Vintage Clothing at Estate Sales

Or, Where Do The Fashion Mavens Get Those Clothes…?

Let’s start this post with a splash of 1970’s Vintage Fashion color

Vintage 70s GOLDWORM dress from Couture Allure with link follow

(GOLDWORM Wool Jersey Evening Dress w/Silk Cape from Couture Allure)

What’s a guy to do, even a guy like me who supposedly knows a lot about antiques and collectibles, because I know my limits, so when it comes to Vintage Clothing, I am like most guys on any sunny day in the park, a bit of a clueless spectator, wanting to join the conversation, but not knowing what to say…

Floral Cotton Maxi Dress with link follow to Sewninpieces Etsy Store

(Floral Cotton Maxi Dress From Sewn in Pieces Etsy Store)

Here’s the simple truth about Vintage Clothing on the web, it’s a world ruled by woman, for woman, and it’s primarily about woman’s fashion. It’s not a casual observation by me, I have made a careful study of many Vintage Clothing sites, and the best, at least the ones I like, the ones that I think have the most visual appeal, the most internet savvy, have all been created by woman.

1950s Beaded Cashmere Cardigan Sweater from Joules Etsy Store with Link Follow
(1950s Beaded Cashmere Cardigan Sweater By Joules)

And they love each other, supporting sister sites with comments, suggestions, and Atta Girls – spreading link love like lip gloss on the warmest of sunny days. James Brown said “This is a Man’s World,” and maybe that’s true when it comes to machinery, and space walks or whatever, but when it comes to the Vintage Fashion World, the world of shoes and shapely dresses, at least from the perspective of this writer – It’s a Woman’s World, and that’s just fine by me.

Vintage Shopping Guide Logo with Link Follow

ADOLFO vintage clothing label with link follow to Vintage Fashion Guild

Vintage a La Mode Logo with Link Follow

Vintage Fashion Guild Logo with Link Follow
Vintage Shopping Guide Vintage Fashion Guild Label Research Vintage a la Mode Vintage Fashion Guild

Unlike guys who wear a pair of pants or a shirt until it’s threadbare, woman in general only lightly wear an article of clothing for a while before becoming sufficiently disinterested in it, and then they will store it in a closet, or a drawer or a box somewhere, and years will pass before somehow it is unearthed and made available at an estate sale, thrift shop, or a vintage clothing store. The best of these garments find their way onto the web to be admired, talked about and sold by the Queens of Fashion…

…It’s exciting to be an observer of this…or maybe I am a voyeur…

1920s wedding dress from Dorotheas Closet with Link Follow

(1920’s Wedding Dress from Dorothea’s Closet)

I might not be a Vintage Fashion Expert, but I do know how to score a great deal, and I know that when one of my estate sales has a quantity of Vintage Clothing for sale, the Vintage Clothing Merchants come out of the woodwork. The clothes literally fly off the rack. Here’s why, because estate liquidators can’t sell vintage fashion for what a vintage fashion website can. It’s just a fact, and because this is so, estate sales represent one of the best places to shop for vintage fashion, especially if your intention is to re-sell on-line or in a store.

I also like vintage fashion as a category of collectible because it represents a little understood market niche, and it is especially not super well understood by most Estate Sales Professionals. This is a way to spell PROFIT.

If you want to earn extra income, or even more importantly, if you want to establish a web presence, then become an authority about something that is little understood, and that’s what these awesome woman have done, they took back the male dominated world of fashion creation, and made the Vintage Fashion World, a world of their own, and to that I say Touché…

Martin Codina

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2 thoughts on “Vintage Clothing at Estate Sales

  1. Vintage Clothing is also an ethical fashion choice and people are much more aware of buying clothing with that in mind these days! I also know that the quality can’t be beat if you can find the right size!

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