Does vintage fit into your wardrobe? Not sure what to look for? In this video, learn how to shop vintage with confidence and passion.

Vintage items are quite special. Not only do they bring distinctive moments in time back to life, they also allow you to express your personal style like no other. Bringing home that special piece, that fits perfectly into your wardrobe, is so rewarding. Here are some key points to keep in mind when shopping vintage.


  1. General wear and tear.
  2. Fading: Minimal fading should be fine.
  3. Sagging, drooping or stretching: Try the item on to determine if such wear is noticeable. If it is, pass on the item.
  4. Odor: A good wash should take care of the odor, or at least, diminish it. However, pay careful attention to the appropriate cleaning method for the garment’s age and fabric.
  5. Stains: The more recent the item, the easier the ability to remove a stain.
  6. Tearing: This is a tough one. If the tear is in the seam, you’re fine. Otherwise, it won’t be easy to hide the fact that it’s there.
  7. Deterioration: Fiber deterioration is common in older pieces made from natural fibers like cotton, silk, wool, etc. Look for signs of felting.
  8. Moth holes: Moths prefer dark colors. Check the garment carefully. Like tearing, it won’t be easy to hide a moth hole.
  9. Mildew: Walk away from the item. You can’t repair an item with mildew.
  10. Hardware: Ensure zippers zip properly and that buttons are attached and move smoothly in/out of the button hole.
  11. Details: Decorative details make a garment extra special. However, this is where you need to pay special attention. Make sure the beading, sequins, applique, embroidery or lace is attached securely.

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