Top 5 tips on buying Vintage Clothes!

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Top 5 tips on buying Vintage Clothes!

1: True Vintage or Reproduction??
   When buying vintage clothes its important to distinguish between true vintage and reproduction pieces! If you just type in 'vintage dress' into the ebay search bar you will get thousands of listings and most of them will be reproduction vintage! Make sure you use the advanced search options to find the true vintage listings. If you are still not sure always message the seller to find out! The reproduction vintage can look so similar to true vintage it is important to know what your buying!

2: Condition?
   When buying vintage clothes the condition is key! Make sure you read about the condition on each listing and scrutinise the photos closely to be sure on what you are buying. If your not sure or if the seller has not disclosed the condition message them to find out or if you require close-up photos ask! However it is rare that you will find a completely perfect piece, so if there is anything wrong such as a hole or the zip is broken, button missing see if you can find a dressmaker/seamstress to cheaply fix it for you! 

3: Will it fit?
    It is important to check the size of the garment you are buying as often vintage sizes can be completely different to our modern day sizes! A size 16 vintage can be a 10-12 today so it pays to read the listing thoroughly and if it is not made clear whether the size is a vintage or modern day ask. Most vintage listings will have a measurements which can help  you determine what modern day size it is or whether it will fit you. Hey even if you find the perfect dress that you've fallen in love and its the wrong size perhaps it can be re-shaped/re-sized by a dressmaker/seamstress or yourself if you have any sewing skills! There are lots of tutorials and videos on you-tube to help you with this. All clothes can be made smaller and often but not always they can be made bigger by letting out seam bulk etc! 

4: The right time period??
   I have often found that some sellers can list there vintage pieces stating the wrong time period! It is important to double-check the time-period as it can determine the value and rarity of an item. One of the ways to do this quite easily is to look at photos of the label. Usually the label font and style of the label can predict the time-period! A quick google search can help with this. Also searching ebay for other listings of the same item can also help verify this! Most English vintage items will always state 'Made In England', if it says 'Made In China' avoid at all costs as it will not be vintage! The style of the clothing can also help date an item especially if you have any knowledge of vintage styles over the decades!

5: Have fun!
    Have fun searching for your dream items and bidding on them! A vintage piece of clothing can feel so fabulous on, the cut and workmanship is often much better than it is today and can last much longer too! You can often bag a bargain but even if you don't they can be an investment as they often hold their value if you look after the pieces. Vintage clothes can make you feel special because of the uniqueness of them! How many times have you walked down the street and spotted someone else wearing the same Topshop jacket, New Look top or Zara heels you have, I guess probably quite often! Feel unique, have fun, re-use and look gorgeous, buy vintage!!

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