FAQs

Papa Vintage

What makes your shop different from other vintage stores?

At Papa Vintage we sell original and authentic vintage t-shirts from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s, most of which are hand-picked in Los Angeles. Our team member Megan is always out and about for us looking for the best vintage pieces.

We make sure to specifically only pick authentic and licensed prints. We also only carry authentic vintage manufacturers and no modern reproductions. One of the highlights of our Vintage Online Shop is the Papa Premium selection, for which we have collected particularly valuable vintage t-shirts.

Are your products sustainable?

Buying vintage fashion is the only true sustainable way to dress. Buying existing and unused clothing not only saves natural resources, but also protects the environment, as the clothing industry is one of the industries that contributes massively to the pollution of our world. Because at Papa Vintage sustainability is at the core of our company, we also ship with 100% recyclable packaging.

Do you sell one-of-a-kind pieces only?

Yes, each of our t-shirts is available only once. If you missed your favorite shirt, feel free to reach out to us at info@papavintage.com and we will do our best to find another similar one for you.

When do you upload new products?

Currently there is no set time frame in which we upload new products. If you don’t want to miss a drop, we would advise you to follow us on Instagram to be the first to know when we drop new products.

What can I do if my desired product is sold out?

Unfortunately, each of our t-shirts is only available once. If you missed your favorite shirt, feel free to reach out to us at info@papavintage.com and we will do our best to find another similar one for you.

Products

Where do your vintage t-shirts come from?

The majority of our vintage t-shirts are hand-picked in Los Angeles, where Megan is out and about on flea markets and in contact with various vintage dealers. In Germany as well, we are always looking out for special pieces for Papa Vintage. As usual with vintage clothing, all of our products are already worn and second hand.

What do the years in your product descriptions mean?

The years are indicative of the year or decade of manufacture of our vintage t-shirts. This can be determined by typical manufacturing characteristics, the copyright and by the print itself. We can not exclude errors in the research and in case you spot a mistake, this may gladly be reported back to us.

Are all of your products second-hand?

Yes, we sell second-hand clothing only. The condition of our t-shirts varies from brand new deadstock to heavy used. We have documented the individual condition of the shirt in the product overview.

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To mimic the look of vintage t-shirts, many clothing companies nowadays give newly produced t-shirts a “used look” and print them with classic 80s and 90s prints. These prints are called “reprints” and are not sold here.

According to our idea of a good vintage t-shirt, it should have a copyright with a year, be made of soft-washed cotton material with possible small holes and scuffed areas and have a label from a well-known vintage manufacturer. Other special characteristics of vintage T-shirts are single-stitched seams and a washed-out look (“Faded”).

Why are some of the vintage t-shirts higher priced?

We have created a premium category of valuable vintage t-shirts for Papa Vintage. These t-shirts are real collector’s items and often times increase in value.

They have survived for so many years for a good reason! Before the age of fast fashions, clothing items were still made in small quantities and often in very high quality. Most of the Papa Vintage premium t-shirts are made of high quality cotton and are “Made in USA”. Many of these manufacturers have produced clothing in the USA until the early 2000s under high quality standards and fair working conditions. 

What is the condition of your vintage t-shirts?

As usual with vintage clothing, all of our products are already worn and second hand. We inspect our t-shirts very carefully and document any defects with photos, as well as we state them on the product page. We are doing our best to put together a high quality and diverse selection for you. The condition varies from brand new deadstock to heavy-used. We also like to point out that the natural signs of wear and use add to the certain charm of vintage clothing.

Do you clean the t-shirts?

Yes, our products are cleaned by us before they go into our shop.

Size Guide

How do I find my size?

Often times the sizing of vintage clothing is not comparable to the sizes of modern productions. Depending on the decade and the country, the clothes come from, a labelled size L can nowadays correspond to a size S, M or even XL. Therefore, we have come up with our own sizing system, which is based on modern German sizing charts. Through the filter system in our shop you can search for different sizes.

Most of our vintage t-shirts are unisex and cut oversized. To make sure you find the right shirt for you, you can find the exact measurements of the shirts in each product description. In our Size Guide you can learn where to take these measurements. We also posted a video on this subject on Instagram.

Order

Can I change my order after it has been placed?

If you would like to cancel or change your order, please email us as soon as possible to info@papavintage.com. Once we have begun processing your order, we cannot guarantee that it can be changed or cancelled.

Do you offer discount codes?

From time to time we put together special offers for you. To make sure you don’t miss them, follow us on Instagram .

Payment

What payment methods do you offer?

Currently we accept payment via PayPal and credit card.

Can I pay on invoice?

Unfortunately, we currently do not offer this option.

Shipping

Where do you ship from?

We are shipping from Germany.

Do you offer free shipping?

We offer free shipping within Germany.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we do ship internationally with UPS! Depending on your country, different shipping costs and possible customs duties and taxes may apply. Your shipping costs will be calculated for you during the checkout.

How long does the shipping take?

Within Germany, we usually ship within 2-3 business days. Outside of Germany, longer shipping times may apply. We ship with UPS, so that you can expect to receive your package within 2 weeks max. all over the world.

Can I ship to a Packstation?

Yes you can within Germany! For this enter in the address field your name, the Packstation-No. and the address of the Packstation.

Returns

How do I return my order?

Please note that orders can generally only be returned within 14 days and only after they have been authorized by us. Please make sure that the products are returned unused and in the original packaging. If you wish to return something, contact us via info@papavintage.com.

Refunds will be issued via the original payment method. Unfortunately, as we are still a small business, we cannot cover any return costs. In the unlikely case of a false delivery, we will exchange your order free of charge.

Do you offer free returns?

We are still a small company, so unfortunately we cannot cover any return costs.

When will my return be credited?

Once we have received your return, we will send you the refund immediately. If you have any questions about the status of your return, you can always reach out to us at info@papavintage.com. Your refund will be processed through the payment method you originally chose.

Can I exchange an item?

Unfortunately, an exchange is not possible. Please return the item you wish to return to us and then place a new order. If you would like to return something, contact us via info@papavintage.com.

Contact

Can I sell my vintage t-shirt to you?

If you have vintage t-shirts that might be of interest to our store, feel free to contact us at info@papavintage.com.