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Every girl dreams of owning the perfect wardrobe. Each item they purchase only brings them closer to achieving their goal. However, money doesn’t grow on trees and designer pieces cost an arm and a leg. So where does one look? I love bright things and a good bargain. My favorite place to look for exciting new additions to my walk-in closet is a vintage store. One of the best things about shopping for thrifted or vintage items is that there is a guarantee that the girl sitting next to you in calculus won’t be wearing the same thing as you.

There is also your own personal touch when it comes to layering your pretty goods. You can mix and match different pieces and create your own mini wardrobe-remix. Vintage stores can be a nightmare for some people. You walk inside and don’t know where to begin. There are rows and rows of clothing on racks and shoes on the floor and scarves drapes everywhere! You begin with a list. Keep in mind what exactly do you need and ask a salesperson for help in directing you towards your sizes. Thanks to our super-connected lives, it’s easier to find great products and deals online.

Stay determined and you’ll have the perfect wardrobe with just the right kind of sassy accessories to spice up your daily outfits! I’ve compiled a list of my favourite vintage must-haves with some links/resources to several fashion blogs written by beautiful and successful women who love shopping vintage. (Credits are at the end of the post)

1- The denim skirt.

From KARLA’S CLOSETYou can dress it up or down and wear it with long sweater or a cropped cardigan.

Read the rest of the article here to check out the complete list of the 52 beautiful vintage items.

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The trend of accumulating vintage items is increasing day by day, because of their rarity, style and not to forget durability. The most popular vintage item of course is clothing. You can find something just as trendy as that new designer dress, yet unique enough to awe everyone. However, since your vintage items have been passed on through the ages, you need to take a few steps to preserve them, be it vintage comforters or clothes:

Cleaning vintage items:

Whenever using any vintage item, clean it first. For linens, pillow cases and clothing, you should treat any dirty spots with a spot cleaner, such as a mixture of salt and white vinegar. To be extra careful with your item, wash it in hot water. Do check how old the cloth is. If it’s comparatively newer, then wash it in hot water at a gentle speed for the washer. On the other hand, if you are not too sure about your fabric, consult a dry cleaner. Keep in mind that vintage items are usually delicate. Check on a part of your fabric before washing it entirely. Also, do not wring it, but squeeze your fabric gently.

While dealing with vintage jewelery, make sure your cleaning detergent does not contain alcohol, acid or ammonia. Never use the cleaner directly on to the jewelery. First and foremost inspect it for any loose stones and gently dust off the dust with a tooth brush. Apply the cleaner on to a cloth and then rub it on the jewelery for cleaning it up completely.

Storing Vintage Items:

Keeping in view the long life your items have had and from the era they might belong to, you have to be very particular about their storage. For fabrics, make sure they are clean. To avoid wrinkling of your fabric, roll it instead of folding. Ideally, while storing fabrics the temperature should be in between 65-70 degrees with a humidity level of say, 82%. Do not store your fabric in completely enclosed places, or in wooden closets. Store them in acid-free boxes and put up a muslin cloth between the fabric and the wood to avoid any damages that might occur. Avoid the use of chemical mothballs, as it can react and damage the color of your cloth. Use lavender balls instead.

While dealing with vintage jewelery or any other metal product, be even more careful. Make sure not too much moisture is present and the pieces do not rub against each other. Avoid using metal or wooden containers as the chemicals emitting from them can damage your jewels. Use soft pouches with cloth draped around each jewel to prevent it from scratching. Also make sure that your jewelry is dry and clean before storing it.

Let your vintage accessories get some fresh air. If locked away for too long, it can lose its previous color and freshness.

If you use your items properly, you can increase their life by manifolds!

AdoreVintage.com recently reported on a new trend they’ve been seeing: Bold and statement necklaces that were all over runways are now being seen among handmade jewelry sellers for much more affordable prices. Check out the great items they’ve highlighted on their blog.

We’re starting to see these necklaces in our relatively younger community-base of buyers and sellers as well. Check out some of the items from our sellers below.

Vintage Opaline Pendant by Cathleen Mclain

Antique Tibetan Coral Necklace by SilverFrogJewelry

Galaxy Necklace by SoaringDesigns

Classic Vintage Trenchcoat

Classic Vintage Trenchcoat

We’re starting a new blog post series on tips and guides for new hobbyists and shoppers to get the most out of selling on Silkfair.com – today, we’re talking about how to think about valuating your old vintage items

You’ve found a classic vintage trenchcoat or the perfect pair of white patent leather go-go boots at the back of your mother’s closet. Now what? Well, aside from wearing them with your finest Gaultier couture, it might help to understand their value as true vintage.

So, what is the best way to place a value on your vintage pieces? Although specifics vary by type of item, here are somes general guidelines that can help you determine the best ways to value your vintage pieces or even your vintage collection.

1. Closely Examine the Condition

The piece does not have to be in perfect condition, as it is vintage, however, it should not look its age either. The more flaws, signs of poor workmanship or discoloration the less valuable the piece will be. Is the piece in pristine condition, with a relatively new appearance? If your answer is a resounding “YES,” then the piece will be able to get a very competitive, top price.

2. Learn about your piece

Once you have obtained a vintage piece, learn as much as you can about its history. Who was the designer? Where did the piece originate? What is the date of fabrication? Was it a limited edition? Does it have a unique feature? Is it a rare find? The more you know, the easier it will be asses a value and to determine if you truly have a highly valued, rare vintage piece. Educate yourself on details of certain types of collections, not just your own pieces. You may be inspired to seek other pieces to complete your collection, thus fetching a higher value.

3. Market Research

Locate listings of similar vintage pieces, comparable to your piece, to get a better idea of the prices buyers are willing to pay. Online auctions or listings of local auctions are the most helpful place to start. Because the online community allows for you to be exposed to a large number of markets and auctions, it should be fairly easy to locate the values of similar pieces.

4. Contact the experts

When in doubt, find an expert in the valuation of vintage pieces. Think Antique Roadshow, only for vintage. There are plenty of individuals who have extensive experience reviewing and evaluating all things vintage from jewelry to comic books.

5. Consult price guides available for your vintage pieces.

There are a number of books, magazines and online price guides to peruse. It is best to use multiple resources to get a fair, average assessment. Don’t select the highest price, but don’t short yourself and value the item too low, you may end up losing out on a valuable sale.

6. Be fair and realistic

Even if you feel as though you should ask a high price for a piece, because of sentimental value, it just may not fetch the highest price from buyers. Respect the ups and downs of the market and try to remain realistic about what buyers will pay.

7. Storing vintage items

To maintain value, make sure to store your pieces according to best preservation methods for your type of item. It would be a shame for your pieces to decrease in value simply because of exposure to sunlight or your dog’s drool.

8. Trends

Even though your piece may be vintage, styles from certain eras always find resurgence. However, don’t be discouraged if you just missed a wave of high-demand for specific pieces. Store them carefully, the trend is sure to come around again. If the item is classy enough to be timeless, you are sure to find a buyer no matter what the recent trends. Additionally, modern items that resemble vintage items can also find success with buyers.

9. Acquire pieces in which you can truly see value or potential, even if a bit of restoring is necessary.

Visit auctions, estate sales, consignment shops or your grandmother’s jewelry box (if she’s willing to part) to find the best and most unique pieces. If you have been collecting your vintage pieces for a while, it is possible that you have accumulated great collections to share.

10. When in doubt, ask questions and get second opinions

Even if you have little experience in selling vintage items, it is fairly easy to spot a swindler or a fraud. If you are unsure about a “professional’s” opinion that doesn’t seem very professional, get a second or even third opinion. It is best to feel comfortable with the obtained value and reasoning behind the value before attempting to sell a vintage piece.

Remember, most of these tips also apply to buying vintage, but we have to save some tips for the sequel!

Let us know your thoughts or opinions. If you have other tips that have helped in determining the value of your vintage pieces, we would love to hear about it.


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