The vintage look is in, and women are flocking to secondhand stores in search of that “one-of-a-kind” piece to complete their wardrobes. Antique rings, jewellery and other clothing pieces are cheaper than big-box retailers and more stylish. Older styles can even fit certain body types better than what we have in stores today. Here are three things everyone needs to know before buying vintage.
Because you can usually only find one of something, you might have to put in some extra work to get it to fit right. Chances are also that a size 8 from 1964 is not the same as a size 8 by today’s standards. Find a tailor you trust and get your clothes fitted to the size you need.
Shopping for Vintage
It’s important to know where you can find the best vintage styles. Vintage retailers are a good source, but they might charge a premium to cover their costs of actually finding the clothes. Your best bet is a secondhand store like the Salvation Army. Check small retailers at your local mall for art deco rings and other antique jewellery.
Caring for Clothes
Read the tags carefully as not every piece of fabric can be dry cleaned or washed. Cotton pieces are especially fragile, so avoid dry cleaners who user heavy chemicals to treat your clothes. Store your oldest pieces in acid-free wrapping, like tissue or vacuum-seal bags.
This guest post was brought to you by Cynthia Findlay Antiques. Cynthia Findlay is a Toronto based antiques dealer specializing in vintage rings.