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Stocking Showcase Inc.
P.O. Box 352922
Palm Coast, FL 32135-2922
This document was last updated on March 6, 2016
Several payment options can be used to pay for your order:
There are 3 ways to complete your purchase.
Browse 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).
If 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'.
Call our Sales Dept and place the order verbally by telephone.
Stocking Showcase, Inc
PO Box 352922
Palm Coast, FL 32135
You may call our office and speak to a live sales representative:
Mon-Sun 9:00AM - 11:55PM (EST)
Within the United States call: 1-386-446-6937
Our voicemail will record your message during all other times. A sales representative 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 shipping charges).
Shipping is extra. There are no handling charges or 'other' charges of any type.
DISCRETION 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 Mail'.
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/.
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:
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!
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 demand.
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 inspected.
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 following:
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 included:
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). Fourths 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 IR's.
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.
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:
Generally speaking, the higher the denier, the more durable the stocking (and the less sheer). We have made 'spot inspections' with every lot we buy and have removed any with visible defects.
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:
There are 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.
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