I wear them as well as she did. As for you Rita, you have been wonderful. I feel as if I have made a new friend. As I mentioned before, you have unique pieces and I will definitely be back. Thank you for my new treasures.... Warm Regards, Alison, NJ
Just to let you know that the photos have reached me today...I'm thrilled with them. Thanks also for packing them so carefully...the cardboard postbag had become wet somewhere en route to Sydney, however, because you had taken the time to pack them so well, the photos were untouched and arrived in perfect condition. I'll be back to browse in your Ruby Lane store often! With my thanks and very best wishes, Lesley, Australia