A Basic Guide to
Twenty years ago, the words conjured up images of clothing
worn by your grandmother when she was your age. But in the last
few years, vintage has become hot, hot, hot as celebrities,
socialites, and more and more ordinary women clamor to resale
shops to take part of this trend. Why is it so popular? And why
should you care?
Because vintage means value. You can get great,
unique clothing, often at bargain-basement prices. All you have to
do is act fast and keep your eyes open.
The word "vintage" is bandied about so much these days,
you'd think that anything that isn't current season is vintage.
That's not technically true. There are several distinct
categories of secondhand clothes, including:
- Antique--Generally, anything prior to
1920. These usually run small in size and are made of
delicate fabrics. These are often bought as investment
pieces to display and not to wear.
- Vintage--Clothing from the 1920's to
roughly the mid-1980's.
- Consignment--Current or near-current
styles, usually less than three years old. Some vintage
pieces can and do end up in consignment shops, particularly
handbags, jewelry, and shoes.
- Thrift--A term usually applied to
clothes donated for charitable resale at such places like
Salvation Army and Goodwill. May also apply to inexpensive
goods sold at flea markets.
- Resale, Secondhand, Used--Catch-all
phrases for all of the above.
So what can you do with vintage clothes? Here are a couple
Have a big social event coming up, like a
reunion, ball, wedding, or charity function? Why not make an
entrance in a smashing gown from the 1930's? Or a sexy
number from the 1950's? This is one of the biggest
enticements for celebrities and socialites. A head turning,
unique look at a bargain-basement price.
If you have a costumed event coming up, wearing vintage
clothes will lend authenticity. Whether it's a costumed ball or
a period play, wearing clothes from the era will make you feel
as if you've been transported back in time.
Want to make money buying and selling used clothes? Try the
online auction scene. Online auctions are hot-hot-hot, and you
can profit from the fun if you have an eye for a bargain and a
few hours a week.
The fastest way to get started? Take a look at what's
available on eBay, www.ebay.com, then grab a copy of
"How I Made $11,212.00 a Month on eBay"
and explore all the possibilities. Start with stuff from
your own closet, then buy and sell other stuff you find in
your town or on your travels. It's a great way to make a
little extra money.
Vintage clothing is beautiful
and unique and can offer terrific value
depending on the piece. Vintage clothes are
also a cost-effective
way to celebrate yesterday's
fashions while creating your own personal
style. If you want to know more about
vintage clothing, download a copy of
"Vintage Clothes" to learn more about
buying, selling, and identifying antique and
Clothes by Pauline
Pemberton-Sikes is a wardrobe and image
consultant and author of "Wardrobe Magic," an
ebook that shows women how to transform
their unruly closets into workable, wearable
wardrobes. Visit her online
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