We are always interested in purchasing your antique/vintage clothing and antique textile collections! The rare and beautiful is what we specialize in. Since 1985, Founder and Owner Carolyn Forbes, Carolyn Forbes/Textiles, has specialized in the sale and purchase of fine antique/vintage clothing and antique textiles.

We take great pride and joy in collecting and purveying heirloom quality goods and offer to travel for local purchases, nationwide purchases, attic investigations and clean outs with experienced and educated personal to help you liquidate your holdings.

Carolyn Forbes/Textiles is located in New England, but offers consult and purchasing nationwide.

Send us photos and detailed information about the items you are looking to sell to:, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

What we buy:

  • • World class vintage and antique women’s evening gowns and designer clothing from the 18th century thru the mid 20th century — especially rare couture.
  • • Early American women’s and men’s historical costume, from the 18th century through the early 20th century.
  • • Men’s antique evening wear and vintage day wear from the 18th century to the mid 20th century — including collectable men’s antique work wear.
  • • Heirloom quality antique fine textiles, including European hand-done lace veils, shawls and lace clothing, particularly from the 18h century into the early 20th century.
  • • Exquisite antique European fine linens, including fine handwork lace tablecloths and bed linens.
  • • Rare antique and ethnographic textiles, including embroideries and weavings from near and far — including European, Middle Eastern, Ottoman and Chinese.
  • • Traditional cultural clothing, and historical textiles from many cultures around the world.