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Where do you find vintage clothes
April 23, 2011
6:26 pm
Scarlett
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I love vintage clothing but I have so much trouble finding clothes from the 1940s. I have tried thrift stores but many of the pieces are in bad shape. Do you shop around for your 1940s vintage or do you make replicas?

April 23, 2011
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Emmaline
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I tend to buy my actually-from-the-40's clothes from eBay or Etsy-- some sellers have some really nice peices that are in good condition, although it's a bit more expensive than buying vintage from Goodwill or the like.

April 24, 2011
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In Toronto, I'm sure that there are some vintage specialty stores on Queen St West. I'd say that those really showcase the vintage aspects of the clothing more than a thrift store. There's also an interesting costume house called Malabar's.

April 25, 2011
6:49 am
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You'll get a number of good hits if you google "vintage clothing shop" or some other combination of the words.

 

To answer your question, we buy vintage clothing.  It's just not the same to me if it's a replica.  I've shopped on Ebay and Etsy and have put a few orders in to a place called American Vintage (american-vintage.net, I believe).  I've gotten two dresses, two hats, and a slip from them and I enjoy shopping there.

 

The possible problem with this comes in with not knowing exactly how something is going to fit.  We've been terribly lucky with sizing so far but I suppose we'll hit a non-fitter one of these times.  Be sure to know the return policy if there is one at places you shop, or at least buy clothing that can easily be altered.

April 25, 2011
3:27 pm
Scarlett
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The possible problem with this comes in with not knowing exactly how something is going to fit.  We've been terribly lucky with sizing so far but I suppose we'll hit a non-fitter one of these times.  Be sure to know the return policy if there is one at places you shop, or at least buy clothing that can easily be altered.


 

Thanks for the advice! Do you have any advice about how to make sure that the sizes are correct? Are there any general rules about vintage sizes?

 

You're also right about replicas. They definitely aren't the same. I like them as a last resort though!

April 25, 2011
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I wonder if you'd find any gems at estate sales? I'm sure I've definitely seen costume jewelry sold in "grab bags" at sales. I'm not sure about garments though.

April 25, 2011
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I have gotten some at estate sales, usually in a trunk that they sell with the contents, but I suppose that any vintage clothing store would sell them.. I also inherited all my grandmother's clothing when she passed away. She had some great pieces.  I would have to agree with the Goodwill statement, a lot of their vintage stuff is in poor condition.

April 26, 2011
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We have a clothing store that sells vntage clothing, they have some nice things but they seem a bit expensive to me.

April 26, 2011
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Online I have found some things on ebay.  I have also been to thrift stores that sell a lot of it.

May 15, 2011
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You can probably find them on e-bay. A really good place I would suggest though is a garage sale. Older folks may be selling these clothes because they don't want them anymore. I would never sell mine though.

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