How To Go Vintage.
by Cashmere Wrap & Macadamia Nuts
The joy of having something manufactured rather than produced is great and online shopping is a good way to go vintage, though some mistakes may occur in the process. Online hunt for vintage pieces can go both ways, leading to a satisfactory transaction or to a great disappointment. Pictures and your confidence in sellers honesty is all you have to make a purchase decision. If in doubt – ask for additional information or more pictures, since once you end up with a damaged vintage good, it may cost a lot of time and effort to claim a money refund. In this case ‘better safe than sorry’ is a smart rule to follow.
A reputable, honest seller should inform a prospective buyer about any faults or damages that a vintage piece bears. Whether it is a worn out lining, stains and wholes of any kind, torn stitches, missing buttons, broken zippers or incomplete embroidery, all should be revealed.
The typical code for vintage garment condition is:
- mint – for clothes in ideal shape, probably never worn and very rarely available on the vintage clothing market
- near mint – for clothes lightly worn, but in almost perfect condition
- excellent – for clothes that were worn, but suffer no major flaws
- very good – for clothes that are slightly worn and may have minor flaws, but otherwise are in good condition and of high quality
- good – for clothes that bear visible marks and flaws indicating that they have been worn, but still can be worn, may require some work.
When it comes to cleaning vintage clothes, it is never to be performed with the use of a washing machine or a dryer. Worth to remember is that any attempt to bleach or work with an strong washing liquid may result in further damages or even ruin the newly purchased vintage piece. Be extra careful when cleaning vintage clothes. Some of them have no washing instructions, especially if garments were made to measure, but even mass produced may not contain any care labels on them, as labeling became customary only after the 1970s.
Another danger for vintage pieces may come from moths. If clothes weren’t stored and handled with care, it is not so uncommon to purchase a vintage piece that bears moth eggs. If you store it in your closet together with other pieces, you may be almost certain that a moth epidemic will spread and take over your wardrobe. The remedy is simple – wrap a newly purchased garment in an acid-free sheet of tissue paper, place it in the sealed plastic bag and put it in the freezer for three days. Be extra careful when removing a vintage piece from the freezer. Having done that, let is defrost gradually.
Buying vintage clothes is a hobby in which knowledge and research come in handy, so if interested in becoming a vintage vixen, do study and learn more about a history of fashion as well as ways of purchasing and treating vintage garments, so the whole vintage experience can be truly joyful.