Dorothea's Closet Vintage
a collection of vintage selling venues based in Des Moines, Iowa.

You will find the shop, opened in January of 2007, at the corner of
18th and Grand on the west side of downstown Des Moines....a
space with about 1200 square feet of selling space for vintage and
a loft dedicated to glamorous vintage lingerie & vintage bridal
wear. Please visit the
SHOP PAGE for address and operating

You are currently visiting my website, created in August of 2006.
The site offers the best my real-world shop has to offer.....dresses,
accessories and separates from the 1800's to the 1980's. I offer
divine lingerie, stunning shoes and vintage jewelery. The site is
set up to take Paypal but by contacting me through the shop
(linked above), I can take credit card via phone. Email if you
would like to set up layaway or send a money order.

I am ALWAYS happy to combine shipping or layaway charges
between my  selling sites, just email me to work out the details!

We offer GIFT CERTIFICATES in any amount....just email us at to arrange one sent via
email/snail mail!

Happy to work with you on terms, but the basics go like
this.....20% down, $2000 maximum, 90 days to pay and we're set.
If 90 days passes and my attempts to collect the balance are not
responded to & or met, the items become available again for
other shoppers and the deposit is kept as a fee for having the
pieces unavailable for customers for the duration of the 90 days.
Layaway items are not eligible for return due to the extended
perioid that they are unavailable to the public.
I'm pretty easy going as long as you stay in touch!


Returns are possible and are approved on a case by case basis.
Contact must be made within 3 days of receipt. If there is no error
or misrepresentation on my part, I require a 20% restock fee with
the exception of bridal gowns which, due to their one-wear/event
nature, require a 40% restock fee. Returns for color are not
accepted...color may appear different from one monitor to another
and I cannot be responsible for how color is perceieved. If the
error is mine a refund will be issued in full. Layaway items are not
eligible for return due to the extended period they are unavailable
to the public.

Contact must be made prior to shipping ANY returned item, no
matter the reason. Items must be shipped within 3 days of receipt
to be eligible for refund. Dorothea's Closet Vintage reserves the
right to select shipping method in all cases. Failure to ship with
method required will null any shipping reimbursement in cases of
return cause by an error on this end.

Items altered or damaged in any way will be refused.


Please email us for details at
We will be happy to work with you on buying vintage apparel and
accessories! The process will be tailored to your needs....ideally
we will have you give us a list of items after email discussion. We
will have you ship the items w/ a packing list for our approval and
make an offer! Any items not accepted or agreed upon will be
shipped back at our cost. When necessary we will work based on
photographs but handling items before buying is preferred.

We love vintage of all labels (or none) but some that we look for
include vintage Chanel, Ceil Chapman, Halston, Lee Bender Bus
Stop, Annacat, Vivienne Westwood, Elsa Schiaparelli, Luis
Estevez, Malcolm Starr, Hattie Carnegie, Jo Copeland, Biba,
Ossie Clark, Yves St Laurent, Chloe, Thierry Mugler, Maggy
Rouff, Arnold Scaasi, Ben Reig, Pedro Rodriguez, Claire
McCardell, Dorothy O'Hara, Marimekko, Galanos, Karl
Lagerfeld, Gustave Tassell, Irene Lentz, Philip Hulitar, Jaques
Heim, Patou, Fortuny, Mainbocher, Nina Neal, Pauline Trigere,
Scott Barrie, Suzy Perette, Travilla, Vuokko, Adrian, Addie
Masters, Shaheen, Kamehameha, Giorgio Sant' Angelo, Geoffery
Beene, La Mendola, Leo Narducci, Donald Brooks, Givenchy,
Balenciaga, Ferragamo, Eisenberg, Miriam Haskell, Jerry
Silverman, Mollie Parnis, Bonnie Cashin, Diane Von Furstenberg,
Victor Costa, Lilli Ann, Chester Weinberg, Lilli Diamond, Jerry
Gilden, F.O.G.A., Germaine, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Paganne, Mr.
Dino, Leonard of Paris, Anne Fogarty, Cartwright, Ann Sutton,
Samuel Grossman, Sarah Fredericks, Emma Domb, Patric Miss
America, Sybil Connolly, Lanvin, Teal Traina, Lucie Ann, Vanity
Fair, Nelly de Grab, Don Miguel, Winfield, Heinz Oestergaard,
Peggy Hunt, Omar Kiam, Harvey Berin, Karen Stark, Elizabeth
Arden, St John, Vested Gentress, Don Loper, Madame Gres,
Ralph Rucci, Helen Bond Carruthers...
Email with any questions....we'll make it work!


Dorothea's Closet was born of a love for pretty things, inspired by
days of dressing up in Grandma's closet. That grandma was Dorothea,
and I am proud to say she had a large influence in who I am today....and
in what I do as well. Because she was the inspiration for this passion of
mine, it is her artwork & a snapshot of her from a photo booth that are
recurring imagery on my site. Its my way of thanking her for showing me
a strong woman could love & wear pretty things and still be a Mom, a
Grandma, an artist, a gardener, a fabulous cook & an inspiration to those
around her.

Dorothea's Closet, you will find vintage clothing.....the  best I can
find. From as far back as I can get it to the early 80's. I focus mainly on
dresses but offer separates, accessories, lingerie & men's  things
whenever possible. While there is some mens vintage, the focus is on
womens for a myriad of reasons so selection is small.  From the highly
collectible to every day wear & everything in between....I love the things
I sell & hope you will too!

I am a single Mom working from a small shop front or from home, not an
impersonal large me any time to ask for more pictures,
details I have missed, even to look for things you are hunting for (I may
even have it not yet posted!). I appreciate my customer's love of vintage
& want nothing more than a happy experience all around!

Proud member of the
Vintage Fashion Guild.


Thanks for looking.............Angela @ Dorothea's Closet
1733 Grand Ave
Des Moines IA 50309

we buy vintage!
Dorothea's is....
Angela~ founder, CEO, vintage huntress &
curator, web guru & shoppe keep
vintage henry j kaiser-frazer dorothea's closet vintage
My stylish Grandmother Dorothea, far left, with Grandpa Floyd & family
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