How To Find Vintage Mens Clothes
Recycled fashion is always in, so it pays to know how to find vintage men’s clothes. Cuts and colors repeat themselves decade after decade, and a piece with classic lines will last you a long time.
- Vintage clothing boutiques. Oh yes, there are entire boutiques dedicated to yesteryear fashion. These retro stores are usually independently owned and vary from city to city, so you’ll have to do some searching to find the store nearest you. Some good picks for major cities are Wasteland in Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA, Andy’s Chee-Pee’s and Cheap Jacks in New York, NY, Zola’s Everyday Vintage in Dallas, TX, Tova’s Vintage Shop in Old Saybrook, CT, The Clothing Warehouse in Atlanta, GA, and Le Frock in Seattle, WA.
- Goodwill, Salvation Army, Housingworks, and other charity clothing stores. It’ll take some digging and a lot of patience, but you can find vintage men’s clothes at donation-friendly secondhand stores. People routinely cast-off entire closets worth of secondhand clothing at these stores, and you can not only score vintage shirts, retro t-shirts and 90’s flannel at a low price, but help a charity while you’re at it.
- eBay. This famous online auction site has thousands of vintage men’s pieces listed every day. Browsing is free, but you have to create a free account to bid. Vintage pieces are often cheaper on eBay, even with the added shipping charge. Retro sizes and cuts can differ from clothing manufactured today, so make sure to ask for the exact measurement of the piece you’re interested in to ensure it’ll fit.
- Flea Markets. Flea markets take over many towns on the weekend… many with vendors who specialize in vintage men’s clothes. Flea market sellers are often open to haggling, so don’t be afraid to bargain for those 1970’s Levis or that 80’s t-shirt.
- Garage Sales and Estate Sales. These can be hit-or-miss, but if you search for garage or estate sales in neighborhoods where elderly folks reside, you can often access 50 years of retro fashion from one guy’s closet. Prices are always negotiable, and people are always happy to have you take away their unwanted retro garments. To find these sales, drive around neighborhoods early on a Saturday or Sunday morning and look for garage sale signs.
- Your Grandpa. If he’s related to you, he’s probably about your size and has equally good taste! Ask your grandpa if you can raid his attic- he might have a vintage suit that fits you perfectly and some great vintage ties to match.
Posted on: Aug. 06, 2010