About Us

Vintage Contessa & Times Past is an internationally respected showroom based in Houston, Texas, with a website catering to global collectors of estate jewelry, fine watches, designer handbags and accessories, GIA diamonds, rare coins, and antiquities.

Owners Donae and Rob Chramosta are a dynamic husband and wife team.  They scour the globe in the quest to purchase the finest authentic pieces from the likes of Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Hermes, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.

Donae, fondly known to friends as The Vintage Contessa, left her family business to follow her passion for fashion, joining forces with husband Rob of Times Past. With over twenty years of experience as a numismatist, watch purveyor, estate jeweler and GIA diamond specialist, Rob's international buying expertise is unsurpassed. Combining Donae's twenty plus years of luxury marketing experience with Rob’s value, honesty, and integrity in business dealings, they offer one stop shopping for a curated collection of authentic, timeless, luxury pieces.

Each item they sell has been purchased personally by Rob and Donae, rather than offering products on a consignment model like many other sites. Throughout the year, they travel the world to source the most beautiful items, all of which are 100% authentic with an authenticity promise.

If you are looking to sell one of your bags, they would love to buy it. You can find out more about selling to Vintage Contessa & Times Past here.

Family is extremely important to Donae and Rob, and you’ll see them often traveling with their daughter, Bella, all over the world, finding products and inspiration everywhere.

Donae and Rob are also incredibly philanthropic, as they are involved with a number of charities and organizations in the Houston area and beyond. They have a passion for giving back to those in need, and you’ll see them hosting various charitable events around the city.

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” - Mitch Albom of Tuesdays with Morrie, from Donae’s commencement speech for the Art Institute Houston