How To Buy Vintage Fashion Clothing
So you want to know how to buy vintage clothing. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Location, Location, Location: If you are looking for a high-end vintage style shop in thrift stores in affluent neighborhoods, you will most likely find higher end designers there.
Condition: Inspect each garment for stains, tears, fades, and smells. You don't want to purchase something that smells like someone else or will fall apart in less then a week, especially if it's a higher end item. Most thrift stores do not have a return policy for used clothing so check the garment thoroughly.
- Change it up: Bring in your own clothes for trade in or to get cash back. Consignment shops are a great way to make a little extra money.
- Online Shopping- No overhead such as rent or a sales staff allows online vintage shopping to be very economical. When shopping online make sure the company has a good return policy since you can't inspect the actual clothing. Also keep in mind you will have to pay for shipping so you may want to look into online shops with shipping deals.
- Nickel and Dime- Don't be afraid to negotiate especially if it's a high end designer name. There is no fixed price at a flea market or consignment store. If the thrift store is linked to a non-profit organization you may choose to pay full price.
- Employee BFF- Once you find a thrift store you really like and frequent often develop a good relationship with the employees, chances are you will be the first person they call if your favorite designer or fashion style comes in.
- What is old is new again- scan magazines and check out trendy stores for the latest styles. The fashion world is cyclical, you will find something more authentic like graphic tees at a vintage store then at the mall.
- Dad's Closet- you may find some really cool old windbreakers, sneakers, belts and other accessories from the 70's or 80's that Dad can't seem to let go of. Take them to the local vintage shop for a trade or keep for yourself. He won't mind!
- Alterations- You may come across something that with a few minor adjustments could look incredibly cool. Maybe some low cut flare jeans that fit perfectly but you want to make into skinnies. Find yourself someone handy with a needle and thread to help with alterations.
- Vintage Blogs- There are a ton of great bloggers out their who love vintage and all they talk about is vintage EVERYTHING. Explore the Internet and bookmark your favorites. They will often list their favorite sites, stores, and styles. Great for beginners.
Posted on: Jul. 27, 2010