How to Find Vintage Clothing: Building a Collection

When you decide to find and start a collection of vintage clothing, you embark on a journey that can lead to passion, interest and education. Collecting vintage clothes can offer a great deal to collectors, and you will likely become passionate about the history of the specific pieces you collect.

How to Find Vintage Clothing

The Search for the Name and the History

Finding vintage name brand clothes will allow you to become familiar with the history of any collected clothing pieces easily, according to Forbes. Because designer brands are so closely tracked, you will likely be able to find the year certain designs were sold and where these pieces were most popular. Even clothing without a popular name brand can be rewarding. Chasing history is another way to add value to your collection. “In the 1930s and 1940s, the department stores used the same fabric and designs that were fashionable in Paris,” said Tiffany Dubin, who established the fashion department at Sotheby’s in 1997 and co-authored the book “Vintage Style: Buying and Wearing Classic Vintage Clothes.”

In addition, you might find store designers who started designing for other brands and wound up gaining fame later. Dubin noted Sophie Gimbel is one example. She started at Saks Fifth Avenue and rose to fame. Finding a piece like this can serve as a great addition to your collection. PBS also noted it is a good idea to look for designers who might be nearing the end of their careers. Their clothing will likely be more desirable once they decide to retire. “It’s not about [finding] vintage [clothing], but developing your eye for quality,” says Dubin. “You don’t need a designer to tell you it’s okay. “

Do a Little Research

Make sure you conduct some research before you rush out to find vintage clothing. Building your knowledge and expertise will make sure you do not spend too much money on an item. In addition, you will have a better idea of what iconic pieces you should integrate into your collection. If you decide to shop online, ensure you feel confident with your understanding of vintage pieces. PBS noted that images on the internet may not be entirely accurate. Ask the seller about a return policy before committing to a purchase.

Protect Your Collection

Keeping your vintage clothes safe is important. Especially when items are older and may be slowly deteriorating. A temperature-controlled storage unit may be a great option that will keep your clothes in the best condition possible. Head to a local SecurCare Self Storage facility today and speak with a friendly manager about storing your fashionable items.