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About Romancing The Past

Our Service Pledge

My pledge to you is to offer authentic vintage and antique items of quality, listed with vivid and accurate descriptions, with several clear digital photos. Questions and orders are acknowledged within 24 hours; Shipment made right away after payment received; next day if possible. Items are always properly wrapped and packaged to ensure safe arrival to you. Insurance is recommended for fragile items.

About Us

Celebrating 21 Years on Ruby Lane ~ Platinum-Rated Shop ~ 5-Star Rated Reviews. As an exclusive Ruby Lane shop owner since 2002, my pledge to my customers is to treat you as I want to be treated when I shop online ~ With respect, courtesy, fair prices, and prompt customer service. Thank you for visiting my shop!

The name of my shop, "Romancing The Past", came to mind from a life-long love of history and a family legacy of antique collecting.

As a child, our family's home was filled with antiques and vintage collectibles. My love for antique and vintage items came naturally along with a keen interest in history and an overall curiosity about everyday life in the past. Some of my fondest memories are of "antiquing trips" to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina with my Mom, grandparents, aunts, and cousins. I sometimes spent my allowance on small antique treasures ~ even back then! Over the years, my collections have grown and I've "dabbled" in collecting, selling, and trading antiques and collectibles my entire adult life!

My goal is to have a wide variety of items for my customers to select from. I have an eclectic assortment of Vintage and Antique Glass, Jewelry, Pottery, Fine China, Porcelain, Silver, Games, Books, Periodicals, Clothing & Accessories, Kitchenware, Linens, Barware, Postcards, Cookbooks, Baskets, Quilts, Sheet Music, Vinyl LP's, Tins, Metalware, Small Household Antiques, Milk Glass, Sterling Silver, Unique "Retro" Items, Many Dinnerware Patterns, Vanity Items, Ephemera, Dolls, Toys, Primitives, and even more! I look for all types of quality items at estate sales and antiques auctions, especially those unique items that are becoming so scarce now. There's much here for you to choose from and many unexpected finds!

My inventory is constantly changing, so please let me know what you're looking for ~ I might have it, but not have it listed yet!

I enjoy selling to people throughout the USA! Read what some of my happy customers are saying:

"Hi Sandy, Just received the package now (4:30 PST). Pieces are intact - excellent packing job. This is to replace the one I had - accidentally broken while washing. My spouse will appreciate the Valentines day surprise. Thanks for the prompt service,

"My ironstone sugar bowl and creamer arrived today perfectly packed and in perfect condition.  So pleased with my purchase.  Just as you described.  Thank you so much.  I hope to enjoy them for many years to come."

"Thank you Sandy, the package arrived so quickly and it is exactly what I was looking for. This was the first time I visited Ruby Lane (and your shop), so I'm unfamiliar with the process. I looked around to leave positive feedback for you, but didn't see a place to do so. If I'm overlooking it, let me know, and I'll gladly leave feedback."

"Here's the pipe rack converted into a razor holder. Looks great. Pictures don't do it justice."

"Hi Sandy - great to hear from you & great Holly Hobbie arrived safely in Australia. Thanks for all you help..take care...kind regards"

"Just wanted to let you know that the Crystal Bell arrived yesterday, beautifully packed I might add and in perfect condition. It's a lovely piece and is a wonderful addition to my home."

"I received the book today and am thrilled with my set is complete."

"I wanted to let you know that I received the bride and groom, and they are adorable. Very endearing. I think they will be perfect for the top of my cake!"

“Hi Sandy - The chuckwagon salt and peppers arrived today. Very unique. They are much nicer than I expected. Thanks for your prompt service.”

"Thank you and know that your apron will be well-loved and adored. I LOVE aprons (I love to cook) but think the apron is part of the outfit...and this will be the prettiest by far. My husband will love it too."

"I received the Beefeater mug yesterday in perfect condition. Thanks so much! I do love it."

"The tie I purchased from you arrived yesterday in great condition. It is a fabulous tie with great colors and condition."

"Sandy - I am thrilled w/ my plates and can't believe how quickly I rec'd them. The packaging was great and they are in perfect condition. I will be painting my dining room lavender soon and these will look wonderful hanging on the wall. My first Ruby Lane purchase exceeded my expectations."

“Received the heart trinket box. My wife loved it.“

“Thank You Sandy. Very nice set. I was correct, your pieces complete my tea set.”

“Sandy, I received the creamer in perfect condition! Its very pretty.”

“Hello Sandy, I received the parcel yesterday. All things are in very good condition and they are great pieces to my collection. I am very pleased with this purchase. Thank you very much and I wish you many satisfied customers.”

“Hi Sandy, I received the coffee canister yesterday in perfect condition. Thank You!”

"Sandy, Thank you very much. The book did arrive on Friday, perfect timing for the birthday. I really appreciate you sending me out the book quickly as you did, it was a pleasure to do business with you."

"Hi Sandy, I wanted to let you know I received the 1970's Black Patent Leather Purse today and it is very nice. You packed it with such care. Thank you so much for a lovely item. Have a wonderful day and take care."

Dear Sandy, My hat arrived today and I LOVE it!! Thank you so much for a great transaction and such speedy shipping--really appreciate it. I will visit your store soon--do you have any other hats like this from the estate?"

The scarves arrived today. They are incredible. Thank-you so much for finding them for me. You're the best!!"

"Just wanted to let you know I received the salad plates and couldn't believe how wonderfully you packed them! I don't think they would have broken if the post office dropped them from a 2nd story! Thanks so much and if you should get other pieces to the Informal/Iroquois pattern, please keep me in mind".

"Yes, received the toothpick holder awhile ago and it is really nice! Thanks for checking up."

"Just wanted to let ya know, your package arrived and I LUV it all!!!THANXS again. See ya soon !

I opened my package today and these items are wonderful! My friends stopped by after our flight back into Atlanta today, so I was able to show them off. I am very happy with my purchases"

"Yes, I received it today and it's even more wonderful in person. I just love it. Please let me know if you have any others like it."

"I wanted to let you know I received the BEAUTIFUL plate today! It's even prettier than the picture! It's breathtaking! Thanks so much! I'll be keeping an eye on your other items. "

“Thank you for the wonderful items you have listed. I am excited to receive the earrings and necklace."

“Received the item yesterday. Thanks so much for the speedy service!”

“Dear Sandy, I just finished looking through all the items you have listed and very much enjoyed the experience. I will tell my friends about your store. I also appreciate that you responded to my questions so promptly. Just a note of thanks! I am looking forward to receiving my order”

” Awesome!! Thank you for going to all that bother for me.”

”I have a sister who collects vintage clothes and am anxious to share your web site with her.”

”I will pass word on about your shops, I am glad I found your site when I was searching for pinochle decks. Have a wonderful weekend!”

"The "tip" wasn't much, but I did want to let you know how much I appreciated the free shipping.”

”It has been nice doing business with you and I will continue passing your web site onto others.”

”I want to tell you that all of your extra effort is appreciated. I also appreciate the free shipping....thanks.”

”If everyone is nearly as nice as you have been, this really will be a worthwhile experience. Thank you so much for your help and patience. I will be looking into your website frequently. Again, my thanks...”

”The S&P arrived yesterday. Adorable! I'll send them along to my daughter. Thanks!”

”Got my ornaments today. They are very pretty. Thanks for everything. Still watching your listing faithfully.”

”Will continue to watch your shop because I love your items.”

”Thanks so much! I will definitely be browsing the site in the future too.”

”It's nice to do business with a North Carolina lady!”

”I've paid with PayPal, so I can't wait to receive my book. I love your site--you have all kinds of neat-o little goodies”

”My fiancé and I had a good time looking through the book together, laughing at some of the old fashioned ideas and admiring the pictures”

”I got them very quickly. I was very happy with the whole process. My friend was very happy with the gift. Thank you so much!”

Buy from me with confidence that I’ll do my best to make you another happy customer.

I appreciate your business! I hope you will bookmark my shop, "Romancing The Past" and visit often to check my new listings. I'm adding more unique vintage collectibles and small antiques every week! Many thanks, Sandy

Sandra M Carter
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