If your wardrobe is missing a 1970’s cardigan or some preppy retro argyle, you need to know how to find men’s vintage sweaters. Old school sweaters are conversation pieces, and may even help you snag an equally-stylish lady.
- HookedOnVintage.com and VintageTrends.com. These sites cater to the styles of yesteryear and carry authentic vintage argyle sweaters, v-neck sweaters, crewneck sweaters, and cardigans at reasonable prices. Most items are one-of-a-kind, so if you see something you like, make sure to snatch it before the next guy.
- Etsy.com. This site allows any artist to create a storefront and sell whatever they please. Doing a search for vintage men’s sweaters will yield all sorts of results. Because this site is operated by independent users, inventory can change on a whim and new items are posted daily. Tip: make sure you ask what the measurements of the sweater are before you place an order, as retro cuts and sizes can differ from clothing created today.
- Flea Markets. Flea markets are usually held on weekends in school auditoriums, churches, synagogues, and massive parking lots. Flea markets are a gamble, but many a vintage sweater has been scored at these free-for-all’s. Most are independently operated and have changing schedules, so check your local listings for details about one near you. There are some famous fleas in major cities, including The Annex/Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market in New York, New York, the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California, The Georgetown Flea Market in Washington, DC, and Super Flea Market in Greensboro, North Carolina.
- Consignment Shops or Secondhand Stores. Merchandise from these stores comes straight from people’s closets, so you never know what you’re going to find. Savvy vintage shoppers know that consignment shops in affluent areas tend to carry the best selection. Visits to these shops are hit or miss, but if you're in the mood to hunt, vintage apparel can be found on the racks. Most consignment shops are independently owned, so you’ll have to search your town for one near you. But, a few re-sale shops are nationwide, like Out of the Closet (with locations in California and Florida) and Buffalo Exchange (with locations in Los Angeles, California, Chicago, Illinois, Boston, Massachusetts, Denver, Colorado, and more).
- Visit a Vintage Store. Racks of vintage pullovers, v-necks and button ups await at these specialty boutiques. Most retro clothing stores are independently owned, and they tend to set up shop in large cities, so do some research for the vintage store nearest you.
- Your Family Attic. Ask great uncle Louie if he has any leftover clothing in the attic, or see if dad has any retro letterman sweaters from high school. After a gentle cleaning to get the smell of old off the threads, your family’s old duds could become your new treasure.