Run, don’t walk, to Winston-Salem, NC to experience the gorgeous vintage clothing and treasures at Putting on the Ritz. The store owner Hans Hauser has a lifelong passion for vintage clothing and accessories and it shows in every square inch of the house he has converted into a vintage clothing store. Through his vintage consignment sources, friendships with vintage collectors, and his own efforts to retrieve specific pieces from faraway locations, Hans has collected one of the best, if not the best, vintage clothing and accessories collection for sale in the state.
I met Hans about 5 years ago when my friend Sharon Ferris directed me to this treasure trove. I purchased a 1940’s bathing suit that I wore to VBLX that year for the battleship dance. Even though I had not seen him in 5 years, he knew immediately who I was today and pulled out the picture I sent him of me in the bathing suit from behind the countertop. My friend Laura Boyes and I ended up exploring the shop and chatting with Hans for about 3 1/2 hours – excellent company and excellent vintage!
The shop is jam packed full of a mix of vintage, designer consignment, and glitzy clothing. The list of notables is long: straw boaters, men’s 50’s hats, Yves Saint Laurent black satin pumps, a white fur capelet, 50’s prom and day dresses (some with matching jackets), 30’s and 40’s gowns worthy of an MGM movie, flowered 40’s day dresses, a velvet trimmed 40’s suit, wide brim ladies hats, art deco costume jewelry, wedding dresses from the Victorian era through the 50’s, delicious 40’s platforms, bias cut lingerie, and a burnout velvet 20’s dress that came home with me.
If you are interested in any of the clothing items I have posted or would like to know more, please contact Hans Hauser at (336) 659-9944. He is happy to work out arrangements over the phone and he also does layaway.
Putting on the Ritz
304 Harvey Street
The shop is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
P.S. Pardon my unmade face – I think it’s easier on the clothes if I don’t wear makeup when I try on vintage clothing.
8 thoughts on “Field trip: Putting on the Ritz, Winston-Salem, NC”
Ah, that white crepe dress!! Love it, want it!
The photo does not do justice to how fab you looked in that blue crepe tiered gown. Let’s go back, and do a retake. MOST enjoyable post 🙂
Is the boater hat with the black band available, if it’s a 71/4? How much is it?
You will have to contact the store to find out.
Do they carry flapper/fringe/sequin dresses?? Thanks 🙂
The store does carry 1920’s dresses as well as sequin dresses, but it will just depend on what he has in stock. Definitely worth a look!
we carry various types of dresses. we have had the flapper dresses before.
please come by the store to check us out – you never know what you’re going to find and decide you just can’t live without it!
I am allergic to the spandex and elastic found in modern clothing, and so I loved this store. I found many cotton dresses, and dresses made with soft fabrics and no chemicals. I would really like to wear dresses again, and “Putting on the Ritz” has them. I’ll be back soon.