Vintage Sewing

In Search Of: One Vintage Zipper

February 1, 2011

A friend of mine has a lovely vintage dress with a helplessly broken zipper, and I assured her that finding a replacement metal zipper wouldn’t be a problem. Which means, of course, that I don’t have the size she needs in my small stash of vintage notions, and she hasn’t been able to find one online. Do any of you fabulous seamstresses have a 14″ black zipper (preferably with black or silver teeth) that you’d be willing to sell? Or a lead on where she would be able to buy one? She’s not in a particular hurry, but it would be nice to check it off her To Do list.

I’d be much obliged, Ladies (and Gents)!
  1. I don't have any myself, but if nobody here has one, and you have your heart set on vintage, etsy has a bunch of them. I've also found vintage notions on Ebay.

  2. i buy my vintage zippers at value village or other assorted thrift stores. i usually am able to buy a whack of them for 2 or 3 dollars. or separately for .25-.50 cents a piece.

  3. I guess I'm also not clear on why this needs to be a vintage zipper. Don't get me wrong, I have a good sized stock pile of thrift store zippers. But it's not that there's something special about them…they're just cheap zippers. A zipper is a zipper, whether it was made in 2011 or 1973.

  4. Thanks for all of your help, everyone! I'll pass along your hints and links.

    Red – I love Etsy! I'm a vendor there myself. While there are plenty of zippers there, at this precise moment there are none that fit her requirements. Of course, that could change at any time!

    Amanda – my friend is looking for a vintage zipper because it's a vintage dress and replacing it with a nylon/polyester zipper would look a little odd. Also, a modern zipper would depreciate the resale value of the dress if she ever decides to let it go down the line.

  5. I definately have some vintage zippers in all colours sizes etc at home. I bought a bunch at an estate sale last fall. Let me see what I have and feel free to email me if you want some pictures.

    I also have vintage buttons if anyone is interested. One of these days I will get everything on etsy.


    frothie51 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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