I have to Use a Credit Card?
Several payment options can be used to pay for your order:
1. Credit Card, Visa, MasterCard, American Express
2. Money Order/Cashiers Check, cash
There are 3 ways to complete your purchase.
1. Credit card payments can be used in three ways:
the website, select products and add them to the shopping cart. When
finished shopping, 'Check Out' by clicking on the "Pay" button
(at the top of every page) and follow the directions. Your credit card
WILL NOT be charged until the order is reviewed by the sales staff.
If an item is out of stock, you will be emailed and given a chance to
modify the order. You can also choose to pay using Paypal (directly
from the shopping cart).
you prefer not to use the shopping cart (or are unable to), you can
pay using a credit card by sending your order (description/size/color/qty)
and 'half' the credit card number in one email. Then send a second email
with the remainder of the credit card info (last 4 numbers and expiration
date, for example). Although we don't prefer this method (your email
to us is NOT encrypted but all orders using the Shopping Cart ARE encrypted),
it is commonly used as a 'last resort'.
third way to pay is to call our Sales Dept and place the order verbally
2. We accept payment using money orders (international money orders
must be drawn on a US bank or institution) and cashier's check or cash.
We gladly accept US postal money orders. Please make them payable to
'Stocking Showcase, Inc' and mail to:
Stocking Showcase, Inc
PO Box 352922
Palm Coast, FL 32135
3. When paying with Paypal, money order, cashier's check or cash, email
us first with your order so that we may verify the items are in stock.
We will reply to that email and quote a cost for the order
call our office and speak to a live sales representative:
Mon-Sun 9:00AM - 11:55PM (EST)
the United States call:
will record your message during all other times. A sales representitive
will call you back.
All prices are quoted in US dollars. (The price listed for stockings
is PER PAIR unless noted otherwise).
We are glad to accept you order. For speedy response, we recommend you
use the services of Paypal. This 'electronic payment' is free (no fees
for the sender) and is instant. If you do not currently have an account,
we will gladly explain the process for you. As mentioned, we do accept
payments using money orders and cashier's check (drawn on a US bank
or institution) or cash. Cash is sent at your own risk.
Please make them payable
to 'Stocking Showcase, Inc' and mail to:
Stocking Showcase, Inc
PO Box 352922
Palm Coast, FL 32135 USA
Florida Residents Only:
We will add 6% sales tax on your total order (merchandise and
extra. There are no handling charges or 'other' charges of any type.
is assured! Our return address label simply says "Showcase Inc"
with no mention of the word 'stockings'.
Overseas orders will have customs paperwork with the word "Apparel"
on the outside of the package. The word 'stockings' will not appear
on the outside of the parcel.
Orders for hosiery will be shipped in either a new white glossy hosiery
box or the original vintage stocking box wrapped in our custom tissue.
A FLAT RATE charge of $6.00 will be charged for orders for shipping
destinations within the United States. This is a 2-3 day delivery using
PRIORITY MAIL. For large (or frequent) orders, we may offer a "discounted"
rate (we will pay all or some of your shipping) to you. Factors include
size of order and number of orders placed.
This fee also covers the cost of packaging and shipping cartons.
All orders are processed in the order in which they are received. We
make every attempt to ship your order within 24 hours of receiving it.
Books and printed media will ship separately by 'Media
If you have an "Apartment Number" in your address, be sure to include it. Your order will not be delivered without it. The postal service will return your order to us.
One final note worth mentioning. If you feel your mail
receptacle is not secure or feel your shipment should not be left unattended,
we can utilize signature confirmation which requires you to sign for
the shipment or pick it up at the nearest post office.
For international orders (outside the USA) we use the "First Class
Mail International" delivery service. The shipping cost is based on weight. We will quote your shipping costs if they exceed $10USD and await your approval before processing your order.
Arrival times to your customs department will vary from 6 to 10 days.
We are unable to quote exact delivery dates due to the additional delays
that may occur at your customs department.
It is very important that we obtain the correct mailing address for
your order. If for any reason you are unable to enter the full address
using the shopping cart, please email us and we will verify the information
with you. You may also place this information in the "Comment"
area on the shopping cart.
We use the services of the US Postal Service. Postal rates to your country can be calculated here: http://postcalc.usps.com/
Much of the vintage items have a very large selection but a low
inventory count. If the same item is ordered by two customers and the
result is a 'sold out' condition, the following rules will apply:
1. The first customer to contact us, either by telephone, email or by
actually placing the order using the web site, will have custody of
the available inventory. In effect, we are saying the order will be
"held" for the first customer who CONTACTS us, not the first
to PAY. This is done to be totally fair to those who have to mail payment
2. We will hold the inventory for up to 10 days.
3. On the 11th day, we will attempt to contact you.
4. If no response is heard by the 14th day, the inventory will be 'released'
and placed in
stock to be sold.
Due to the intimate
nature of our products, we regret to say we cannot accept returns on
items that have been 'worn'. Hosiery in which the packaging has been opened cannot be returned. Returns for credit/refund must be returned within 30 days of purchase. After 30 days, there are no refunds except under the following conditions:
1. We clearly misrepresent an item. If you are unclear about ANY
detail, please email us before placing an order.
2. You receive a wrong item. If the item is not what you ordered (or
the size is CLEARLY not the size you specified), we will exchange it
for the correct item. We will not charge you shipping for the replacement item.
Returned merchandise must be unworn and with original packaging. Merchandise
that is damaged is not returnable.
If we can further assist you with any
questions, feel free to call (or email) us. We are waiting by the phone
to help you!
Most of the vintage
stockings on this website are NOS (New Old Stock).
Still wrapped in the original tissue and never have been unfolded, we
go to great lengths to supply them to you in this very condition. In
most of our photographs (if you look closely), the dark lines you see
on the foot and leg are the original 'fold lines', not runs or snags.
This is what a 'freshly' unfolded stocking will look like; we make no
effort to hide or alter these lines.
We take great pride in offering clear, concise photos and accurate descriptions.
Every attempt has been made to describe the item in detail to help you
select the correct product. If any additional information will help
you, feel free to contact our Sales Department before ordering.
If you are buying vintage stockings for the first time, we highly recommend you speak to an experienced sales person about sizing and any special characteristics you seek. Almost all vintage garter stockings have no stretch; sizing is critical. Remember, stocking size is NOT the same as shoe size.
If we examine the history
of vintage hosiery, we recognize that the advent of nylon stockings
in the 1940's and 1950's were the hottest thing to hit the market. Demand
clearly outstripped supply. Remember, unlike today's woman, it was unheard
of NOT be wearing garter stockings back then. Clearly, half the adult
population put a pressing need on the hosiery mills to keep up with
Stockings were manufactured
on the 'Reading Knitting Machine'. This was an enormous, complex and
finicky device. See "History of Stockings".
If we place the events in the order in which they occur, we see that
un-dyed nylon thread was knitted into a tubular 'form', it was 'finished'
and then 'boarded', a process where the leg is heated and formed into
the final shape of a leg. This was later followed by the dying process
to give the stocking its color. After sizing, the stocking is finally
Not all 'legs' were perfect.
It was the inspector's responsibility for assigning a uniform classification
to sort the product. Almost all hosiery was stamped with one of the
Later we would discover
the following designations:
"SLIGHTLY IMPERFECT" or "SELECT IRREGULARS" (si)
"IF PERFECT" (ip)
The following was
a common proclamation manufacturer's enclosed with a shipment which
The (si) hosiery are
garments with very small almost imperceptible flaws perfectly wearable
that can be bought at extraordinary savings.
A very high percentage of these are
not flawed; the reason for the separation/selection is that the strict
quality control of the manufacturer of the hosiery did not allow this
particular dye-lot to pass; perhaps because the color is not with the
correct quantity of dye to control hue/shade/color (in the color spectrometer).
This was the most common cause. The color will be a little off, a little
lighter or a little darker than the normal shade you are familiar with
in this particular brand.
Also the manufacturers have odd lots, close outs, overruns, store returns,
samples and trial hosiery [one of a kind] that they will mix in the
(si) hosiery; and have no defect at all.
The (si) hosiery WILL NEVER have
a hole, a tear, or a run. Those with noticeable imperfections would
fall under 'lesser' quality categories such as "Seconds" or even "Thirds".
There is also a last classification called "FW" (Fabricated Waste).
Forths would not be stamped, but merely be grouped into this class to
be recycled or disposed of.
There is also hosiery called "Run of the Mill" that is 95% perfect and
this one is also labeled 'SI' or 'IP'. It is perfectly good hosiery
the mill needs to clear inventory of, so out it goes with the lots of
Clearly, the speed and volume at which the
stockings were produced did not allow for individual inspection of each
leg. If the entire 'run' had to be stamped 'irregular', it certainly
included all the 'perfect legs' in the lot as well. As you can see,
these 'perfect legs' were distributed with the 'irregular' ink imprint.
The important point we would like to emphasize is that you can buy 'Irregular'
hosiery with confidence! They would contain no imperfection that would
adversely affect the appearance or wear. We have made 'spot inspections'
with every lot we buy and have removed any with visible defects.
If you are new to vintage stockings, you
may wonder why such importance is placed on the 'denier' of the stocking.
Stockings were manufactured with (single) threads of nylon of varying
thickness. This, in turn, varied the 'sheerness' and weight of the stocking
(leg only, excluding welt and heel & toe). A simple but effective
method was devised to uniformly measure this property. Technically speaking,
you obtain a 9,000 meter sample of the thread and weigh it (in grams).
When you divide the weight by 9,000 you obtain the 'denier' of the thread
(stated as weight-per-unit-length).
The lower the denier, the lighter (and finer) the nylon thread. The
lowest practical denier nylon used to knit stockings is 6 or 7 denier.
Nylon stockings are generally classified by denier as follows:
15 Denier (or less) Ultra Sheer (or Dress Sheer)
30 Denier Walking Sheer
40 Denier Business Sheer (Denier can vary somewhat)
70 Denier Service Weight
Generally speaking, the higher the denier, the more durable the stocking
(and the less sheer).
Gauge is a term used to describe 'quantity'
of thread found in a woven product in a specified width. Historically,
it dates back to the knitting machines of earlier years. It is the number
of needles found in a 38 millimeter section of width. A 51 gauge knitting
machine has 51 needles in this 38 millimeter section. Hence, the finished
product is a '51 gauge' knit. Other common gauges that were in use are
54 gauge and 60 gauge. Rarely found, 75 gauge was also in use. (View
the 'Fine Feathers' stockings on this website).
Generally, the higher the gauge, the silkier the stocking will feel.
'Reinforced Heel and Toe' is a term used
to indicate that both the heel and toe section of the foot has been
knitted with a heavier gauge thread. The knitting machines pulled another
darker thread from a bobbin and knit in a reciprocating motion to form
the heel and toe. The effect is to strengthen these areas to reduce
the chance of a mishap. It is an easily identifiable feature to determine
if the stocking is true 'vintage' or not. More modern hosiery will not
have the reinforced heel.
There are two other variations worthy of mention:
Demi Toe - Reinforced toe, nude heel.
Sandalfoot - Nude toe, nude heel.
When we refer to 'nude' heel or toe, it is to imply it is not 'reinforced'
but rather the same knit and sheerness as the leg is.
two types of seams: "Self Seam” and the "Black Seam".
To avoid confusion, it is helpful to recognize the difference between
the seam styles.
The seam (or what many refer to as “backseam”) will appear
as a thin tubular “gathering” of nylon fiber travelling
the length of the leg. It is sewn in place and appears as a dark(er)
line, the color being similar to the leg. This is called a “SELF
SEAM”. If we add one black thread and coil it around this self
seam, we would have created a seam that has a darker appearance. This
is called a “BLACK SEAM”. If the ‘coiling’ is
spaced closer together (or if a second thread is intertwined), the color
will appear darker (the denser the spacing, the blacker the seam). Keep
in mind that the mere existence of ONE black thread (in the seam) defines
what is considered a ‘Black Seam’.
In some of the ‘Self Seamed’ full fashioned stockings, you
may have noticed the existence of an additional ‘single’
or ‘double thread’ coiled on the seam. When viewed up close,
the striking effects are evident. If the thread is highly reflective
of light, it will glisten when light strikes it and have the look of
a “coppery” or “gold” colored seam.
Welt and Toe
Manufacturers were able to add innovations
to the design of stockings to prevent runs. The most notable of these
was the 'Runguard' feature. This was an open mesh knitted area surrounding
the (reinforced) toe which resisted vertical runs in the foot. It was
also knit at the bottom of the welt. This can be clearly seen in the
photo below. Many welts were imprinted with the words "Runguard Welt
and Toe" to indicate the presence of this feature. There were other
'buzzwords' for this feature but they all performed the same function:
minimize the possibility of damage in the high stress areas of the stocking.