2017 Small Business Saturday & Holiday Sales

It’s Thanksgiving week in the US, which means holiday sales all over the internet. Here is a round up of historical costuming related businesses offering sales this week. If you need to purchase gifts for the costumers in your life (or yourself!), I hope you will check them out.

2017 Small Business Saturday & Holiday Sales

American Duchess Shoes

Lauren of American Duchess* and Royal Vintage (see below) makes amazing shoes for a wide range of historical eras. These Dunmore 18th century shoes* in black wool are so comfortable and lovely, it’s like putting on a pair of slippers. They are lined with white linen and an 18th century style shoemaker’s stamp, which really makes you feel like you’ve picked up a pair of historical shoes.

I also love the Londoner Oxfords in Cherry*, which are a regular part of my everyday wardrobe this fall. They look as great with jeans as they do with an Edwardian skirt.

And if you haven’t heard about the American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking yet, I’ve been hearing great things from the people who have reviewed it so far. It’s almost 40% off at Amazon* right now, and ships on November 21st! I’m eagerly awaiting my pre-order copy.


Burnley & Trowbridge

Burnley and Trowbridge is my go-to supplier of historical fabrics and notions. They have fabulous custom-printed fabrics based on period examples, made in short runs, just like the originals. They also have a fun selection of 18th c. handkerchiefs to go with any outfit, historical or modern. I also buy linen tape, button moulds, and other notions from them. If you do a lot of 18th c. sewing, I highly recommend that you check them out.

Small Business Saturday 2017

Dames a la Mode

Taylor from Dames a la Mode makes wonderful, sparkly 18th c. collet necklaces and other pieces inspired by period images. All of her pieces are handmade, and many include details like custom settings, vintage rhinestones, and connections that make sure the pieces don’t flip upside down during wearing. I love the olive and silver custom necklace she made for me (below). I have a few other pieces on my wish list, including one in blush pink or amethyst(or maybe both).

Elizabeth Emerson Designs

Elizabeth is the purveyor of exquisite antique and vintage ribbons and trims. I could easily spend my whole costuming budget in her shop! She’s offering 20% off from the 22nd to 28th with code HOLIDAY20. Sale is happening on her website and in her Etsy shops selling ribbons and lace*, antique jewelery, and rare perfume bottles.

Old Petticoat Shop

Jennifer over at Old Petticoat Shop is an amazing teacher and has a wide selection of classes and patterns to help you with your historic costuming projects. I’ve found her workbook to be incredibly helpful as I work my way through my 1830’s corded petticoat. She’s offering 20% off the entire shop from Black Friday thru Monday using code SEW20.

PS. She recently announced a collaboration with American Duchess to create online classes for the AD 18th c. Dressmaking book. If that sounds interesting, definitely sign up for her list or follow her on Facebook.



Cynthia from Redthreaded offers a range of corsets, underpinnings, and patterns to help you create the right shape for a variety of historical eras. I love that she offers both ready to wear and custom corsets in plus sizes. Her custom work is beautiful and affordable, and definitely on my future costuming list. She’s offering  20% off all patterns, plus an additional 10% off orders of $100 or more with code THANKS2017.

And if you haven’t seen it already, check out the beautiful projects on her blog, like her new plaid bustle gown and her show-stopping Worth gown recreation.

Royal Vintage Shoes

Lauren has even more fabulous shoes over at Royal Vintage. I paired her sage green and ivory Lillian Spectator Shoes with my 1920s picnic dress this summer. I’m also keeping an eye on these silver Roxy 1920s Flapper Shoes for a future robe de style project

Queen and Cavendish 

Kim from Queen and Cavendish* recently launched a line of glittery brooches, chatelaines, and other goodies inspired by 18th c. jewelry.  She’s offering 10% off all purchases and free domestic (US) shipping in her Etsy shop for purchases over $20, on Friday, November 24th only. This offer applies only to in-stock items, and does not include custom items.

Wearing History

Lauren over at Wearing History has a range of Regency to 1950s clothing patterns, and recently started carrying a selection of fabrics, vintage buttons, and other sewing supplies. I also have an embroidery pattern designed to pair perfectly with her  1910’s camisole pattern. She’s offering 20% Black Friday to Cyber Monday, with a coupon code yet to be announced.


OK, this is a bigger business, but I wanted to include it because they are having a killer sale. I go through entire bolts of their embroidery stabilizers*, not to mention cans of their Spray and Bond Temporary Adhesive*. They’re offering 40% off everything on their website plus free shipping in the continental US with coupon code GIMME40.

Romantic Recollections

And what about Romantic Recollections? Yes, we’re also offering a sale through the end of November. Take 25% off anything in the shop (excluding gift cards) with code SBS2017.

Happy Shopping! If I hear about more costuming-related sales this weekend, I’ll update this list.


Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you choose to make a purchase. These are marked with an * after the product name. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers, and I do not recommend products solely to get a commission.

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