Buy/Trade

Couture du Jour is fully stocked at present. E-mail me if you would like to be put on a notification list for when we resume buying.  Christine@CoutureduJourNYC.com

An appointment to sell must be made.  Holiday items should be in by end of Oct.  No appts are made btwn Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.  All Deals are final upon payment.  Not sure you can part w/ it?  Don’t bring it.  Large unsorted piles are rejected on sight.

High-end Women’s Vintage Clothing, Accessories and Luxury Goods like perfume bottles, compacts, train cases, hatboxes, etc.  I do not concentrate only on designers but I do want the standard to be no less than Bloomies’ level.  Style & quality of construction are more important than a label.  Must be 25+ years of age.

Condition is everything.  It absolutely must be in excellent to mint condition or repairable/restorable.  I only accept less than excellent condition in cases of great rarity or age.  An 1890 Art Nouveau handbag with a secret lock can show wear while a Leiber bag from the 70’s should be near perfect.  Bag interiors can show wear and or damage as long as they function properly.  No orange rusty looking, mildew or perspiration stains on clothes.  These are all permanent. Some odors might be overlooked but keep in mind I’m taking a risk.  If the odor is permanent it’s a write off for me so a strong odor cuts the wholesale cost dramatically.  Natural skin bags with strong odors are an absolute NO.  The mold/mildew/bacteria causing the odor has permeated the skin and is there forever.  In addition, no cracked gator, no snake scales pulling up/missing and no torn leather.  No verdigris on jewelry.  If in doubt, talk to me.

I go back as far as 1800′s in clothing and 1700’s in accessories but I do not sell collectible or Study Only clothing; all must be wearable. 

I carry sizes from XS to XL.  However, XS & S are always in high demand.

I pay cash or store credit with credit bringing more than cash by 40% i.e. $100 Cash = $140 store credit, $200/$280, $300/$420, etc.

What I specialize in:  The Good Girl Aesthetic

  • Natural Fibers such as silk, wool, cashmere, linen, cotton and rayon etc.  Synthetics are on a case-by-case basis.  However double knit polyester from the 70’s is always a NO unless the item is highly unusual.  If it seems uncomfortable to you, then it’s probably not too appealing to others.
  • Day Dresses such as 60’s wool, preferably lined and all era’s summer cotton dresses particularly 40’s print day dresses especially w/ people, animals or objects in the print as well as the New Look, 60’s Mod, 70′s wrap dress and Hawaiianna.
  • Cashmere sweaters and jackets/coats.
  • Bags, bags, bags!  I do everything, but of great interest are exotics, real patent leather, metal mesh, Lucite + box purses in general, and French evening bags – especially Tambour embroidery.
  • Costume and Sterling Silver Jewelry, no Fine jewelry unless it’s something simple like 1950’s gold charms. Watches must be in full working order.
  • Umbrellas!  I love a good umbrella.  No bent frames or holes in fabric.  Must be fully functional.
  • and Glitter too?  Yes, we love a bead, a sequin, any fringe and the occasional feather.

Items with Special Stipulations

  • Hats
  • Shoes – We no longer accept shoes unless very unusual.  Must be a size 7 or higher.
  • Belts – Except for chain belts or elastic cinch waist must be big enough to fit low rise not the natural waist.
  • Gloves
  • Lingerie – Prefer foundation pieces such as half/full slips or underskirts/crinolines & corsets.  Robes & Sleepwear are especially appreciated if they can be worn as street-wear.
  • Items in the color Black.  It’s the hardest color to sell.

Of these, I only carry the unusual.  Examples are Hermes pinstriped gloves from the 50’s, a silk velvet/silk satin Christian Dior hat from the 60’s and unique shoes by high quality brands.

I do not sell

  • Men’s
  • Logo Bags, even if it’s a Louis Vuitton.
  • Fabrics/Patterns/Sewing Items but I do buy buttons for repairs.
  • Aprons/Linens/Curtains but I personally collect Tea Towels so I’m happy to see a vintage kitchen linen.